College Updates Regarding COVID-19
In light of the continuing global impact and transmission of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we are implementing some short-term adaptations to our practices, which are designed to protect our community, while maintaining continuity of education and research.
The decision to introduce these adaptations is based on the College’s ongoing monitoring of the development of the virus and in consideration of a range of factors including guidance from the UK government – which has not yet implemented any social distancing recommendations – Public Health England, the NHS, and our university partners, along with our key objective to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community.
We continue to review the situation, including the best-practice emerging in the sector and among peer institutions within our local community. We remain poised to respond quickly to changing circumstances as they become warranted, and are prepared to move to online remote teaching if it becomes necessary.
From today, the following changes will be made to our usual operational processes and recommendations. With the exception of the changes listed below, the College continues to operate its usual teaching and administrative operations.
External visitors to the College will be required to confirm, before their visit, that they:
- are not experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus
- have not been advised to self-isolate within the last 14 days
- have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus within the last 14 days
- have not travelled to any area necessitating self-isolation within the last 14 days.
It is the responsibility of the student who has invited the visitor to obtain this confirmation. Students must contact their visitors and advise them that they are required to complete this form in the 24 hours before they visit the College.
All non-essential, extra curricular events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they can proceed as originally planned. Event organisers must contact the College’s CEO or Executive Dean via email in order to commence the approval process.
FLEXIBILITY FOR STUDENTS AT RISK
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified several groups at risk of developing serious symptoms more often than other groups:
- People 60 years of age or older
- People with pre-existing health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, or diabetes
- People who have weakened immune systems
- People who are pregnant.
Students who are considered high risk should contact Student and Academic Services if they wish to study from home, and we will work to support them during this period.
PERSONAL TRAVEL OVER EASTER
Students who are planning to travel for the Easter break should carefully consider travel plans over the holiday period. Because the situation is changeable, we cannot guarantee what countries may have restrictions, or what procedures will be in place from Public Health England on your return to the UK.
We strongly advise that you follow FCO travel advice and if you do choose to travel you should check the following sources before departure:
- Review the latest UK guidance at GOV.UK
- Check your travel destination on the FCO website for the latest travel information
- If you are an international student of citizen of another country, you should also review guidance from your local consulate or embassy
- If you have a scheduled flight or train, check with the airline or train operator for any changes to travel
If any student has any plans to travel outside the UK, you must inform the College using our travel form.
The College will update its community on developments primarily via email. Students are expected to check their emails regularly for the latest updates. We recommend you check your emails in the morning, in the middle of the day, and in the evening to ensure that you have the latest information from the College.
Please click here to see our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19