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NCH buildings to close from 18th March 2020

NCH London | March 17, 2020

COLLEGE BUILDINGS WILL CLOSE FROM MIDDAY TOMORROW, 18 MARCH 2020

Following the UK government’s latest guidance, the College’s buildings will be closed from midday tomorrow, 18 March, 2020.

STAFF TO WORK FROM HOME

Staff will work remotely and only essential personnel will be permitted access to the College’s buildings, if and when deemed necessary. All teaching will continue to take place remotely, online, using Zoom in accordance with the timetable. If a staff member has an essential reason to visit one of the College’s buildings, they will require authorisation from the Senior Management Team (SMT).

Please follow all government guidance on social distancing measures to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please also avoid non-essential use of public transport, non-essential socialising, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and gatherings with friends and family.

STUDENT & ACADEMIC SERVICES REMAINS CONTACTABLE

Student & Academic Services, including Student Wellbeing, will remain contactable via email, and meetings may be held via Zoom, where appropriate. We encourage any students with concerns about their general health, wellbeing or academic matters to contact Student & Academic Services on sas@nchlondon.ac.uk, and if they are concerned about their mental wellbeing to email mentalhealth@nchlondon.ac.uk for support.

NOTIFICATION OF TRAVEL WITHIN OR OUTSIDE THE UK

Staff and students should continue to notify the College of any plans to travel outside the UK – although we recognise this is becoming less likely – using this form

In addition, students who have left or are planning to leave their usual term time residence should advise Student & Academic Services of their plans, so that the College has the details it needs to continue to support and communicate with you.

NOTIFICATION OF ILLNESS OR SELF-ISOLATION

Staff and students must also continue to report any illness or self-isolation via this form. This is important, not only because it informs us that you may need extra support, but also because we are required by the UK authorities to log and report this data, anonymously, for statistical purposes to help monitor the spread and impact of the virus.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

We are very conscious of the uncertainty and disruption that the current lack of clarity around this year’s summative assessments may be causing, and we are working to provide accurate and complete information as soon as possible. However, this is an unprecedented situation, and it would not be helpful to provide information before we have confirmation of the precise plan, as this may cause confusion or further uncertainty.

We believe it to be extremely likely that summative assessment will take place remotely online, and that in most circumstances the format will reflect the original means of assessment. We therefore strongly encourage students to continue to prepare as they would normally for their assessments. We expect to be able to provide confirmation and more detailed information by the end of this week.

NEXT STEPS

We will continue to follow all UK government and public health directives and guidelines so that we can work together to contain the pandemic and keep our community safe. Please consult the College’s COVID-19 page for the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Student & Academic Services and/or Student Wellbeing teams. We recognise that these are unprecedented circumstances and continue to endeavour to support our students and staff during this period.

Stay safe and well.