Coronavirus (Covid-19): Latest updates and information
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Covid-19 and what we’re doing this academic year

Update: 23 February 2021

You may have seen the latest Government announcement today on the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England: National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) and how the restrictions will be lifted over time.

We are still waiting for specific guidance for Higher Education on what this means for us all.

We will then update this webpage as soon as we have further information and will share information in our community newsletter.

Safety

Our highest priority continues to be the safety of students, staff and the local community. We’re grateful for the part all staff and students are continuing to play in keeping us safe. Safety measures on campus, which include social distancing, face coverings, enhanced cleaning and Test and Trace, remain in place in line with Government guidelines. We expect these to remain for some time to help to keep all members of our community safe.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft, has shared a message outlining our five priorities to get through this lockdown, which you can read here. This includes ensuring we volunteer locally to support those in need where we can. Please do get in touch via community@warwick.ac.uk if we may be able to help.

Remote working and learning

Wherever possible, we have instructed staff to work from home. Staff who need to come to campus – to deliver teaching, to prepare for teaching, to undertake research that can’t be done remotely, or to provide critical services, will be able to do so, with strict safety measures in place.

In line with Government guidelines, teaching for all students is currently being delivered remotely (online only). The three notable exceptions are medical, initial teacher training and social work students – many of whom will be on working in placements across Coventry and Warwickshire. Face to face teaching and learning for those students is able to continue. We have a significant number of safety measures on campus to reduce transmission, including social distancing, appropriately ventilated spaces and the use of face coverings.

Travel

The Government guidance that students should remain where they currently are wherever possible and continue the term online remains in place. We've reinforced this updated message to our students. There are some exceptions to the guidance: students on the courses mentioned above, those who do not have adequate space or facilities to study or undertake exams, and those who need to return for health and safety reasons, or require additional support such as for their mental health. These limited exceptions permitted by the Government are essential to limit the negative impact on their education and wellbeing.

Specialist facilities

Researchers and research students who require access to specialist facilities can continue in-person research activities on campus where it they are unable to do so remote.

Testing

We continue to offer asymptomatic (lateral flow) testing to all students and staff living, studying or working on campus twice a week. Twice weekly testing helps to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help keep our community safe on campus and beyond.

Term 3

We're really looking forward to being able to welcome students back to campus and face-to-face teaching and learning, and hope to be able to do so in term 3. At this stage, we can’t confirm detailed arrangements for term 3 because we're dependent on the Government providing further information, which we expected to receive after the Easter holidays.

Working with our partners

We've been working closely with our partners in local authorities, public health teams, the police and the Students’ Union to support each other and amplify our impact across Coventry and Warwickshire. Our campus neighbours and local residents’ groups have worked with us throughout to help inform our approach. We have also been working with these partners throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure our students understand the latest guidance.

Our disciplinary framework for Covid-19 remains in place, for those who do not follow safety guidelines, but we are sharing helpful and relevant guidance whenever possible to avoid reaching this stage. All our normal wellbeing services are available online and in person (at a safe distance) to support our students who are experiencing difficulties. If you have any concerns about your student neighbours, please let us know on community@warwick.ac.uk.

As our communities face the turbulent impacts of Covid-19, it's more important than ever that we work together.

Get in touch

We have a webform to report issues with student residents. You can access it here.

If you have any other questions, suggestions or concerns – or if you want to tell us about a student neighbour who has been especially thoughtful – please do let us know. You can email us on community@warwick.ac.uk or call us 024 7615 0708.

If you have thoughts on something we might have missed, or just general comments, we’d love to hear from you via community@warwick.ac.uk.

Term dates

Spring Term

Monday 11 January 2021 – Saturday 20 March 2021

Summer Term
Monday 26 April 2021 – Saturday 3 July 2021

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