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

Update: 23 April 2021

We continue to deliver high quality teaching and learning to our students in line with Covid-19 restrictions, as we have done over the last year or so.

The Government has said that some students on practical courses are now able to return to face-to-face teaching as part of a blended learning experience. For all other students, we will not offer in-person teaching until the third phase of the Government roadmap, no earlier than 17 May.

Even when the government guidance says that students can return, we know that not all students may be able to physically return to campus from across the UK and internationally. We will therefore continue to provide blended teaching and learning. For students that are able to return, we are proceeding with our plans for some face-to-face co-curricular opportunities and academic support in line with Government advice.

Term 3, which begins on 26 April, is a busy time for our students completing assessment. With the exception of a limited number in the Medical School, examinations will take place online. The University took this decision early to provide certainty for our students and to avoid the need to make late changes to assessment.

Many of our campus facilities are reopening with Covid-19 safety precautions in place, including cafes, retail outlets and the Sports and Wellness Hub.

We have updated this webpage to include the relevant information from Govenrnment guidance, and will continue to do so. We also share information in our community newsletter, which you can sign up to receive via email every month or so.

If this update leaves you with unanswered questions, we're just an email away (community@warwick.ac.uk). Get in touch and we'll do what we can to help.

Safety

As it has been throughout the pandemic, our highest priority continues to be the safety of students, staff and the local community. We’re grateful for the part everyone is continuing to play in keeping us all 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. We also ask our staff and students to take the same precautions in their daily lives for activities that take place off campus in local communities.

Back in January, our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft, shared a message outlining our five priorities to get through this period, 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 continue working 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, are able to do so, with strict safety measures in place.

In line with Government guidelines, teaching for most students is currently being delivered remotely (online only). There are some notable exceptions, including medical, initial teacher training and social work students – many of whom have been working in placements across Coventry and Warwickshire. Face-to-face teaching and learning for those students is able to continue.

From 8 March, a small number of further students also resumed some face-to-face teaching alongside existing online teaching and learning. These limited courses had learning outcomes that required a higher amount of face-to-face teaching before Easter. From 26 April, students studying science subjects that require lab-based activity and specialist equipment, and some theatre studies students, will be able to return for some face-to-face teaching too.

Even when the government guidance says that students can return, we know that not all students may be able to physically return to campus from across the UK and internationally. We will therefore continue to provide blended teaching and learning. For students that are able to return, we are proceeding with our plans for some face-to-face co-curricular opportunities and academic support in line with Government advice.

Specialist facilities

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

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.

What's open on campus

Our essential services such as Rootes groceries, pharmacy and post office remain open. You can take a look at our opening hours here. If you’re on or around campus, don’t forget that lots of our cafés and restaurants are open for takeaway service. If you fancy a breakfast roll then head to NAIC Café between 9am - 10.30am, or if it’s coffee and cake you’re after, Café Library, Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero can all help you with that. More of our outlets are due to open from 26 April as well. Find out what else is open and when.

Your local world-class Sports and Wellness Hub and Tennis Centre re-opened on 12 April and our in-studio classes are set to return on 17 May. Our instructors are continuing to run a number of outdoor classes and virtual classes for our members, so you can also stay active both outdoors and at home. Are you looking to get stronger, improve your wellbeing or lose weight? Discover our membership offers currently available. Join today and pay absolutely nothing until July.

Warwick Arts Centre remains closed with development works on the building ongoing. See the latest artist’s impressions and a full update.

Working with our partners

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we've worked 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 also worked with us to help inform our approach. All of these partners have helped to ensure our students understand and adhere to 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 information 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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