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4 Dec 2020 PG <>
Sent:04 December 2020 17:47
To:EnglishHoD, Resource <>
Cc:PGEnglish, Resource <>; PGREnglish, Resource <>; Varma, Rashmi <>; Botley, Paul <>; Moore, Sian <>
Subject:Return to campus in term 2


Dear Postgraduates,

Following on from the email the University sent to you today, the department wanted to confirm our guidance on how we plan to return English and Comparative Literary Studies students to study in January. We’ve already announced that term 2 will work like term 1 with a blended of online and on-campus teaching. But we also need to follow the UK government guidelines recommending staggered start dates, which have been arranged to ensure your safe return to University.

Please remember that you can return to Warwick whenever you wish. The Government only requires the University to stagger on-campus teaching. The Department for Education specifically highlights that some students may have to return to campus ahead of your on-campus teaching recommencing and you won’t need anyone to approve an early return.

On-campus teaching

All of our students have access to our on-campus teaching from week 4, and some staff will also be available to meet you on campus in office hours or individual meetings from week 2. Please do email your tutor directly to find out when they’re available. If you’re a Postgraduate Taught student taking an MA module in another departments, please do check in with your seminar tutor as your modules may be running from week 2. If you’re a Postgraduate Research Student, your supervisor will contact you directly.

Asymptomatic testing

To ensure your safety and that of Warwick’s community that we recommend you take asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests, this time as a prerequisite before re-starting on-campus teaching. Hopefully, if you’ve already taken tests in the lead-up to the Christmas student travel window, you’re already aware of how safe and simple it is to do - if you’re one of the thousands who made the trip to the NHS Test and Trace centre based at The Slate, thank you.

From 5 January 2021, The Slate will again play host to the NHS Test and Trace service. Over the Christmas and New Year break, please look out for notifications on MyWarwick, or check your Warwick email account, for information on how to book.

Next steps

We know there’s lot of information for you to keep on top of at the moment! That’s why we’ll do everything we can to keep you updated, and you should keep a close eye on your Warwick email account and MyWarwick during the Christmas break. MyWarwick is the place to find out information about the University’s Christmas vacation provision if you’re staying on campus or locally, as well as ideas of the Warwick Presents programme of activity in term 2. As always, if you have any queries in the meantime, please do email me directly.

Best wishes,



Professor Emma Mason, Head of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick