Update on returning to campus
In our last communication we advised we would let you know about the plans for students returning to campus after the Easter vacation period as soon as the Government guidance was announced. Unfortunately, as you may have seen in the media there was, again, no reference to higher education in University settings in the recent announcements from the UK Government.
We are disappointed that we cannot provide more of an update this week. As we write, it remains unclear when the Government will make a decision on the position for all students, although it may follow next week. Along with many other universities in England, we are seeking clarity on our position given that so many other sectors (including non-essential shops) are allowed to re-open fully from next week.
What we do know so far
Undergraduate and postgraduate-taught students on practical or practice-based courses, including creative subjects, who need access to specialist facilities and equipment can resume in-person teaching and learning from Monday 19 April. If you are on one of these courses you will receive further information from your school or department about what is available for you on campus.
At this moment, we don’t have any further information from Government about all other students who, so far, have not been ‘permitted to return for in-person teaching.’ We have planned and prepared for a number of different scenarios and we can confirm that if the return to on-campus teaching and learning is delayed you should follow your scheduled online timetable.
When any announcement from the Government is published we will be in contact with you as soon as possible to provide further clarification.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.