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Working on Campus Guidance

Current context (April 2021) 

Throughout the pandemic higher education has been recognised as an essential activity. Some colleagues have remained on campus throughout to carry out and support this essential work. HE colleagues have been classified as Key Workers and are able to attend work to deliver on-site activity. The campus has also remained open for any student or member of staff that needs to access it for health and wellbeing reasons. 

At the start of term, in line with the Government’s roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England, the government prioritised the return to face-to-face teaching for students on courses which had to be delivered in-person and which supported the pipeline of future critical key workers.  All students on practical and practise-based courses who require access to specialist equipment or facilities have been able to return to university from 8 March 2021. This means many of our students are already back on campus. In our residences, for example, over 50% of our undergraduates and close to 80% of our postgraduates are back.

The Government will issue further guidance about the return of students on all other courses shortly. We must of course continue to provide services to students on our campuses, and to academic colleagues that are on campus teaching them and carrying out research, education and learning activities. In addition to supporting students and research, any staff member who wants to come onto our campuses to access our facilities, or if they feel their wellbeing would be better served by being on campus, is very welcome to do so.

From 1 April 2021, in line with falling numbers of cases and the positive roll out of a vaccination programme, the Government will no longer be advising clinically vulnerable members of our community to shield. This guidance, and our thorough risk assessment processes, aim to support all our staff with their continued safe presence on, or return to, campus. Key equality considerations for managers have been included to ensure no member of our community is exposed to unnecessary or disproportionate risk to their ongoing health and wellbeing.

Current confirmed cases remain low with active, confirmed cases reported on a daily basis across our UK-based staff and student population.

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