Date Published: 16 March 2020
Last Updated: 04 January 2022
Our focus is providing a safe and welcoming environment that will ensure all our students receive an excellent learning experience.
The wellbeing, health and safety of our students, staff and communities remains our top priority and our aim is to provide as much clarity as we can.
On these pages you will find the latest information on the steps being taken in-centre and any changes to learning and teaching.
To make the information easy to find, we have separated the content in to different pages that you can access via the links below.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced on 27 November 2021 the temporary introduction of new measures as a result of the Omicron variant. These measures are precautionary, while the variant is tracked and assessed. The Government asks everybody to act carefully and remain cautious.
We’re continuing to follow guidance from the Government and our priority remains the continuity of your learning. Please continue to check your email. Thank you for your ongoing understanding and support.
If you are finding this period of time challenging, please do speak with our Welfare Team, who are always on hand to support you with any queries or personal matters that you may come across during your studies. Our friendly team are here to help and can also share a variety of resources with you that you may find useful.
New measures following the UK Government announcement
In line with Government guidance, we are:
- Continuing our enhanced cleaning regime
- Encouraging all students and staff to continue to wash your hands
- Requesting all students and staff wear a face covering when entering and moving around on-campus, in breakout spaces and in one-to-one appointments where a 2-metre social distance cannot be maintained
- Asking all to maintain a 2-metre social distance, where possible
- Operating a check-in process when you arrive on-campus through QR codes on our branded banners. NHS Test and Trace QR codes will also be available to scan
- Encouraging all students and staff to regularly test – even if you do not have coronavirus symptoms – using the Covid-19 rapid lateral flow test (LFT)
- Asking you to stay home and self-isolate if you have Covid-19 symptoms. You will need to arrange a PCR test
- Asking you to book a place on campus including appointments with our support services
- Encouraging all one-to-one appointments to be conducted online where practical and possible
Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.
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We are committed to ensuring that our students are still able to continue learning and accessing our support services. Students are now able to access the campus for bookable study spaces and face-to-face appointments with our support services. To help us maintain safe numbers on campus – you must book a place before arriving on campus. Current students can find out how to book a place here.
To support NHS Test and Trace and to help us manage capacity, when you arrive on campus, we will ask you to scan a QR code and complete a form online to check-in. You will also be asked to check-out on leaving the campus.
You can check the QA Higher Education Coming to Campus guide here.
What action are you taking in-centre?
We continue to be guided by Government and sector advice in all our planning and are undertaking risk assessments of each of our teaching locations.
Our priorities remain the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and communities, and to ensure access to learning so you are able to continue your journey to graduation and your future career goals.
If we identify an increased risk to our community or have to make a change to the way we operate, we will let you know.
Our focus is on making sure we can provide a safe and welcoming environment in our Centres. As such, we are implementing a number of measures in our buildings, including:
- Requiring face coverings to be worn in classrooms, break out spaces and when moving around campuses
- Ensuring enhanced cleaning regimes are followed with key areas deep-cleaned at the end of each day
- Displaying Covid-19 safety and awareness signage through our buildings, highlighting stair access routes
- Installing sanitiser stations in receptions, breakout spaces and classrooms
- Offering appointments with each of our support services, online, via telephone and on-campus, so you can still access all of our support teams
Read the QA Coming in to Campus Guide here with important information on checking in and out of our buildings, cleaning regimes and testing.