Information for all students: Government announcement about national lockdown

We understand that many of you will be keen to know what the UK Government announcement of a national four-week lockdown from Thursday 5 November means for our University community. 

We are working through the detail and waiting for further guidance from the Department for Education, as well as talking to the Director of Public Health for the City of Birmingham.  We will provide further detail as soon as possible, however we wanted to share the key headlines with you today.

  • Your teaching and research - along with other universities in England, and in line with the Government announcement, we will remain open to continue teaching and research delivery.  Unlike the March lockdown, the Government has advised students to remain at their term time addresses and we will continue to provide a range of safe, on campus activities and spaces to support your education.  Libraries and study spaces will remain open on campus and bimodal teaching and learning will continue with both face-to-face and on-line sessions.  
  • Your health and safety – the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains our priority and will be at heart of any decisions we make.  Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our community, Covid test-positive figures are continuing to decline on campus, with no evidence of transmission in teaching settings. 
  • We will keep you updated -  We recognise that this continues to be a period of some uncertainty for all students and we will be in contact with you as soon as we can with more detail.   

Thank you for your continuing support and cooperation.


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