University response to the Prime Minister's statement - Monday 16 March 2020 (update at 21:30)
We have considered carefully this evening’s update from the Prime Minister. In light of the fact that schools and education settings are remaining open for the time being – will be continuing to implement the plans shared with staff and students this afternoon to move to online teaching, increasing working from home and restricted operations on campus.
We recognise that the situation continues to evolve rapidly and are asking all staff and students to ensure that they have tested their ability to work or study remotely.
As in the email sent earlier today we understand that many students have already chosen to return home and that other students will also be returning before the end of term.
However, we want to draw attention to some important changes - any students or staff that fall into the following categories – over 70, pregnant, or with a pre-existing health condition - should not come onto campus in light of today’s guidance from the Prime Minister. Staff in these groups should notify their manager if working from home with immediate effect.
Students should follow the correct process to record that they have left the campus using the authorised absence process. Details of this process are as follows:
For an international student with a T4 Visa: the process to notify of absence can be found here.
For a UK/EU Student: the process to notify of absence can be found here.
We will be sending a daily update to you until further notice so please keep checking for this and reading our FAQs.