What does the UK Government’s roadmap mean for teaching and the return of students?
The roadmap out of lockdown announced by the UK Government allows universities, from 8 March, to resume practical elements of in-person teaching and learning for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students studying practical or practice-based subjects which require specialist equipment and facilities.
The University of Bath has a significant number of students studying engineering, architecture and science subjects. This means around a quarter of our students will have the opportunity to return to Bath and resume the practical parts of their courses.
Currently, we are unable to invite any other students to return for taught sessions in line with Government restrictions. However, the UK Government has stated that they will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of these students.
How will the University be keeping staff, students and the local community safe?
As well as existing measures including implementing social distancing and one-way systems, enhancing cleaning regimes, requiring the wearing of face coverings and applying maximum room occupancy limits across campus, the university community will continue to take part in the rapid asymptomatic testing scheme.
All students are expected to take two tests on their return to Bath, and are encouraged to also take a test before they travel where community testing facilities are available. Students are then expected to continue with twice weekly testing while they are at University.
Staff working on campus or in University buildings will also be strongly encouraged to take up twice weekly testing. We will continue to publish daily statistics on confirmed cases at the University.
The University’s Emergency Management Team is meeting regularly to ensure that appropriate procedures and arrangements are in place. This group is made up of key leads from across the University and the students’ union and is in regular contact with PHE, the NHS and the local authority to ensure that our approach remains consistent with expert advice.
How will public transport to and from campus be managed?
We will continue to work with the local council and First Bus to plan routes between campus, town and residential areas. Buses are likely to be operating with reduced capacity , and wearing face coverings is mandatory, with limited exemptions.
What does the roadmap mean for the University’s sports facilities?
The outdoor sports facilities reopened on Monday 29 March, including our tennis courts, astros, running track and playing fields. Formally organised outdoor sports for adults and under 18s were also able to restart at this stage.
From Monday 12 April indoor sports will reopen for individual or household use, so we are planning to open facilities at our Sports Training Village, including the gym. Please see the Team Bath website for latest updates on reopening.
Customers will be asked to book their sessions via the Team Bath App or website so that we can remain Covid-regulation compliant at all times.
Social distancing, mask-wearing, equipment-cleaning, hand-sanitising and one-way protocols will apply as previously within the Team Bath STV and we will have some changing rooms and lockers open for use but we request all customers arrive changed and ready for activity and only use showers if absolutely necessary.
From 17 May onwards at the earliest we may be able to open up indoor, organised sports, but options remain for customers to work-out virtually or book outdoor personal training sessions. Visit TeamBath.com/fitness for more details.
If there is a problem that affects me as a local resident, how do I raise it with the University?
The Student Community Partnership includes partners from across the city and aims to help manage any issues which may arise related to university students living in the city of Bath. For more information, or to raise an issue you are experiencing, please contact the Student Community Partnership.
If the behaviour of a member of the University contravenes our policies then we will, of course, intervene. We have disciplinary measures available for any more serious cases but often find we can resolve issues before this is necessary.