Dear student,

As of today, a total of 1,758 people in the United Kingdom have been tested for coronavirus , of whom 1,750 were confirmed negative and eight positive.

A member of our University community remains in precautionary self-isolation while they await the results of a test for coronavirus. We are continuing to monitor the situation and support this individual, alongside working closely with Public Health England (PHE).

The health and safety of our students, staff, visitors and the wider community is our top priority. We continue to be guided by PHE advice and we will communicate with you as soon as we have been notified of the awaited test outcome.

The University’s Emergency Planning Team is meeting daily to ensure that we have appropriate procedures and arrangements 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 key contacts in the local authority to ensure that our approach is consistent with expert advice.

The University is open as normal with teaching, research and all other activities running as usual. We are monitoring the situation closely and we continue to ensure our community is briefed on the latest Government advice and to provide the best support we can in this evolving situation.

We have published coronavirus information for students which covers guidance on studies and attendance at University. We would encourage you to read them and regularly check for additional updates.

Please remember to follow good hand hygiene and standard infection control guidelines: Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

Anyone concerned about their health in relation to coronavirus should follow PHE advice and contact NHS 111 if the guidance advises them to do so.

Kind regards,

Professor Peter Lambert (Pro-Vice Chancellor, Learning and Teaching) and Dr Cassie Wilson (Vice-President, Student Experience)