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University operating levels

The impact of entering the various Covid Alert Levels on the operations of the University.

Project status

In progress

Duration

Open-ended

Numbered levels
There are five alert levels

The wellbeing, safety and health of all members of our community is a fundamental priority for the University, and these considerations are at the core of our plans. This aims to give our students and staff an indication of the way the University will operate under each UK Government alert level.

We understand that we’ve all experienced a great deal of uncertainty and change in the last few months. We are designing our plans to be as future-proof as possible, so we are agile enough to respond to any changes in government guidance, whilst enabling our students and staff to study and work in a supportive and welcoming environment.

5 - Lockdown begins

Education

  • All learning online, with live interactive sessions and independent study

Research

  • Only essential activity related to Covid-19 continues

Extra curricular activities

  • Online activity only
  • Sports Training Village and arts centre closed

Support for staff and students

  • Student Services and SU advice delivered online/by phone
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff delivered online/by phone

Accommodation catering and retail

  • Student accommodation open for those who need it, in line with government advice
  • Take away food and campus shop open for essential services

Campus buildings and travel

  • Mostly closed, except essential services
  • Minimal bus services, with social distancing measures

Working arrangements

  • Most staff working from home/remotely
  • Essential operational staff delivering services on campus e.g. security and catering

4 - Strict social distancing (any 'local lockdowns' may be at this level)

Education

  • All learning online, with live interactive sessions and independent study (there may be some exceptional cases)

Research

  • Initiation and maintenance of such funded and critical research as can be sustained under strict social distancing, including associated PGR student activity

Extra curricular activities

  • Online activity only
  • Sports Training Village and arts centre closed (there may be exceptional cases e.g. some elite sports where government rules allow)

Support for staff and students

  • Student Services and SU advice delivered online/by phone
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff delivered online/by phone

Accommodation catering and retail

  • Student accommodation open for those who need it, in line with government advice
  • Take away food and campus shop open for essential services

Campus buildings and travel

  • Mostly closed, except required services
  • Bus services available but likely to be reduced service with social distancing measures

Working arrangements

  • Most staff working from home/remotely
  • Essential operational staff delivering services on campus e.g. security and catering

3 - Gradual relaxation of restrictions

Education

  • Blended learning a mixture of in-person, live online interactive learning and independent study
  • Continued remote study for those who need to shield

Research

  • Funded and critical research areas active, including the return of associated PGR students

Extra-curricular activities

  • In line with government guidelines, socially distanced in-person activity with small gatherings and some reopening of sports activity

Support and services for staff and students

  • Student Services and SU advice delivered online/by phone.
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff delivered online/by phone
  • In-person support as required

Accommodation, Catering and retail

  • Student accommodation open
  • Some food and drink outlets available and campus shop open

Campus buildings and travel

  • Gradual reopening of some services e.g. Library service, print service
  • Bus services available but with social distancing measures

Working Arrangements

  • Staff working on campus, including those in education and research
  • Those who are able to work at full capacity remotely to do so
  • Essential operational staff delivering services on campus e.g. security and catering

2 - Minimal social distancing, enhanced government tracing

Education

  • Blended learning a mixture of in-person, live online interactive learning and independent study
  • Larger group sessions to resume when safe, following Covid-secure guidelines

Research

  • Majority of research activities that require in-person access to facilities
  • Some activity involving human participants in research allowed

Extra-curricular activities

  • Opening up of wider social activities, including sports and gym

Support and services for staff and students

  • Student Services and SU advice delivered both in person and online/by phone
  • Employee Assistance Programme for staff delivered both in person and online/by phone

Accommodation, Catering and retail

  • Student accommodation open
  • Food outlets available, may have special measures in place
  • Campus shop open

Campus buildings and travel

  • Wider reopening of buildings on campus and in town
  • Bus services available, some social distancing measures still required

Working Arrangements

  • Some staff on campus, some working remotely

1 - No social distancing, Covid-19 no longer present in UK

Education

  • More in-person learning and teaching to resume, retaining the best features of online delivery

Research

  • Research activities phased back to normal levels of activity

Extra-curricular activities

  • Full range of extra-curricular activity available, with no social distancing required

Support and services for staff and students

  • Student Services and support to staff operating normally, with both online and in person options available

Accommodation, Catering and retail

  • Accommodation, catering and retail outlets open as usual

Campus buildings and travel

  • Full range of University buildings open, bus routes return to normal levels with no social distancing

Working Arrangements

  • Most staff working on campus some days each week