Update to students - 11 March at 6pm
In his message on Monday the Vice-Chancellor promised we would keep you informed of the situation on campus with regard to Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am therefore writing with an update.
I can restate that we still have just the single confirmed case associated with the University, notified to you on Saturday. The individual remains away from Loughborough and continues to do well.
At present the University is still operating as normal and you should continue to attend classes, lab sessions etc as usual. If you feel you are not able to continue attending, you must notify your academic School. If you are studying on a Tier 4 visa we will write to you tomorrow (Thursday) with more detailed guidance.
Teaching sessions that are normally captured will be available through ReView. If you are absent from the University for any reason we recommend that you keep up with lectures on ReView and other teaching materials provided for your modules on Learn. You should adhere to any coursework submission deadlines where possible. If you are not on campus you will not be able to receive all teaching content in this way, for example seminars and laboratory classes. Plans are now ready for maintaining teaching through other means, if in the future it is not possible to maintain full campus delivery. We will write to you further with these as necessary.
If you are intending to travel overseas as Easter approaches, we strongly advise that before setting off you look at the travel advice from the Government for the country you intend to travel to. For example, from 11 March people arriving from overseas into Beijing, irrespective of country of origin, must undertake 14 days of self-isolation at their place of residence or centralised quarantine.
The best advice to try and minimise the risk of any infection spreading remains to wash your hands regularly, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. One of my colleagues has produced a short video that shows why handwashing is very effective. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw it in the bin and wash your hands immediately.
We are updating our dedicated website regularly, in line with advice from the NHS, Public Health England and the Government and to reflect any new questions we are being commonly asked. Please do look at the site regularly for the most up to date information.
Chief Operating Officer