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Update for staff - 23 February 2021

Dear Colleagues and Doctoral Researchers,

In his announcement yesterday, 22nd February, the Prime Minister outlined revisions to the national restrictions that will come into effect over the coming weeks. We have considered how they will impact on the University’s operations. Our plans will enable us to maintain as safe an environment as possible for all those on campus and ensure we follow Government guidelines.

We shall write later today to our students on both our campuses, outlining how the Government’s revisions will affect learning and teaching. Students requiring access to specialist equipment for practical teaching, workshops and similar activities will return from 8th March. There is separate information for students who are not currently resident in the UK. The email includes a reminder of the importance of weekly Covid testing.

Relevant elements of the key sections of the email to students are included at the foot of this message.

Social distancing in teaching and specialist facilities

The current advice is that our 1m+ social distancing arrangements for students are acceptable but must be fully observed. The principal implication of 1m+ means that students may work within 2m of each other ONLY if there are other mitigations in place. Examples include students working at different orientations to each other, screens, ventilation and/or the use of face coverings.

Staff should always maintain a 2m distance from students. If this is not possible, a higher standard of respiratory protection is recommended.

Covid testing

All colleagues who are working from campus for any period should obtain a free and rapid Covid test. In Loughborough you can do this by booking here. At our London campus, testing is available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10am and 14pm at the 4th floor test centre. Managers should please discuss this requirement with their team members who are working on campus. Staff should be appropriately supported if they are apprehensive about returning to working on campus. I have visited the University test centre on numerous occasions. Everyone is behaving responsibly and respecting guidelines.

Remote working

The current position is that colleagues and doctoral researchers should work from home where possible. Where colleagues and doctoral researchers need or are required to work from campus they should do so. Your manager / supervisor will advise if necessary. Colleagues working from campus should do so in such a way that maintains social distancing.

Can I thank colleagues and doctoral researchers once again for their incredible hard work and support at what remains a challenging time. With the Government’s announcement yesterday, I think we can look forward to a positive future. 

Professor Bob Allison
Vice-Chancellor