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Update for staff and doctoral researchers - 31 December 2020

Dear Colleagues and Doctoral Researchers

Yesterday afternoon the UK Government made an announcement delaying the return of taught students on some courses to universities, with a plan to review the situation in the week of 18th January. In addition, Leicestershire will move into Tier 4.

We now need to review our arrangements for the start of term on 11th January. It is likely that planned in-person delivery scheduled for early January will need to move online or be delayed. As you will know, Semester One examinations and associated revision lectures are already scheduled to be online. Students have been advised to continue to prepare and to submit coursework to existing deadlines as planned.

The Vice-Chancellor will write to all colleagues early next week to provide more detail on short-term arrangements.

The Vice-Chancellor joined a meeting with the Universities Minister yesterday afternoon, where it was made clear that universities are not being asked to close. Our Loughborough campus will re-open on Monday  4th January. Our London campus will re-open one week later on Monday 11th January. Covid testing will be operating as planned. The Library and research facilities will be open. Working practices for colleagues and doctoral researchers will continue to combine home and on-site activity (where colleagues’ roles enable them to work remotely), but with a clear request that you should work from home where you are able to.

We will update our guidance for colleagues who have unexpected caring responsibilities because of school closures early next week (and will include further specific guidance for doctoral researchers), but the existing position can be found here (see the last FAQ under the ‘caring responsibilities’ section).

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Richard Taylor
Chief Operating Officer