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Update for students - 5 October

Dear Students,

I am writing to thank you all.

Over the last week the campus has come back to life. Our halls have their new residents. Sport is being played. The marquee on Shirley Pearce Square is a hive of socially-distanced activity. Lectures start today.

My reason for saying thanks is for the high standard of behaviour that I have seen across the campus, in particular with students following guidelines to minimise the Covid-19 risk to the University community.

Over the weekend I saw ‘households’ of Freshers, many involved in activities arranged by Hall Committees. I had the opportunity to watch sport and was heartened to see spectators socially distancing and following the advice of Covid marshals to keep walkways clear. I observed a group of students playing indoor games in one of the marquees, moving out through one door marked as the exit as the next group came in through another door marked as the entrance.

These actions and the many others that I know you have been following have impressed me and I am tremendously grateful to you all.

Your actions are having a significant impact.

As of 8 o’clock this morning there were four confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our halls of residence – although we have a number of further tests we need to run today. I have visited all four households to offer my support. The students in each of the households have done all that we have requested to protect themselves and others around them.

I am a realist and expect the number of students showing Covid-19 symptoms to rise over the coming week but with your actions and good will I am confident that we can minimise the risk of a major outbreak at Loughborough.

Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to relax. We must be constantly vigilant and this is even more important today as teaching starts and we are all moving around inside buildings. Please continue to remember the seven golden rules, maintain appropriate social distancing and if you become symptomatic, isolate immediately and contact Connect and Protect to receive support. We can also help facilitate rapid testing in some cases.

We are all in this together and it is our collective actions, just like those that I have seen in recent days, that will see us through.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,



Professor Robert J. Allison