The University’s plans are:
Teaching and learning
- To offer some in-person teaching on all programmes from 17 May
- To encourage students to return to Loughborough/campus in readiness for 17 May*
- Provide opportunities to ‘catch up’ on activities that may have been postponed from the spring term. This would be after exams, but before the end of term
- Make arrangements for online study for those who are not able to return in-person
*students based in countries that are on the Government’s ‘red list’ will be advised not to travel.
Testing and social distancing
- Apply social distancing measures on campus in line with Government advice
- Ask students to take a covid test prior to travel back to Loughborough
- Require students to take a free covid before they access facilities
- Require students to take a covid test at least once a week
Sport and other campus activities
- Resume indoor group sports and exercise classes from 17 May
- Reopen indoor venues at LSU from 17 May, with limits on the numbers of people allowed inside at any one time
- Relax restrictions on gatherings outdoors, with up to 30 people allowed together
- Allow a maximum of six people or two households to meet indoors
- Hold two weeks of Graduations with ceremonies for the 2020 cohort being held between 19-23 July and for our 2021 cohort being held between 26-30 July
- Hold summer balls for halls of residence from 24 June to 11 July in a marquee on Shirley Pearce Square (subject to Government rules at the time).
- Communications to students will remind them of the rules and restrictions about social distancing and wearing of face coverings
- Discipline procedures will continue to apply for those persistently breaking rules
The University will finish for the 2020/2021 academic year on Friday 25 June, though activity on campus will continue in line with the activities listed above.
Richard Taylor, Chief Operating Officer commented: “It has been a challenging 14 months for everyone. We are pleased that the plans for easing of restrictions are proceeding and that we will have the opportunity to welcome back students for a short period before the end of this academic year. Compliance with our testing arrangements by students is very high indeed and we are confident that this will continue as we move forward.”
Jo Maher, Principal and CEO at Loughborough College, added: “We are delighted that the University is able to work in a way that supports students back on campus. Loughborough College will continue to work closely with our community partners to continue doing what we can to break the chains of transmission in Charnwood.”
Anyone with concerns about breaches of Covid-19 regulations or other student anti-social behaviour should report these to University security on 01509 222141.