COVID-19: keeping you safe on campus

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is always our primary concern.

The Government announcement of Tuesday 14 April disappointingly confirms that face to face teaching cannot resume for those students not currently on campus until 17 May, at the earliest. Until then, those students not currently on campus should continue to learn online and remain at their home address. 

The Guidance states that ‘The timing aligns with Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap, where restrictions on social contact and indoor mixing will be further eased, and aims to limit potential public health risks associated with student populations moving across the country.’  

A letter from Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP to students outlines more about this decision and mentions access to some in person teaching for students on their return. However this will not be the case for most of our students at Hull, or indeed at many universities across the country, as almost all teaching for Trimester 2 will have finished by this time. 

I understand this will not be the news that any of us were hoping for and I wanted to express my deep disappointment, which I am certain will be shared across our institution, and many of those across the Higher Education sector. This is not the decision that we have been lobbying those at the highest levels to make, nor the outcome that we feel our students deserve. 

Access to campus and facilities is really important to support the wider wellbeing of some of our students, and our advice is that those students who need access to appropriate study spaces or who require additional support, including for mental health issues, continue to be welcome to return to campus. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea

Summary of key points announced by the Government
  • Remaining students will be advised to return to campus no earlier than 17 May - alongside Step 3 of the Roadmap, when restrictions on social contact will be eased further and the majority of indoor settings can reopen. 

  • As with the stages of the roadmap so far, this will be confirmed by Government one week in advance, following a further review of the data against the four tests. So universities and students will be given a week’s notice in regard to what is permitted from the 17 May.

  • Until then all students not currently on campus should continue to learn remotely and remain where they are living, wherever possible.

  • Almost all teaching for Trimester 2 will have ended by the 17 May and the majority of students will be in the assessment period. All assessments will take place online (unless advised otherwise for those students on critical courses currently taking part in in-person activity). 

  • If you feel you need to return to campus to access appropriate study spaces or to support your well-being or mental health, you are welcome to do so. Details of facilities currently available on campus are included in the email below. 

  • An additional £15m of Government funding for Universities to support student hardship has been announced, and we will share more details on this as they become available.

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