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National lockdown update and letter from the Government

From Professor Richard Reece, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience:

All universities have been asked to forward a letter to our students from the Minister of State for Universities in which she explains how the national lockdown which will come into force on 5 November will affect you and your studies.

As the Vice-Chancellor said in her email which you will have received yesterday, we are committed to providing you with the best possible education and student experience which is in line with Government guidelines for the lockdown period.

We will continue to offer a mix of online and on-campus teaching/supervision in a Covid-safe environment. Our on-campus accommodation will remain open, as will the libraries and study spaces. Our catering outlets will also remain open, but it is likely that they will need to move to a take-away service and some may need to adjust their hours of operation.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the detailed information we have available online to support you during this challenging time. We will continue to update this information in response to changes in government guidelines.

I would also like to stress that we are here for you. We offer a range of services for our students including wellbeing and support, finance, online learning, IT, housing, accommodation, and immigration.

We are currently waiting for further information from the Government and will write to you again as soon as we have more details.

In the meantime, please continue with your current patterns of study and please talk to your School if you have any immediate concerns.

Best wishes

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience