The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is now a global pandemic. This is when an infectious disease passes easily from person to person in many parts of the world at the same time. The UK Government has outlined strict new measures in an attempt to suppress the spread of coronavirus.
The government guidance says people should only leave home for one of four reasons:
- Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
- One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
- Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home
The University has been planning for this situation for weeks, and does not underestimate the seriousness of this situation or its effects on the life of our community.
The University will deliver all teaching and assessment online only when semester resumes after Spring Break (30 March 2020).
We are updating the FAQs as promptly as we can to outline the measures students and staff can take to mitigate the risks of coronavirus infection, and the steps we have taken as a University to prepare.
Students and staff should check their University email accounts at least twice daily for further updates.