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How we are keeping our community safe

Harper Adams University is operating in accordance with current Department for Education guidance for Universities, providing blended learning, with face-to-face tuition where required to meet specific practical course related learning outcomes. In all instances the University is following government guidance and public health guidance, including, for example, use of face coverings.

Our measures to protect our community include:

  • A dedicated Covid-19 hotline through which individuals can access advice, report symptoms and report test results
  • Hosting regular lateral flow testing for all staff and students and a mobile polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing centre on campus
  • The organisation of resident students into “herds”. These are their households and these students, even if they number more than six in a herd, are permitted under the Rule of Six to socialise together. Students have, however, been urged not to mix herds, even if complying with the Rule of Six, to protect the wider staff, student and local population.
  • Large group teaching is being delivered online only
  • Tutorials and practical lessons where these may now continue in person, have reduced group sizing and a requirement for all who are not exempt to wear a face covering. Some tutorials are being delivered on line where we believe it is educationally beneficial to do so. For apprenticeships and postgraduate programmes there may be a different balance of in-person teaching and online group teaching, tailored to the needs of the specific group.
  • Seat locations of all staff and students are being recorded to allow for speedy identification of close contacts for test and trace.
  • Details of our COVID Academic Assistance Package has been provided to our students. This summarises the changes to policies and regulations and support services during the pandemic.
  • Our updated Community Charter remains in place to ensure all staff and students are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Support arrangements are in place in the event of students requiring to self-isolate, including catering, isolation accommodation and mental health provision.
  • The University operates a Covid-19 management group to oversee University Covid related measures and response plans. This group is made up of members of the Senior Management Team and leaders of professional and student services. It is chaired by the Vice-Chancellor. This group currently meets twice a week and will continue to be the responsible group for mobilising emergency responses in the event of an outbreak on campus or in the local or wider community.

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