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Coronavirus

How we are keeping our community safe

Harper Adams University is operating in accordance with current Department for Education guidance for Universities.

During the first term of 2021-2 we will offer face-to-face tuition, particularly to meet practical course-related learning outcomes and to provide important learning opportunities for students. This will be complemented by online lectures for more theoretical aspects of courses. In all instances, the University is following government guidance and public health guidance. The University might request that face coverings are worn in some scenarios, for example, during small group teaching where individuals are in close contact and if there are outbreaks of Covid within the University community.

Our measures to protect our community include:

  • A dedicated Covid-19 hotline through which individuals can access advice, report symptoms and report test results.

  • Availability of Lateral flow tests for all staff and students to carry out home testing... and a mobile PCR testing centre on campus.

  • Tutorials and practical lessons will be in-person, and to help keep everyone safe, these sessions will have reduced group sizing – this will give more room to move around and for students to exercise their choice of making space. Students will be asked to bring a face covering to tutorial and practical classes, and to use this if they are working with others in close proximity e.g. huddled around a practical task. We will review these arrangements if the infection rate spikes.

  • For students completing a major project as part of their programme, our extensive practical facilities will be available.

  • 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 e.g. related to travel and working patterns of the group. Students and staff will continue to record their attendance via the system which allows identification of room and seat location. This will allow for speedy identification of close contacts for test and trace if needed.

  • 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 meets regularly 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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