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Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Harper Adams University has closed its campus to all except essential staff and resident students following the Prime Minister’s statement on March 23rd.

We urge all members of the campus community to comply with the Government guidance and stay at home unless providing an essential service.

Resident students should follow the guidance below, treating their halls of residents/university house as their home.

The Prime Minister made it absolutely clear that, from March 23 and for at least three weeks:

  • People in Britain will be allowed to leave their homes for only “very limited purposes” - shopping for basic necessities; for one form of exercise a day; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”
  • People should not to meet friends or family members who they do not live with
  • Shopping is permitted only for essentials such as food and medicine, and should be done as infrequently as possible
  • Police have powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings
  • All shops selling non-essential goods, such as clothing and electronic stores, have been ordered to close
  • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship are to close
  • All gatherings of more than two people in public - excluding people you live with - are banned
  • All social events, including weddings and baptisms are banned, though funerals are not included in the new restrictions
  • Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed
  • The restrictions will be “under constant review” and will be checked again in three weeks. They will be relaxed “if the evidence shows we are able to”

As a result, and in addition to the steps we have already taken to move teaching online, the university has introduced other measures including:

  • Closure of the campus library. The building will be closed but online services will remain available
  • Removing access to campus computer workstations. We are now looking at ways in which we can mitigate the impact of this on student work
  • Denying access to campus for all staff except those delivering essential services and maintaining animal welfare standards. These include the farm, small animal unit, student support services, catering and security colleagues, as well as estates staff ensuring provision of utilities and IT staff ensuring continued availability of online services. Staff have been provided with more information via email.

Travel advice

The Government advises against all unnecessary travel. Please see guidance above about permitted movement.

UK Government / NHS health advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home:

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Vulnerable individuals

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.

Information for students

Full guidance on the outbreak of Coronavirus for students can be found on Moodle.

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Information for staff

Full guidance on the outbreak of Coronavirus for students can be found on the Portal.

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Information about events

The university has postponed all events due to take place in the coming weeks. For more information and to register your interest for future events please visit the events section of our website.

Register for future events

Information for visitors

No visitors will be permitted to campus during the shutdown.

Further advice

Please refer to the websites below for the latest information as changes are made on a daily basis.

Further advice and updates are also available on these sites: Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the World Health Organisation 

Information for applicants and offer holders

Admissions and entry requirements 

We are monitoring the situation and working with current Government and UCAS advice to make sure you receive clear information and direction as quickly as possible.

Undergraduate applicants and offer holders

The University continues to receive and assess applications and make offers. If you have already received an offer, we encourage you to respond in line with the current UCAS guidance and deadlines via UCAS Track.

If you are due to start university in 2020 or 2021:

Open days, offer holder days and other campus visits have all been postponed in line with Government advice and guidance. Please register your interest to allow us to let you know about events later in the year and keep you informed on activities at the university.

You can also register your interest in our October and November open days and we will be in contact later in the year.

Please see the official update from UCAS and Universities UK.

Postgraduate applications and offer holders

If you have applied for a postgraduate place or had hoped to come to a postgraduate open afternoon, we will stay in touch with you in the coming weeks and months, to make sure you are aware of opportunities to visit or otherwise explore the university and its postgraduate programmes. Please continue to register for the events you are interested in, in order to receive updates about them.  The University continues to receive and assess applications and make offers. If you have already received an offer, please follow any guidance provided.

Postgraduate events

I am due to start my studies at the University and I am having difficulties obtaining my passport/visa/making my travel arrangements. What should I do?

For new students concerned about obtaining a new visa, you should contact the University (for undergraduate applicants by emailing admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk, for postgraduate applicants by emailing postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk  Where there are delays in obtaining your travel documents or obtaining a flight, the University will assess your situation on a case by case basis, to determine whether you can start your programme a little later, although for most courses, this provision is unlikely to extend beyond two weeks from the normal start date

What if I am having difficulty making arrangements to be tested for my English language at an approved centre?

For applicants who need to be tested for their English language using an approved test centre and where the test centres are currently closed, the University will make an assessment on a case by case basis, taking account of the latest UK Government Home Office guidance. If you have any concerns, please contact the University (for undergraduate applicants by emailing admissions@harper-adams.ac.uk and for postgraduate applicants by emailing postgraduate@harper-adams.ac.uk).

How can I help?

In this difficult time, some of us feel busier than even trying to keep work and study on track after the move to home isolation and social distancing. But others might find themselves at a loose end, through no fault of their own. If you have the time, the good health and the energy, here are some volunteering initiatives that you might wish to consider.

GoodSam

Relevant to both students or staff, the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme met with an unprecedented response from more than 500,000 after it was launched. In light of this, the Government raised the target participation to 750,000 people. Some volunteer activities don’t require you to leave you home (for example the phone-based “check-in and chat”) and you can participate according to your own schedule. Find out more on the NHS Volunteer responders page or the GoodSam website.

Telford & Wrekin Volunteer Taskforce

Relevant to both students or staff in the area local to the university: our Local Authority is establishing a Volunteer Taskforce database that will be run by the Council to help provide support for vulnerable people who may have to remain in their homes for the next few months. There are a wide range of vital tasks including deliveries of food and supplies, shopping, assisting social care providers and phone support, that can be undertaken from home, addressing the isolation that many will be feeling. The time periods are flexible – they are just looking for help at any level. If you feel you are able to offer support in a voluntary capacity, email Telford & Wrekin Council at cpt@telford.gov.uk.

Staffordshire Community Support Effort (Students or Staff in the Local Area)

Relevant to both students or staff in the area local to the university: a volunteering scheme supported by Staffordshire County Council to provide help for those in social isolation. Find out more on the Staffordshire County Council website.

YFC Support for Rural and Farming Communities (Students)

Relevant to students: NFYFC campaign to secure help for rural and farming communities in a variety of roles, including those where farming and food businesses are seeking assistance. Further information can be found via your local YFC, on the NFYFC website, or on the Hops Labour Solutions website.

Harper Adams – Here for Agriculture (Students)

Relevant to students: We have received requests from a number of companies for temporary workers to deal with shortages of labour in the food supply chain. These roles are likely to be longer term and available only to students who have completed all of their required assignments and other assessments. The timing and location will, of course, also be variable. Please keep watching the Careers section of our website for more information. The University is sharing opportunities across social media as well.

Pick for Britain

Relevant to students: the Government is planning a Pick for Britain campaign to address the expected shortage in seasonal workers. A nationwide push is expected to be launched ‘within weeks’ calling for anyone from students to laid-off hospitality workers to pick fruit and vegetables ‘in the national interest’. More details will follow.

In all cases, please ensure that those for whom you volunteer and/or work, have put in place the necessary safeguards to look after your health in the activities in which you take part. We are not in a position to provide advice and support on any such engagements, but simply want to make you aware of these schemes. We hope they will be of interest to those of you with spare time who want to contribute and make a difference.

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