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General Information

Coronavirus Cases

We aim to update this page every working day before 9.30am, where possible, to show the numbers of new positive coronavirus test results on the specified date (or specified previous period).

Current week

Reporting the number of new cases each day – not cumulative cases.

Date of update Students on campus (new cases by date) Students off-campus (new cases by date) Staff (new cases by date)
Monday, October 26, 2020 (including weekend) 5 14 1
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1 7 0
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 0 3 0
Thursday, October 29, 2020 0 3 1
Friday, October 30, 2020 - - -

Total live cases across the university community

Date of update Live cases
29 October 2020 79

Previous weeks

Date Students on campus Students off-campus Staff
Week ending October 23, 2020 17 67 3
Week ending October 16th, 2020 1 18 0
September 1 to October 11, 2020 0 0 0

Due to data reconciliation and the dates on which we receive confirmation of test results, there might occasionally be a delay in reporting. Cases will be reported on the date that they are verified. Live cases will be reported on the basis of positive test results where the 10 day isolation period has not yet expired. The published data will include new cases from the previous day, midnight to midnight.

Harper Adams University has a total student population of c5,000, however, fewer than 3,000 are usually engaged in campus-based learning at any one time. The remainder will be on work placements, are part-time students or are engaged in work-based, workforce development programmes. Our staff population is c550.

Harper Adams University is currently operating at the Department for Education defined Tier 1, providing blended learning, with face-to-face tuition, following the provisions of Government guidance, and public health guidance, including, for example, the appropriate 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 a walk-through testing centre on campus
  • The organisation of campus-resident students into “herds”. These are their new 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 have reduced group sizing, with 1m+ distancing and a requirement for all who are not exempt to wear a face covering.
  • Seat locations of all staff and students are being recorded to allow for speedy identification of close contacts for test and trace.
  • Updated Community Charter to ensure all staff and students are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Plans and support 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 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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