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Coronavirus Covid-19 – latest update on Kingston University's response

Posted Wednesday 15 July 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 – latest update on Kingston University's response

The health, wellbeing and safety of all our students and staff remains our top priority. The University remains closed for teaching, learning and administration with the only exception being our halls of residence, which remain open for those students.

Arrangements for September

When does the University open?

The University has been available to staff and students since the start of lockdown via remote access to all our services. For the start of term in September:

  • Our campuses will be open, with measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.
  • Lectures will likely remain online for some time but there will be access to campus for smaller group learning, practical working – such as studio and lab-based work – and using the libraries.
  • Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston University.
  • You will continue to get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.

When does term start?

  • Induction week for new students: Monday 14 September 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020
  • Teaching block 1: Begins Monday 21 September 2020

How will I be taught?

Lectures will likely remain online for some time but there will be access to campus for smaller group learning, practical working – such as studio and lab-based work – and using the libraries.

Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston University.

You will continue to get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services.

We want to ensure that you have a supportive, inclusive and high-quality learning experience that Kingston is proud to deliver and we are putting a number of measures in place to provide you with this.

The whole University is focused on making sure you receive an excellent education and a fulfilling experience.

Read an email message from our Vice-Chancellor to all students.

How will the practical aspects of my course be taught?

While lectures will likely remain online for some time, there will be access to campus for practical working, such as studio and lab-based work.

What safety measures are being put in place to protect students and staff on campus?

Keeping our University community safe and well has been our absolute priority since the emergence of Covid-19, and will continue to be as we start the new academic year.

Our campuses will have measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.

Please be assured that we will take all the necessary steps to ensure a safe study and work environment.

How will Kingston support my return to learning?

We can offer you access to our free return to study programme to ease you in to university life. This will be available if you choose Kingston, and can be followed at your own pace.

Will the libraries be open?

There will be access to campus for using the libraries. Your learning will be enhanced with digital provision, giving a blended approach to your time at Kingston.

Our campuses will have measures in place to ensure everyone's safety, such as social distancing, controlled access and increased cleaning.

What support will be available to me?

You will get personal support from your lecturers, and benefit from the university support services, such as finance, healthcare and faith services

You can find out more about the support we offer in our guide to health and wellbeing during the outbreak.

My course has a placement year. Will that still take place?

Placements are being reviewed for the next academic year while we work with government guidance and with the health and safety of our students as a top priority.

We will need to remain flexible to respond to the changing situation to decide any changes that may be required to our placements.

General information about current arrangements

We will continue to closely monitor developments and take necessary action in line with the latest government advice, along with guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.

Cancellation of face-to-face teaching

The University has stopped all face-to-face teaching. This means students are not required to attend lectures, tutorials or other workshop and laboratory sessions on campus. Wherever possible we will deliver teaching and revision materials online. We are also putting other adjustments in place to support our students, who will be kept updated by their course leaders or heads of department.

Assessment and exams

All exams that had been due to take place on campus have been cancelled and replaced with alternative forms of online assessment. We are aiming to ensure our students are able to progress and graduate at the appropriate time.

Exact arrangements will vary by programme and level. Course and module leaders will be in touch with our students to inform them directly about specific arrangements.

Library support for assignments

Our library staff are operating the Ask a Librarian live chat facility and offering appointments over Skype to continue to support students with their course work. Students can click on the 'Chat now' box on iCat to access this support.

Summer graduation ceremonies postponed

As a result of ongoing uncertainty about the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency and because of government limits on gatherings, the University is postponing its summer graduation ceremonies set to take place in July. We are exploring possible options for replacement ceremonies once the pandemic has passed and the government restrictions have lifted.

We will be sure to keep all our graduating students fully updated as soon as we have more details about alternative arrangements. We look forward to coming together as a community at a later date to celebrate our students' achievements and the important contributions their families, friends and our staff have made to their academic success.

Halls of residence

Our halls of residence remain open for those student residents still remaining in Kingston. Special support will be provided for any students who might need to self-isolate.

Students with queries about halls of residence or other accommodation can get in touch through the University's StudentHub. They should log on with their usual Kingston University username and password.

Health precautions

We are encouraging all members of our University community to remember to follow the advice from the Department for Health and Social Care to tackle the spread of the virus in the United Kingdom.

It is urging everyone to wash their hands more often than usual for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or to use hand sanitiser. This is particularly important if people have to go out at any point, blow their noses, sneeze or cough, or are preparing to eat or handle food. Following these simple steps will help protect all of us and the other people we might come in to contact with.

Wellbeing

The government is advising anyone who has a high temperature or a new, continuous cough to stay at home for seven  days if they live alone or for 14 days if they live with other people. The other people in a shared household should also stay at home for 14 days in this instance. This will help protect the whole community.‎

Should you need to call it, the NHS 111 helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be accessed by anyone currently in the United Kingdom, whether or not they are registered with a GP.

To avoid possible spread of the virus, it is important not to go to a health centre or hospital to seek medical advice in person.

Students who would like to speak to one of the University's specialist health and wellbeing advisers or counsellors should get in touch through the StudentHub. They should log on with their usual Kingston University username and password.

Support for self-isolation

There is more information available to help any students or staff who need to self-isolate on government advice. Students can contact their tutors by email or telephone to discuss their situation further.

The University has developed a policy for members of staff who need to self-isolate because they are suffering from specific symptoms or live with someone who does. The policy also provides guidance for staff members balancing family or other caring responsibilities with working from home.

Any students or staff who are self-isolating either now or in the coming weeks should let the University know by emailing alert@kingston.ac.uk.

Underlying health conditions

Any students or staff members who have an underlying health condition, are pregnant or have any other health concerns which they believe might put them at higher risk, should discuss these with their GP in the first instance or call NHS 111 for further advice.

Health and Safety assessment

View Kingston University's H&S plan, H&S assessment and Covid-19 secure declaration.

More information

Regular health and travel updates are being posted on our My Kingston and StaffSpace intranets. The University is also emailing students and staff about any significant changes and we encourage all our campus community to check these messages regularly for the latest advice.

At this point, we do not know how long we will need to keep the changes we have made to the University's operations in place. We will keep all our students, staff and external partners fully informed as the situation continues to unfold.

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