Emerging from lockdown

Universities UK (UUK) has published a briefing that outlines nine principles and areas for universities to consider when they emerge from lockdown. The nine principles outlined in the briefing include consideration of:

  • the health, safety and wellbeing of students, staff, visitors and wider community;
  • making appropriate changes to university layout and infrastructure in accordance with public health advice and guidance on social distancing, review learning;
  • teaching and an assessment to ensure that there is flexibility to deliver a high-quality student experience;
  • review the welfare and mental health needs of students and staff;
  • develop effective processes to welcome and support international students and staff, including during any self-isolation period;
  • review cleaning and hygiene protocols in all university spaces;
  • following appropriate risk assessments, universities should introduce measures to enable research to be conducted in a safe and responsible manner;
  • engage with staff and students, including consultation with trade unions, to ensure the transition from lockdown both protects the wellbeing of staff and students; and
  • universities should work with civic or local partners wherever appropriate.

More recently, the University and College Union (UCU) has called to “scrap plans” to reopen campuses to prevent a major public health crisis. UCU has also stated that there should be no default face-to-face teaching.

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