Coronavirus
Community information

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and the communities around us continues to be our primary concern.

Kathryn Mitchell in the atrium of the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site
Professor Kathryn Mitchell

A letter from our Vice-Chancellor 

Since my last letter, we have entered into a third national lockdown and the government guidance for higher education institutions on managing the return of students and staff following the festive break has also changed.

I would therefore like to update you on what this means at Derby and the measures we have put in place to keep our students, staff and local communities safe.

I can share with you the following:

We understand the concerns students have around paying for University accommodation that they are unable to currently return to due to government guidelines, and have today written to them to confirm that:

While this is an extremely challenging time for everyone it is so important that we follow the national regulations and guidelines which are currently in place and do everything we can to keep ourselves and our local communities safe.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

The Vice-Chancellor also wrote a welcome letter in September to students and the wider community to explain what the University's plans were for the start of term, a letter in November with an update on the University's plans for managing the second lockdown period and a letter about plans for Christmas sharing the steps taken to ensure that students who wanted to go home for Christmas were able to do so safely for themselves and their families. And the Vice-Chancellor's most recent letter about returning to University in January 2021 with an update on plans for students.

How we are helping the local community

As a university, we take the civic role we play seriously and are committed to supporting our local communities through these challenging times. We are in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share.

We are already working with, and providing a wide range of support to, the NHS, local councils, organisations and communities across the city and county. Here are some examples of how we are responding to the crisis.

Photo of Kedleston Road in the summer

The University of Derby is to open an asymptomatic testing centre as part of the government’s UK-wide continuing drive to increase the availability of mass testing and to ensure that students who want to go home for Christmas can do so safely.

An artists at Banks Mill Studio painting.

Banks Mill Studios is hosting a digital Open Studios to showcase the works of its artists and designers this weekend (28-29 November)

Research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council will involve studies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Duchess looks at how the University is supporting students through the pandemic and discusses new online service for student mental health.

Graphic showing a coronavirus cell

Historians consider how future generations may see the pandemic in the first of a series of online talks focusing on the impact of coronavirus

Researchers from the University of Derby and University of Nottingham have launched the first research project focusing on those who have had to transition to home working, as a consequence of the lockdown measures in the UK.

University hits 100,000 enrolments mark for its range of Massive Open Online Courses 

Picture of coronavirus cell

Key workers to be tested at University's primary care hub

x-ray image of lungs

Equipment donated to help assess COVID-19 patients and to ease pressures caused by pandemic.

The University of Derby is providing a free (online) educational and information resource aimed at supporting pharmacists who have been redeployed to NHS 111 services.

Useful resources

Below are some resources you may find helpful.

Blogs

Whether you are facing the challenge of home schooling, or worried about your mental health during the crisis, our expert blogs offer sound advice and helpful tips to make life at home a little easier.

Expert comment

Our academics have been featuring regularly in the news, providing their expert perspective and advice on various issues related to Covid-19, ranging from its impact on BAME communities to effect of lockdown on the environment. For more information contact pressoffice@derby.ac.uk

For businesses

At this challenging time, we wish to highlight that we remain as committed as ever to working with you and supporting our business community. We are using technology to ensure we can continue to collaborate and are committed to doing all we can to make sure any restrictions we face do not impact on the projects and activities we deliver.

If you would like to find out more about how we can support your business, please speak to your usual contact person or our Business Enquiry Team via businessgateway@derby.ac.uk.

During this challenging time, support is available from a variety of expert sources. In addition to contacting us, excellent advice and guidance is also provided by the Government, D2N2 Growth HubCBI and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

 

Find out more about how local stakeholders are supporting the recovery efforts across the city:

https://news.derby.gov.uk/call-for-government-support-to-help-derbys-post-covid-recovery/

https://news.derby.gov.uk/priorities-for-derbys-economic-recovery-revealed/

https://news.derby.gov.uk/derbys-23-million-bid-to-revitalise-city-centre/

https://news.derby.gov.uk/dont-delay-apply-today-for-business-grant/

https://news.derby.gov.uk/firms-behind-450-million-city-investments-back-derby-to-recover-strongly-from-covid-19-crisis

https://news.derby.gov.uk/thousands-of-derby-firms-to-be-surveyed-on-covid-impacts/

Online learning resources

The University of Derby has seen a steep rise in the number of people accessing its free online courses at this time. These short online courses, also known as MOOCs (massive open online courses) are free to take part in and are open to everyone regardless of age, education level and location.

Mental Health Toolkit for businesses

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a time of uncertainty and concern that is affecting people’s mental health.  It is essential that individuals have the tools to manage their mental health and wellbeing and to feel able to support others too. The University has developed webinars and short courses as a mental health toolkit, to assist employers and employees to look after their mental health during this difficult time.

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