Vice-Chancellor's update on second national lockdown

This letter from Vice-Chancellor Kathryn Mitchell in November to our students and the wider community explains what our plans are as we prepare to enter a second national Covid-19 lockdown on Thursday 5 November.

University of Derby update on latest government restrictions

As we prepare to enter a second national Covid-19 lockdown on Thursday 5 November, I would like to update you on our plans for another challenging period in what has clearly already been a difficult year for everyone.

First and foremost, however, I wish to emphasise the high expectations we place on our students and staff to ensure we are doing all we can to keep ourselves, each other and our communities safe.

We know that, as a University, everything we can do from today onwards will help to manage the spread of this disease, reduce pressure on our NHS and allow us to return to a more normal way of life.

Unlike the first lockdown in the spring, the government has made it clear that schools, colleges and universities should remain open and has confirmed that universities should continue to offer a combination of online and face-to-face teaching within a Covid-safe environment.

In line with this, we will continue delivering a blended-learning model with our students attending classes as planned, whether on campus or remotely. All of this will be done in a carefully managed and safe way – working in partnership with the local health authorities who are supportive of our approach.

The steps we have taken:

By continuing to support each other, and by understanding and abiding by the restrictions, we can come through this period safely together.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL
University of Derby Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive