Vice-Chancellor's letter regarding the government's lockdown roadmap

Letter from our Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL on the return of students to campus following the government announcement of its lockdown roadmap. 

Following the recent announcement by the Prime Minister and subsequent new guidance for Higher Education institutions, I would like to update you on what this means for staff and students at the University. 

I can share with you the following:

Students studying on Initial Teaching Training (Education), Nursing, Allied Health and Social work programmes will continue with their current blended learning model.

Students on practical programmes will recommence their blended learning model from Monday 8 March 2021.

The current remote digital learning model we have in place will continue for students on all other courses, pending a further government review which will take place before the end of the Easter break (27 March – 11 April).

Our Postgraduate research students are being encouraged to work from home where possible.

University facilities such as the library, catering and the Unibus service will be available.
We are encouraging all our staff and students to make use of our asymptomatic testing facilities before returning to site, and are recommending that everyone working or studying on campus is tested twice a week, three days apart, each week they are on campus.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our staff and students back to campus and have worked very hard since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure our buildings are safe. All University sites will continue to operate in Covid-secure ways. 

While this continues to be a challenging time for us all, this is a positive first step towards a full return for our students when it is safe to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL

University of Derby Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive