25 March 2020
At the University of Winchester, the wellbeing of our students, staff and global community is always our top concern. In line with the latest Government advice and to safeguard our whole community while continuing to support our students and staff at this uncertain time, our Senior Management Team have implemented the following practices:
- The University is operating but the campus is responding to the Government’s ‘lockdown’.
- Only critical on-site services, including Security and the Food Hall (takeaway only) are now open until further notice.
- Other support and operational services including Students Services and the Chaplaincy are now operating remote support.
- All face-to-face teaching and assessments for the rest of the academic year have been moved online, to be delivered by virtual means.
- Any staff who are not supporting critical onsite services and can work from home are now doing so.
- Students are reassured they can continue to reside in University accommodation should they need to do so.
- All student extra-curricular activities including sports practices, society meetings and Student Union events are no longer happening face-to-face.
- Cash transactions are not permitted across campus.
- Public events due to be held at the University through the end of April have been postponed or cancelled.
- Policies including the Home Working Policy (for staff) and the Extenuating Circumstances Policy (for students) are being revised to take account of the current situation and Government guidance.
- In light of cancellations to GCSE and A-Level exams, we are reviewing what this means for our admissions processes, working on a best way forward for applicants and offer holders.