Studying at university may be a little different this year, but we'll do everything we can to give you the best experience possible. You'll notice some adaptations to campuses and classrooms, but our tutors and student services are still here to support you.
As the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our absolute priority, we wanted to outline just some of the measures we've introduced on campus. We'll continually review the situation as restrictions ease or change.
From 00.01 on Saturday 17 October, Essex moved from the medium (lowest tier) of the Government's three-tier COVID-19 alert system to high (middle tier). This introduced some new restrictions across the county, including in Chelmsford.
Most of the restrictions relate to social activities, and more detail is given below. Education is classed as an essential service so teaching, learning and student support operations on campus are not affected.
We would like to reassure you that cases of COVID-19 in the ARU community currently remain low.
The high alert level, which came into effect in Essex from 00.01 on Saturday 17 October 2020, introduced some new restrictions.
Most of these restrictions are related to social activities. Teaching, learning and student support operations on campus are not affected.
This guidance applies to all students who currently live in Essex, including those in term-time student accommodation. You'll find full details at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high.
If you move out of a high alert area, you can continue to travel to and from university, and attend face-to-face teaching.
However, you must not host people you do not live with in your home or student halls if they live in a high alert area. The exception is people in your household, support bubble or childcare bubble.
We've worked hard to create Covid-secure campuses and manage the risk of coronavirus transmission.
In Chelmsford, we will make necessary changes to our arrangements and guidance to reflect the new restrictions detailed above.
Currently we have introduced the following measure on all campuses:
Over the summer, we also made changes to the details we all use to access systems at ARU, so you can use the most up-to-date technology. These changes apply to all students, including postgraduate researchers, and will allow you to collaborate more easily with staff and other students. Stay up to date with these changes on our Student News blog.
We're committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for you to study in. You'll be able to access campus as required and you’ll be taught in smaller groups, ensuring excellent support.
We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different due to the pandemic. And so you can choose how you prefer to study for Trimesters 1 and 2 (September-December 2020; January-April 2021). There's a choice of online only, or campus teaching supported by online technologies.
You'll have the chance to change your preference at set times in the year.
You'll notice a few changes from September 2020 so we can be sure we're following social distancing guidelines:
If there is a local or national lockdown we will continue to support students and, unless told otherwise by public health officials, will continue to follow the National Institute for Health Protection guidance and ask all students to remain in their current accommodation. We will also move to online teaching, learning and assessment, and support.
We know how important it is that you receive excellent study support. You'll be able to access:
It's never been more important to have some fun, relax and enjoy a bit of 'normality' in our lives. And so:
For new students and others living in University accommodation, our accommodation team has put a number of social distancing measures in place.
If there is a local or national lockdown we will continue to follow the National Institute for Health Protection guidance and ask all students to remain in their current accommodation. We will also move to online teaching, learning and assessment, and support.
Visit Student News for full details of all these changes.