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Following the Prime Ministers confirmation on Monday, that the further easing of national COVID-19 restrictions will go ahead as planned from Monday 19th July we wanted to provide a brief update on what that means for us at St Mary’s.

As a responsible employer and education provider we have a continuing duty of care to ensure that all those who work, learn or visit our campus Stay Safe at St Mary’s. With this in mind we have outlined below information on how we will continue to uphold this duty.

Advice for international students

Learning and teaching safely at St Mary’s

In June we communicated to academic colleagues and students the plans for learning and teaching next academic year.

At a high level the aim is to adopt a face-to-face plus model. This means that face-to-face on campus contact is at the heart of the student experience while the 'plus' reflects the enhanced use of complementary online elements, such as pre-recorded lectures, live Zoom sessions, recorded lectures using Panopto, online ‘drop-in’ Q&A sessions.

To support this approach and still ensure that we are mindful of our duty of care we are operating a one-metre distancing approach in all our teaching spaces.

Both these elements (face-to-face plus and one-metre distancing) have already been incorporated into our timetabling for semester 1 which is due to be released in the coming weeks.

Sports and events

From Monday 19th July events and sporting activities will start to increase in terms of capacity/numbers of those participating. These changes will be managed through our risk assessment process.

COVID-19 safety measures

To continue keeping our St Mary’s community safe we strongly encourage you to:

  • Wear a face covering in crowded spaces, in hallways and in eateries
  • Wash or sanitise your hands frequently
  • Take up the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Undertake regular asymptomatic testing even if you are fully vaccinated
  • If you show any symptoms, are contacted by track and trace or test positive to self-isolate and follow the NHS guidance
  • Use outdoor spaces for meetings or socialising if possible

COVID-19 guidance

Over the next month we will be updating our guidance for staff and students on all aspects of how to work, teach and learn safely at St Mary’s.

Through our values of inclusiveness and respect we remain committed to continue working together as a community to keep each other safe and reduce the transmission of COVID-19. We will continue to review our approach in the weeks and months ahead and provide further updates via email, as required.

Please remember that should you need any mental health or wellbeing support our Student Services team has put together a full list of resources that are available for common wellbeing concerns, including stress, and anxiety, and worries caused by COVID-19.

Thank you once again for your continued support throughout what has been a challenging time for everyone.