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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Move to Online Teaching and Event Postponements

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Due to the Government’s cautionary warnings around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), St Mary’s University, Twickenham will move to online teaching from Mon March 23rd until the end of the Semester. All face to face teaching will end at close of play on Wednesday March 18th.  

The University is not closed: The University including our Student Accommodation, Library, Chapel, Refectory, Conferencing, Student Services and other services will remain open.

Alongside the adjustments to the delivery of teaching, the University is postponing all upcoming University run events. This includes the Postgraduate Open Evening on Weds March 18th, the Undergraduate Experience Days on Sat March 21st and Sat April 25th, and the West London Varsity on Weds March 25th.

Following the Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon, that anyone sharing the same house as someone, who has a cough or fever will also need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, we are awaiting further advice from Public Health England and we will continue to monitor the situation closely, and to provide as much advice, care and support as we can to our University community.

Interim Vice-Chancellor Dave Hartnett comments, “We believe that these decisions are in the best interests of our students and staff as their health and wellbeing is of paramount importance to us.

“We will do everything we can to provide the best academic experience that we can for our students from the UK and abroad and I’m confident that our staff will be able to deliver effectively the contingency plans that we have been preparing over recent weeks.

Further information regarding the University’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found online, on SIMMSpace for students and on Staffnet for Staff.


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