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11 September 2020

Getting ready to return to campus

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As we approach the start of Autumn Term, we continue to monitor the circumstances in which students and staff will return to our campuses. The University developed a range of protection plans to enable us to adapt activities on our campuses in response to risk and to keep our staff and students safe and well.

The University’s Council has agreed to adopt a phased approach to return to campus during the early weeks of the autumn term. This means that, while all students will commence or return to study at the start of term, students will be invited to return to campuses (including access to some face-to-face teaching) in a phased way.

By phasing the return to campus and the re-introduction of face-to-face teaching we will be able to monitor the impact carefully, progressively increasing our campus numbers as we become confident it is safe to do so. If we find occurrences of COVID-19 infection increasing, we will be able to respond swiftly, by moving more teaching online. Our dual-delivery approach to the curriculum means that we will be able to deliver teaching and support student learning for all students throughout the Autumn Term, while we phase the return to face-to-face teaching.

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10 September 2020

All University Meetings to be Conducted Remotely in 2020-21

Filed under: Latest news — ckeitch @ 10:06 am

To make sure we are maximising space on campus and maintaining social distancing guidelines all meetings will be conducted remotely during academic year 2020-21.

The decision, made by the University’s management team, applies to all non-teaching events. Such as:

  • formal committee meetings
  • committee related events like Away Days
  • staff, section and departmental conferences
  • induction and networking events
  • training that would otherwise be delivered in person
  • team meetings
  • catch-ups and 1:1s

Why are we going remote?
Remote meetings will maximise the space available on campus for teaching and student-facing activities. It will enable the University to limit the number of people on campus so we can maintain a safe social distance and minimise the risks of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.

Can I still book rooms?
The Timetabling and Room Booking Team are unable to process any new or existing room booking requests for anything other than teaching, student learning or student-facing events in academic year 2020-21.

How do I set up a remote meeting?
We recommend that all meetings take place via Zoom.

In the coming weeks, we will share Online Meeting Protocol guidance with you as well as revised diaries for the University’s formal committees and meetings for academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Please take a look at the resources below so you are confident organising remote meetings.

If you have any queries, please contact the Governance team at governance@essex.ac.uk.

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