Update in relation to the COVID-19 situation and University Centre Weston.

In response to government guidelines, face-to-face teaching and learning at University Centre Weston has been suspended.

Scheduled teaching will now take place online via our students' VLE, with tutors available during normal hours via Skype or Teams. They will be in touch with students with further information relevant to their courses.

Our HEART student services team will continue to be available on 01934 411 403 and HEART@ucw.ac.uk, and our HE LibraryPlus and specialist academic support teams will also still be able to help students with their study skills.

All deadlines for written work remain in place, but written and practical exams will now be replaced by alternative assessments.

Whilst we are currently unsure when UCW will return to normal, we are doing everything we can to find solutions so students can complete the academic year and not be disadvantaged in their studies.

We are particularly focused on ensuring that this is the case for final year students, and there is currently no reason for any student to be concerned that they will not be able to achieve their qualification as a result of the current disruption in the country.

Please follow the latest government and Public Health England advice to stay at home  and not attend UCW until further notice.

Updates about UCW and Covid-19 will continue to be published here and on our UCWeston social media channels.

Please contact the HEART team, your tutors or anybody at UCW if you have any questions.

Precautionary measures taken to date at University Centre Weston

These are as follows:

  • Any student or staff member coming from high-risk areas as defined by the Department of Health & Social Care and Public Health England should remain away from University Centre Weston for 14 days. As of now, this includes China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Iran, Japan and Italy.
  • If other countries are added, those coming from these new areas should also stay away from the University Centre Weston.
  • We recognise that teaching is one of University Centre Weston’s great strengths and that any decision regarding the change in delivery of academic activities will be inconvenient to many of you, but we must recognise that COVID-19 presents a very serious threat to the health and well-being of all in the University Centre Weston community. Further actions may be needed.
  • The well-being of everybody in our University Centre Weston community is our top priority. We take this opportunity to remind everyone that the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Other sensible measures include turning your head away from people when you sneeze, using a tissue or your sleeve and disposing of tissues quickly.
  • University Centre Weston has implemented enhanced cleaning on campuses, and has distributed signage in toilets and key locations reminding everyone of the importance of good personal hygiene.
  • We realise that it is highly probable that the virus will spread despite all public health measures, and we will offer as much support as possible to any member of the University Centre Weston community that may contract the virus.

What to do if you have symptoms

In line with Government guidance as of 16th March:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Inform your Tutor or Line Manager at University Centre Weston for recording purposes, who must inform HR.

Information and support

Where can I find the latest information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

This is an evolving situation and staff and students are asked to continue to visit and regularly check the following websites for the latest updates and guidance:

UCW Coronavirus statement

Public Health England advice

NHS 111 coronavirus service

What precautions should I be taking?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If you are coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. Throw the used tissue away into a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your flexed (bent) elbow.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who you know has cold or flu symptoms.
  • Check the travel advisories from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office prior to travelling.

Information for learners

Please note that staff communication will be dealt with internally.