I am writing to you following the Prime Minister’s address on Saturday, 31 October announcing tougher national restrictions in England from Thursday, 5 November.
So, what does this mean for you, our students?
The Prime Minister’s announcement has made it clear that schools, universities and colleges should remain open during this time and subsequent guidance received from the government has stated that there should be no changes to current provision.
Therefore, throughout this second national lockdown we will continue to offer both in-person and online classes exactly as we have been doing so far this term (unless different guidance is received from the UK Government). The exception to this is our Manchester campus, which has switched to 100% online teaching since last month following the Tier 3 restrictions announced in the city (this will continue until we review all campus provision at the end of the lockdown period).
We want all of you to continue with your studies, including attending lectures. We are of course aware that many of you are understandably concerned about the spread of the virus so we would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe at our campuses.
I know that this year has been tough on many of you, so I want to let you know that in addition to your education, your physical and mental wellbeing remains our priority. I therefore encourage you to take full advantage of all the pastoral support we offer.
If any of you are experiencing any difficulties during these stressful times and need any support, counselling, or even just a chat, please email our Welfare team at: firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can also take a look at the Student Space platform, which contains some information on how to seek support during this time.)
The Minster of State for Universities has written a letter that she would like to be sent to all higher education students in which she outlines the importance of us continuing to provide you with high-quality educational experiences and, in particular, the value of face-to-face provision. I have attached this letter to my email. Please do take the time to read it.
To continue our support for your learning we have added online catch-up sessions for all programmes in all subject areas and on all levels. These sessions are scheduled for Fridays. Please see your timetable for details.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful way you have conducted yourselves at our campuses during the past months and in following our Covid-19 measures. We could not have maintained the safety of our campuses without your help.
Professor Ray Lloyd
CEO, Global Banking School