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Keeping safe and working together during lockdown

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Find out what steps the university has taken in response to the most recent government announcement

We're back for Term 2 and thanks to the latest lockdown, we're working differently once again.

The latest Government guidance means that universities have had to move most activities online until at least mid-February although some courses - mostly education and health-related - can continue with face-to-face teaching.

While there will be limited services on our campuses in the coming weeks the vital support our students and staff need will still be available.

Our libraries are open, with covid-safe measures in place, and our Student Centres are still here to help.

New ways of working – and testing centres on our campuses

Our whole university pulled together during the Autumn term to continue with teaching, research and social activities despite the challenges presented by covid.

For many of us this has meant working differently or even working at the frontline to battle covid.

A big change over the last few months has been the introduction of testing centres on all of our campuses.

These have been set up in partnership with our local councils to support our wider community with quick, local access to tests.

The sites were essential in enabling students to get tested before returning home at the end of Term 1 and will help students and staff who are still working face-to-face, or coming to campus for agreed reasons, to get tested quickly, and often, during Term 2.

Continuing to respond to the covid-challenge

The university has been working closely with public health partners to monitor and respond to the number of covid cases within our community.

While we haven’t seen a large number of university cases, we remain vigilant, with regular monitoring and reporting of all cases.

In this lockdown we’re using the lessons learnt over the last nine months to do everything we can to support our students, staff and local communities.

The current Government advice is to stay home and all of our staff have been asked to work from home if they are able to do so.

We are still working hard to keep our campuses safe. Our Covid-Safe Charter sets out our expectations for our whole university community, including that we all continue to observe social distancing, wear face coverings (unless exempt) and follow the Government guidance on who we can mix with.

We’re still here to help

We can’t wait to see all of our students and staff back on campus again after lockdown, when it is safe to return.

In the meantime, we’re working hard to support our students to access everything that’s needed online, including social and support activities.

We may not be together in the usual way, but there’s still lots of ways to keep connected and regular activities being run by Greenwich Students’ Union and Greenwich and Kent Students’ Unions.

And for those who need it, financial support is also available via the Greenwich Hardship Fund. We have also opened a dedicated hardship fund for continuing international and EU students. For more information, contact our finance advisors on studentfinance@gre.ac.uk.

The university's support services continue to be available through our Student Wellbeing Service and the Students' Union Advice Service.

Take care, stay safe and follow us (@UniofGreenwich) to keep updated on all our university news.