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Returning to campus following government announcement

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The Government has confirmed that students on practical courses, and those who require specialist equipment or facilities, will be able to return for on-campus teaching from Monday 8 March.

The Government has confirmed that students on practical courses such as science, and those who require specialist equipment or facilities, will be able to return for on-campus teaching from Monday 8 March. We will continue to support students on all other courses to study online and the Government have indicated they will provide a further update on a wider return for all students by Easter.

It is very positive news that we can welcome some of our students back to campus from next month. Our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our whole university community and we are now working through the detail of what this latest announcement will mean in practice.

The Government has been clear that regular testing for students and staff will be a key part of the safe reopening of campuses and we have local authority testing facilities on all three of our campuses. Tests can be booked via Greenwich council and Medway council (you can book a test at any council test site).

Staff with clinical vulnerabilities and those who are shielding will not be expected to return to campus on Monday 8 March.

We will maintain our existing Covid-Safe measures, including observing social distancing, to continue to support the safe operation of our campuses.

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.

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 have been 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.