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Update on lockdown restrictions for students - 11 May 2020

Dear students,

Following the Prime Minister’s briefing last night, I want to reassure you that we have already begun to consider our approach to these changes.  We will review the new government guidance when this is published later today, and I will communicate our next steps in my Registrar’s email on Wednesday.

 As we develop our own response and plans, I would like to make it clear that restrictions currently remain in place across all our campuses.

The health, safety and wellbeing of students, colleagues and wider community is our top priority.

Whilst restrictions remain in place, we are not permitting students to return to campus to collect belongings. As the situation changes, we will update you - please wait until we confirm that you are able to return to your accommodation before making any arrangements to do so. Our Estate Patrol and security teams will continue to monitor access to residences to ensure students are adhering to this guidance. Your items continue to be insured during this time.

If you have belongings in private accommodation, the same restrictions continue to apply. We are working with landlords to agree a plan for you to return to collect your belongings safely and in line with social distancing measures. We will update you on this as government advice changes.

This approach continues to support the Government’s stance of reducing the unintended spread of COVID 19 and has the full support of Devon and Cornwall Police.

I understand that there will be many questions around restarting our activities, teaching and research but I would ask that you please wait for this information on Wednesday rather than contacting the Coronavirus enquiries team unless absolutely necessary. This will allow the team to focus on providing essential support to students during this exam period.

I know this remains a challenging and uncertain time and I want to thank you again for your patience and for doing all we can to ensure our University community is kept safe.

Best wishes,

Mike Shore-Nye

Registrar and Secretary