Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Under Department of Education guidance and department risk assessment we have returned to in person teaching on campus for the new academic year. This is in line with our 'Stage 5 of our Return to Campus' as detailed in the diagram below.

Writtle University College remains committed to reducing the risk of transmission and has, through departmental risk assessments identified means of continuing to operate aligned to Government guidance to Further & Higher Education whilst keeping staff and students safe. Measures in place are as follows:

  • All staff and students returning to campus in Autumn 2021, are expected to use a lateral flow (LFT) home test at least twice a week.
  • Negative test results require no further action, however, should the LFT return a positive we ask that a PCR test is taken to confirm. WUCTrackandTrace@writtle.ac.uk must be kept updated on positive test results and individuals must not come on to campus until their 10 day isolation period ends.
  • Residential students will be asked to provide evidence of a negative LFT before returning to Halls at the start of the new academic year.
  • We strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings in communal or crowded areas. Good ventilation in classrooms and use of outdoor spaces where possible is encouraged. Hand sanitizer stations are located around the University College.
General Guidance for Students and Staff (pdf)
Detailed Staff Guidance (pdf)


Return to Campus Guidance

Our 'Safety first' approach to returning to campus

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to remain in place for some time.

Our primary aim is to provide a positive student experience, embracing the need for a safe study and work environment for our students and staff. The phases set down below may vary in length as we adapt to new ways of delivering our courses and continue to follow the latest government advice. Given the nature of our courses, practical work is often an essential part of delivery. We will work with individual course areas, and complete risk assessments to continue to ensure a high quality student experience.

In line with government advice and Writtle University College risk assessment, as of September 2021 we will move to Stage 5

1

Complete lockdown of campus

Teaching

All courses delivered online. No practical teaching.

Accommodation

Halls open only to students unable to leave campus.

Services

All support services online. Library and HE/FE Hub closed. Essential services provided only on campus: Care for our animal population and remaining residents, estate maintenance and security. All other support services provided online.

2

Early phased return

Teaching

Limited teaching in person for essential 'academic' learning. Some essential practical lessons taught under clear social distancing guidelines.

Accommodation

Halls open only to students unable to leave campus.

Services

Some essential services provided only for the care of students onsite, Care for our animal population and remaining residents, estate maintenance and security.

3

Reopening for blended delivery

Teaching

Blended delivery of courses including some onsite in person practical sessions and tutorials in line with clear social distancing guidelines and in small groups 15-20 max, Online theory lessons.

Accommodation

Halls open at reduced occupancy to ensure safety.

Services

Some essential services provided only for the care of students onsite, including food outlets, library (controlled access) and FE and HE Hub areas. Limited Student Support services onsite for 1:1 sessions and student services eg. Student finance/registry. Clear directional signage on campus / guidelines for Social distancing. Students Union/Sports dept running activities in line with government advice.

4

Increased campus presence

Teaching

Increased on campus learning, students / staff spending longer periods of time teaching face-to-face. Blended delivery for HE, however FE to return fully to in-person teaching in line with DoE guidance. Adhering to social distancing guidelines and in small groups where possible.

Accommodation

Halls open at reduced occupancy to ensure safety.

Services

Increase in both teaching and support services personnel on site, supporting students 1:1 in person as well as online. Food outlets start to offer more varied options, including dine-in as well as takeaway food options, library and FE and HE Hub areas open. Increased clear directional signage on campus / guidelines for social distancing. Opening of sports facilities and student bar in line with guidance. Encouraged use of Face coverings.

TWICE WEEKLY TESTING CONTINUES FOR ALL STAFF & STUDENTS ON CAMPUS.

5

Full campus return under Covid-19 risk assessment

As of September 2021, Writtle University College is at this stage

Teaching

Delivery of our courses (both HE and FE) generally on campus. Some online teaching may occur as agreed by individual cohorts. Face coverings may be required where large groups are taught and in areas where good ventilation is not possible.

FACE COVERINGS WILL BE ENCOURAGED IN ALL ENCLOSED/CROWDED AREAS.

Accommodation

Halls open at standard occupancy and social distancing restrictions lifted. Enhanced cleaning programme.

Outbreak plan in place.

Services

All student services now open including the Garden Room, SU, Library and FE and HE Hub areas. Student Support services onsite for 1:1 sessions and All Academic services eg. Student finance/registry return to campus under departmental risk assessment.

Sports facilities and social areas return to normal, including reintroduction of in-person Students' Union events.

Mini Bus transport will encourage use of face coverings.

Lateral flow testing twice weekly. All students/staff encouraged to have vaccination to protect WUC community. Track and Trace will remain in place to identify inflection trends.