The vice-chancellor of the University of York has written to students to outline plans for lockdown.
All classroom-based teaching activity will be delivered online for the entirety of the spring term.
Professor Charlie Jeffery says he knows the lockdown announcement is unsettling news, especially as different announcements from the Government and Department for Education have arrived in quick succession.
“We recognise that these changes can appear confusing, and mean it’s hard for you to make decisions and know what’s best for your personal circumstances. The most important thing is that your safety and wellbeing remain our priority.”
For students in York
For those of you who are currently in York, already making the journey, or with travel and accommodation plans which can’t be changed, they say they are here to welcome and support you.
You can continue with your plans as they are and they will update you with what we have put in place to keep you safe and keep your studies on track, including arrangements for your teaching and learning.
Charlie Jeffery says “I’d like to reassure everyone that the University is not closed. Study spaces, the Library, accommodation, our on-campus supermarkets, on-campus catering (including takeaway service), and student support services all remain available.”
For students yet to return or arrive in York
If you have not yet made your way to York or are still making your travel plans, the University will fully support you to study online from your current residence.
“As we have said before, there are exceptions to the guidance in the Government message of ‘stay at home’ in the UK: students who feel their physical and mental wellbeing will be better served by returning to York may do so, and students who do not have adequate study facilities at home (eg good wifi, computer equipment or study space)