Late this afternoon, the Prime Minister announced new measures to tackle the outbreak of Covid-19. People should now work from home where possible and everyone should stop non-essential contact with others.
In line with this guidance, please work from home from tomorrow (Tuesday 17 March) if you can, contacting your line manager about specific arrangements for the delivery of your role. Guidance for remote working and accessing University systems remotely can be found here. We understand you may need to come into St George’s briefly to collect materials that will allow you to work remotely for the foreseeable future.
If your role means you cannot work from home, the campus remains open and in operation. Please discuss arrangements with your line manager.
The safety and wellbeing of students, staff and our wider community will continue to be our top priority.
If you are pregnant, aged over 70 or have a health condition which would make you at risk of more severe effects of the virus, you must not come into work.
The latest health advice is: anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for 14 days. Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also do this.
Teaching and assessment
As has been shared in previous updates, we have been working intensely on a model for delivering lectures and other face-to-face education activities remotely. Guidance for staff to support plans is available on Canvas here.
While we make final preparations, all teaching will be suspended until Monday 23 March. From Monday, we aim to move to online teaching and support. We will be asking students to check their emails and Canvas for updates from their relevant programme team.
Assessment processes play a key role in the graduation and progression of our students, which remain priorities. We are working through details of arrangements for assessments and coursework. However, we will not be requiring students to take assessments on site this academic year.
We recognise the unique position of PhD students in relation to this advice and will be in touch with you directly with specific advice.
I realise you will have questions and appreciate there will be frustration that we cannot offer all the answers. Thank you all for bearing with us and for pulling together through an uncertain time. We will continue to keep in touch as the situation develops.
Professor Jenny Higham
St George's, University of London