Letter from Vice-Chancellor

(6th November, 2020)

Dear all 

 

As you know, we are continuing to offer a blend of online and on-campus teaching and learning to our students. However, when I wrote to you earlier this week I said that we would be making some adjustments to the way we are operating, so I wanted to confirm what those changes are. We have decided to move from stage 2 to stage 3 in our operations and this is explained in this infographic.

 

In practice, not very much has changed, but we have learned a lot since the start of this semester and listened to all your feedback, and wanted to take that into account. The main difference in operating in stage 3 is that larger group sessions which are currently held on-campus can be moved online if the programme team and students agree that is sensible and desirable. 

 

Small group teaching sessions will remain on-campus along with sessions in workshops, studios and laboratories. Students can also continue to book study spaces on-campus. All on-campus teaching and learning must continue to adhere to the COVID-19 health and safety guidelines that we are now all familiar with.

 

As an educational institution, we are fortunate that unlike a large proportion of people, we can continue to study and work on campus throughout this new lockdown. I know adapting to a blended approach to teaching and learning hasn’t been easy, but the fact our students can continue to have a student experience enriched by on-campus facilities and interactions with tutors and their peers is one we must feel glad about.

 

I have just a few other things to tell you as follows:

 

Information for students

  • The University is able to deliver COVID-19  tests to anyone who is experiencing symptoms and lives within a ‘BA1, 1 or 3’ or ‘BA2, 1 or 3’ postcode. If you would like to request a test to be delivered to you please complete this form. All requests received by 18.00 will be delivered the next working day and collected the same day. 

  • Remember to notify us immediately by filling in this form if you have symptoms or are waiting for a test results, so that the Covid Response Team can support you. We have a specific support package in place for students who are self-isolating.

  • If you’re not already familiar with it, I encourage you to look at the Students’ Union Corona Vibes page on Facebook which is a wonderful place for socialising and connecting with fellow students. The SU will also be offering a schedule of events specifically for students during lockdown and information about that will be shared shortly.

  • By staying in Bath, you can continue to attend campus and benefit from safe access to facilities, study spaces and open spaces on campus which would otherwise not be available to you during lockdown. You can also continue to learn and socially interact within your household bubble.

  • If you are currently at home and need to return to your accommodation in Bath, you should do so before all timetabled sessions recommence on Monday 9 November. You must then remain in Bath during the lockdown as per Government regulations.

  • Most of our catering outlets remain open for takeaway only and you can also use the new Bath Spa University Catering app to order grocery essentials for delivery to Newton Park, Sion Hill, Locksbrook, Green Park House and Oldfield Park Workshop. Search Bath Spa University on the AppStore or Google Play to download the app. For updates please follow @bathspacatering on Facebook and @meetdrinkeatbsu on Instagram.

  • The Students’ Union shop will be open seven days a week for all groceries and essential supplies. The shop will also be offering a delivery service from next week using the Student Orders App. The SU Bar will continue to be open for takeaway food and drinks via the Student Orders App.

 

Information for staff

  • The University is able to deliver COVID-19  tests to anyone who is experiencing symptoms and lives within a ‘BA1, 1 or 3’ or ‘BA2, 1 or 3’ postcode. If you would like to request a test to be delivered to you please complete this form. All requests received by 18.00 will be delivered the next working day and collected the same day. 

  • Remember to notify us immediately by filling in this form if you have symptoms or are waiting for a test results, so that the Covid Response Team can support you. 

  • I know the workload pressures you are all under at the moment, whether you are working at home, on campus or a combination of both. I also know that many of you have childcare and other responsibilities which have increased even though schools and childcare settings have remained open. So, please remember to work flexibly, where you can. If this is difficult, please speak to your line manager to make sure you can find the best balance between your work and other responsibilities.

  • A number of free webinars and podcasts are available to staff and I encourage you to use them. The details were shared in HR News this week and they are also available on Sulis.

 

I know many of you are worried about the Christmas break and what that will look like, but please be reassured we will do everything we can to ensure students can go home for Christmas. We are waiting for guidance from the Department for Education and as soon as we have it, I will write to you again to outline the plan for Christmas. Term dates remain as published on the University website.

 

This week we have updated the website with new FAQs and additional information for students who are self-isolating. Please check the website if you have any questions in the first instance and speak to your course tutors or line manager if you have particular concerns or questions.

 

Take care and I will be in touch with you again soon.

 

Sue

 

Professor Sue Rigby

Vice-Chancellor

Bath Spa University

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