Who should I notify when I cannot attend university online classes due to illness?
We have a duty to you and to the rest of the UCA community to know when somebody is unwell or concerned that they may become unwell.
Please contact us immediately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (cc in your Programme Director) if you need to tell us if you are ill and/or have had a positive coronavirus test.
When you contact us please include: your name, your student number, where you are staying while you are in isolation.
What should I do if I am living with someone who is self-isolating?
If you are living with someone who is self-isolating, then you, too, should be self-isolating on government guidance.
We hope that you feel able to support them in the same way that you would anyone who was incapacitated through challenging circumstances. While the coronavirus situation is ongoing, we are advising all our students to help protect their own health and wellbeing through hygiene measures, including:
- Staying away from communal areas and not sharing the space. Keep your own crockery and cutlery separate from each other
- Staying more than two metres away from each other at all times to prevent spread
- Regular handwashing with soap and water
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue if you feel the need to cough, or sneeze
- Using antibacterial gels and wipes
How can I help to prevent the spread of the virus?
Good hygiene and social distancing is the key to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Please wash your hands regularly, for 20 seconds with soap and water. If you need to go out, wash them before you leave and as soon as you get back, before and after eating food, before and after using the toilet, and after any cough or sneeze.
- If you do not have access to washing facilities for whatever reason, use a hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol content.
- If you are in our halls or shared private accommodation, it is CRUCIAL you keep all surfaces in communal areas clean, using antibacterial spray or wipes, and ensure all your crockery and cutlery is kept clean and not left out where it could be susceptible to coming into contact with germs.
- Ensure when you’re preparing food, you keep kitchen areas clean.
- If you feel the need to cough, or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue and as soon as you’ve used the tissue, bin it and wash your hands.
You may also feel that a mask or face covering (i.e. a scarf) will help if you are out but this is your choice.
How is UCA supporting community efforts during the COVID-19 crisis?
Despite our campuses being closed, UCA has recently been able to help the nationwide effort to provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the NHS and care industry.
We’ve been able to donate 500 masks to care homes across Surrey, and we’ve also opened up our 3D printing facilities to our technicians, who have been working hard to print facial visors and printable ventilator parts for the NHS.
We are endeavouring to do more – making scrubs and gowns for medical and care staff is something we’d like to do. However, we have to source the approved material required to make them and logistically work out how we enable staff to make the garments without compromising their health and safety.
Our Catering and Facilities department didn't want the food and drink in our campus refectories going to waste, and so have arranged to have more than £500 worth of food, snacks and refreshments delivered to foodbanks and homeless charities across Surrey and Kent including:
- Catching Lives (Canterbury)
- Medway Foodbank (Rochester)
- The Vine Centre (Aldershot)
- Generation Foodbank (Epsom & Ewell)
However, we also know that some staff and students are engaged in external community projects where they are working from home to help with the PPE effort, which we actively encourage and support.
From March 23, elements of face-to-face teaching were replaced with online learning.
Workshops, studios, the canteens, Student Union facilities, clubs and societies and libraries remain closed.
Student accommodation remains open.
Face to face teaching will be replaced with online provision, via MyUCA.
Throughout this fast-moving situation, protecting and reassuring both students and staff has been a priority. We implemented a range of measures to protect students, which included replacing face-to-face teaching with online provision, providing visa advice for overseas students, and waiving rent for students who wished to move out of University accommodation. We have also increased the money available through our student hardship fund. We will continue to respond to the changing landscape by formulating plans to protect our student’s wellbeing.
Where students are having issues with the use of technology, they should speak to their Programme Director to make them aware. We have instigated various case-by-case solutions to support students in online learning where we’ve been able to already.