5 ways UK universities are COVID-19 secure
Chevening, 5 ways UK universities are COVID-19 secure
5 ways UK university campuses are COVID-19 secure
1. Implementing increased hygiene measures
The UK higher education sector has gone above and beyond to ensure that international students’ physical and mental health are prioritised.
"Our priority is to make sure you’re safe on campus, so we’ve put in place targeted cleaning measures across all our facilities, computer clusters and catering outlets… We will have an early warning system to detect potential COVID-19 outbreaks in the University community.
And we’ll be providing all of our students with a safety pack on arrival which will include a washable, reusable face covering, a thermometer and hand sanitiser.”
- University of Newcastle
"I have found support in my Chevening community (particularly from scholars from my home country), as well as from friends from university, and from faculty.
I am still extremely grateful for being in the UK, studying what I love, in my dream university, in the city I have always loved."
- Chevening Scholar 2020
2. Enhancing health, safety and wellbeing measures
UK universities are ramping up measures to ensure students are safe both on campus and off it.
Your wellbeing is important and never more so than during this time. We are putting in place a wellbeing service which is available 24/7, which means you have support available around the clock, should you need it.
University of Exeter
Our primary objective is to support the wellbeing of our students and staff. There are a range of wellbeing services available which can be used if you feel worried.
Honestly, I somehow feel blessed in these strange times since both Chevening and the University of Manchester have been so supportive.
Chevening Scholar 2020
In addition to health care services available directly from your university, NHS services are available to both domestic and international students.
The NHS can also provide international students with specific COVID-19 advice through a new COVID-19 online service or by calling 111.
3. Preparing new and exciting welcome programmes
The UK has a highly tolerant, multicultural society, with a rich diversity of cultures, languages, and faiths. International students will receive a very warm welcome when they arrive on campus.
We want to reassure you that your experience as a student will be safe, enriching and exciting. We have been working with our Students’ Union to create an exciting welcome programme before you start your studies. This will give everyone the chance to join a range of online activities to prepare you for university and link you up virtually with others on the same course and with similar interests.”
University of Newcastle
4. Offering flexible approaches to teaching and learning
Many UK universities are using the latest
technology to introduce online learning, to
ensure students experience high quality
teaching, while staying safe.
Please be assured that our first priority is to make sure that our Sussex campus will be a safe place to live and study. To ensure this, there will be a mix of classroom (and laboratory-based) and online teaching.
University of Sussex
Your education is so important to us, and we won’t let Coronavirus get in the way of you learning and getting the best educational experience. This will incorporate different ways of learning, and will allow you to switch easily between structured, on-campus and online learning as needed.
University of Essex
Whether teaching takes place in the classroom or online, it will adhere to the same high-quality standards as usual.
5. Providing new ways to connect with your university community
Whether social distancing rules still apply in September or not, you will be able to connect and collaborate with Chevening scholars, other university students and teachers. Many students have set up WhatsApp groups and many universities are using the latest bespoke technology to ensure wherever you are, you can fully access your education and support networks.
Despite the pandemic, I consider [my university] as my favourite place which I will remember forever.
Chevening Scholar 2020, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
I participate in a WhatsApp group conversation with other Chevening Scholars.
Fortunately, I have had no reason to ask for help, but I know that if I ever needed it, I would receive support from the Chevening community, and I am ready to be there for others.
Chevening Scholar 2020, Central Film School London