COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

 

The University expects all staff and students to keep their own knowledge of COVID-19 up-to-date. This is an evolving situation so you MUST check for updates from official sources on a DAILY basis.

 

Click here to view the latest government advice on COVID-19

 

Click here to view the latest University guidance for September 2020 enquirers and applicants

 

Click here to view the latest University guidance for current students

 

Click here for details of the University’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Our University

Students, parents and staff should be aware that our University remains operational. It also remains the positive and supportive family that it always has been.

Learning and Teaching

Arrangements are being made to ensure that teaching can be provided in alternative formats and we anticipate that we will be moving teaching and learning wholly online from 6th April 2020.  This is a temporary measure until such time as the COVID-19 crisis abates. Your tutors will inform you of the precise technology that will be used for tutorials, lectures and assessments, but rest assured that all the required content will be delivered. We do have flexibility as a university to modify some of our regulations as required to ensure that teaching and learning continues successfully and effectively.

New students

We are expecting to start the term as usual in September 2020. However, if you have been accepted to commence your studies at the University of Buckingham in September 2020, and if you are unable to travel for a September 2020 start due to COVID-19, you will be automatically offered a January 2021 start (Please contact admissions@buckingham.ac.uk to find out more as this may not be available for all courses).

If you are starting your course with us in April 2020 please contact admissions@buckingham.ac.uk with your applicant number and someone will get back to you with more details about your online registration.

Remote services

In line with recent government advice, University staff are now working from home so that we can continue to provide our services remotely. Again, this is a temporary measure until such time as the COVID-19 crisis abates.

University buildings

For the safety of both students and staff, teaching spaces, libraries, catering outlets and other University buildings in Buckingham are temporarily closed. However, other outlets in the town that are providing food and essential services for the local community remain open.

Don’t worry if you are unable to return your library books. Since Friday 20th March we have been automatically renewing books and waiving fines. If you have any queries for the library team, please email library@buckingham.ac.uk or visit the library’s web page.

Please note that student accommodation remains open. Students currently staying in University accommodation should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. They are also reminded to keep following the government’s advice on social distancing. For the safety of both students and staff, the cleaning team will not be entering student households for the time being.

As always, please reach out to the Students’ Union or Students First  if you are having trouble coping.

Looking after your mental health

The mental health of our students is a priority at The University of Buckingham. You should not underestimate impact of stress can have on your overall wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation has provided useful guidance on how to manage your own stress: Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak

If you’re struggling to cope with stress, and the things you’re trying yourself are not helping, you can contact your G.P. or the Students First for support. You can also use other online resources such as giveusashout.org

If you need help urgently but it’s not an emergency you should call the NHS 111 service.

In an emergency, call 999.

Click here for information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Government Advice for everyone

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Anyone can spread the virus. Please read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Symptoms of COVID-19

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Follow NHS advice
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy, hospital or any University department
  • Contact your School Administrator by email to inform them of your self-isolation on the first day of your isolation or as soon as possible thereafter
  • For monitoring purposes, you should send an email to the Students First department explaining your circumstances.

If you live in shared accommodation:

  • Stay in your room with the door closed, only using communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas when necessary
  • Avoid using a shared kitchen while others are using it
  • Take your meals back to your room to eat
  • Use a dishwasher (if available) to clean and dry your used crockery and cutlery; if this is not possible, wash them by hand using detergent and warm water and dry them thoroughly. Do not share tea towels.

Resources

COVID-19 guidance from the government

Overview of COVID-19 from the NHS

Social Distancing: Staying at home and away from others

Shielding: Protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Self-isolation: guidance for households with possible COVID-19 infection

NHS 111 service

fullfact.org

World Health Organisation