Update from our university leaders on how we are responding to latest restrictions

The Vice-Chancellors of the City’s two universities have released a joint statement on how their institutions are responding to the latest restrictions

Professor Shearer West, of The University of Nottingham, and Professor Edward Peck, of Nottingham Trent University said:

“We have reached a critical moment in the coronavirus pandemic. We all share a personal responsibility in helping to turn the tide and reduce the spread of the virus in the city and region we are proud to be part of.

“Nottingham’s two universities, along with council leaders and public health colleagues, continue to urge our students and staff to protect themselves and others by adhering to the new restrictions announced by the Government. Covid-19 is a challenge that we can overcome, but only if we work together.

“Teaching, research activities, and support for our students will continue as blended provision, with some activity on campus and some online, as Government has encouraged universities to do. We will keep this under review as Government interventions evolve but we remain confident that our campuses are safe.

University of Nottingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West

“In the meantime, we continue to extend our range of responses. Next Monday Nottingham Trent University will join the University of Nottingham’s asymptomatic testing programme which identifies cases earlier and faster than the national scheme to control any outbreaks that may occur in student accommodation.

“We communicate daily with all members of our university communities – staff as well as students – so they are clear on the rules. We also support students to ensure they self-isolate effectively and incentivise them to socialise within their households at home or on campus.

“We have been explicit about the behaviours we expect from our university community. We are proud that the vast majority of our students are doing the right thing. However, under our Student Codes of Conduct there are serious consequences for those students who do not, including disciplinary action and fines in addition to any penalties imposed by the police.”

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