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Frequently asked questions for parents/carers

 

Q. Why have you invited students back to campus if most teaching is online? 

A. In line with the Government statement on Tuesday, September 22, the University remains open and is working to deliver teaching and learning in a blended format with a mixture of on-campus and online delivery.

Our approach to delivering courses was outlined to students during August and was developed to ensure that all undergraduate students are able to have some teaching on campus, whilst separating the year groups into two cohorts to help to minimise numbers to enable social distancing.

If a student is unsure of their timetable, they should email HOSAdmin@leedstrinity.ac.uk and a colleague will be able to answer any questions they may have.   

Q. Are there any additional restrictions in Leeds due to Covid-19?

A. You will find full details of the restrictions which apply to Leeds and the surrounding area at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19 ). Leeds City Council also has a page outlining the restrictions on their website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/local-rules   

Q. Will the University remain open during the additional Leeds restrictions?

A. Yes, the University will remain open during the latest restrictions, in line with the Government’s statement on 22 September. You will find full details of the restrictions which apply to Leeds and the surrounding area at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19 ). Leeds City Council also has a page outlining the restrictions on their website: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/local-rules   

Q. Is the University campus safe?

A. The health and safety of students, staff and the local community remains our priority and we have put in place a number of measures to help keep everyone safe.

These measures have been developed in partnership with a specialist health and safety consultancy who have conducted detailed risk assessments and reviewed the University policies and processes in line with the latest guidance from Public Health England (PHE).

The safety measures on campus include:

  • Operating to a reduced campus capacity with robust monitoring systems in place
  • Non-student facing staff continuing to work from home
  • One-way systems and strict 2m social distancing in all campus buildings
  • Staggered start and finish times for teaching sessions
  • Mandatory use of face coverings while inside campus buildings
  • Use of Perspex screens in teaching rooms and between desks in labs
  • Use of face visors by teaching staff
  • Protocols around the ‘Rule of 6’
  • Protocols relating to use of ventilation within teaching spaces   
  • Provision of sanitisation gel for students and staff with sanitisation stations at entry and exit points to buildings
  • Conversion of vital student services to online platforms including provision of online appointments and development of new resources for ‘myLTU’, our student portal
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Controlled occupancy toilets
  • Reduced number of rooms in on-campus halls of residence
  • Staggered slots (over a week) for students moving into campus accommodation
  • Carefully managed catering facilities to ensure social distancing and sanitisation
  • Bookable socially distanced study spaces and a click and collect service in the library
  • Adaption of other facilities such as parking and sport/fitness facilities to enable appropriate social distancing and sanitisation.

Q. What happens if there are further restrictions?

A. The University has detailed plans in place to respond to any future local, regional or national outbreak, or change in Government guidance.

The University’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Team meets daily to monitor the latest situation and includes a senior representative with a direct link to Public Health England (Yorkshire and Humber).

In the event of a significant outbreak on campus PHE would attend on site to support our containment efforts.

Q. What happens if there is an outbreak in campus accommodation?

A. The University is well prepared to respond swiftly to an outbreak on campus. There are detailed protocols for reporting confirmed or suspected cases and the relevant support is in place should students need to self-isolate in campus accommodation. In the event of an outbreak on campus Public Health England would attend on site to support our containment efforts.

Q. If a student needs to isolate in halls, what support will the University provide?

A. We have appointed a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will take care of students who are self-isolating. Each student will be allocated a named member of the team who will check in with them regularly and ensure they have the appropriate support including:

  • Allocation of a named member of the Student Engagement Team for each isolating student who will check in with them regularly and ensure they have academic support.
  • Provision of essential food and hygiene products until isolating students are able to arrange supermarket deliveries.
  • Access to our ‘head space’ and mental health resilience programme via the myLTU app.
  • Provision of board games and opportunities to take part in online social activities. 

Q. Who is allowed to enter the accommodation of students who are self-isolating?

A. The latest Government guidance and ‘rule of 6’ means that when students move to campus they will automatically form a household with everyone else in their flat, house or, if in Kirkstall Hall, those on their floor. As the vast majority of our households consist of six or more residents, they will not, for now, be able to invite anyone else into their accommodation. Staff will only enter accommodation in an emergency maintenance situation.