Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Updates and Guidance
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update – 31 December 2020, 5pm
Following the UK government announcement on 30 December 2020, in order to help minimise the movement of people and slow the spread of the virus we have been asked to teach online until at least the 25 January 2021.
Although term begins on Monday 4 January 2021, this will now be a flexible study week and we will start a full timetable again in the week commencing 11 January 2021.
We ask students to refer to their email and the NUA intranet for the full university guidance and latest updates.
How is teaching and learning working at NUA?
Over the summer we re-organised buildings, studios and workshops, timetables, and teaching arrangements to ensure that the NUA campus could re-open in line with the Government’s health and safety guidelines about Covid-19.
Everything we are doing balances two priorities: our commitment to deliver the curriculum and an equivalent experience of teaching, and the health and safety of students and staff.
There is a blend of timetabled on-campus teaching sessions and live streamed digital sessions—such as lectures, visiting lectures, seminars, or tutorials, and pre-recorded or on-demand materials to support on-campus and live digital teaching:
- On-campus taught sessions– teaching and learning sessions that are delivered on campus to enable students to meet the requirements and expectations of their course of study.
These depend on the subject but consist primarily of group teaching sessions, technical and academic workshops and project activities. These are all timetabled as scheduled sessions. Alongside this teaching, are timetabled live digital sessions.
- On-campus booked time– Students can book time on campus to access a workshop, computer or studio space via the VLE. Courses can also book a studio space or computer lab for a group outside of taught sessions to allow them to use the space to continue work on campus.
- Live, streamed digital sessions – such as lectures, including visiting lecturer sessions, group teaching, seminars or tutorials and these live sessions enable delivery of material that does not require students to be present on campus. These are also timetabled sessions.
- Pre-recorded (on-demand) – materials are in place to support the on-campus and live digital teaching and are available through the course VLE.
Students can access computers and workshops as part of scheduled sessions and digital delivery and resources have been developed to support this. Additional slot sessions to the capacity of rooms and buildings are bookable through the VLE.
The Media Resource Centre, Library, Student Enquiries Office, and NUA Shop provide a service to students although under modified arrangements (information is available via the Virtual Learning Environment – VLE).
How we are teaching and the technologies we are using reflect the blend of remote and studio-based working practices emerging across the creative industries.
What steps has NUA taken to make the campus as safe as possible?
The university has used the government guidance and applied it to all campus spaces. Furniture has been rearranged so that rooms can accommodate the maximum number of students safely.
Timetables have been arranged so students can be taught in recommended group sizes; inductions and large group teaching will be delivered digitally.
Equipment and rooms will be cleaned each day and touch points (such as door handles) will be cleaned regularly throughout the day.
Are the new teaching and learning arrangements permanent?
We do not envisage the new teaching and learning arrangements being permanent. We all look forward to the time when we can move more freely around the campus without the need to physically distance. Unfortunately, we cannot predict when this will be.
Will I need to wear a mask on campus?
All NUA staff, students, and visitors must wear a mask when on campus —unless they are exempt by law for a specific reason, such as an underlying or hidden health condition.
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Are communal and bookable spaces on campus such as the photography studios, graphics studios, print rooms, PC labs, 3D workshop still being used?
Yes, if they have been booked through the VLE. All students also have free access to Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft 365 to use on their own computers when working off campus.
Is the NUA cafe open?
The café will be offering a takeaway service. You will be able to sit and eat in communal spaces, but you must observe social distancing guidelines.
How is social distancing being maintained on campus?
We expect staff and students to respect each other and take responsibility for maintaining the recommended safe working distance. There is signage throughout the campus to help with this.
What are the key guidelines to remember about coming onto campus?
- You must only come onto campus if you are timetabled to be here or you have a booked session
- You must maintain a physical distance of 2 metres at all times – inside and outside the buildings
- You must wear a mask on campus unless you have advised Student Support that you are exempt
- You must sanitise – on entering and leaving a building and regularly throughout the day
Please check your emails regularly for updates
Are visitors allowed on campus?
All visitors will be asked to report in to reception at Francis House and will be required to wear a mask on campus. When they arrive, they will be:
- Asked who you have come to visit
- Asked to give contact details to help with track and trace arrangements
- Sanitise their hands
- Have their temperature taken.
If their temperature is 38°c or higher, they will be asked to wait a minute or two and will be re-tested. If their temperature is still 38° or higher, they not be able to continue their visit and asked to come back another time.
If their temperature is under 38°c, they will be collected by the person/someone from the department they have come to visit.
Can I borrow resources from the library and work in the library?
There has been a large investment in online resources for the Library. The Library will be providing a full service through click and collect.