Date Published: 16 March 2020
Last Updated: 2 December 2020
The wellbeing, health and safety of our students, staff and communities remain our top priority.
We are actively responding to the evolving situation and updating our websites with the latest guidance for applicants and students.
Here is where you can find the latest information on what steps we are taking at the London and Birmingham branch campuses and any changes to our operations and/or teaching delivery.
To make the right information easy to find, we have separated content in to different pages that you can access using the links below.
New Local Tiers in England
From 2 December 2020, national restrictions have been lifted in England and replaced by new local area restrictions as part of the Government’s continued efforts against coronavirus.
There are 3 different tiers of local restrictions being introduced:
- Tier 1: Medium alert
- Tier 2: High alert
- Tier 3: Very High alert
From 2 December 2020:
- Birmingham will be classified as Tier 3 – read the full Tier 3 rules here
- London will be classified as Tier 2 – read the full Tier 2 rules here
It’s very important that you familiarise yourself with the rules for your local tier as this includes information about what you can and can’t do, including mixing with different households, events and hospitality, accessing sports facilities etc.
The Government will review the tiers for each area within England every 2 weeks and make any adjustments as appropriate.
Across all tiers, everyone:
- must wear a face covering in most indoor settings unless they are exempt
- should continue to follow the rules on meeting others safely
- can continue to attend university and education settings as normal, unless they are self-isolating
- should walk or cycle where possible when travelling, planning ahead and avoid busy times and routes
- must follow the limits of people at gatherings for their tier
The campuses remain open for students until 6pm on the 9 December to continue to allow those of you who need to, to travel in the student travel window. Teaching delivery and support services will continue to be available online until the winter break.
You can find our more about the coronavirus restrictions in your local area within England by entering your postcode on the Government’s website here. If you have the NHS COVID-19 app on your smartphone, you will also be able to check your local area’s tier category and guidance.
December and the student travel window
The Department for Education has now published guidance on student travel and plans for the end of term. This is to ensure students in the UK are able to travel safely for the festive period after the end of the national restrictions which were in place until 2nd December 2020, minimising the risk of transmitting coronavirus.
Current students can find out more about the student travel window and the changes we are making to teaching on the Current Students page here.
London branch campus: Open – booking required
Birmingham branch campus: Open – booking required
Campuses are currently open for the following times:
- Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm
This will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
We intend for you to be able to access the campus for scheduled teaching sessions and to use the study facilities. To help us maintain safe numbers on campus – you must book a place before arriving on campus. Current students can find out how to book a place here.
To support NHS Test and Trace and to help us manage capacity, when you arrive on campus, we will ask you to scan a QR code and complete a form online to check-in. You will also be asked to check-out on leaving the campus.
You can check the QA Higher Education Return to Campus guide here.
What action are you taking?
We continue to be guided by Government and sector advice in all our planning and are undertaking risk assessments of each of our teaching locations.
Our priorities remain the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and communities, and to ensure access to learning so you are able to continue your journey to graduation and your future career goals.
If we identify an increased risk to our community or have to make a change to the way we operate, we will let you know.
Our focus is on making sure we can provide a safe and welcoming environment in our branch campuses. As such, we are implementing a number of measures in our buildings, including:
- Limiting the number of students on campus at any one time
- Ensuring enhanced cleaning regimes are followed with key areas deep-cleaned at the end of each day
- Displaying COVID-19 safety and awareness signage through our buildings, highlighting stair access routes
- Installing sanitiser stations in receptions, breakout spaces and classrooms
- Implementing carefully managed walking routes including one-way navigation where possible
- Offering online and telephone appointments with each of our support services, so you can still access all of our support teams when you’re not on-campus
Read the QA Return to Campus Guide here for more information including details of face covering requirements.
You can also watch the short video below to see more on the steps being taken by QA Higher Education on campus.