Date Published: 16 March 2020
Last Updated: 14 May 2021
The wellbeing, health and safety of our students, staff and communities remain our top priority.
We are actively responding to the evolving COVDI-19 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.
The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced on 10 May that England will proceed to step 3 of the Government’s 4-step roadmap on the 17 May. The Government continues to closely monitor the Covid-19 situation and is taking action, in the UK and overseas. From the 17 May higher education teaching will be eligible to safely phase a return to campus whilst continuing to adhere to social distancing measures and following Covid-19 safety procedures.
England’s roadmap to cautiously ease the lockdown restrictions to safely transition to the new normal way of life and studying will have no immediate effect on your learning with all core teaching continuing to be delivered online. However, from 17 May you will have the opportunity to book a study space or appointment with our support services on-campus. Please check coming into campus page for more information.
We are continuing to review these measures alongside the Government’s planned review for mid-June. Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these challenging times.
It’s very important that you familiarise yourself with the rules as this includes information about what you can and can’t do. We all need to now work together to stop the spread of COVID-19, so please continue to follow the rules set out by the Government.
London branch campus: Open from 17 May: Monday – Friday 8:00-17:30
Birmingham branch campus: Open from 17 May: Monday – Friday 8:30-17:30
We are committed to ensuring that our students are still able to continue learning and accessing our support services. You can find out more on our webpages for current students and applicants and offer holders.
Once our campus buildings are reopened, 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.