Information about the lockdown from 5 November

Following the government announcement of a second national ‘lockdown’ from this Thursday (5 November), we have since been considering the impact of this on our University operations.

In line with guidance received from the Universities Minister on 2 November, we will continue to deliver our teaching and campus operations as we have been doing over recent weeks, apart from those areas where specific government restrictions now apply.

From Thursday 5 November, the following will apply:

  • The University will remain open, as with all other schools, colleges and universities in England, following government guidance, and we will continue to offer in-situ teaching as we have been doing this semester. Commuter students can continue to travel to campus.
  • Research activity on campus will continue, although patient participation in research activity will be limited
  • Students are asked to remain at their term-time accommodation for the duration of the lockdown and to not return home until at least December 2nd
  • Essential campus services will remain open, this includes: the Library “click and collect” service; post room; informal learning spaces; the campus shop, and take away food services.
  • Campus facilities such as the sports centre, bars and cafés will be closed during the lockdown in-line with government requirements
  • Faith spaces will be available for private prayer only with no services taking place
  • SU and KPA buildings will be closed, with the SU and KPA offering take away food only. The SU Print & Copy shop will offer “click and collect” and delivery, and the SU and KPA will still be offering online activities and support to students
  • Student support services remain open to all students via online services

We recognise that this second lockdown is unsettling for us all as a community. The University has taken steps to minimise the spread of coronavirus on campus since March and our information published here demonstrates that cases on campus and in the Keele community have been well managed.

An update from the Vice-Chancellor

For our students, wherever you live, whether on campus or off campus, please maintain your vigilance with the restrictions, in particular with respect to the avoidance of mixing with members of other households. We all have our personal role to play in ensuring that the country comes out of the current crisis as quickly as possible. You could use the time as an opportunity to learn something new: 

  • Take a look at KIITE’s Working with Students pages, brush up on your academic skills, or consider booking yourself in for a one-to-one virtual meeting with one of our academic writing coaches to discuss your draft assignment.
  • With your career development in mind, why not use Keele Careers Online to explore, for example, career e-learning, how to build your personal brand, and experience the new interview simulator.
  • If you want to build, deploy and manage websites then Amazon Web Services offer free access to learning resources.
  • Also, don’t forget that our beautiful campus is there for exercise and is yours to explore - in line with current national guidance.