Our levels of operation

Keele University is implementing a five stage system (similar to the Government’s alert system) that will define what studying at Keele will be like for the 2020/21 academic year. The stage that we are at will dictate which facilities and services will be open, and to what extent.

Our current level of operation: level 3

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We wanted to update you on how the University is preparing for the start of the next academic year in light of the social distancing restrictions that are likely to still be in place. The safety and wellbeing of the Keele community is our highest priority, and we want to assure you that activities will only take place on campus where it is safe to do so. Keele has always prided itself on providing an excellent student experience, as evidenced by our unparallelled performance in the annual National Student Survey, and we are committed to continuing to provide that high quality experience both in person and online.

We plan to start next academic year with a hybrid delivery model, offering seminars, laboratory practicals (including field-based practical activity) and placement activities in their usual settings, complemented by online delivery, to replace large group teaching like lectures which cannot be accommodated at present due to social distancing.

However, we know that things are likely to change over the next few months, so we have implemented a five stage alert system (similar to the English Government’s alert system) that will define what studying at Keele will be like throughout the 2020/21 academic year, depending on the Government’s guidelines.

 

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Student services / SU

Level 5 side Level 5
Lockdown
until the end of April 2020
All online, with separate arrangements for NHS placements All but essential Covid-19 related activities are suspended For those who cannot return home to remain in on-campus accommodation A small number of essential services remain open All services are online, with emergency on-call arrangements in place
Level 4 side Level 4
Initial lifting of lockdown
From May 2020
All online, with separate arrangements for NHS placements and some other exceptional cases Phased return of a small amount of funded and critical research, including the return of some associated PGR students Limited use; prioritised to support those who cannot leave A small number of essential services are open All services delivered online, including arrangements for 2020/21 registration
Level 3 side Level 3
First stage of reopening
All available online, with some small group teaching, labs, and practicals following Covid-secure guidelines Phased return of funded and/or critical research, including the return of some associated PGR students Available to support student need; small households of up to 8 formed in halls of residence Socially-distanced services resume, including takeaway food, limited library facilities and retail All services delivered online, including virtual welcome events; some socially-distanced activities

Level 2 side Level 2
Second stage of reopening

Larger group sessions to resume when safe, following Covid-secure guidelines Return of all research activities that require on-campus facilities Full return of accommodation without social distancing measures Delivery of socially distanced services transitioning to full operations Delivery of socially distanced services transitioning to full operations
Level 1 side Level 1
Business as usual
All physical classes to resume, alongside a new digital flexible delivery model Research activities continue Full return to normal accommodation levels Return to normal service operation Return to normal service operation