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How the university will respond to changes in covid-19 infection rates

The University of East London is operating at Institutional Tier 4 status. This is in response to the national lockdown.

This means that all teaching and learning will be online at the start of the spring term. The full range of University education and services are available online via Track My Future.

University services will continue to operate including all essential services to support students in Halls of Residence.

The University of East London’s priority is the provision of a Covid-secure working, studying and living environment for all students and staff, ensuring we comply with all government restrictions and guidance. 

Minister Michelle Donelan's letter to students ahead of January returns for Spring 2021 term 

Covid-19 testing measures for staff and students 

Regional tier changes

Newham, along with the rest of England is in a national lockdown.

The move follows discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus which is transmitted more easily than the original.

This means the following restrictions have been set in place).

  • Stay home, only leave for work, essential shopping, exercise or medical appointments.
  • Exercise allowed outdoors once a day in your local area. You can exercise with your household, support bubble or one other person.
  • Universities, schools and colleges are closed, except for vulnerable children and children of critical workers.
  • No household mixing indoors or outdoors unless in your support or childcare bubble.
  • Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues closed.
  • Pubs and restaurants closed, but takeaway food permitted.

Read the full government guidelines.

Government guidance: Universities

The Government has advised that all universities should move their teaching resources online with immediate effect.

All courses will be delivered wholly online from the start of the new term, apart from those listed below, which will operate under the University’s Tier 3 campus provision (while the majority of timetabled teaching and learning will be online clinical practice will take place one-day per week on-campus). Tier 3 allows flexibility for on-site learning if required as well as accommodating those who are undertaking a placement.

If you are returning to campus, you will need to be tested twice. Our test centre at SportsDock remains open, and we are working towards opening another in Stratford very soon.

If you are currently enrolled on one of the courses below and are away from London and unable to get to campus, please let your course leader know. Similarly, if you are currently living on campus, you should not be moving back and forth between your permanent home and student home.

Courses allowed to continue on campus are:

  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
  • FdSc Nursing Associate (Direct entry and Apprenticeship)
  • BSc (Hons) Podiatry and Apprenticeship route
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy and Apprenticeship route
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy 

Students on these courses are permitted to meet in groups outside of their household as part of formal education or training, where necessary. 

Those students currently on placement as part of their Initial Teacher Training or Social Work Course (UG or PG) should continue on placement adhering to the advice of, and Covid secure policies of, the placement provider.  

Where schools are closed students on placement will still be able to support online delivery or the delivery to key worker children. If you have any questions, please contact your course leader directly. 

If the advice from the Department for Education or Social Work England changes you will be notified by your course leader. 

For more and updated information about our Covid-19 operations, see our Coronavirus Update page.


Responding to change

The four university tiers

The government has outlined four levels of restriction that need to be implemented by universities, in partnership with the local authorities, in a phased manner. These tiers apply to all UK universities. 

Tier 1: Our campuses are open and Covid-secure. The University of East London's dual delivery educational framework provides a combination of on-campus and on-line learning. Teaching and learning on-campus is available two days per week with access to the full range of University education and services on-line via Track My Future.

Tier 2: Teaching and learning on-campus is available one day per week for all courses. The full range of University education and services are available on-line via Track My Future. Limited on-campus services remain open.

Tier 3: Most courses will move to online learning, retaining on-campus provision for courses requiring clinical, research or PSRB-required on-campus activity. Residential and essential service provision on-campus continues. The full range of University education and services are available on-line via Track My Future.

Tier 4: All teaching and learning is online, except for a small number of listed above. These courses can continue with clinical practice taking place one-day per week on-campus and can accommodate those who are undertaking a placement in line with Government guidance, read this important announcement.