How the university will respond to changes in covid-19 infection rates
Please note we have moved to Tier 3 until 2 November.
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. We have been safely welcoming back students to our campuses since the start of September and implementing our plans for dual delivery education.
The Covid-19 situation globally remains unpredictable and can change rapidly. Therefore, if there is a rise in infection rates at the University or in the local community, the government has outlined four levels of restriction that need to be implemented, in partnership with the local authorities, in a phased manner. A key aim is to retain access to on-campus provision where it is possible to do so safely. We are currently at Tier 3 until 2 November.
These tiers apply to all UK universities and are designed ‘to provide services to students to ensure they can have an enjoyable experience, while staying as safe as possible.’ Universities will move both up and down the tiers as the local and national situation evolves.
University of East London and Public Health England
University of East London, working in partnership with Newham and Public Health
England, will move most of its teaching online for two weeks as part of a borough-wide
effort to flatten the curve of transmission of
Covid-19. This follows a decision by the UK government to move London into a high local Covid alert level on
Saturday (17 October).
From 19 October to 2 November, the University is shifting operations from its baseline Covid-secure ‘Tier 1’ of its Infection Response Plan to the higher-level ‘Tier 3’. This means teaching, with some exceptions, has moved exclusively online for the two-week period, although the University’s three campuses remain open and all on-campus student services continue to run.
The number of Covid-19 cases has recently been increasing in Newham, although the number of infections within the University community remains low. The move to online teaching should be considered precautionary, and it will be reassessed when the two-week period is complete.
Professor Amanda Broderick, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of East London, said, “The University has been safely welcoming back students to our campuses since the start of September, and it remains our highest priority to ensure a Covid-secure working, studying and living environment for our students and staff.
"We are also committed to do all we can to support our wider Newham community decrease the rate of Covid-19 infections, which is why we are engaging in a two-week reduction of on-campus activity. Our dual delivery model means that we are well-prepared to ensure our educational experience remains of high quality and careers-focused notwithstanding the continuing impacts of the pandemic.”
Director of Newham Public Health, Jason Strelitz, states: “Cases of Covid-19 are steadily rising in Newham and we are working closely with individuals and local organisations as we seek to flatten the curve. We can only achieve this if we all do our part and work together. The University of East London, as an important anchor institution in Newham, is taking proactive, temporary measures in support of our collective efforts.”
Responding to change
The four university tiers
• 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: Campuses closed except for residential and essential service provision. No on-campus teaching & learning. The full range of University education and services are available on-line via Track My Future.
Government Covid Alert Levels
The government has launched three alert levels MEDIUM, HIGH and VERY HIGH, which signal to local areas the level of restrictions in a particular region or borough. Find out more about these alert levels here.
Newham is currently at HIGH level.