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Partial Return to Campus for PGRs (Both Desk & Lab-based)

22 September 2020

We appreciate that work and study away from campus has been challenging for our PGR students.

To ensure everyone’s safety, we must continue to reduce attendance on campus to the essential. The majority of the university’s community will have to continue working from home.

For Autumn term, PGR return to campus for desk-based students must balance the availability of covid-19 secure space with careful judgement of who cannot work away from campus. For Lab-based students, return must be based on the need to access facilities and equipment necessary to continue research.

The principle guideline is that if PGR students can continue working from home, they should do so. This will allow us to maximise opportunity to those who are unable to continue their research from home.

Desk-based Guidance

Desk-based PGR students who are still working away from campus will have the opportunity to request access to campus if they cannot work from home. 

Each Faculty will establish available quantity of covid-19 secure PGR spaces. To limit the need for additional cleaning, this may not be the student’s previous/usual location.

Access will typically be based on need, and will be considered if Covid-19 secure capacity allows.

Lab-based Guidance

Lab-based PGR students may:

When considering requests for lab-based PGR access the following criteria will be considered:

Process for Requesting Access: Desk or Lab–based

For Note:

If you have any questions regarding this guidance please contact your Associate Director of Faculty Operations.

See also the University guidance sites: Returning to Campus (Labs/Workshops/Studios) and Returning to Campus (Non Lab-based).




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