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Coronavirus: University of Surrey to stop all face to face lectures

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Coronavirus: University of Surrey to stop all face to face lectures

Published at 3:41pm 17th March 2020.

The University of Surrey has announced they are stopping all face to face lectures because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

A spokesperson told Eagle Radio they announced the news to staff and students on Friday (13 March) and as of Monday (16 March) students have been able to access digital teaching platforms. 

Currently, lectures are still taking place but pupils are able to choose to access them remotely but from next Monday (23 March) the University will move to digital-only teaching. 

The spokesperson said in a statement the decision to stop face to face lectures was made as a result of new government measures introduced this week to try and limit the spread of COVID-19:

"The campus remains open, in line with Public Health England advice.

"The decisions on remote learning were to allow students to exercise personal choice and to support developing advice on social distancing."


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The University of Surrey posted an update on their website on Sunday (15 March) about the coronavirus outbreak:

"At present, we do not have a confirmed case of Covid-19 here at the University and the University remains open.

"We are working closely with Public Health England after a visitor to campus here at the University of Surrey was visited by paramedics this afternoon.

"The visitor had reported possible symptoms of Covid-19.

"The visitor has not been admitted to hospital and has been advised to self-isolate. The student they were visiting has also now been advised to self-isolate.

"We understand this development will cause concern and anxiety among our students, staff and the wider community.

"However, we urge everyone on campus to remain calm, to continue to look out for everyone’s welfare and to come together as a community to support those who may have concerns about the current situation.

"Our immediate concerns are for the visitor, the student and their families, along with the health and continued wellbeing of all our students, staff and visitors.