COVID-19 Update to colleagues - 2 October 2020
We know this has been an exceptionally busy period preparing for the start of term, coming after a summer of considerable work preparing online and remote materials for courses and restarting research. Our new undergraduates are arriving in our halls of residence, and we welcome them, returning students and some staff back to our campuses. We can’t thank you enough for your hard work and dedication over the summer.
Safety continues to be our top priority, and we wanted to highlight again the policies and procedures that we have prepared to keep our campuses COVID-secure, minimise the risk of transmission and make sure we can continue to deliver our academic mission.
Keeping safe on campus
Safety is a community responsibility, and it’s up to every member of the College to look out for each other and follow our safety guidance. Thank you for your efforts so far to promote our Protect and Respect campaign and for adhering to the Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct has been shared with new students and we have launched a communications campaign reinforcing its principles for all of our community.
Our safety measures meet and, in some cases, exceed what is expected by government. We have chosen to do this to account for the unique challenges posed by some of our spaces, such as halls of residence. You can find more information about the safety measures in place in specific types of spaces across our campuses on our safety webpages.
Our Test, Trace, Contain approach to managing COVID-19 cases across our community is being coordinated through the College COVID-19 Contact Tracing Hub (CCT Hub), together with our Outbreak Plan Implementation Group. Please visit the CCT Hub webpages to find step by step flowcharts on what to do if you, or students in your department, have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or you have been identified as a close contact with somebody who has COVID-19 symptoms. The CCT Hub is linked closely with our local public health teams so we can coordinate our response to any outbreaks and manage them in accordance with our Outbreak Control Plan.
Many of you will continue to work at home for either part or all of your working week so that we can safely accommodate social distancing for those who need to be on campus for research and education. Our Imperial@Home materials are there to help you connect to your colleagues and to provide support and resources for remote working. You can also see how your colleagues have been managing working from home on Twitter and on Yammer.
Supporting our community
We know this continues to be an uncertain and stressful time. Please make sure to look after yourself and check in on your colleagues. There is a good deal of Health and Wellbeing support that is available to you.
Through your hard work we start our Autumn Term well-prepared to respond to the challenges ahead. By coming together as a community we can stay safe and continue to fulfil our academic mission. We will continue to keep you updated and urge you to read our weekly COVID updates for the latest guidance.
Alice and Ian
Professor Alice P. Gast, President
Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost