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Coronavirus (COVID-19): universities, colleges and community learning and development providers

Published: 15 Jul 2021
Last updated: 22 Jul 2021 - see all updates

Guidance for operations in the academic year 2021 to 2022.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): universities, colleges and community learning and development providers
Learning and research environments

Learning and research environments

Institutions should make plans, in collaboration with staff (that includes Trade Unions) and students, for implementing the protective measures that will support suppression of the virus within the further and higher education sectors.  Key areas of mitigation in learning and research environments will include good ventilation, the appropriate use of face coverings as well as encouraging and providing the facilities for good hand hygiene and regular surface cleaning.

As part of their overall approach to risk management, and calibrated to the restrictions across all society, colleges and universities should consider the need, in specific circumstances, for limiting direct face-to-face learning involving very large numbers of students. In considering this, institutions will need to ensure that this is done without detriment to learning or the overall student experience.

As CLD activity for youth work and adult learning is an essential part of the education system, it is expected that community facilities will permit access to organisations and groups working within this sector with the required baseline mitigation measures, provided for either by regulations or in guidance, being adhered to.


First published: 15 Jul 2021 Last updated: 22 Jul 2021 -