University of Wolverhampton: students return update –
Councillor Phil Bateman today said “I was very pleased to receive a briefing with regards to the safeguards that the the University of Wolverhampton were taking to combat Covid-19. I am sure my readers in Wednesfield North will find the information helpful.”
The Council has been working closely with the University of Wolverhampton to make it as safe as possible for students and lecturers to return to all campuses this autumn.
The University is ensuring students are aware of the latest national guidelines and the local restrictions introduced in Wolverhampton last week, and has put in place measures to ensure that student accommodation is as safe as it can be, including reducing the number of students in corridors and other communal spaces at any one time, and the introduction of bubbles and enhanced cleaning regimes.
It will support any students who have to self-isolate and expects students to be able to return home for Christmas – but will put measures in place to ensure their wellbeing if the situation changes. Unlike some other establishments in the UK, the University of Wolverhampton held a ‘virtual’ freshers week this year to minimise the risk. So far, the return has gone as planned with no planned cases so far reported at the city campus.
Councillors will be aware that a new Covid-19 test centre has opened on Faulkland Street Car Park, adjacent to the University’s city centre campus, which will provide easy access to testing for staff and students experiencing coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.
Councillor Bateman added “This is a very useful briefing, and it makes a number of re-assuring points, in the battle against infection spread. In the circumstances elsewhere, the University deserves some praise for the arrangements that they have made”