As expected we are experiencing another wave of Covid19.
Numbers of positive cases have risen very significantly and, although
vaccinations continue to provide a high level of resistance, Public Health are
under huge pressure to cope.
Attached is an updated advisory on the Public Health
Guidelines. Brief Update on Covid 23rd March 2022.docx
Importantly, we have noticed a trend emerging where there is
a delay between antigen test results showing positive and the first onset of
symptoms (up to 4 or 5 days with symptoms). Public Health have confirmed that
they are noticing the same. In other words, you should be aware that if you
have symptoms you may actually be positive for a few days with antigen tests
We are moving into a critical period in the academic
calendar as we approach Easter and then into examinations in May.
Consequently, we are advising the following for the next two
weeks, from Monday 28th March to Easter:
- Masks– we are asking that
all staff and students wear masks in all circulatory and confined spaces
on campus. This is not mandatory but highly advised.
- Ventilation– all staff and
students should ensure that all rooms are ventilated by ensuring windows
and doors are left open. CO2 monitors are in place in most teaching rooms
to give guidance on the levels being experienced in the room. Please open
all windows as you leave a room to ensure maximum ventilation for the next
- Antigen Tests– we will be
distributing free antigen test kits during next week on all campuses.
Further local information will follow.
Also, just generally, we are asking that you consider the
risk of Covid19 transmission if you are organising any group meetings or
Please stay aware and do your best to continue to protect
our wider community.
Take care of yourselves,