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Coronavirus ​(COVID-19)


This is a rapidly evolving situation which is being monitored carefully by the University and public health bodies.


An update from Kerry Dewar on Keeping Edinburgh Napier connected, as at 9am on Wednesday 1 April, can be found here​.


An update from Alyson Tobin on extensions, deferral of assessments, extenuating circumstances and academic appeals procedures, as at 9am on Tuesday 31 March, can be found here​.


The latest update from Andrea, as at 2.35pm on Friday 27 March, can be found here.


An update from Andrea, as at 4.45pm on Tuesday 24 March, can be found here​.


24 March - all campuses are now closed

Following the UK government’s guidance, all our campuses are now closed to students and the public. Colleagues must also remain at home unless attendance has been deemed essential by your line manager.

Any colleague who has a critical need to attend campus should contact Andy McGoff, Director of Finance and Operations, who will authorise access as appropriate, taking into account health and safety requirements. Please try and give reasonable notice to allow our Security team to make appropriate arrangements and bear in mind facilities such as lifts will not be operational.

 

Anyone on campus should continue to follow NHS and government guidance – for example, washing hands regularly and staying two metres away from any colleague. Finally, remember to bring your ID card and sign in where requested to guarantee access. 



An update from Principal Andrea Nolan, as at 5.40pm on Friday 20 March, here​.


An update from Kerry Dewar, Director of People & Services, as at 3.45pm on Friday 20 March, can be found here.


An update from Claire Taylor, Director of Information Services, as at 3pm on Friday 20 March, can be found here​.


An update on summer graduations, as at 11.55am on Friday 20 March, can be found here​.


An essential update from Alyson Tobin regarding exams and assessments, as at 5.40pm on Thursday 19 March, can be found here​


You'll find the latest colleague FAQs here​​. Student FAQs are available here.​


Any other questions you may have can be submitted to coronavirusqueries@napier.ac.uk.​​


The update from Principal Andrea Nolan, as at 6.40pm on Tuesday 17 March, can be found here.


The update from Principal Andrea Nolan, as at 10pm on Monday 16 March, can be found here.​


Click on the respective links to see the latest updates from the Staff Communications Team and Vice Principal of Learning and Teaching Alyson Tobin​ as at 8.30pm on Monday, 16 March.


 From Monday 23 March, our teaching will be delivered online and remotely. DLTE are working hard to ensure this provision is all in place. A Supporting Student Learning Online page has been created by DLTE to provide you with guidance relating to online teaching and assessment practice. This resource will be continually updated as the coronavirus situation develops and in accordance with your feedback.


Please email dlte@napier.ac.uk with any queries or concerns relating to teaching your students online, or with feedback on further support you require. This inbox will be administered between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Working from home? You'll find guidance from IS on how to do so here​.


Are you a line manager who has team members working from home? You need to record this on HR Connect People Manager - here's how to do so.


Any questions you may have can be submitted to coronavirusqueries@napier.ac.uk.​


The latest current public health information and advice can be accessed from the NHS and the Government websites. 


Common symptoms include high temperature or fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have developed the symptoms and are worried about coronavirus, you should act in accordance with the current public health advice published on these websites. 


The University is continually monitoring the situation and following advice provided by Health Protection Scotland. We are in regular contact with Health Protection Scotland and will continue to follow and act in accordance with their advice and direction.


Public health posters promoting good hygiene and measures to avoid infection and transmission of respiratory viruses are being displayed across University campuses in public areas and in toilets, and public health messages are being displayed on screens in public areas. ​ 


What you can do to prevent infection

You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading respiratory infections by:  

  • avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth 
  • avoiding contact with people that have a respiratory illness, and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone 
  • maintaining good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap or sanitiser after coughing, sneezing or going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking 
  • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in nearest bin after use 


Public health advice states that regular hand washing is the single most important action individuals can take to avoid getting and spreading coronavirus.


As an additional measure the University is seeking to source hand sanitiser to make available across our campuses, subject to availability. However, heavy demand for such products and prioritisation of supplies for the NHS may impact our ability to provide this. However, as above, regular thorough hand washing with soap and water provides the best protection.


No additional cleaning actions are currently required by Health Protection Scotland, but we will monitor and follow their specific advice in this area as the situation develops.  


Travelling on University business

Edinburgh Napier has suspended all  travel on University business until further notice. More advice on travel can be found on Fit for Travel and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Travelling abroad over the Easter break?

If you are holidaying overseas during the Easter holiday period, please be sure to monitor and follow FCO advice for the country you are visiting, and follow current public health advice on your return.


The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced travel insurance guidance following the outbreak.


What is the University doing to prepare?

The University has established a Coronavirus Contingency Planning Group to oversee and co-ordinate our preparations to deal with any disruption which could potentially arise as the situation develops. The Group is meeting daily as the situation continues and guidance is being developed around a range of matters including how we will manage potential impacts on staff and on the student Learning, Teaching and Assessment experience.


All University School and Service areas are required to have Business Continuity Plans (underpinned by Business Impact Analysis) in place which identify key business functions which would require to be maintained in the event of serious business disruption and the mitigating actions which will be taken to minimise disruption and restore activities. These plans are being reviewed and updated in preparation for potential disruption.


The University also has an established Emergency and Crisis Response Plan in place which would be invoked and followed should the risks materialise and lead to significant, serious and sustained disruption to activities.


This information will be updated regularly, and in the meantime, any questions can be submitted to coronavirusqueries@napier.ac.uk.





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