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University plans student return to Cirencester

Students will return to the Cirencester campus of the Royal Agricultural University for the autumn term under post-coronavirus pandemic plans.

The campus has remained open for students unable to return home with catering staff providing meals for the Feeding the 5,000 project aimed at supplying food for needy people during the crisis.

A small number of homeless people have also been provided with accommodation.

But teaching and assessments have been delivered online since March 18.

Now the university is planning to open fully to students when the new academic year in September.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanna Price said: "It is very important to give as much clarity as possible to applicants, students and staff about our plans, which take into account advice from the government and a range of external bodies across the higher education sector.

"We are mindful that at any time our plans may need to change in accordance with government guidance.

"Staff are working very hard to make sure tall necessary arrangements are in place for September."

She continued: "Ensuring the safety of the entire RAU community on campus is our top priority, while also maintaining the high quality of our student experience.

"We want all our students to have a full and memorable university experience, despite the restrictions imposed by Covid-19."

Facilities including the library, study areas, catering outlets and sports pitches will be available with a range of protective measures in place for the safety and wellbeing of students and staff, as well as for the wider local community.

The university intends to offer on-site accommodation to all new students, including an option for international students to carry out any required quarantine on campus before the term starts.

Teaching arrangements are expected to comprise a blend of large group sessions and lectures delivered online with small group seminars, tutorials and practical sessions delivered face to face in suitably adapted classrooms.

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