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Last updated Tuesday 31 March 2020 at 10.00am

We are aware that the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) may be causing some concern.

Following the latest government advice and recent announcement from the prime minister, we have taken the decision to change our operational delivery and encourage social distancing with immediate effect. Therefore, the Ravensbourne building has now closed until further notice. 

From Thursday 19 March 2020, all of our staff and students will be required to work remotely and will not be required to travel to Ravensbourne until further notice.  Please note that there will be no other access to the building. 

All of our staff and students have been contacted via email by the vice chancellor to update them about this current situation. 

Our dedicated incident team, led by the vice chancellor, continues to monitor the situation closely. We would like to reassure you that we are taking the appropriate steps to support our community.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus originates from animals and causes symptoms such as coughing, fevers and breathing difficulties in humans. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

 

COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

 

As of 9.00am on Monday 30 March 2020, a total of 134,946 people have been tested, of which 112,805 were confirmed negative and 22,141 were confirmed positive.

As of 5.00pm on Sunday 29 March 2020, 1,408 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.

 

The NHS are currently giving patients specialist care, and are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent the further spread of the virus..

 

In a statement, Chris Whitty Chief Medical Officer for England said: “The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.

 

“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately. We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organisation and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.”

 

Keeping well

Public Health England has issued advice that the public should maintain the same standards of personal hygiene as they would to avoid other viruses and infections. These include thorough washing of hands and using a tissue when sneezing and coughing.

 

Staff, students and visitors to the university are advised to wash their hands regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser. This includes: washing your hands before leaving home; on arrival at university; after using the toilet; after breaks and sporting activities; before food preparation; before eating food; and before leaving university.

 

We have installed additional hand sanitisers across the building, please do make use of them.

 

If you do feel unwell and are concerned about your health you should seek medical advice in the first instance, by calling NHS 111 or your GP.

 

You can find more guidance on the Public Health England Blog and the NHS UK website.

 

Advice for Students

Following the latest government advice and announcement from the prime minister, we have requested that our students now study from home. All face-to-face lessons have been suspended and the building is now closed until further notice. We also strongly advise against our students filming at Sugar Studios for the foreseeable future.

 

We understand that a number of students may have belongings that are still in the building. Please be aware that the contents of all lockers are safe and we can confirm that these will remain untouched and will be available once we reopen.

 

We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students and have prepared a number of processes to help you continue with your studies from a distance.

 

In addition to the email communications from the vice chancellor, you will be updated by your course leader and course team via Aula and email, so please keep up-to-date with these channels. If you have any questions, please contact your course team. 

 

If you are concerned you that you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus, please contact Student Services.

Advice for Staff

Following the latest government advice and announcement from the prime minister, we have decided to change our operational delivery and move to online learning and working from home with immediate effect. The building is now closed until further notice.

 

All staff have received an email update from the Vice Chancellor with advice and guidance. 

 

If you have any questions, please check with your line manager in the first instance and utilise the information available to you on the intranet, such as HR's frequently asked questions. 

 

You can also access further assistance regarding working remotely here.

Advice for Applicants

Thank you for considering Ravensbourne as your place of study. We understand that there will be concerns surrounding upcoming events and interviews so would like to share the following:

  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone large scale events at Ravensbourne University London as a precautionary measure. 
  • After careful consideration, we can confirm that we have cancelled the Open Evening scheduled for Wednesday 18 March.
  • We are also sorry to confirm that the Offer Holders Event on Wednesday 25 March will not take place as planned.
  • In accordance with the latest government advice, Ravensbourne is moving all interviews online from Tuesday 17 March 2020, until further notice. 

 

If you have booked an in-person interview
This now means that you should not come into Ravensbourne for your interview, and that you will be invited to be interviewed by one of our academics online instead. We would like to reassure you that this change will not negatively impact our assessment of your ability to succeed on your chosen degree programme in any way.  

 

Ravensbourne will make sure that your interview takes place at a time as close as possible to the time you originally booked. For most applicants this means that your interview will take place at the same time as at present. In a small number of cases, there may be some minor delay or the need to reschedule some interview sessions to another date. 

 

Ravensbourne will email you directly with the date and time of your online interview, together with instructions on how to access the online interview itself.

 

As you will not be able to bring your portfolio/showreel in person - we ask that you email a copy of it (please attach a copy or provide a link to your blog/vimeo/website etc) to portfolio@rave.ac.uk before your interview takes place. Please include your full name and student ID in the title of the email.



If you have not yet booked an interview
If you’ve previously been supplied a link to book an in-person interview, please do not book an interview via this link. Each interview page is being updated with a link to allow you to book an online interview instead. Please follow this link and use it to book your online interview with one of our academics. 

 

We would like to reassure you that moving to an online interview will not negatively impact our assessment of your ability to succeed on your chosen degree programme. 

 

As you will not be able to bring your portfolio/showreel in person - we ask that you email a copy of it (please attach a copy or provide a link to your blog/vimeo/website etc) to portfolio@rave.ac.uk before your interview takes place. Please include your full name and student ID in the title of the email. 



Please be advised that there is high demand for the online interview slots at present. We are adding extra availability to our online interview dates on a course by course basis, and working continuously with academic colleagues to add more dates as soon as we can. If you cannot book an online interview slot, please be reassured that we will ensure that everyone who needs an interview will be able to have one. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you soon. 

 

 

This is a live situation that is constantly under review. Should we need to make any changes, we will communicate via email, and this page will be updated.

 

Travelling abroad

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against travel to mainland China, Italy and special care zones in South Korea

 

If you’ve recently travelled to the UK from one of these regions, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, even if you do not have symptoms. Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

 

The following countries have all had a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and are being closely monitored by Public Health England: Iran, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Macau and Vietnam.



When you are making your travel plans, please take into consideration that this is an evolving situation and the FCO travel advice remains under constant daily review to ensure it reflects their latest assessment of the risks. Please note that if you are travelling, there is no guarantee that you will be able to return easily or won’t be required to self-isolate on returning to the UK. Additional health screening procedures have been implemented globally, so it is likely that travel will be disrupted for the foreseeable future. It is vitally important that these safety measures are followed.

If you have recently returned from one of the above regions and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111. 

 

Students

If you are a student at Ravensbourne, and are due to travel to (or are currently travelling in) any of the territories listed above, please contact Student Services.

 

Staff

If you are a member of staff at Ravensbourne, and are due to travel to (or are currently travelling in) any of the territories listed above, please contact Human Resources.

Supporting our community

Ravensbourne is greatly enriched by students and industry partners from across the world and our culture of inclusivity means a great deal to us. We trust that everyone in our community will continue to treat each other with respect and decency despite this period of apprehension.

 

We also know many of you may have concerns about friends and family members that might be at risk of the virus at this time.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Student Services via email or on 0203 040 3501. They will be happy to speak with you and can offer support services or drop-in counselling sessions if needed.

Where can I find further information?

You can find the latest information and advice on coronavirus from the UK Department of Health and Public Health England.

 

You can find the latest travel advice in relation to the coronavirus outbreak from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Enquiry Form for Ravensbourne Staff and Students

If you have an enquiry regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) please complete this enquiry form

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