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Which Midlands universities have made changes due to coronavirus?

At the time of writing, a total of 126 people across the region have now tested positive for Covid-19. Credit: PA

A number of universities in the Midlands have made arrangements and changed how they work due to coronavirus.

At the time of writing, a total of 126 people across the region have now tested positive for Covid-19.

As a precaution, and to protect staff and students, a number of universities in the Midlands have made changes to how they work, which include allowing students to work from home.

Below is all of the universities that have currently made changes due to coronavirus in the region:

University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton have announced on their website that they will be postponing face-to-face teaching from tomorrow morning (Wednesday, March 18).

They currently "expect the libraries to remain open, but will advise if the situation changes."

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has said on their website that they "will be continuing to implement the plans shared with staff and students."

This includes online teaching for students, working from home being increased, and the university campus having restricted operations.

University of Nottingham

On their website the University of Nottingham say that they are now treating this week (commending Monday, March 16) as a "transition period to accelerate our plans deliver all teaching online from Monday 23 March."

These plans mean there will be "no face-to-face lectures, seminars or tutorials from Monday 23 March."

Aston University

On their website, Aston University say that there will no face-to-face teaching (such as tutorials, seminars and "lab-based classes") at the university after today (Tuesday, March 17) - "until at least the end of June."

The university also report that they are cancelling all assessments "that you would come on campus to complete" such as exams, lab assessments and presentations, until the end of the spring/summer examination period.

University buildings will continue to remain open.

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick say that while the university will remain open, but there will be "no face-to-face teaching."

Staff are also being supported to "explore working from home."

They also say that there will be "no face-to-face assessments in term three," and alternative ways of assessment are currently being identified.

The library and student study spaces are currently open, and they report that students who "cannot go home" will be able to use campus accommodation.

Keele University

Keele University say that they are "now in the process of reducing its level of operation" to allow as many people as possible who are able work from home, to do so.

The university will remain open, and they say students can begin to return home from this week. For students who may not be able to do so, they say they are "here to support and guide" them and reiterate that campus remains open.

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University say that they "currently focusing on our transition to remote teaching wherever possible" and that remote teaching will be in place from Monday 23 March.

They also report that their facilities and support for students "will remain open and in place."

De Montfort University

The Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop, writes on the De Montfort University website that from the morning of Wednesday, March 18 all face-to-face lectures, seminars and tutorials (classroom-based teaching) "will be suspended as we transition to online provision."

Any scheduled lectures that students were set to have later this week (on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) will then no longer be offered.

The university does say that workshops and practical lessons will continue as scheduled this week, and that studios and laboratories will stay open for students.

However, from Monday, 23 March, the university will then begin teaching online, including "any material missed as a result of the suspension of teaching activities this week" until the university breaks up on Friday April 3.

The university campus will stay open and the university library and other buildings will also stay open.

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester will remain open, but all face-to-face teaching has been cancelled from Monday, March 16.

Lectures are seminars are instead taking place online.

The library remains open and all student field trips planned until the end of May this year have been cancelled.

Students who have appointments with student support will also be contacted with remote arrangements.

Plans for staff to work remotely are also being developed.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University say that they will remain open, but that face-to-face teaching will stop by the end of the day today (Monday, March 16).

Online learning will then start from the week commencing Monday, March 23.

In an update on their website, the university says "We do not envisage face to face teaching before the start of next term at the earliest and it may well be that our on-line approach needs to continue into the summer."

They add that "libraries, gym facilities, and catering outlets" at the university will stay open, while continuing to be cleaned thoroughly.

Loughborough University

All "normal" lecturing has been suspended at Loughborough University, and lectures will be made available online.

The university also reports that seminars, and work in studios and laboratories will still take place.

The university also say that the library and "other teaching and learning facilities" will remain open "for the time being."

Coventry University

Coventry University will suspend face-to-face teaching from the end of Friday, March 20.

All teaching and learning will then be moved online - including "all but a small number of assessments."

Coventry University also say that all of their locations will remain open.

University of Derby

The University of Derby says that teaching is continuing as normal for the rest of this week, but that online learning for all subjects will take place from Monday, March 23.

Their facilities will remain open during this time.

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