University of Nottingham vet students resume face-to-face learning

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Students studying Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham will become one of the first in the UK to return to face-to-face lessons following the lockdown.

Students and staff will resume face-to-face lessons from Monday July 27 on Sutton Bonnington campus.

Dr Paul Greatrix, the Senior Administrative Officer at the university, told ITV News Central that first year students have been arriving in a staggered way over the weekend to ensure social distancing.

So how will students return safely?

The University of Nottingham has put safety measures in place to allow the safe return of almost 150 vet students, these include:

  • Accommodation - Students living together will form a 'bubble' for their teaching sessions to avoid exposure to larger groups of people.

  • One-way system and increased signage - This will control the flow of students and staff in teaching buildings to ensure social distancing.

  • Hand sanitiser and enhanced cleaning - Sanitiser will be available at building entrances and there will be enhanced cleaning in teaching buildings and accommodation.

  • Safety screens - Screens will be put up at till points in the shop and coffee shop.

  • Two-hour arrival slot and online registration - Students have been asked to arrive with only one person to assist with moving.

  • Open air sports and activities - For socialising the Vet School has set up weekly DJ sets streamed to student flats, lunchtime BBQs, pizza nights, and arts and crafts.

First year Veterinary Medicine and Science students, Lewis Ashman and Emily Howell, explained how the new accommodation 'bubble' works:

This will be the first time that these students have met up in person as they started their studies using online learning in April.

Sarah Cripps, Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, says it is important for students to get the practical aspect of learning so that they can "learn how to handle the animals and examine them correctly".

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