Last updated: 25 March 2020
A Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
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.
The Collaborative Partnerships Office (CPO) has established an ongoing communication strategy with the University’s Collaborative Partners in order to provide support and guidance during these unprecedented times. The purpose of this communication strategy ensures that:
- all messages are consistent with the institutional messages sent to all externally facing bodies;
- all messages are consistent with the actions being taken centrally by the University with regards academic arrangements (and adapted appropriately for Collaborative Partners);
- all guidance which Collaborative Partners may need can be provided in a consistent and supportive format;
- there is central oversight of any modifications or derogations which are required to be made to assessments/programmes by Collaborative Partners;
- information is delivered in a consistent way which does not lead to information overload and/or additional administrative burden for staff at Collaborative Partner institutions.
Any urgent queries or clarifications should be forwarded to the CPO to ensure that we can respond in a consistent and structured manner. The CPO will ensure PTLs are copied in to any correspondence, so that they are fully aware of what has been discussed/agreed.
The University has a diverse portfolio of Collaborative Partners, who are all at different stages to responding to the current pandemic. It is therefore the CPOs priority to be as supportive as possible to them and to gather what information is necessary, in order for us to assess the continually evolving situation, and the potential impact the current climate may have on business continuity for the Collaborative Partners and the University itself.
Information for Collaborative Partners is being collated and will be available on the CPO webpage https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships/.