COVID forces uni classes online

LibraryThe library at Ourimbah campus of University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle has moved the first two weeks of Semester Two classes online due to the increasing COVID-19 risk in NSW.

Across all University of Newcastle campuses, all classes scheduled for face-to-face learning from July 19 to 30 will now be converted to study-from-home mode.

The university made the announcement today, sharing a statement on its website and social media pages.

“The safety of our students and staff is paramount, and we will follow the health advice to ensure the best possible student experience,” it wrote.

“We are planning to resume usual operations across all of our campuses from 1 August 2021, in the hopes that this latest COVID-19 outbreak will be back in control by that time.”

Class timetables remain in place, but many practical and lab classes may not be reconfigured to fit the online delivery.

Students are encouraged to reach out to their course coordinators to find out more information on their classes and expectations for the new online delivery.

Exceptions include cases of approved placements or practicums.

Research students are also being encouraged to discuss the nature of their research activities with their supervisors for the duration of the two weeks.

The Central Coast Open Day planned for July 31 will be postponed until September, and the minimal staffing mode will be extended until July 30.

Staff at Callaghan, City and regional campuses are also encouraged to take advantage of the University’s COVID-19 paid vaccination leave.

The University of Newcastle said it would keep staff, students and the community up to date with further changes, following the advice of NSW Health and the State Government.

Information source: Media statement, July 13, The University of Newcastle