As you know, coronavirus continues to move at pace and like everybody else I am extremely concerned by this situation.
As a result we have made the decision to stop all face-to-face teaching for the rest of this semester with immediate effect. At this time our buildings will remain open and we will continue to operate all of our student services. Details of opening times will be circulated tomorrow.
Our number one priority is you - we have put in place measures to help you to progress and complete your studies, where possible, through Canvas. Clinical practice students have had a separate set of communications from the Faculty of Health and they will continue to keep you updated directly.
I know that you are seeing what other universities are doing - and picking up lots of information from social media - and we are working with our colleagues across the sector but we are also taking action that is right for us at LJMU. There is not a one-size fits all response to this crisis. We are taking an approach that is right for us.
We appreciate that whilst the majority of students are happy to come into university and use the facilities, there are some students who will be concerned about being in the university. Our advice is that if you are worried, then you should stay away but keep in touch with your programme team. If the UK is not your home country, you are free to leave and return to your families at any time.
We will issue guidance notes tomorrow and if you have any concerns, please email us at IMT@ljmu.ac.uk
Your health, welfare and wellbeing are vitally important to us and I hope you all stay well and safe in the days ahead.
Thank you for your patience. Please look out for any further updates from the university in your LJMU inbox.
Professor Ian G Campbell
Liverpool John Moores University