Lancaster University suspends all classroom teaching in wake of coronavirus pandemic

Classroom teaching suspended from next week

Lancaster University has suspended all classroom teaching from next week onwards due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Bradley issued a message this morning, stating: “We have decided to end classroom teaching of all forms from Monday 16th March until the end of term (Friday 20th March).

He added: “Whilst no member of the campus community has tested positive for the virus, this decision has been taken to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.”

“Teaching will continue as normal today (Friday 13th March), but please do not turn up to any teaching activities next week. We will update you when teaching activities return to normal. In the mean time we will endeavour to provide teaching by alternative means.”

Individual departments should be in contact to organise alternative teaching methods, although at present it is not clear what these could be.

The email adds: “This does not mean the university is closing and students living on campus will be able to continue to do so. It may mean, however, that we have to organise some of our core activities differently.”