Our Academic Registrar, Richard Stock, tells us more about how you can stay in touch, keep informed and continue succeeding despite the current circumstances.

As we go into the Easter Vacation, I want to reassure you that despite current circumstances and an ever changing landscape you remain our valued University of Essex students and we will continue to do all we can to stay in touch, to keep you informed and to ensure that you are able, not just to continue learning, but to continue succeeding with us.

It is now the end of term and many of you will have left campus already or will be preparing to do so imminently.

Over the Easter break we want you to rest and recuperate as much as you can and to continue with your studies. Your departments will have been in touch about accessing lectures through Listen Again and our libraries are offering a wide range of resources online to support your learning.

For those of you staying on campus across the break, our campuses will remain open and will continue to be the welcoming, inclusive communities that you can call home.

We have changed the arrangements for many of our food outlets and will ensure all opening times are clearly communicated. Study spaces will be available on campus and we will continue to offer as many facilities as we can. We do need you to play your part by practising social distancing while working and socialising in spaces with others.

Our teams are continuing to work to support you and while many of our staff are now working from home, they are contactable and are able to ensure your student experience remains our priority.

Our Student Services Hubs for Colchester, Southend and Loughton are operating phone, email and live chat facilities.

Our Library team can live chat via the website or you can email them enquiries at libline@essex.ac.uk.

For specific queries relating to COVID-19, email our dedicated team at covid19@essex.ac.uk.

I wrote to you on Monday with details of changes to exams and assessment. Details can be found on my blog and again in handy Q&A format on our COVID19 webpage for students.

Our COVID-19 page for students is being updated regularly. Do keep checking this page for the latest news on everything from travel guidance to Tier 4 and immigration news.

We will ensure you are updated regularly. Please keep an eye on your Essex email and all our usual communication channels.

If you’re going home and your parents, family or friends would like to receive updates from the University, they can sign up to our Friends@essex newsletter – simply email friends@essex.ac.uk with their email address.

We know this is an uncertain time for everyone but as a University with students at its heart, I want to assure you that you continue to be our priority. Support each other as much as you can and do not hesitate to get in touch if you need us.