Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

Last updated:  16 September 2020

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The College has re-opened to staff  however at this time, the building will remain closed to all visitors. In planning for the new academic year however, it is the intention of Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education to reopen its facilities to students and to resume as much face-to-face teaching as possible starting from 5th October 2020. The decision to do so and the preparations to follow are informed by UK and Scottish Governments guidance and is a move shared by other institutions within the Higher Education sector.



Previous 2020 updates: The government’s strategy continues to promote social distancing and impose remote working for all, to limit further spread of the Coronavirus. The health and well-being of our staff and students remains to be at the top of College priorities.

Accordingly, it was decided in March 2020 that all face to face teaching would be suspended and that staff members should work from home until further notice. 

The College building remains closed, however its professional services will continue to function.

We would like to emphasise that the College will continue to operate in line with public health, UK and Scottish Government guidance. We encourage all students, staff, and surrounding community members to practise basic hygiene precautions and follow the advice given across various UK health care organisations- HPS COVID-19 website and NHS Inform.

What is Coronavirus? 

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a 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.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms include:

  • a dry cough
  • a high temperature/fever
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste or smell

These symptoms are however similar to the likes of cold or flu symptoms, meaning that those who show these symptoms do not necessarily have the coronavirus. For further advice, please visit the NHS website. For anyone concerned about symptoms, please call NHS24 (111).

Preventing the spread of the coronavirus 

Practising basic hygiene precautions will help minimise the spread of infection:

  • washing hands often – with soap and water
  • covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Preparation during outbreak

The College is proactively monitoring the changing situation and  keeping up to date with evolving reports and advice from trusted sources.

The College has followed a contingency plan, to manage arising problems during such unpredicted times. We are communicating with students and staff members, encouraging all to practice good hand-hygiene and follow advice from the NHS and UK and Scottish Government.

Travel advice

The UK Government has updated its advice in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. This includes an expanding list of countries where travellers returning to the UK should be aware of and the steps they must take if they feel ill within 14 days of return. Please visit the GOV.UK for full information.

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