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Cornwall welcomes students back to local universities

With the academic getting underway, Cornwall Council has welcomed the return of students across Cornwall, including the Falmouth and Penryn area.

We have been working closely with all education providers in the county over the summer months on plans to ensure that students return safely, and that safe behaviours are being promoted and supported throughout local communities. Bringing students back safely also provides a boost to our local economies, which is welcomed by businesses after a difficult start to the year.

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The universities have done the following to prepare for the safe arrival of students:

  • Developed a Cornwall Campuses Safe Community Charter, to encourage considerate, responsible behaviour, both on and off campus
  • Introduced measures on campus including strict social distancing measures, one-way systems through buildings, hand sanitiser points and an expectation that face coverings are worn in most buildings
  • Banned guests in university accommodation
  • Developed campaigns to raise awareness of the latest coronavirus information and guidance
  • Introduced a Rapid Response Team to manage any cases or suspected cases in the universities’ community

Rachel Wigglesworth, Cornwall Council’s Director of Public Heath said: “We’d like to reassure the community that everyone has been planning this return for a number of months. Our public health team have been having regular meetings with the universities to set out how we can reduce risks through engagement with students, putting in measures to make the campuses COVID-19 safe, and introducing processes, should cases be detected in students or staff.”

“We all still need to remember to work together, be kind and respectful to each other. We need everyone in the community to continue to follow government guidelines about numbers of people meeting together, wearing face masks in public spaces, keeping left in town centres and good hand hygiene”.

Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Public Health added “The universities have all been working incredibly hard to make sure that students can safely get back to education.

“It’s vitally important that we keep education going for our young people as it has multiple benefits such as improved mental health and providing the best possible employment prospects going forward. We have world class education in Cornwall and it’s fantastic every year to see students graduating and contributing to Cornwall, and the wider world”.