Dear BUE Community,
I wanted to update you with what we are doing at BUE to support our students and staff during this difficult time.
Continued Suspension of On-campus Teaching
The suspension of on-campus teaching has been extended to 12 April 2020. BUE will continue teaching online following our Contingency Plan for Learning and Teaching. Please see the BUE website for full details. BUE continues to increase the range of online tools and facilities available to staff and student to help enhance the online learning and teaching experience. Please check your BUE email and the BUE website for regular updates.
Semester 2 Examinations
Semester 2 examinations will be moved to 30 May 2020 to 16 June 2020. Further details of the revised examination timetable will follow as soon as possible. No in-class tests or mid-term exams will take place for the rest of the Semester and Faculties will contact students as soon as possible regarding alternative assessment arrangements.
BUE Staff Working Off-Campus
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 25 March regarding further measures to control the spread of the Covid-19 corona virus, all BUE staff will be working off-campus until at least 29 March 2020. Staff will be working hard to make sure that student queries are answered either via email or on the telephone.
I appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone, but it is important that students follow the instructions sent to them by their Faculties and continue with their studies. We will be monitoring students’ use of eLearning and contacting students who are not engaging with their studies to offer support. IT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER THAT STUDENTS READ THEIR BUE EMAILS REGULARLY and check the BUE website.
We have already produced a General Guide for Students which appears on the BUE website. Over the coming days we will be creating a dedicated section on the BUE website for students where we will post a range of guidance to support students with their studies and other challenges arising from this current situation.
I am aware that the constantly changing situation is causing stress and uncertainty for all of us and we continue to think of those who are affected by the virus. You have my assurances that BUE is doing everything we can to support our students and staff during this difficult time. I am certain that if we all work together and follow the guidance issued by the government and the World Health Organisation, then normal life will return as soon as possible.
Professor Ahmed Hamad