The safety of our staff and students is paramount.
Given the on-going spread of the virus both at home and abroad and the rapidly changing travel restrictions being put in place internationally, the University is now advising staff and students against all but essential travel for business or study outside of Northern Ireland. You are asked to carefully consider your travel plans and cancel or rearrange them unless absolutely essential.
For the avoidance of doubt, activities such as student recruitment trips, visits to partner institutions, conference attendance and field trips are not considered essential.
This advice will remain in place until further notice. Any change to this advice will be published on this page. Your wellbeing is the University’s first priority. Please do not let any concerns about your work or studies stop you taking this advice. The University will ensure that students are not disadvantaged academically by following this advice.
However, if any students wish to return home before teaching finishes on the 27 March as a result of the pandemic, the University will ensure that they suffer no academic disadvantage. This includes contingency measures for assessment. However, you must consider the requirements of you visa, if applicable. If you are an international student from outside the EU and intend to return home early or need additional advice, please contact International Student Support via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those Queen’s students currently on placement outside of Northern Ireland are advised to check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office which has recently changed. In line with this advice, we strongly encourage students currently studying or working outside of the UK to return home. You should not allow any concerns about your studies stop you from following this advice. If you need assistance, please email email@example.com so we can help. Hardship funds are available should you wish to return but financial barriers are preventing this. If you return home early from placement anywhere (including within the UK) the University will ensure you suffer no academic disadvantage. If you need additional advice, please contact your School Office in the first instance.
You should make an informed decision and consider that the global situation is changing rapidly including border restrictions.
In line with FCDO advice, we, as a University, are suspending travel where the FCDO is advising against all travel or all but essential travel. Please continue to refer to the FCDO website for the most up-to-date advice. The University continues to monitor and review the situation.
To help keep our people safe, all future business travel must now be booked through the University's Travel Management Company, Selective. Selective is a local company which provides 24/7 emergency assistance to all University staff who experience flight or accommodation changes or cancellations, and provides vital management information to the Serious Incident Group when there is a significant event that could impact travellers, such as COVID-19.
As always, it is of the utmost importance that University staff remain safe and healthy during any trips in connection with University business. All business travellers are responsible for reviewing official guidance (FCDO, PHA) and University guidance regularly and must ensure that travel arrangements are made with their safety and wellbeing as the ultimate priority.