There is currently snow and ice on the ground in Worcester and the surrounding area, with further snow and very cold conditions forecast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2633563
The University’s practice is to remain open during adverse weather, including snow. The University has invested in additional snow-clearing equipment since the last significant snowfall, which is helping Campus Services teams to clear pathways on campus with greater speed and efficiency.
Please ensure that you travel safely and take all sensible precautions. Snow and ice may affect travel to and from the campus so please ensure that your route is clear. There is some general guidance on road travel in wintery conditions on the Met Office website and on the AA website. You can find useful traffic and travel updates on the Worcester News website.
We will always publish the latest information on our weather advice page: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/adverse-weather-conditions.html
If information is changing rapidly, we will include a link to this information direct from the University’s homepage and from the Student homepage. If there is a possibility that there will be an impact on important, specific activities (such as assessments), we will include the latest guidance for both staff and students on this page.
We will also keep staff and students updated through the following channels:
- All student and staff emails (for urgent information only)
- Regular posts on our official social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter
- Posts on the firstpoint blog
Parents of nursery and school age children may wish to take a day’s leave if they unexpectedly need to look after their children due to school closures. School closures in the region are published on the following websites:
Some staff who are unable to travel to Worcester may be able to work productively from home. Any arrangement to take leave or work from home must be agreed with your line manager.
Staff, particularly those with teaching responsibilities, who are able to reach campus during significant snowfall are encouraged to focus on the most essential commitments, including teaching classes. Any staff member who is due to teach but cannot get to campus due to the weather should follow the arrangements detailed in the Class Cancellation Policy: https://www.worcester.ac.uk/registryservices/documents/classcancellationpolicy.pdf