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Schumacher College moves teaching online during virus outbreak

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020

SCHUMACHER College has announced that it has decided to suspend face to face teaching on the South Devon campus, to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID) 19.

Head of College, Pavel Cenkl said it had been a very difficult decision but safeguarding the health of everyone in the learning community was a priority.

Postgraduate students are being encouraged to return home immediately where possible. Short courses have been postponed for at least the next six weeks.

“Schumacher College is committed to supporting its community of learners through the challenges to our communities, systems and healthcare posed by COVID-19,” said Dr Cenkl.

“We are strongly recommending that postgraduate students who are able to travel home should do so as soon as possible. For those students who are unable to travel, we will support them until the completion of this part of their taught programme on April 9.”

Dr Cenkl added that students returning to their home countries would be able to complete the taught part of their programme through remote learning. He said a number of factors had led the suspension of teaching on the campus on the Dartington Estate.

It included the high risk posed by the close contact nature of a learning community and concerns that students who delayed leaving might face even more stringent travel restrictions. “We are trying to do our very best for all our students in these challenging times,” he added.

“We are making decisions based on current government advice and circumstances but this is an evolving situation which may yet change again.”

It is expected that all accommodation at the college will be closed on April 10 at 12 noon. All inquiries regarding short courses should be made to the short course team on shortcourseadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk or by phone on + 44 (0) 1803 847212.

Any inquiries regarding postgraduate programmes can be emailed to postgradadmin@schumachercollege.org.uk