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COVID-19 and the BISC's Winter 2022 plans

Fall FY18Update: 10th December 2021

We were extremely pleased to return to in-person learning for first-year students this Fall. The decision was made after careful consideration following the lifting of UK lockdown restrcitions and the full rollout of its comprehensive vaccination program. At time of writing, we are of course aware of increased anxiety regarding the Omicron variant of Covid-19, so we have set out our intentions for the Winter Term (January 2022) in this section.

For the remainder of this Fall term and looking forward to the next, it is our firm intention to operate an in-person teaching provision

The only situation in which we would move from this is if the UK government or local health authority specifically mandated that we could not run in-person classes.  There is no indication that this is their intention at this time and if we remain as vigilant as we have throughout the pandemic, we should keep covid away from our campus.  We must of course follow government guidelines and adhere to health and safety protocols, but we are determined to deliver the possible university experience this Winter, and we will work our utmost to do so, with your help and support.

As eager as we all are to return to campus life as we know it, the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty remains our primary concern. As such, all decisions regarding public health measures taken at the BISC will be made in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and UK Public Health authorities. Please read our sections on travelling, arrivals and term life at the BISC carefully.

We have outlined the health and safety guidelines we will have in place here, to best protect all members of the BISC community and ensure a safe and successful return to the Castle for all concerned.  These guidelines will be regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the current situation both in the UK and globally. As UK restrictions are lifted even further these guidelines may change, but here are the BISC’s current plans for the students’ return to campus; provisions we call our, ‘Covid19 Readiness’.

Please see the FAQs from our parent and student webinars! If you have any additional questions, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email. 

Travelling to the BISC

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Proof of Covid19 test and quarantine procedures.

Academics at the BISC

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Social distancing and safety in classrooms and labs.

Arriving at the BISC

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Social bubbles, meal groups and more.

Academic & Personal Travel

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Travel restrictions, ELOs and Mid-Term Trips.

Term life at the BISC

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Campus life, Bader Hall and Housekeeping.

Health

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Vaccinations and COVID-19 related treatment.

The Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment that is fair, positive, and supportive for all members of our community.
We strive to ensure all members’ views are valued and shared in a secure environment through a commitment to upholding equity*, diversity**, inclusion***, and advancing indigenous initiatives.
The BISC supports the fair treatment and opportunity for all by asserting the importance of non-discriminatory treatment either directly or indirectly on the ground of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.   

*Equity: Substantive fairness for everyone thereby ensuring that members of equity-seeking groups are able to achieve full participation in the university (BISC). 

**Diversity: The representation of the population with respect to designated groups. 

***Inclusion: The climate and acceptance of differences that comes with diversity i.e. different ways of living and working. 

Land acknowledgement: Queen’s University, Canada is situated on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

Bader International Study Centre
Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex
United Kingdom, BN27 1RN
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