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Queen's University and Ulster University suspend face-to-face lectures in response to the coronavirus

Queen’s University in Belfast has suspended face-to-face lectures in response to the coronavirus, with all lecture material instead to be delivered remotely.

Queen’s Universityand Ulster University have suspended face-to-face lectures in response to the coronavirus, with all lecture material instead to be delivered remotely.

Queen's said all field trips have also been scrapped, though laboratory sessions, tutorials and seminars will continue as normal, the university announced.

Queen’s said a number of students had identified as having coronavirus-type symptoms over the weekend and are awaiting tests to confirm if they had the virus or not.

The university said it would continue to work on measures to facilitate staff remote working.

President and vice-chancellor Professor Ian Greer said: “As always, our first priority is to safeguard our students, staff and the general public.”

He added: “This is a time for us to come together as a community and I would like to thank all colleagues and students for the calm, unity, care and resilience that you have shown as we work together as part of the wider public effort to minimise the impact of the virus.”

Ulster University said that tutorials, laboratory teaching and seminars will continue, but are in what UU describes as a "transition phase." The university also said that student assessments and exams may have to be adjusted in light of those changes.

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