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COVID-19 Preventative Measures

 

How Middlesex University Dubai is working to protect students, staff and visitors against the spread of the Coronavirus.

We are working closely with the UAE Healthy Ministry, Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Education to ensure we are responding to the daily updates and acting upon these with pro-active measures to ensure the health and safety of our University community.

 
 

Whilst we understand that this is a challenging time, learning remains the priority so students can continue with their studies with minimal disruptions and full support.

We have implemented the following changes:

Teaching and Learning

  • Face-to-face classes have been suspended till the end of August 2020.

  • Distance learning (MDX Virtual) commenced on Sunday 15 March 2020 directly after Independent Study Week

  • Faculty provided Distance Learning Study Plans to each student ahead of classes commencing

  • A Distance Learning support provision has been set up to provide any technical support

  • *Assessments methods are being reviewed and the Student Office are prepared to answer any immediate concerns

Student Services

  • Although the campus remains closed for students, all services are available by directly contacting via email or phone

  • The Library is also closed however all e-services are available and staff are on-hand to provide support and guidance via phone or email

  • All sport services are suspended until further notice however the Student Activities team are running a number of initiatives through our social media platforms to keep you fit and healthy and engaged through online competitions and challenges

  • All events has been cancelled or postponed until further notice

University Student Accommodation Residents

  • As per the guidelines from the Ministry of Education, students can remain in University Accommodation

  • Students who have travelled and will be returning to the Residences must self-isolate for 14 days  

  • Rooms and communal spaces are being sanitised on a regular basis

  • The gym and pool has been closed until further notice

  • The communal spaces are closed until further notice

  • Pocket sanitisers have been distributed across the Residences to all Residents

  • Advisory posters and information have been displayed across the accommodation

  • A student support line and email address has been set up

  • Students who are in contact with their relevant embassy and are trying to book a repatriation flight back to their home country should notify The Residences team as soon as possible

Social Distancing
It is vital to maintain social distancing. Within communal areas, number of people should be limited. You should also stay at home unless there is an emergency.

Washing Hands Regularly
Maintaining proper hygiene and washing hands regularly is extremely important.

You should wash your hands:

  • After breaks and any exercise activity
  • Before cooking and eating
  • After using the washroom
  • Before and after visiting any communal areas

Should you have any queries please contact The Residences team at theresidences@mdx.ac.ae or call +971 56 808 5534/+971 56 172 2726.

University Campus

  • During the closure the campus is being fully sanitised classroom by classroom

  • Hand sanitiser dispensers have been increased and installed across campus

  • HUB 19, all classrooms and labs are locked and shut down until further notice

With all of the above measures in place, Middlesex University Dubai is ensuring that students are able to continue their studies with minimal disruption.

 

Assessment

Wherever possible we will not run assessments that require you to be physically present on campus. This applies to all foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students and is applicable to both the September 2019 and Jan 2020 cohorts.
 
Your programme teams across both the Hendon and Dubai campuses have been working to develop alternative assessment , where needed, and these will be communicated to you by email or posted on My Learning module pages.  Please continue to check your emails daily.  If there are any doubts, concerns, questions, comments, please do let your lecturer or CPCs know.

  • The majority of assessments that can be submitted online, such as coursework, will go ahead as normal with the same deadlines as currently published.

  • For some modules, where work already completed has demonstrated that the learning outcomes of the module have been met (for example, through coursework or formative or other types of assessment), and no alternative can be developed,  it may be decided that no further assessment for that module is required. In these few cases, your Lecturer or CPC will provide confirmation.

  • For each module, where alternative assessments are needed for  Group Presentation or Final Exam, In class Tests  or Lab work and the like, alternate assessments will be approved that is appropriate to your learning on the module.  

  • For very few modules where a very specific professional body requirement can only be met through an on-campus assessment, such assessments will be deferred unless they can be conducted strictly in accordance with permission from KHDA and UAE Health Authorities. Please be assured that your health and wellbeing will be our top priority in all decision-making.

Resits

Due to the extenuating circumstances during this period, if a student does not undertake an assessment due to circumstances outside their control then they will automatically be offered an uncapped resit (at the next resit opportunity) without the need to submit an extenuating circumstances claim and resit fees will be waived. If you have extenuating circumstances and cannot undertake an assessment, please contact the Student Office studentoffice@mdx.ac.ae.
 
We ask for your patience while alternative assessments are confirmed and approved.
 
Any changes or updates to your assessments will be communicated to you and confirmed by your Module Lecturer or CPC.


Providing protection to staff and families is very important and a work from home provision is ready to support any ongoing changes. Some staff are already working from home and this is continuing to be reviewed regularly. Changes to the way we work and communicate are being tested in order to respond from working remotely upon Government Directive. Staff business travel has been suspended until further notice and our attendance has been revoked from any confirmed events.


To minimise the risks associated with visiting the campus, we ask individuals not to visit. All meetings with external companies/individuals will continue via virtual meetings only.

Should you need to book an appointment with a member of staff or faculty, please contact marketing@mdx.ac.ae


If you are a prospective student looking to join us in September 2020, whilst the University is closed, you can still interact with us through a range of different communication channels as well as a range of Virtual Experiences!



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  1. A Virtual Open Day

  2. A Virtual Admissions Consultation

  3. A Virtual Parents Q and A Session

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  • Frequently Asked Questions regarding the 24-hour sterilisation programme in the UAE.

  • Regular communication updates via email and SMS to all staff and students will continue to be shared

  • Avoid using public transport

  • Avoid going to crowded places

  • Notify HR or Student Office should you feel unwell

  • Follow the useful tips about preventing the spread of the virus

  • Visit the UAE Government Health authorities https://www.dha.gov.ae/Pages/encorona.aspx for useful contacts and medical support

  • The response from the UAE Government and authorities is ever-changing as the COVID-19 situation develops. Please note the current 24 hour quarantine period whereby all those who leave their home must leave only for essentials and will require a permit and to wear a mask and gloves. You can find further details at: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/coronavirus-dubai-to-impose-new-restrictions-on-travel-and-shopping-1.1001587

  • You will be aware that as the UAE authorities continue to ensure the safety and health of the country’s residents, the sterilisation period has been extended to 24 hours and those who wish to leave their homes must apply for a permit. The permit is only for those wishing to get groceries, medical supplies or to visit a medical facility, can only be obtained once per day. It is vital that you apply for a permit and that you wear a mask and gloves once you leave the residences. You can do so here: https://dxbpermit.gov.ae/permits


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