CURRENT NEWS (updated on 03/04/2020)
- Statement by the Rector on the Measures Taken to End this Academic Year. [+]
- Frequently asked questions regarding international mobility
- University Management directions with measures and instructions regarding the organization of UAB services in the face of a health emergency. [+]
- The Risk Prevention Service has updated the operational instruction on preventive measures for those who provide essential services and a document on Teleworking, Children and Confinement has been added. [+]
- The Psychology and Speech Therapy Service (SPL) of the UAB makes available to the university community the toll-free telephone number for psychological care 900 10 15 80. [+]
- Instructions to guarantee the teaching and asessment of students in international mobility programs. [+]
According to Royal Decree 463/2020 passed by the Spanish Government, in which the state of alert is declared towards the management of the health crisis created by COVID – 19, and the Royal Decree 10/2020 the UAB has decided to reduce all on-site activity to the minimum level necessary to assure the safety of its personnel and facilities.
Given this emergency situation, and in order to preserve the safety of all persons, all presence on campus must be reduced to the minimum level, under the guarantee that all necessary procedures will be enacted for the maintenance of all essential services and to make sure that all necessary tasks can be performed by the university staff.
Services not defined as essential will not require the presence of staff on campus. The rest of services will remain operational, as far as possible, on a remote, online basis.
All persons who require unavoidable access to university facilities must contact the administration office responsible for the centre in question, to give support to the activity of security services. All persons who are obliged to come to the campus will strictly follow the safety measures established by the health services and authorities.
All possible mechanisms have been adopted in order to guarantee a maximum of possible activity, including telephone attention. However, we strongly recommend communication via e-mail. We summarize some essential:
- Teaching: Instructions and methodologies have been established, in order to enable teaching staff to replace on-site academic activity with virtual, online activities.
- Research: when physical entrance into the university facilities is considered unavoidably necessary, it must be communicated to the centre's administration office.
- Administration: the various sectors of the administration services (payments, acquisitions, economic management, academic administration, ICTs, etc.) will remain operational, as far as possible, on an online basis.
The Register Office will operate through its electronic site, and the Plaça Cívica Information Point will be available at the e-mail adress firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consideration of essential on-site services is given to those requiring a daily supervision and monitoring, namely:
- Security services
- Experimental farm and fields
- Animal care service
- Psychobiology Laboratory
- Clinical Veterinary Hospital
For any event on campus, including health issues, please contact the Security Service at phone number (34) 93 581 2525 (permanent, 24-hours service).
The Directive Team and the University Management will remain available for all university members.
This set of measures aims at reinforcing the suspension of on-site academic activity, and other indications adapted in accordance with the instructions issued by the Catalan Government, will remain in force for the following two weeks. Given the changing situation we are in, these measures and instructions may be revised and updated. A permanent channel of communication will be the university website (www.uab.cat/coronavirus) and the institutional electronic mail. For consultations, the relevant address is email@example.com.
In the current context of a health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID19), the Psychology and Speech Therapy Service (SPL) of the UAB offers the university community (students, faculty and administration and services staff) a toll-free psychological care number (900 10 15 80), coordinated by the Trauma, Crisis and Conflict Unit of Barcelona.
The aim is to provide psychological support telematically to people who have difficulty in adapting to the new health situation, or who feel an emotional imbalance with or without a previous psychological diagnosis.
They have also compiled a series of decalogues with recommendations, which you can find on their website.
We also provide you with a guide published by the COPC with recommendations for psychological management during quarantine for infectious diseases. [+]
You will find all operational recommendations and instructions adapted for the situation in the intranet.
The new mobile application Stop Covid 19 CAT contributes to detecting the disease, monitoring patients, monitoring symptoms and determining the evolution of the disease in Catalonia for decision-making.
The staff in a situation of Temporary Disability will have to send the corresponding communications that the Primary Care Center, which can request by telephone or through the app My Health. Documents must be emailed to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org in any format (scanned document, photo, ..), as long as the content is readable.
- Instructions to guarantee the teaching and asessment of students in international mobility programs. (24/03/2020)
- Statement on teaching
- Statement on the exceptional flexibility of the thesis defense regulations due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
To facilitate work from outside the University we have organized the different tools and services available, that allow to carry out the usual tasks, for each one of the groups of the university community (Students and PDI).
We make available the tools for teachers and students to facilitate virtual teaching during the period of stoppage of classroom activity:
Focused on teaching, not on the platform: physical classroom attributes are no guarantee of effective learning. Invest time in thinking about how to use the new technologies and the time you will dedicate to each one of them. Think about the strategies to be used when changing to online learning and what new perspectives you wish to incorporate.
Make use of interactivity: each technology can help us reach new ways of learning. In addition, many students are digital natives and are used to distance learning technologies. Make use of these advantages and apply them to virtual teaching.
This is a chance to innovate: a virtual environment opens new teaching modalities which can help us take advantage of this current difficulty to experiment with new learning methods and tools.
We offer you a range of self-learning resources to help you work remotely during this lockdown. You will find them classified by themes and location.
First of all, we have created a section in the UAB Campus Virtual where you will find materials grouped together:
Communication and connectivity.
Prevention of risks in a teleworking environment.
Working by objectives (for teleworkers).
Management by objectives (for supervisors).
Introduction to MS Office 365. This includes One Drive, Outlook, Office, One Note and Teams.
Upon entering the virtual classroom for the first time, you will need to register at the following link.
After that, you will be able to access the platform here.
MORE MS OFFICE 365 RESOURCES
Good practices applied to the management of work groups using Teams:
- Guide on how to apply Teams to teaching.
- Guide on how to apply Teams to the PAS sector.
CANAL TIC periodically updates its blog posts:
- Safety tips and recommendations for working remotely: this section contains safety tips and recommendations for work from home.
- Tools for Working Remotely: you will find information on accessing tools, resources, additional documentation and a News section which will allow you to keep abreast of the latest changes.
Here are some recommendations to make your work, safety, and accessibility to data you may need for work easier:
- Avoid saving data and files on your computer hard drive or USB drive due to the risk of losing the information if the device fails or cannot be retrieved by other devices. It is recommended that you save all files to OneDrive.
- We also recommend that you move all files you regularly work with from the network drives (M:, N:, etc.) to OneDrive, so that you can readily access them when you need them from any device.
- Decide what resources you need to work away from campus that may require a special procedure (for example, using programmes installed in one specific computer or staying within the UAB network). Contact the assistance and service centre (CAS) if you think you will find yourself in one of these situations.
- If you think you will need your digital certificate for telematic processes or to sign documents, you will need to make a copy of it in order to install it into the computer you will be using. If you need to use someone else's digital certificate, you must first contact email@example.com.
Whenever possible, please contact support services (Centre d'Assistència i Suport) via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will help avoid too many phone calls and optimise available resources.
Will the UAB remain open?
It is necessary to limit the presence on the campus of everyone as much as possible, guaranteeing that we will enable all the necessary mechanisms for the maintenance of the essential services and that the staff of this university can do the tasks that are essential. People who have to access the university facilities must notify the administrations of centers responsible for the buildings to facilitate the work of security services. People who have to come to campus must strictly follow the safety measures established by Health.
Is the UAB prepared for an outbreak?
The UAB has a detailed plan for different scenarios in which there may be a COVID-19 outbreak. This planning of possible scenarios is focused on actions to be taken in case the situation deteriorates. The UAB regularly contacts its staff and students with measures they can take to prevent becoming infected.
What is the university doing to minimise risks of infection?
The university aims to reduce all general and specific risks for the community through adequate control actions and thorough cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces in order to reduce the possibilities of transmission. It also guarantees that soap dispensers in all bathrooms be filled at all times.
The Catalan Ministry for Health's personal protection measures to prevent coronavirus infection are the same as those to prevent similar acute respiratory infections:
- Frequent washing of hands (with soap and water or hand sanitizers), especially after contact with people who are ill and their environment.
- Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues or use the inside of your elbow when coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands immediately afterwards.
- Avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least two metres) with anyone suffering from acute respiratory infections or showing symptoms such as coughing, sneezing or expectorations, and do not share any personal belongings.
- Avoid sharing food and utensils (cutlery, cups, napkins, etc.) and other objects without cleaning them properly.
Will exams and evaluations be affected?
Classroom-based lectures will be replaced by online teaching. Lecturers will be in charge of setting the guidelines for their students. Online calsses conducted during the shutdown will form part of the subject's final evaluation.
In the case of practical sessions, such as laboratory activities, fieldwork and other cases which cannot be conducted online, lecturers will propose specific alternative activities to students. In relation to external curricular activities, those which cannot be carried out due to prevention measures being taken by the centre offering the activity, alternatives will be proposed for each individual case.
Have there been any coronavirus cases until now?
Yes, we have had persons infected after being in contact with people from the affected areas. The university is in constant contact with the Catalan Ministry for Health.
Can I work from home?
University staff members will be able to choose possible alternatives after consulting this with their superior. The alternatives may include working from home or more flexible working hours (e.g., changing entrance and exit hours to avoid crowds and rush hour traffic). The ability to opt for one of these options depends on type of work, circumstances and technology available.
My personal circumstances make it impossible for me to travel to work, what can I do?
You must inform your superior and discuss possible options available under current regulations.
What steps do I need to take if I suspect I have coronavirus?
If you returned from an affected area in the past 14 days or you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus, you must avoid all contact with other people, not visit your healthcare centre (CAP), but rather call 061 and follow the instructions given by the Ministry for Health.
The Response Health app (Salut Respon) has a section of coranovirus with a very simple questionnaire with "Yes or No" answers. They ask for a phone number to contact the person who has any coronavirus symptoms. One of the goals of creating this section is to not saturate emergency numbers 061 and 112.
I am insured with MUFACE, am I covered? How should I act?
All those with a private insurance plan are 100% covered and will be treated following the protocol indicated by the health authorities. If you think you have symptoms - cough, fever and/or shortness of breath - do not go to the hospital emergency service. Call the following phone numbers first:
- Telephone for questions and information: 955545060
- Telephone for citizens with symptoms: 900400061
I'm a student, what about the extracurricular internships I am doing?
All the information on subjects related to the Employability Service, extracurricular internships and international practices during this exceptional period, can be found in this link.
Will the Veterinary Clinical Hospital be open?
The UAB Veterinary Clinical Hospital is receiving many queries, so it has created a page to answer the most frequent questions.
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to covid19 in Catalonia - English - (Updated 14/03/2020)
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to covid19 in Catalonia - Chinese (Updated 14/03/2020)
In the current situation of global emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all international mobility programmes which have not yet begun will be postponed sine die.
The administrative procedures related to the organisation and resolution of mobility programmes for the 2020/21 academic year will continue as planned, but the materialisation of any mobility which would have taken place after the declaration of national emergency is hereby postponed.
The information on mobility will be regularly updated according to the changes made in the directives issued by public authorities regarding this current situation.
Returning from community transmission risk areas
Members of the university community living in community transmission risk zones must check with the corresponding Spanish Consulate for first-hand information on possible restrictions on mobility, both when exiting the country and when entering Spain.
Those who do return, even if they are in good health and with no symptoms associated with COVID-19, must remain in isolation upon their arrival and follow the instructions of authorities. Students returning during this period must inform their exchange programme coordinator at their teaching centre and consider the possibility of modifying their enrolment if necessary.
For more detailed information please visit these websites:
- Canal Salut (Health Channel, information in English)
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia (English)
- Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19
- Statement from the CRUE for the declaration of the state of alarm as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic (14/03/2020)
- Covid-19 crisis information: Coordination with the Ministry of Universities - CRUE (16/03/2020)
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia -document facilitated by URV - Chinese (Uptdated 14/03/2020)
- Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social (Ministry for Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, information in Spanish)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Questions and answers about Covid-19 in the university setting (in Catalan, updated 28.02.20)
- Questions on the restriction of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia. [+]
- The SAF will not charge your membership fees for the duration of the closing and provides you with a whole range of home training and exercises through the SAF Training app. [+]
- Use of masks in front of the coronavirus. [+]
- Home management of waste in positive homes or in quarantine by the covid-19. [+]
- The Official College of Psychology of Catalonia has published a guide with recommendations for psychological management during confinement. [+]
- Guide to good communication practices in the moodle classroom. [+]