Sarum College public update on coronavirus

19 March 2020

Dear friends

We want you to know that we continue to welcome guests for private stays. And for those needing a base to visit loved ones at Salisbury District Hospital is less than two miles away – a seven minute drive and 11 minutes by bus.

The library is open as usual and we aim to keep it open as long as possible.  Those who are feeling well are welcome to study in the library. Those who do so are asked to apply hand santiser before using the library computers (and indeed on Reception coming into College). Desks are wiped down regularly, as are door handles and surfaces throughout the building. Returned books are quarantined and wiped before being reshelved. Visit the library page of our website for further details of service.

Our bookshop also is open and accepting orders. We are happy to post your order free of postage charges. We are reviewing opening hours, however, and will update the public with any changes to our service.

It is with very great regret that we have suspended our own provision of learning over the next three months or so here at Sarum College. In the light of ongoing advice from government we believe it would be unwise to gather people together for learning.

We are therefore cancelling all Sarum-run short courses with immediate effect and until the end of June 2020. You will understand that this is a significant decision that will have a major effect on our work here at the College but we believe it is in all our best interests.

We are looking at ways to increase the delivery of online learning for our courses and also developing new content to help people deal with isolation and anxiety. We are also mindful of the ways we can help our local community and so hope to redeployed staff where possible to help people in practical ways.

Those of you who have already paid for courses may wish us to hold onto that money for another course later in the year, or consider turning it into a donation to the College.  

We regret having to make this decision but hope you will understand the necessity for it. Please keep in touch with us, as we will with you.

All good wishes and our thoughts and prayers for you and your communities.

The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward

Principal, Sarum College

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