Update: 21 April 2022
End of Semester and Semester 2 Examination Session
As we are nearing the final stages of the Second Semester of Academic Year 2021/22, your main focus will increasingly become the May/June 2022 examination session. You should have by now accessed the exam timetables published on the respective FICS homepage with all the necessary details for each exam. As was the case in the first semester, all exams will either be held remotely or else in-person.
As a University, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic difficulties, we will retain the principle that all students will have the opportunity to be assessed during this semester.
Final year students who happen to miss an in-person examination due to quarantine will be provided with another sit on a date that is approximately three weeks from the date of the main sitting.
All other students who miss an in-person examination due to quarantine will be provided with an alternative method of assessment, or else another sit on a date that is approximately three weeks from the date of the main sitting.
You are reminded that the COVID-19 guidelines are still applicable for this Semester, including the wearing of masks. The guidelines can be accessed through this link.
Dr Colin Borg
The University has been constantly following the latest developments in connection with the COVID-19 surge. Following consultation with all stakeholders including the Public Health Authorities, the teaching mode of the last 3 weeks of the first semester, which is due to re-commence on 3 January until 21 January 2022, will be as follows:
(i) on Monday 3 January 2022, all lectures will be held online; meanwhile, Faculties, Institutes, Centres and Schools (FICS) will organise the delivery of the remaining lecturing programme, including any practical sessions and will advise you directly about them;
(ii) as from Tuesday 4 January till the end of the semester, lectures that involve large groups of students (of more than 20) are being directed to be held online;
(iii) as from Tuesday 4 January till the end of the semester, FICS will determine whether lectures that involve small groups of students (of less than 20) will be held in person or online, depending on the exigencies of the course and the study-unit. In cases where there happen to be students in quarantine or the lecturer is in quarantine (but not ill), the mode of teaching shall switch to online mode in order not to cause disruption of teaching; and
(iv) practical sessions that involve fieldwork, laboratory work and placement etc. shall continue to be held in person (wherever possible).
End of Semester 1 Examinations
The University will be asking FICS to declare their intention with regard to the assessment mode to be adopted during the January/February 2022 examination session (that is, whether all or some of the exams will be held online or in-person). All students will have an opportunity to be assessed during this period: those students who happen to miss an examination due to quarantine will be provided with another sit or an alternative method of assessment on a date which is approximately three weeks from the date of the main sitting.
Further details will be sent to you next week.
I wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and look forward to another successful year at UM.
Prof Alfred J. Vella
As already advised yesterday, the University of Malta is pleased to welcome you back on Campus for the Academic Year 2021-22. Our priority is to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of all students and staff whilst delivering high quality education and training consistent with its normal standards. The aim of the University is to achieve a balance between mitigating the COVID-19 related risks and ensuring that UM students can experience the appropriate educational journey on campus without the distress and social disruption that the pandemic has bought about.
The cooperation of everyone on campus is solicited: and even when in the community is essential to mitigate as much as possible the risk of transmission. The need to adhere strictly to the directions given by the Public Health Authorities at all time cannot be emphasised enough. It is important to remember that persons who are vaccinated can still carry and transmit the virus and be themselves infected by others even though the consequence for vaccinated persons are normally much milder than those suffered by unvaccinated individuals.
The following are the protocols that will be observed on all campuses of the University. All students are required to adhere to them at all times. These protocols may be revised to reflect any national directives that may be issued from time to time.
This is considered as the main measure which mitigates against viral transmission. Student-student and staff-student physical interactions need to be limited to what is essential and necessary. Virtual meetings are preferred to physical meetings and any queries can be addressed to the specific email address of your Faculty, Institute, Centre or School. In the lecture rooms and during short on-campus meetings and encounters in offices, hallways and in open spaces a distance of 2 metres should be kept between students and staff. Students should avoid crowding especially inside hallways, foyers and other areas, both indoors and outdoors. Desks in lecture venues have been placed at a distance of 1 metre from each other and should not be moved. During online teaching, it is mandatory to switch on the camera on your laptop/computer and leave it on for the duration of the session.
Wearing of face masks and/or visors in closed community spaces for a considerable amount of time is mandatory. Therefore, the wearing of masks and/or visors on campus is mandatory at all times including in lecture rooms, laboratories, clinics, workshops, etc. It is also strongly recommended that masks are also used in open spaces.
The University is undertaking more frequent cleaning of rooms, etc. However, it is essential that students use hand sanitizers placed near the lecture venues before entering the room and to wipe the desk and chairs they use before and after use with alcohol wipes. May I remind you that hugging, shaking of hands etc are to be avoided.
Doors and windows should be kept open throughout the day to allow for cross ventilation.
If you feel unwell please do not come on campus. If you test positive for COVID-19, you are required to inform the COVID-19 Student Contact Person on Tel No 2340 4000 and be asked to provide information on the locations visited as well as the people with whom you may have had close contact. You can return to campus only when you are certified by the Public Health Authorities and will need to provide proof of this on the day that you first return to University.
Hubs have been set up on campus so that all student and staff have their temperature taken every day. Anyone with a temperature of 37.2˚ or higher will be asked to leave the University. Students will be provided with a wristband to indicate that they have undertaken the necessary temperature check. Students without a mask and not wearing a wristband will not be admitted to lecture venues, the Library or any other University building.
Students who are found to have a high temperature on entering Campus will be refused entry and are to immediately inform the COVID-19 Student Contact Person on Tel No 2340 4000. In this case you are to call a medical practitioner for follow up and to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms resolve or as directed by the Public Health Authorities, if applicable. A document from Public Health Authorities is required to be provided to the Faculty Manager when returning on Campus.