D/FHERIS – Safe Return Plan
On June 15th D/FHERIS published A safe return to on-site further and higher education and research (Safe Return Plan). This document laid out a whole-of sector approach to safe and sustainable operations for the coming academic year.
The re-opening of higher education in the 2021/22 academic year is underpinned by three primary pillars:
- Higher education has been nominated as an ‘essential service’ by government.
- There is an overwhelming desire from students for a return to on-campus learning and research activity.
- The vast majority, if not all adults, including college students will have been offered the opportunity to be vaccinated by September.
Based on the above, higher education institutions (HEIs) have initiated a safe return to campus from September 2021 based on the detail set out in the adopted and approved Safe Return Plan. Measures laid out in the plan will be applied across the sector with each HEI encouraged to work locally, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, to ensure safe and sustainable implementation and to adapt the measures to their local context and physical infrastructure.