COVID-19 updates

16/07/2020

Over a period of two months, the University's faculty held 24 online webinars to help the teaching community end the school year online.
 

22/06/2020

As of Wednesday 1 July face-to-face services will again be available at UOC centres across Spain to users who make appointments. Our centres in Colombia (Bogot) and Mexico (Mexico City) are not reopening yet.
 
Support on-site will be limited to:
 
- Presentation or collection of enrolment documents
- Collection of certificates
 
You'll be able to return Library loan items without an appointment, but should pay attention to the opening hours.
 

27/05/2020

The Spanish government has declared ten days of mourning throughout the country for the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. From today, Wednesday 17 May, and until midnight on Saturday 6 June, we will pay our respects for these victims with black ribbons and flags at half mast. The UOC will also add a black ribbon to our website and hold a minute's silence at 12 noon today in memory of the more than 27,000 victims of COVID-19. The University invites its community of students, graduates and teaching, research and administrative staff to stop what they are doing and join us in this heartfelt minute of silence. 

05/05/2020

The final tests will take place between 6 and 20 June. The students will be able to choose from three different dates for each course.
 

29/04/2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the current exceptional circumstances, we've reviewed how courses are assessed and, where appropriate, made changes.
 
Students have received a message for each of their courses outlining how they'll be assessed. Specific details, doubts and other questions should be dealt with in the classroom, in accordance with the instructions you receive from your faculty.
 

14/04/2020

In response to the exceptional situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are extending the due dates for all items currently on loan to 18 May.

08/04/2020

Spain's royal decree 11/2020, of 31 March, gave the option of extending employment contracts that stem from the national Science, Technology and Innovation System's funding calls by a period equal to the duration of the current state of emergency. The contracts affected by this royal decree are those that were due to end between 2 April 2020 and 1 April 2021.

Subsequently the Government of Catalonia issued a statement regarding the extension of FI (researcher training) and Beatriu de Pins contracts, saying it would apply the same conditions as those laid out in the aforementioned royal decree's 13th additional provision.

The UOC's Executive Board has likewise decided to extend employment contracts stemming from UOC internal calls by however long the state of emergency lasts, to the same dates as those established by the aforementioned royal decree 11/2020.

06/04/2020

"(...) Now is not the time for celebrations, but our current troubles must not blind our sense of perspective. On 6 April 1995, with unanimous agreement from all political parties, the Catalan Parliament passed a law to create the UOC. And right from the start our University has played a leading role in profound changes that have taken place in education and training, work and research, knowledge and life in general. To remain true to our founding spirit and original vocation to public service and societal impact, we must continue to lead the way in driving the digital transformation of our society, in the evolution of our ways of learning, in the development of new talents and, above all, in strengthening the responsible, critical spirit of people in our society – in Catalonia, Spain and worldwide. (...)"

02/04/2020

The measures being taken are:
 
  • Final assessment tests for bachelor's degrees, university master's degree, the Centre for Modern Languages and open courses will be conducted online. We will inform you about everything this entails soon.
  • All final project defences will also be conducted online (for all bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and other postgraduate programmes).
  • All internships will take place online, via teleworking, or through other related activities where other options are not possible.

20/03/2020

“(...) The seriousness of the situation has led us to take extraordinary measures to safeguard the public service we offer and ensure our activities go on. These measures include closing the UOC's centres, offering flexibility in student assessment and strengthening the channels available online and on the Campus, which is seeing record numbers of users. We have also produced a website to keep everyone informed, and developed new content and activities for members of our Alumni programme. Our research efforts are focusing on projects linked to the pandemic and we have worked (jointly with UNED) to provide open-access online learning resources to other universities that need them. (...)”

19/03/2020

Spain's Ministry of Universities and the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) are launching a platform to help Spain's universities switch from face-to-face teaching systems to online learning.

This initiative, dubbed Conectad@s: la universidad en casa, seeks to enable teachers, students and society in general to make the most of digital education. Specifically, it will offer advice and resources for all Spanish universities so they can deal with the shutdown of on-site learning because of COVID-19 as effectively as possible.

19/03/2020

Catalonia's twelve universities have jointly decided to set up the UNIferia digital platform following the postponement of the Sal de l’Ensenyament fair due to health risks.

18/03/2020

The UOC's centres in Mexico and Colombia are closed from Wednesday 18 March. As is the case with the closure of the UOC's centres in Spain, services will continue to be offered by telephone and online.

18/03/2020. 8 a.m. CET

To avoid problems with returns of loan items following the closures of UOC locations, the Library has automatically renewed all current loans, extending them to 14 April. Over the coming days you will still be able to use the Library, but you may experience some delays in the processing of requests until things return to normal. This applies equally to UOC loans, Catalan university libraries loans and inter-library loans. 

Requests for the electronic documents supply service may also be subject to delays due to the closures of other libraries and institutions.

17/03/2020

The UOC is responsible for the safety of workers who are not employed directly by the UOC but must carry out their work on UOC premises (the law as per Spain's Royal Decree 171/2004,  which governs obligations relating to the coordination of different companies' operations in the same workplace, to guarantee the health and safety of workers).

Therefore, the same demands made of staff are also made of external workers; currently this means that external workers should be avoiding working at UOC buildings.

If external workers are able to do their work remotely, they should do so while also remaining constantly in touch with their supervisors.

Services provided on-site that are not strictly essential should be postponed or minimized, as best befits each situation.

In the few cases where the UOC establishes that some minimum level service is absolutely necessary, any workers who represent some form of risk or could be endangering their health must not come to work at the UOC.

Members of UOC staff who are responsible for services provided by third-party suppliers must inform their providers of the measures we are taking and must tell the Health and Safety Service which external workers will continue to access UOC buildings.

 

15/03/2020

According to the evolution of the current COVID-19 epidemic situation, the UOC has decided to take measures to adapt itself as much as possible to these moments of exceptionality.

We will continue to work to ensure that the semester can go on as normal and that you can go on studying at the same pace. Likewise, we will also be adopting measures shortly to make our programmes even more flexible for all those of you who might have any difficulties with completing the assessment activities as normal. We will explain them as soon as possible for each programme or course.

13/03/2020

Territorial centres
As of Monday 16 March no face-to-face services will be available to the public at any of our regional centres, as was already the case in Madrid and Terrassa. Personalized attention will still be available over the phone and online.

Castelldefels and Barcelona centres
The Tibi3, 22@, Castelldefels and Tuset buildings will also be closed as of Monday 16 March. In the event anyone needs to gain access to a building, they must identify themselves at the entrance and security personnel will open the doors remotely from Tibidabo. A minimal range of essential activities will continue at the Tibidabo building.

In light of all this, the recommendation is for all staff to continue e-working, indefinitely until further notice.

Advice regarding preventative measures
It is important to avoid travelling for work or non-work reasons, and to reduce all journeys to the greatest extent possible.

It is also important for each and every one of us to pay close attention to the general recommendations published by the authorities, namely:

  • Wash your hands carefully and often.
  • Use disposable paper tissues.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

13/03/2020

“(...) Just as you are, I am aware that the coming days will pose challenges. All the steps we have taken here at the UOC, including allowing staff to work remotely, aim to safeguard the health of the people who work here, while doing everything in our power to ensure that our teaching, research and other services can go on. We will continue to take the appropriate measures at all times. (...)”

13/03/2020

The UOC's centres in Madrid, Terrassa and elsewhere

  • From 13 March onwards, the services offered at the Madrid centre will not be face-to-face. Services will be offered online or via telephone due to the current situation in the region.
  • The UOC's centre in Terrassa, located in the El Vapor Universitari building, has had to close and face-to-face services are not on offer. Instead, services will continue to be offered online or via telephone.
  • All other UOC centres remain open as usual.

Higher risk groups

Higher risk groups (such as people with immune system problems, diabetes or chronic cardiovascular, heart or lung diseases) and pregnant women should work remotely and avoid coming in to work.

If, due to the nature of your tasks, you cannot work remotely, email the Health and Safety Service.

Internships at the UOC

Interns at the UOC must respect the same guidelines put in place for all UOC staff: they should work remotely whenever possible and follow the instructions given by the heads of the faculties, research centres and administrative departments.

Internships in schools and universities

Internships in schools or universities (that have started or that are about to start) have been temporarily cancelled in those regions where schools and universities have been ordered to close.

Internships in healthcare centres or other institutions

Internships in healthcare centres or other institutions (that have started or that are about to start) will continue as normal unless the centre decides to close, or decides to remain open, but without allowing interns in. If your internship is affected in this way, the UOC will open a channel of communication and all efforts will be made to find an alternative solution. If no other solution can be found, the internship will have to be postponed.

Students on the University Master's Degree in Teacher Training coordinated by Pompeu Fabra University need to follow the instructions given by that university.

Doctoral thesis defences

Doctoral thesis defences may, temporarily, be carried out online.

UOC staff working at the same time

All UOC staff in Europe, whether working online or in person, need to coincide between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. The faculties, research centres and administrative departments will make any necessary adjustments to ensure that staff coincide as and when required.

12/03/2020

While efforts to contain the outbreak go on, the heads of faculty, research centres and administrative departments have been told that they can increase the amount of time people can spend working remotely in order to reduce the amount of time staff members spend together. With this in mind, they have been told that people can work remotely as long as this does not affect the University's normal activities and while they can guarantee that all the tasks they have been assigned are properly controlled and monitored. The heads can decide how best they wish to handle this situation in each case.

11/03/2020

When WHO declared the COVID-19 epidemic a public health emergency of international concern, the UOC began taking preventative measures and created a crisis committee to monitor the situation and decide what steps the University would be need to take in the days ahead.