Oxford’s university-wide guidance encourages UK students to arrive at least four days before the start of their in-person teaching, in order to allow individuals to take two lateral flow tests. Until students have received two negative results they are not permitted to take part in face to face teaching or sport. The University confirmed earlier in the month that teaching would start in two separate waves, with most practical courses beginning at their advertised start date, and most other subjects beginning in-person teaching from Monday 25th January. Any content before this date will be delivered in an online format. Colleges have subsequently confirmed their individual arrangements for students’ return in Hilary Term, which can be found here. Residency requirements will remain in place for Hilary Term apart from where a specific exemption is in place, in order to ensure that students can “take full advantage of Oxford life”. However, individuals concerned about returning to Oxford can make an application to the Proctors requesting that be given dispensation to study remotely. Students are expected to return for Hilary term despite Oxford being moved into tier 4, the University has announced. “The move to Tier 4 may impact some services provided by the University and colleges. We continue to monitor the local and national situation, and will consider the detailed implications of the change in alert level. Further information will be provided as soon as possible”. “We are committed to providing a good mix of in-person teaching and online support – building on our experiences in Michaelmas term. “Under Tier 4, universities and workplaces will remain open. We therefore expect teaching and research to continue at the University in the New Year, and for students to return for Hilary term broadly in line with the arrangements communicated at the end of Michaelmas term. Following the government’s announcement, an update on the University’s website said: “We are looking forward to welcoming students back to Oxford in Hilary term. We want to help make the most of your Oxford experience, within the constraints of the pandemic. Image: Sara Price / Pixabay. The statement comes following the news that Oxford will be placed under tier 4 from Boxing Day. This means that all non-essential retail must close, and individuals are only permitted to meet one other person from outside their household at a time, in an outdoor public space. The measures have been brought in after two new mutations of coronavirus have been identified, which increase the infectiousness of the disease. The university is also recommending that a third test be taken ten days after arrival in Oxford, in order to identify anyone who has been infected after arriving at the university. Meanwhile, international students have been told to try and arrive in time to fulfill any quarantine requirements before the start of face to face teaching for their course.
Renew Estate gets final approval to build 300MW solar farm in Queensland, Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Construction of Renew Estate’s 300-MW Rodds Bay Solar Farm in Queensland will kick off this year after a “notice to proceed” was issued to the local transmission company.The developer said in a press release on Thursday that the project has passed all tests related to system strength and generator performance standards. Its construction will be launched by the third or fourth quarter of the year according to the connection agreement with Powerlink Queensland that was signed in January.The Rodds Bay Solar Farm, with a given capacity in direct current (DC), will be installed on grazing land near the town of Bororen, south of Gladstone, and will become one of the largest solar parks in Australia. The project was granted planning consent by the Gladstone Regional Council in the summer of 2018, which also allows the developer to couple the power plant with an 82 MW/164 MWh of battery storage capacity.According to the project’s website, the solar park is expected to generate up to 625 GW of electricity per year, or enough to cover the consumption of around 88,000 homes.Sydney-based Renew Estate is a joint venture between Wirsol Energy Pty Ltd, whose parent is Germany-based Wircon, Energy Estate and Beast Solutions.[Veselina Petrova]More: Notice to proceed issued for 300-MW solar farm in Queensland