Stricter Measures because of Covid19 • Separation of groups at UW • 20.10.2020-07.11.2020

As previously announced stricter measures have been in place in Iceland to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These stricter rules have now been be prolonged, mostly unchanged, but with a two-meters social distancing rule added. Groups need to be separated and where groups can not be separated or the two meter's minimum distance cannot be kept, masks must be used. See updated group separation plan below.

Rules on running schools set by the ministry.

Timeframe for the rules at UW: 19.10.2020-07.11.2020

Separation of groups should reduce a possible infection from one group to the other and facilitate the work of the tracing team in containing the disease. The University Centre is a working place with several groups of students and a number of independent institutions in the same building. All restriction of contacts will lower the risk of infection.

The two meters distance will minimize the risk of infection within a group.

Separation will be according to the following rules. 

CMM31 – Oceanography, 20 students registered, rooms 1+3, self-directed learning during until 23.10.2020.

During the period 26.10.2020-03.11.2020 teaching for all the group will be at Hamrar music hall in the music school, Austurvegi, in the mornings, while individual learning and consulting will be at rooms 1+2 in the afternoons.

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit through the corner door or yard to minimise contacts in the hall.

Coffee-room: Corner cafeteria

Toilets: UW Toilets for handicapped

Time: 08:00-16:00. 

CRD03 – Regional Economy, 9 students registered, room 4 (behind the book shelfs).

Time: 08-12:30

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit through the kitchen door/yard to minimise contacts in the hall. The last person needs to close the door from inside and leave the building through the main entrance.

Coffee-room: Main cafeteria

Toilets: UW main toilets 

GCC, 8 students registered, room 5 (behind the book shelfs)

Time: 13:00-16:00

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit through the kitchen door/yard to minimise contacts in the hall. The last person needs to close the door from inside and leave the building through the main entrance.

Coffee-room: Main cafeteria

Toilets: UW main toilets 

Distance learning students, number changing, estimated 6-7, reading rooms on the first floor

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

Coffee-room: none

Toilets: Toilet opposite to Skógrækt

Second year students, cohort 2019, number unclear, estimated 5, Library

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

Coffee-room: none

Toilets: UW main toilets 

Teachers/staff can cross the separation lines when necessary. 

Researchers use their desk as usual. 

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

Guests are not allowed to the University Centre during the period 19.10.2020-06.11.2020, besides guest lecturers coming for teaching. 

 

COVID 19: Stricter Measures - Separation of groups at UW updated 05.10.2020

As infection numbers have been rising during the last days/week the government has set new and stricter rules to prevent a further uncontrolled spread of the virus. The regulations set a maximum number of 30 students in one class room and the minimum distance of one meter remains. Groups need to be separated and where groups can not be separated or the one meter's minimum distance can not be kept, masks must be used. 

Rules on running schools set by the ministry.

Timeframe: 05.10.2020-19.10.2020

Separation of groups should reduce a possible infection from one group to the other and facilitate the work of the tracing team in containing the disease. The University Centre is a working place with several groups of students and a number of independent institutions in the same building. All restriction of contacts will lower the risk of infection. 

 

Separation will be according to the following rules:

   

CRD14 - Coastal Arctic Scenarios, 20 students registered, room 4 and cafeteria. 

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit through the kitchen door/yard to minimise contacts in the hall. The last person needs to close the door from inside and leave the building through the main entrance.

Coffee-room: Main cafeteria

Group work in room 4, cafeteria

Toilets: UW main toilets 

Separation timewise from course CMM47 according to information from programme directors/teacher. 

 

SIT semester programme, 12 students registered, Fræðslumiðstöð room2

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit via the yard to minimise contacts in the hall. The last person needs to close the door from inside and leave the building through the main entrance.

Coffee-room: kaffivagn/coffee-table in front of the room.

Toilets: Toilet opposite to Skógrækt

 

CMM47 – Arctic Ocean Governance, 6 students registered, room 3

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Corner entrance. 

Coffee-room: Corner cafeteria

Toilets: UW Toilets for handicapped 

Taking turns with the SIT semester programme using the coffee corner according to information from programme directors/teachers, until Friday morning.

 

GCC, 8 students registered, room 1

Entrance: Corner entrance. Exit: over the yard to minimise contacts in the corner entrance stairs. The last one needs to close the door from inside and leave the building through the corner exit.

Coffee-room: Corner cafeteria

Toilets: UW Toilets for handicapped

Taking turns with GCC using the coffee corner according to information from programme directors/teachers. 

 

Distance learning students, number changing, estimated 6-7, reading rooms on the first floor

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

Coffee-room: none

Toilets: Toilet opposite to Skógrækt

 

Second year students, cohort 2019, number unclear, estimated 5, Library

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

Coffee-room: none

Toilets: UW main toilets 

 

Teachers/staff can cross the separation lines when necessary. 

Researchers use their desk as usual. 

Entrance: Main entrance. Exit: Main entrance. 

 

Guests are not allowed to the University Centre during the period 05.10.2020-19.10.2020, besides guest lecturers coming for teaching. 

 

Access to printer/photo-copying machine: 

Students print out and ask the receptionists for assistance. Receptionists will deposit the printed material in the respective areas. For photocopying receptionists need to be consulted. 

 

Access to staff/teachers

Staff/teachers are not allowed to receive students in their offices. Student-Teacher communication must be in the classroom or by internet (e-mail, zoom, phone). Communication between students and staff should be via e-mail or phone. 

 

Use of masks 

According to official guidelines, masks must be used where the distance of one meter can not be kept and where groups mix. 

With the set rules the groups should not mix, not even in the hallway. The teaching facilities have room to guarantee the one meter distance. However, it is advisable to have masks at hand and UW can provide students with a mask. Please make sure to use it according to best practices

 

Course registrations

Courses will be taught as planned. While UW can fulfil set requirements face-to-face-teaching will be continued.

 

Closed during weekend

The University Centre will be closed during the weekends of this period, 10./11.October and 17./18. October to prevent groups from mixing.

 

Students, teachers and staff are asked to avoid situations with high infection risk. Unnecessary travels are not advisable at this point, especially to Reykjavík. The same applies to private gatherings in big groups. 

We hope for your understanding of these rules. They are made so that we can keep up teaching and ensure that as few as possible would be affected, in case an infection would be detected amongst students or teachers/staff. 

Please keep in mind that washing hands and other disinfection, good distance or use of masks as well as other personal preventions have shown best results in containing the disease.

UW response and information on COVID-19 Updated 18.08.2020

As of 19.08.2020 new rules on traveling to Iceland will be in place. Below you will find information and resources regarding these new rules, as well as rules on social distancing and gathering limitations.

Travelling to Iceland

As of 19.08.2020 all travelers entering Iceland must be tested twice for COVID-19. The first sample is done upon arrival. The second sample is taken 5-6 days later. Until the second test has proved negative you need to carefully follow quarantine rules.  

During the 5-6 day period you are required to follow carefully the instructions for persons under home-based quarantine, or instructions for quarantine for visitors in Iceland, depending on your situation.

When in Ísafjörður, students are encouraged to notify staff about their arrival by e-mail. Please note that you are to adhere to the quarantine instructions until negative result is received from the second test.

Please read further information about coming to Iceland on the official COVID-19 information website.

Previous rules, implemented on 31.07.2020, apply until 18.08.2020 at 00:00 hours. Please read previous announcement.

Classes and working at the University Centre building

Currently there is a limit of gatherings of 100-person and a general rule on social distancing of two meters between individuals who do not live together. This applies to all general gatherings and movement in public space. Where the 2-meter rule cannot be respected masks should be used.

Special provisions are in place at colleges and universities, where it is allowed to maintain one-meter social distance between individuals without face masks.

For further information about current restrictions please visit the Official COVID-19 information website.

How to prevent infection and what to do if symptoms are detected

Please follow always the best hygiene measures. You find more on how to avoid infection here

In case you felt any symptoms, stay home and notify us or call the official number, 1700, respectively +354 544 4113 from a foreign phone.  Do not come to UW when you feel sick and not at all to the hospital either. In an emergency or if you are in doubt how to behave responsibly, you are welcome to address any person staff. 

Further information:

Directorate of Health website

Official information website about COVID-19 in Iceland

UW response and information on COVID-19 Updated 31.07.2020

Updated 31.07.2020 

From today, 31.07.2020, there are new regulations in effect concerning measures to keep infection rate with the corona-virus low. This is a bunch of measures which aim at controlling the influx and, at the same time, prevent further distribution of the virus. 

Most important for incoming international students arer the changes in the border control. We advise students and teachers to find information on the official website.  Arriving international students should pay special attention to the instructions on registering before departure. Students from the US have received a special invitation letter from UW.

During the last week or ten days we have already informed the different categories of students coming to UW individually on the procedure of arrival and testing, including the suggestion to keep to special precautious measures (="heimkomusmitgát"). Since today, 31.07.2020, the regulations on heimkomusmitgát are obligatory for all students and teachers of UW who come from high risque areas (which is most countries).

From 31.07.2020, all arrivals from high-risque areas undergo double testing for covid: First on their own expenses upon arrival, and a second test after some five days with no costs for them, at the place of residence here in Ísafjörður. Please note that students will be invited for the second test. If not, UW will arrange that in cooperation with the local hospital.

Arrivals from "safe countries" do not need to undergo testing. However, UW strongly suggests all students keep to the rules of special precautious measures/heimkomusmitgát during the first days and be in contact with us, so we check with the local health authorities whether a test after five days is indicated.

Heimkomusmitgát (special precautious measures) is a lean form of quarantaine for the first five days of stay. In short, during the first five days, arrivals may not contact vulnerable people, they may not attend gatherings with more than 10 persons and should avoid all contacts which are not traceable. However, students are allowed to travel to their future home in Ísafjörður, including flight and flybus, with overnight stay in Reykjavík and go to the grocery store when necessary, but should minimise all contacts and keep extra high hygienic standards. Disinfection liquid is available in all public buildings and the grocery stores, make use of them. Masks are now obligatory wherever a distance of 2 meters can not be kept. Please find detailed information on the special precautious measures here

When in Ísafjörður, students are encouraged to let staff know of their arrival by e-mail, but may not come to UW before second testing/end of the five day's period. It is allowed to walk in the open air exploring the nature around Ísafjörður – where you won't meet with anybody and won't spread the virus.  Enjoy it!

Please follow always the best hygiene measures. You find more on how to avoid infection here

In case you felt any symptoms, stay home and notify us or call the official number, 1700, respectively +354 544 4113 from a foreign phone.  Do not come to UW when you feel sick and not at all to the hospital either. In an emergency or if you are in doubt how to behave responsibly, you are welcome to address any person staff. 

Further information:

Directorate of Health website

Official information website about COVID-19 in Iceland

UW response and information on COVID-19 Updated 14.03.2020

Updated Announcement at 18:00 14.03.2020

On 13.03.2020, the Icelandic minister of health, in accord with the minister of culture, has announced a ban on mass-gatherings. Part of this is that universities will be closed for four weeks to prevent a massive and uncontrollable spread of the virus.

Although the University Centre of the Westfjords is a very small institution and although there is still no reported case in the Westfjords, the regulation applies to all university level, including the University Centre of the Westfjords. This has the following consequences:

From Monday, 16.03.2020 until 12.04.2020, there will be no required physical attendance at the University Centre building, neither in connection to class work nor for other services. There will be no in-class-teaching ongoing at the University Centre. Teaching will be moved to an online-format, which students can attend from their homes. Student-related matters will be dealt with via e-mail or phone.

Staff will be able to work from home and accessible via e-mail and telephone. Phone calls to the office number will be forwarded to mobile phones. When calling, please respect standard working hours unless there is an emergency.

The University Centre is not the only institution in the building and the reception desks services many institutions in the building. However, we will reduce this service during the next four weeks. The receptionists will work only one at a time. The reception desk will be open on weekdays from 09-13. Beyond that time the building will be accessible only for people who have a key.

Those who have an access-key to the University Centre and a working place there may continue to work from their working place but shall make sure to follow the intention of the set regulation. The access is limited to this narrow group. Reception of guests will not be allowed. Ongoing construction work will continue.

In times like this there can be a higher demand for student counselling. Margrét Björk Arnardóttir is a counselor and will be available via telephone or e-mail.

Students, teachers, staff and colleagues from other institutions are encouraged to contact staff with any considerations. The more physical meetings are reduced or excluded, the more we must pay attention to stay in contact and know of each other's thoughts and needs.

Further information:

Directorate of Health website

Official information website about COVID-19 in Iceland

UW response and information on COVID-19

Civil protection distress phase due to COVID-19

As previously announced, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police has declared a civil protection distress phase in consultation with the Chief Epidemiologist and the Directorate of Health. 

Students and staff at the University Centre of the Westfjords are reminded of the importance of following instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist; the latest information is always available on the Directorate of Health website. You can also read questions and answers about symptoms and other information on the coronavirus and COVID-19

Hygiene

The absolute best defense against the spread of disease is to wash your hands well and regularly, cf. the following publication. Extra emphasis is placed on cleaning the UW-building. 

High-risk areas / travel

Students and staff are asked to stay up to date with the latest information about areas that have been defined as high risk. People should not travel to these areas but if it is unavoidable, they must quarantine themselves in accordance with instructions from the Chief Epidemiologist and the Directorate of Health.

Symptoms/illness

It is crucial that anyone experiencing symptoms of illness or who has potentially been exposed to infection, e.g. due to travel, calls the phonenumber1700 for guidance. Students are also welcome to contact staff. Those experiencing symptoms must remain at home and under no circumstances attend class.

People at greater risk

People at greater risk, e.g. older people and those with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, lung diseases or immunosuppression may consider to work from home, avoid unnecessary gatherings of people and practise good hygiene. Students at UW belonging to this group should let staff know of their background.

Gatherings/events

No ban on mass gatherings has been declared at this point, but this might change. There are no mass gatherings expected this spring at UW. We shall inform registered participants in the Conference on Icelandic Society in April specially.

Teaching and learning

Students may expect courses to be taught via distance teaching in case a teacher is unable to attend in person because of COVID-19. At this point, this is only a theoretical option, but we prepare for it. 

Should a ban on mass gatherings be declared or the University Centre be closed, all effort will be made to continue teaching remotely in order to avoid disruption to studies as far as possible. Practical teaching, excursions and the like may be temporarily suspended in that case.

Students attending single courses this spring, may seek advice for their individual case. UW is guided by goodwill and is reviewing its refunding policy for single courses in spring term 2020.

Services

Basic services to students and staff will continue to be available in the event of a ban on mass gatherings or closure of the University. However, they might only be available by phone or remotely.

Summer Job: SIT Program Assistant May 28 - July12

Summer job: AD assistant

The University Centre of the Westfjords and the School for International Training (SIT), Vermont, USA are looking for someone to act as a program assistant for a field school group this summer. 

Students (mostly undergraduate) are enrolled in a cross-disciplinary summer program in renewable energy sciences. Duration of the program in Iceland: May 28 – July 12

The program assistant works closely with and reports to the AD. S/he has a variety of functions and responsibilities that fall into 3 main categories: academic, administrative and student welfare. The assistant needs to be flexible and prepared to be available 24/7 if needed.

For more info and contact, see this job ad.

Summer job: AD assistant

The University Centre of the Westfjords and the School for International Training (SIT), Vermont, USA are looking for someone to act as a program assistant for a field school group in June and July 2015. 

Promotional Meeting on National Planning Framework

The Icelandic National Planning Agency is promoting a proposal for a National Planning Framework 2015-2026. An open meeting on the framework will be held at the University Centre on January 14 at 12:30-14:30.

Symposium on the Icelandic Social Sciences 2015

The 2015 Symposium on Icelandic Social Sciences will take place in Ísafjörður 17th-18th of April. It is organized by the University Centre of the Westfjords in cooperation with the University of Akureyri, Hólar University College and Bifröst University. It is an annual event where the contemporary Icelandic society is in focus. Diverse studies within e.g. the fields of social studies, anthropology, political sciences and other related sciences will be presented. The main focus of this year's symposium will be on the wide range of different social groups in Iceland and how they interact.

The aim of the symposium is to create a discussion venue for social scientists, whether employed by universities or scientists engaged in research in other fields. Also, the symposium gives students of social sciences an opportunity to participate in scholarly activities.

Among the topics: 
  • Health and Society
  • Religion
  • Nation and Culture
  • Equality Issues
  • People with Disabilities
  • Senior Citizens
  • Immigrants
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Economy and Regional Development
  • Tourism Studies
  • Research Methods
  • School and Society
  • Criminology
  • The Icelandic Constitution
  • Icelandic democracy
  • Information and Knowledge Society

Responsible for organization
Birna Lárusdóttir, Project Manager, University Centre of the Westfjords.
Pernilla Rein, Project Manager, University Centre of the Westfjords.

 

More information on the symposium is available in Icelandic.

Or contact Pernilla Rein, pernilla@uwestfjords.is, or phone +354 450-3044.

 
Call for papers: those who are interested in holding a lecture or presenting a poster, please send title and abstract (150 words) to birna@uwestfjords.is later than February 16, 2015.

 

Older entries