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Graduation: red warning for exceptional heat update

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Exceptional heat is expected to affect a large part of England early next week, with temperatures above 30C. 

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a Level 4 Heat Health Alert for Monday and Tuesday, during which a number of our graduation ceremonies will be taking place. 

This level of alert is used when a heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system. At this level, illness may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups.

The health and safety of our guests, graduates, and staff will always be our highest priority. 

The graduation ceremonies will carry on as planned, although we have taken a number of measures to reduce the heat risks including additional air conditioning units and extra drinking water. We may need to make further adjustments on the day, and we will keep you up to date as the day progresses. 

We anticipate that travel may be disrupted and so we advise all guests to plan ahead when travelling to campus. Network Rail has advised people to avoid rail travel across England and Wales on Monday and Tuesday and blanket speed restrictions across England and Wales expected from 12-8pm on both days are likely to cause delays.

If travel delays result in graduates arriving late or missing their ceremonies, they should inform a member of staff who will try to get them into the next available ceremony. 

Advice to keep cool if you’re graduating this week: 

  • Dress for the hot weather and consider light, loose fabrics that will help keep you cool 
  • Try to keep out of the direct sun between 11am and 3pm, and walk in the shade where possible 
  • Apply sunscreen regularly and bring a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella and a handheld fan if you have one 
  • Bring plenty of water with you to stay hydrated throughout the day 

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