Extreme Heat Weather Warning
Important Graduation Update - Extreme Heat Weather Warning
Dear Graduand,

As you will know, there is an extreme weather warning in place for when you are due to graduate and we have already asked, on our social channels, that your dress in light clothing and stay hydrated.

We would like to reassure you that we are taking all reasonable precautions to make sure you and your guests are kept as safe and as comfortable as possible on your special day and this includes additional air conditioning in the Kings Hall where your ceremony will be held and access to water to keep you hydrated at your ceremony and on campus.

However we also ask that you follow the government guidance where possible. Top tips for staying safe in hot weather include:

• look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions
• drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
• never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
• try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
• walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
• avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
• make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
• check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging

While we’re aware that graduands like to congregate immediately after the ceremony to congratulate each other and enjoy time for photos, we recommend that you make your return to campus as soon as possible afterwards where you can enjoy your post ceremony reception in the the Catalyst which is fully air-conditioned and which is great for photos.

We will endeavour to get you back on to the waiting coaches in an efficient and orderly manner and to make sure you and your guests are helped to have the best day possible. However, if you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff or a student ambassador.

The government’s Level 4 alert indicates that a severe heatwave could have impacts on transport systems, food, water, energy supplies and businesses. We are doing all we can to make sure that disruption to your graduation ceremony is minimal.

More information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke are available on NHS.UK.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests tomorrow on what we hope will be a fitting celebration of achievement, albeit on a very hot day.

Russell Roberts

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