From the 4 January the government confirmed that, in response to the increased COVID-19 infection rate and pressure on the NHS, we are now in a third national lockdown.
We know the next few weeks could be challenging but the University is here to support you during this time.
The government has confirmed that students (apart from the few programmes that are exempt) should remain where they are living, wherever possible and start their semester/trimester online. This will be until at least mid-February.
Only those students who are on the following programmes should return to face-to-face on-campus learning as timetabled and be tested twice, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days:
Please take time to check you know what is expected. For full details on Government guidance click here.
Please note this webpage will be continually updated with the latest information throughout this lockdown.
Unless you are in the group of students able to travel back to university for face-to-face teaching from January you should stay where you are and access course content online.
If you have already booked travel outside of your University’s stated return to campus dates, you should consider delaying if travel arrangements can be rearranged without undue cost.
Students returning to the UK from overseas should check additional entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced due to COVID-19 before travelling to the UK.
Anyone arriving in England from 15 February will need to either:
What you need to do depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
Students arriving from all international destinations will be required to:
It is also important that international students consider the travel advice in place from their home country, including whether or not the country has closed their borders to departures to and arrivals from the UK. More information is available in Department for Education guidance and on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s travel advice page
The guidance regarding postgraduate research students is that you should continue to work from home where possible to do so. However, those researchers who require access to specialist university facilities (such as laboratories) for their work should be able to access those facilities.
The university will be opening some of our campus buildings and facilities including libraries, laboratories and the Graduate College study spaces in Erasmus (Canterbury, North Holmes Road campus) to support the essential delivery of learning, teaching and research where this is permitted by the government. While research students can access these facilities, the University is, advising research students to work from home wherever they can.
With regard to laboratories, permission should be sought from your Head of School before accessing facilities. Postgraduate research students may request access to check the viability of samples, or retain calibrations of essential equipment. This should be done by working alone and in line with previous permissions/risk assessments. Research students should not bring in external clients or work with others in a lockdown.
Our priority is to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students while on placements.
Your programmes are in close communication with our partners in the health, social care and education to support your placements in what is a challenging time.
Your programme teams will communicate with you directly in relation to any placement arrangements that are different to those originally planned.
We know this is an anxious time for everyone and appreciate that the national lockdown may have an impact on your personal circumstances and ability to engage with your learning and assessments.
We remain committed to protecting your academic outcomes during this time and have worked with the Students’ Union to respond to lockdown in a compassionate and fair way, which supports your academic success and maintains the integrity of your degree award at a national standard.
Christ Church is proud of how it supports its students to succeed, through its procedures and regulations, being recognised as sector leaders in what it already currently provides.
We have maintained the improvements made last year in response to COVID-19 such as take home exams and have designed our blended learning provision to provide our students with an excellent education experience both on campus and online.
In addition, we are pleased to confirm a range of new measures to recognise the specific challenges of this lockdown. We also recognise that some programmes may be impacted more than others, such as where some access to key resources or facilities has not been possible and are enabling programmes to make appropriate modifications to assessments to respond accordingly.
Click here to see the full package of support available - both the existing support and procedures that are currently in place, as well as changes we have introduced.
We will continue to review the situation to make sure our approach remains responsive to the changing situation and that the measures in place meet all our students’ needs.
This academic year we have developed our blended learning provision to ensure our students have an excellent education experience both on campus and online. Whilst many of you will be unable to experience on campus teaching at the moment, we are continuing to ensure that the online delivery of your programmes is of highest quality and you have access to the digital resources that you need.
We are offering support to students who are unable to access the right IT equipment for them to digitally engage with their programme. In addition, we have recently launched the Student App Store from which you can easily download your programme software for free.
A new Digital Code of Conduct has been approved by the University to support your online engagement. The Code aims to ensure that participants in any online event organised by the University, such as webinar, video conference, online chat, or discussion forum, benefit from the activity and are not subject to abuse or discrimination in the digital environment.
See further information below regarding online study support. .
Following the latest government guidance around the national lockdown we want to reassure you that we are working to keep to our commitment of providing you with your Individual Student Timetables (ISTs) one week before the start of your teaching.
Those students, who are on the following programmes, are allowed by government to return to campus for essential face-to-face teaching and assessments as already timetabled or being timetabled:
Teacher Education students are also allowed on to campus for essential purposes but their learning and teaching activities are currently scheduled online.
The government has confirmed that all other students should remain for now where they are living, wherever possible, and start their semester/trimester 2 online. This will be reflected in your updated timetables.
We are scheduling a return to blended learning for all students, not on the programmes listed above, from 8 March. If you have practice-based teaching or assessments that require you to use specialist on-campus facilities, then these will be prioritised in the timetables’ design. Please remember that all students are expected to take asymptomatic COVID-19 tests on their return to campus.
Please note that this is all subject to further government guidance, which all universities are expecting to receive in mid-February. However, we feel it is important to plan ahead – so we can remain flexible and responsive to the changing situation, while ensuring we continue to deliver an outstanding education and keep our community safe.
We are committed to communicating any adjustments to your timetable in a timely way and providing you with enough notice to plan your return to campus. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact your Programme Team.
From 25 January, i-zone, Library and IT will be providing virtual support from 9am – 8pm Monday – Friday and 11am – 4pm at weekends.
This is in recognition of the different types of support students may need during this lockdown, with many busy with childcare and caring responsibilities in the day, as well as many of our students being on placements at this time.
All service will be offering email support, but i-zone will also be offering telephone and live chat throughout these times.
As we come out of lockdown, we will review our services to ensure that we continue to meet the changing needs of our students.
If you need help with your studies, there are plenty of online resources and support available to you:
We are offering support for students who are unable to access the right IT equipment for them to digitally engage with their programme.
During these uncertain times it is important to look after your wellbeing and mental health. The University has a range of support available:
You may also be looking for ways to look after your physical wellbeing, and although the Sports Centre is closed, Christ Church Sport and Active Health is here to help:
The government has recognised that in these exceptional circumstances some students may face financial hardship and in addition to existing hardship funds has made available to universities further one-off resources to support those students most in need.
If you have any financial concerns or difficulties, please speak to our Student Wellbeing Advisers who can discuss with you what support is available and guide you through the easy applications process. The advisers also provide virtual Drop-ins, from Monday- Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm, via Blackboard if you want further information or to have an initial chat.
We are also offering support for students to access the essential IT equipment or broadband for your studies.
If you have symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
We are here to support you throughout your self-isolation, ensuring you can stay safe, well and continue with your studies as much as possible. Click here for details.
If you have an extremely vulnerable clinical health condition you are now advised to study from home and not to go onto campus. Please contact Student, Support Health and Wellbeing via email email@example.com, so that they can discuss your needs and liaise with you and your programme team on what adjustment may need to be put in place for you to engage with your studies safely.
If you live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but you are not clinically extremely vulnerable yourself, you should still attend your timetabled learning and teaching on campus and online.
A definition of extremely clinically vulnerable can be found here. Individuals in this group will have been identified through a letter from the NHS or from their GP.
The University recognises that the requirements of staying at home may, unfortunately, increase the likelihood that individuals may experience domestic or relationship abuse. This can be mental, emotional, financial or psychological, not simply physical.
Please do not suffer in silence. The following organisations are here to help:
It is important to remember that the police continue to treat domestic abuse as a priority in these challenging times. If you need immediate support please call the police on 999 if it is an emergency (101 if a non-emergency) or contact your local GP.
We may be apart but that does not mean you cannot stay connected to the Christ Church Community.
You can connect to a peer mentor via email or MS Teams so that you can share experiences and advice with another student.
Why not join the Students' Union Facebook Group, a great way to stay in touch and join in a range of online events.
The government has confirmed that universities are allowed to open some essential facilities to support the teaching and learning of those who are allowed on campus.
Augustine House Library and study spaces (including PCs and Macs) can be accessed for essential use by those from the small number of exempt programmes and students with certain exceptional circumstances- please see below. Please note that you will need to book in advance.
Salomons Institute Library is currently open Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. You will need to book in advance of your visit.
Drill Hall Library are offering students an essential usage service only, for details click here.
When on campus you must follow the latest government guidelines including social distancing, wearing a mask at all times inside university buildings, washing hands regularly, sanitising work stations and keeping rooms well ventilated by opening windows.
Wherever possible, students should remain where they are currently living and should not travel to access university facilities until the resumption of their on campus teaching.
Campus facilities can be accessed for essential use by those small number of exempt programmes allowed on campus for teaching– Medicine, Health and Social Care, Teacher Education and Social Work.
In addition, they can also be accessed by
The Government is expecting all students to be tested at the point they return to university to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our community.
You should have 2 tests, each 3 days apart, and limit social interactions with other students until a negative test is confirmed. If you do not get tested, you should self-isolate for 10 days, to reduce the risk of transmission between home and university.
You do not need to take a test if you have tested positive within the last 90 days.
You will need to book your test in advance and only attend if you have no symptoms of COVID-19.
The advice is to, where possible, test locally before travelling or with your placement provider. You can also book a test with us in Canterbury and Medway here.
When on campus your health and safety is our priority. We have a range of measures in place to provide a COVID secure environment.
However, now more than ever, with a more virulent strain of the COVID-19 virus it is important that when on campus you follow the latest guidelines. This includes:
Face coverings are to be worn by staff, students and visitors on campus when inside any University building, with the following exceptions:
While on campus, this means you must wear a face covering even if you are:
Unless you are in the group of students able to travel back to university for on campus teaching from January (see above), you should stay where you are and follow national lockdown rules.
Any students who stayed at their university accommodation over the winter break or who have returned but won’t be starting on campus teaching in January, should remain where they are and should get tested straight away or self-isolate for ten days should they choose not to.
However, you may return to university in exceptional circumstances if you do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or studying space, or you need to return for health or safety reasons.
You should not travel back to your university accommodation to collect any of your belongings unless absolutely necessary. For example, for any items required for your online learning or medical equipment.
We have emailed all students in Canterbury Christ Church University accommodation to reassure them that, in recognition of the current government travel restrictions and the impact this has on their ability to access their accommodation, we will be looking to provide an appropriate and fair rebate on their accommodation fees for this lockdown period.
Pier Quays accommodation in Medway is owned and operated by Unite, a private provider. They have announced their own rent reduction scheme and will be contacting their student tenants individually.
We continue to support the work being done by Christ Church Students' Union to represent the interests of our students in private rental accommodation.
Student Finance England (i.e. the Student Loan Company) has confirmed they will continue to pay your maintenance loan during this time. However, if you have any financial concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers via firstname.lastname@example.org for general support and advice on our student hardship funds.
The government confirmed that Universities can still charge full tuition fees if their courses are taught partly or fully online for 2020/21. To support this the Student Loans Company continue to enable new and existing students to apply for tuition fee at the full amount.
We want to assure you that our priority is to provide you with the highest quality education and student experience while protecting your health, safety and wellbeing, following guidance from the Government and Public Health England. We aim to provide you with a face-to-face, on-campus experience, alongside engaging digital learning and teaching, and access to facilities including the libraries and online resources.
As we continue to support students to progress and succeed in their studies there is no reduction to the published tuition fees for any year group. We will continue to charge tuition fees in line with published fees and our tuition fee statement.
We will review our position if the Government changes its advice and guidance relating to tuition fees.
If you have any worries about your finances or wish to discuss changing your study plans, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Wellbeing Advisers. You can email them at email@example.com.
Please also remember that Christ Church Students’ Union are here to support you with advice on academic, financial and housing matters and much, much more.
We want to assure you that our priority is to provide you with the highest quality education while protecting your health and safety following guidance from the Government and Public Health England.
We remain committed to protecting your academic outcomes during this time and have sought to respond to COVID –19 in a compassionate and fair way.
We are offering asymptomatic testing for students and staff in Canterbury and for students in Medway
With the right information and advice, you can minimise financial worries and maximise your enjoyment of student life.
Whilst this continues to be an incredibly difficult time for us all, we want to remind our international students about the support, advice and guidance on offer.