Following Government guidance, the University will remain open during the national lockdown to support your learning and wellbeing. Please continue to attend your timetabled learning and teaching sessions both on campus and online.

We know the next four weeks could be challenging but the University is here to support you during this time.

During the lockdown, we all have a part to play to protect each other and our community by adhering to the new Government guidelines on socialising, permitted activities and travel.

To keep yourself, and those around you, safe it is vital that you limit physical contact as much as possible. This means that you must not meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household - or you are meeting one person from another household (on a 1:1 basis) to exercise or visit a public outdoor space. 

Remember to still follow Covid-19 health guidelines. This includes Government advice on test and trace, self-isolation, wearing face coverings, social distancing and regular hand washing.

Please take time to check you know what is expected. For full details on Government guidance click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students should not leave their term-time address to return home between 5 November and 2 December.

The Government will publish further guidance shortly on how students can return home safely before the start of the Christmas break.

Commuting students can still travel to the University for educational purposes but should make sure that they take account of all public health guidance on safer travel.

Students should not travel if they have Covid-19 symptoms or are part of a household group which is self-isolating.

Canterbury Park & Ride will not be operating their bus service for the duration of the lockdown. However, New Dover Road will remain open at 50p per day for those who would like to walk or cycle into the City and you can park at Castle Street car park for £3.50, which is the same rate as the Park and Ride bus service.

We have a complimentary shuttle minibus service from Polo Farm to Old Sessions House. Students may also consider using this temporarily but the priority passengers are students who need to get to and from Polo Farm for teaching sessions there, and you must present your student card. If you cannot get a seat on the minibus you could also get the public stagecoach bus from the main road.

 

Your campus and key services are open during lockdown to support your learning and wellbeing.

In order to adhere to new Government guidelines a few services will be delivered online, but we remain committed to providing you with the support you need to continue your studies and succeed.

  • Libraries and study spaces
    Our Libraries and study spaces remain open to support your blended learning. Please remember to book in advance. For details on all the services available at this time and how to access them click here.

    Please note that from Monday 9 November you will now have to wear a face covering at all times while in the library, including when seated.

    Students must use the study spaces independently and must not gather in study spaces, unless as part of an in-person, scheduled seminar or tutorial. Group Study rooms will now be single occupancy. Group work can continue online via MS Teams.
  • i-zone
    The i-zone will continue to be available at Augustine House (9.00am - 5.00pm) and Medway (8.30am –1.00pm), Monday -Friday for face-to-face enquiries. Remember you can also email them on i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk or use live chat.
  • Student Support
    Student Support will continue to be here for you. They offer a mixture of face-to-face and online support via email, phone and video conferencing. You can attend one of their virtual drop-ins,  Monday-Friday, between 12 noon and 1pm or you can email them at studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk.
  • Students’ Union
    Your Students’ Union are working on a range of exciting online events to help keep you connected. Why not join the Students' Union Facebook Group, a great way to stay in touch and join in a range of online activities.
  • Chaplaincy
    The chapel is only open for individual prayer. Our Chaplains can provide remote pastoral and faith support, their services and events are available online and they offer virtual prayers at 10am every weekday.
  • Catering
    The Food Court, Atrium Café in Augustine House and Medway Touchdown will be open. Touchdown in Canterbury will offer a “Grab and Go” service and takeaway is encouraged throughout.

    Any seating in catering outlets will be set out at 2m social distances.Student can remove their face covering to eat and drink when seated at 2m social distance from each others.

    The Lounge, as a licensed premise, will be closed under current Government guidelines but are launching a new collect and delivery food service via UPay.

    Remember good hygiene is also vital before and after eating and drinking.

  • Transport
    Our shuttle bus will continue to operate from Polo Farm to Old Sessions House. Students may also consider using this temporarily but the priority passengers are students who need to get to and from Polo Farm for teaching sessions there, and you must present your student card. If you cannot get a seat on the minibus you could also get the public stagecoach bus from the main road.
  • Bookshop
    Under the new guidelines our Bookshop on North Holmes Campus will have to close but will continue to offer an online service.
  • Sports Centre
    Government guidelines means the Sports Centre will temporarily close during lockdown. This includes our Gym, Fitness Classes and Social Sport Sessions. Students’ Union Club Sport sessions are also not permitted to take place during the lockdown period in line with government guidance. However practical activity as part of your programme of study will be permitted.

    You can still join our range of online fitness classes. Our University fitness instructors are working closely with the team of OurParks instructors, delivering a range of classes including Stretch & Flex, BoxFit, Pilates, Dance, Yoga and more. Gaining access to the classes is easy, simply visit the OurParks and sign up for a free account.

 

Your health, safety and wellbeing are our priority and measures remain in place to make the campus Covid-19 secure.

From Monday 9 November, new guidance for the lockdown period requires us to wear face coverings at all times when in University buildings, even when seated and 2m apart. 

Student can remove their face covering to eat and drink when seated at 2m social distance. Seating in the catering outlets will be set out for you at 2m social distances. Where food and drink is allowed at study desks, face coverings can be removed to eat and drink, but must be replaced once finished.

If you wish to indicate that you are exempt, face covering exemption cards for lanyards are available from Anselm security lodge and Medway and Salomons receptions. As a University, we also recognise the Hidden Disability sunflower lanyard. If you need further advice or a reminder on how to best use or look after your face covering, please see the government guidance.

Please remember to also maintain social distancing and wash your hands regularly.

The University expectations are that all Health and Education students who should be entering placement will do so, as soon as practicable.

You will enter placement after completing the appropriate risk assessment process.

Other placements will continue but will be subject to current Government guidance to work from home unless this is not possible due to the nature of the work involved. Students are encouraged to liaise directly with their placement provider.

For further details and updates please click here.

Students should not leave their term-time address to return home between 5 November and 2 December.

According to government guidelines, ultimately it is for an international student to decide whether they choose to go home. However, students planning to travel should adhere to PHE advice while in the UK to ensure they are travelling safely. Students should not travel if they have symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19) or are part of a household group which is self-isolating. 

International students should be mindful that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office currently advises against all but essential international travel. If students do travel home they should also consider whether they need to self-isolate when they return, and are advised to check any restrictions in the country they are travelling to, and whether they will also need to undertake a period of self-isolation in that country.

International students travelling from countries not on the exemption (travel corridor) list to the UK will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days upon their return.

 

If you have any queries or need to discuss your situation please contact the International Team on international@canterbury.ac.uk.

Researchers and research students should continue research activities during lockdown, but where possible this should focus on activities that can be conducted from home.  Where research activities cannot reasonably be conducted from home, in-person research activities can continue as long as gatherings are not involved.  Face-to-face activities involving human research participants should be rescheduled until after national lockdown, unless the participant’s involvement is considered crucial over the next four weeks.  Our Covid-19 Research Continuity Guidance remains in place but this must be read in the context of the advice in this paragraph, which constitutes current Government guidance. 

As is the case for the rest of the population, students may only leave their accommodation for specific reasons, including:

  • for education
  • for work, for example if you cannot work from home – this includes placements
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, or on your own with one person from another household
  • for medical reasons or appointments
  • to escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
  • to shop for food and essentials
  • to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends, unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with, or in your support bubble.

If you live in University accommodation you cannot accept guests.

You can exercise, or visit outdoor public places, with the people you live with, your support bubble, or one person from another household.

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • allotments
  • playgrounds

You are not able to meet with people from other households in private gardens.

We may have to stay apart, but that does not mean you cannot stay connected to the Christ Church Community. Why not join the Students' Union Community Facebook Group, a great way to stay in touch and join in online events. 

Support

Libraries and study spaces remain open to support your blended learning. For details on all the services available at this time and how to access them please click here. Please remember to book in advance.

There are also a range of resources that you can access online to develop your academic skills, prepare for your assignments and keep on top of your studies:

  • Your Digital Library is your gateway to online learning resources, accessible anytime and anywhere including e-books, journals and databases. Scan and deliver enables you to request journal articles or 10% of a book held in Augustine House, to be emailed directly to you. While document delivery enables you to request items from other libraries in a digital format. 
  • The Learning Skills Hub provides you the opportunity to develop your skills and assess your understanding through a range of online modules aimed at your level of study.
  • SkillsforStudy offers a range of carefully paced online modules where you can complete a wide variety of interactive activities, tests and assessments.
  • A peer mentor can share their own learning experiences and any study tips that worked for them. You can connect with them via email or MS Teams.

We are offering a long-term loan laptop loan scheme for students who are unable to access the right IT equipment for them to digitally engage with their programme.

  • Togetherall is a free 24/7 online support service where you can go if you’re feeling down or struggling to cope with anything. Whether you want to speak to peers or a counsellor, there will be someone there every minute of every day.
  • Student Space is a new online resource to help students find the wellbeing support they need during coronavirus.

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:

  • Our online StudyFit programme is designed to use physical activity to enhance mental, as well as physical, wellbeing. You can arrange an online meeting with a StudyFit Adviser who can help design a bespoke physical activity programme just for you and your situation.
  • You can join our range of online fitness classes. Our University fitness instructors are working closely with the team of OurParks instructors, delivering a range of classes including Stretch & Flex, BoxFit, Pilates, Dance, Yoga and more. Gaining access to the classes is easy, simply visit the OurParks webpage and signup for a free account.

If you have symptoms or test positive for Covid-19 you will have to self-isolate for 10 days and your household, support bubble or close contacts will also have to self-isolate for 14 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 studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk, 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.

  • If you have a vulnerable clinical health condition and have concerns about coming onto campus, please contact Student Support Health and Wellbeing, 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. This could encompass a range of measures and in exceptional circumstance may including studying solely online for a period of time if possible.
  • Personal circumstances and characteristics - click here for Public Health England’s review on the risks and outcomes of Covid-19 linked to a range of personal circumstances and characteristics. Please contact Student Support Health and Wellbeing if you would like to discuss any reasonable adjustments for your return to campus, given any personal circumstances and characteristics.
  • Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan - If you have an existing Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) you will need to contact Student Support, Health and Wellbeing to ensure that this is updated. If you do need assistance to perceive the fire alarm signal and/or exit a building within a reasonable timeframe (usually 5 minutes) please contact Student Support Health and Wellbeing to support the practical implementation of a personalised PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan).

Students affected financially by the national lockdown can contact our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers via email studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk for advice and to see if they are eligible to access financial support.  

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.