We remain committed to delivering an outstanding education as you continue your studies in 2021, while ensuring your health, safety and wellbeing remain our priority.

The Prime Minister has made an announcement on how the national lockdown will be eased. This included guidance to universities on when and how students can safely return to on campus face-to-face teaching as part of our blended learning approach.

Please be assured that throughout this transition we remain committed to delivering all our students an outstanding education while prioritising your health, safety and wellbeing. We want to ensure that whatever you are studying, at whatever level, you are given the best possible opportunity to progress and succeed in your studies.

The government roadmap outlines a phased return to on campus face-to-face teaching and assessments as part of our blended learning approach as follows:

  • Students allowed on campus from 8 March
    The government has prioritised the return of those students who need to come on to campus for practical teaching, specialist facilities or onsite assessments to complete their year or award. Please click here for a list of those programmes who will be returning to on campus face-to- face teaching as part of our blended learning approach from 8 March.

    Please note this is just for your practical elements of your learning , all other teaching will continue to be online.

    The date of your return and the amount of time you are expected on campus will vary from programme to programme as well as between levels, depending on your module requirements and their practical components. Please check your timetable for details via Unitimetables
  • From Mid-April
    After Easter the government will review the options for the return of all other students. This will be based on the latest data and we will be given a week’s notice ahead of any decision. Until then we will continue to deliver high quality online learning for these students ensuring you have access to all the digital resources that you need to progress.

 

Key Information for your safe return to campus

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing

Stop the spread of the virus and ensure everyone's safety on campus.

All eligible returning students, including commuter students. should be tested immediately upon return to university.

If you do not get tested, you should self-isolate for 10 days.

You do not need to get tested: 

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and are in self- isolation. You need to book your test here.
  • If you have had a positive coronavirus test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and been recorded as a positive case on the national system. This is because you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are still required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90-day window.

Following these initial tests, students should be tested twice a week up until at least the end of March.

To book your test click here

The government is recommending that any students coming onto campus should take an asymptomatic test twice a week at least the end of March.

Regular testing will help to break chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure your safety on campus.

To book your test click here

Travel

For those eligible to return to on campus face-to face teaching as part of our blended learning approach.

Plan your journey and avoid busy times and routes. Check your journey to avoid disruptions and follow the safer travel guidelines.

If you plan to drive, only travel with members of your current household or the household you are going to join to decrease the risk of transmission to others.

When using public transport, you must wear a face covering (unless exempt), sanitise your hands regularly, social distance where possible and use the NHS COVID-19 app.

You can travel by either public transport or private transport when you return to university, but to minimise the risk of transmission to others, you should travel by private vehicle wherever possible.

If you live a short distance from the university, you should consider walking or cycling.

If you travel by public transport, you should rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers. Don't forget to:

  • Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.

  • Wear a face covering unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons. It is important you wear them for the entirety of your journey, whether inside a bus or train station, and when travelling on public transport.

  • Social distance where possible.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.

  • Be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.

  • Download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel

If you plan to drive, only travel with members of your current household or the household you are going to join to decrease the risk of transmission to others.

 

Remember to follow the safer travel guidelines

  • Speak to your travel insurer.

  • Check gov.uk for advice on returning to the UK.

  • When your return date is confirmed, plan ahead to avoid busy times and routes.

  • Everyone must:
    -Take a coronavirus (COVID 19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
    -Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID 19 tests to betaken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, or if you are travelling from an ‘amber list’ country: book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID 19tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.
    -Complete a passenger locator form with details of where you will home quarantine when you arrive and the travel test package booking reference number.

  • Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.

  • If you are a British or Irish national, or third country national with residence rights in the UK and you have been in or passed through a red list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel , unless you’re exempt. You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days unless you have residency rights.

  • If you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red list country int he 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in your own accommodation for 10 days.

  • You should be aware that travel advice may change while you are overseas, and area advised to regularly check all relevant gov.uk guidance pages for updates.

The government has said that unless you are in the group of students able to travel back to university for face-to-face teaching (see above), you should stay where you are.

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.

If you are back at university you should not travel home for any reason except in exceptional circumstances, for example for mental health reasons. If students rely on an exemption to travel home (for example if they need to move home temporarily because of illness or mental ill-health), they should ensure that they test as soon as possible on their return to university.

Regarding travel home for the Easter holidays you will need to check the government guidance at the time. 

Your Health and Safety on campus

The following are just some of the measures we will be implementing to keep our campuses safe:

  • Social distancing procedures for each campus, building and specialist facility.
  • Asking all students and staff to wear face covering when inside University buildings. Exceptions include; when you are the only person in a room, when you are seated and more than two metres away from another person, when you are at a service counter which has a separating screen, or if you cannot wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons, as detailed in the Government guidance.

    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. Please note, displaying an exemption card or lanyard is a personal choice and not necessary in law.
  • Screens where close face-to-face interaction is required.

  • Opening windows regularly for ventilation.
  • NHS Test and Trace in designated areas.

  • Managing footfall on campus through staggering start times and introducing booked appointments.
  • Installing additional and appropriate fixed hand washing or sanitising stations at key locations.
  • Increasing cleaning regimes, including a daily clean of whole buildings and multiple targeted cleans of high-contact surfaces. For your health and safety we are conducting a full clean of rooms between each learning and teaching session. Please do not arrive early for your session or enter the room before cleaning has been completed.

We all have a role to play in supporting the safety of our community by observing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene practice and following the Government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolating.

Here are some of the key guidelines that you will need to follow when on campus:

  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or if you think you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • Face coverings: These are required to be worn by all staff, students and visitors when inside University buildings.

    If you cannot wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons, as detailed in the Government guidance you are exempt.

    If you wish to indicate that you are exempt, face covering exemption cards and sunflower lanyards are available from Anselm security lodge and Medway and Salomons receptions. Please note, displaying an exemption card or lanyard is a personal choice and not necessary in law.
  • Hand washing: Please maintain good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water (minimum of 20 seconds) or with hand sanitiser. Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth.
  • Social distancing: Social distancing is in place on campus, either 2m apart or 1m plus mitigations, in line with Government guidance. This must be followed. Where mitigations are in place, you must comply with instructions for alternative procedures, such as standing behind screens or following one-way routes.
  • Opt into the NHS Test and Trace in designated areas across the campus.
  • You must follow all directional arrows, one-way routes and signs.
  • Ventilation: remember to open windows.
  • Bring your own pens and notebooks.
  • If you use a university PC or computer please remember to wipe down before and after use. Wipes will be supplied.

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 via email disability@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.

Campus Facilities

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.

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 face-to-face teaching.

In addition, they can also be accessed by

  • international students who have remained in the UK and those who have already arrived
  • those who have remained in their university accommodation over the winter break
  • those who have returned to university accommodation in exceptional circumstances, for example because they are without access to appropriate study spaces or facilities
  • those requiring additional support, including those with mental health and wellbeing issues
  • commuter students, on an exceptional basis, for example because they do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their usual accommodation
  • researchers and research students who require access to specialist facilities for their work. If research students can work from home, they are encouraged to do so

Anyone who is accessing campus facilities needs to take a COVID-19 asymptomatic test. 

Support for all students

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

Protecting your academic outcomes 2021

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. 

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.

Providing dedicated support

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 time.  

All service will be offering offering email and live chat throughout these times.

 

Email

Telephone

i-zone

i-zone@canterbury.ac.uk

01227 922222

Library

library.canterbury@canterbury.ac.uk

01227 782352

IT

it-service@canterbury.ac.uk

 

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:

  • Your Digital Library is a gateway to online learning resources accessible anytime and anywhere. Expand your mind, increase your knowledge, and enhance your learning through e-books, journals, databases, research, multimedia and subject guides.
  • Learning Skills Hub - develop your skills & knowledge through a series of modules and access a wealth of resources specific to your year group and Faculty. You can also connect with your specialist Learning Developer and Learning & Research Librarian who can offer you personalised support.
  • SkillsforStudy- A free resource available to all students. Whether you are looking for tips on how to improve your writing skills or guidance on referencing, these interactive online modules make it easy for you to get to grips with a range of essential study skills.
  • The CCCU Student App Store is your central hub from which you can find software to download or access on your personal device. It includes all of your familiar items such as Microsoft Office and SPSS to engineering packages such as Autodesk.
  • If you’re looking for ways to do group work why not check out Microsoft Teams– a software package designed to aid collaboration and make group work simple.
  • If you’re looking for someone who can help you improve your academic skills, help you develop strategies, share hints and tips on how to prepare for assessments or be your study buddy, then connecting with a student peer mentor might be for you. You can connect with them via email or MS Teams.

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:

  • 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.

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. 

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.

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.