As we learn to live safely with COVID, our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors while delivering an outstanding education and student experience.

Although there are no longer legal restrictions around COVID there is a range of advice we can all follow to keep our campuses safe.

We are also continue to monitor and follow Government and local public health authority guidance, and will implement any new precautions with their advice.

What to do if you have COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to carry out normal activities, it is recommended that you stay at home, do not come to campus, and avoid contact with other people, until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.

What to do if you receive a positive COVID-19 test

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, it is recommended that you stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after you took your test – many people with COVID-19 will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.

As with any other illness let your Course Team or placement provider know so they can support you.

There are a range of online study resources you can access online if you have to study from home including your digital library and the Learning Skills Hub.

What to do if a member of your household has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive

If you are a household contact of someone who has COVID symptoms or has received a positive test, you do not have to stay at home – however, there are a number of things you can do to keep COVID transmission as low as possible.

Testing for COVID

If you want to take a test, you now need to purchase the test kits yourself, which will be available from your local pharmacy.

If you are on a placement in a high risk COVID workplace (such as a care home or hospital), the placement provider will inform you how to register and access test kits if required.

How to look after yourself and our community

We are encouraging students and staff to consider others and act responsibly to protect the welfare of our community. As such we are advising the following:

  • Consider wearing a face covering in enclosed busy spaces.
  • Keep your distance – respect others’ space.
  • Ventilate rooms – keep windows open and ensure there is plenty of fresh air.
  • Wash your hands regularly – use the hand sanitizers and cleaning wipes provided.
  • Consider getting vaccinated – vaccines continue to be our best defence against COVID-19. All eligible staff and students are encouraged to take up the offer of the COVID-19 vaccine. International students are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine if they have not been vaccinated or have had a partial vaccination elsewhere in the world regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

For further information about the vaccine please click here

How to access student support

As a student we are here to support you.

If your learning and teaching is affected because of COVID please speak to your Course Team or Personal Academic Tutor about what support is available.

If you have any concerns when on campus or are more vulnerable to COVID please contact Student Wellbeing for further advice. You may also find the NHS ‘How to cope with anxiety about life getting back to normal’ advice helpful.

How we are keeping our campuses safe

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

  • Ensuring suitable room ventilation in teaching spaces and offices,and implementing maximum room occupancies where required. Provide appropriate fixed hand washing or sanitising stations at key locations.
  • Provide cleaning wipes in learning and teaching spaces for you to clean your own workspace and any equipment before and after use.
  • A daily clean of whole buildings and multiple targeted cleans of high-contact surfaces.