During the pandemic, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remains the University’s priority. We are ensuring that our campus and activities are ‘COVID-19 Secure’, in line with government guidelines.

Latest COVID-19  update

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement around strengthened COVID-19 guidelines in response to the Omicron variant we are putting in place some temporary precautionary measures. This is to look after the health and safety of our community while helping to protect our on-campus experience.

Please note that all students, staff and visitors will be asked to wear a face covering when inside all university buildings unless medically exempt or on their own in a room. This includes teaching spaces, library, labs, offices and shuttle bus unless a local risk assessment has been conducted to permit certain activities without a face covering.  This also includes catering areas, except for when eating and/or drinking.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 it is important that you let us know so we can support you and the wider community.

Anyone with COVID symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately. 

What action should you take?

  • Self-isolate for 10 days, if you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms or 10 days from onset of symptoms if you develop COVID-19 symptoms. You can end self-isolation on Day 6 of your self-isolation if any fever has subsided (with day of becoming symptomatic or receiving a positive test being Day 0), following 2 negative asymptomatic tests taken 24 hours apart on Day 5 and Day 6 of self-isolation. If you are still testing positive on Day 6, you can continue to take daily tests 24 hours apart and can stop self-isolation as soon as you receive 2 negative asymptomatic tests, or after 10 days.  If you end self-isolation early, you must take care to minimise contact with vulnerable people and stay away from crowded or enclosed spaces.

  • Book a COVID-19 test online or by calling NHS 119

What about your household?

  • Anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19, should stay at home and self-isolate. Even if the person with COVID-19 finishes their self-isolation early, their household or support bubble must continue to self-isolate for the whole 10-day period.

    They do not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons.

    Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

    Those who are fully vaccinated must instead undertake a daily asymptomatic test for 7 days. Please remember that you are still at risk of being infected, so are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. 

What about the University?

  • Inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form – please do not wait until your test results have been received. By reporting directly to us we can work with Public Health England to take action quickly to reduce the chances of other people catching the virus.
  • Please also inform your Course Team so they can support you in your studies. 
  • If you were on placement in the 48hrs before symptoms, you must also self-report to your placement provider.

If you are feeling significantly unwell, use the NHS 111 service either online or by phone. In a medical emergency dial 999

You can stop self-isolating but continue to look after your symptoms of ill health.

Your household no longer have to self-isolate.

Let the University and your Course Team know. Once you feel well enough, you can resume any on-campus sessions.

 

Anyone who is identified as a close contact of a positive case by NHS Test & Trace should self-isolate.

They do not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons. When contacting anyone, NHS Test & Trace will check whether they are legally required to self-isolate.

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

Those who are fully vaccinated should undertake a daily asymptomatic test for 7 days. Please remember that you are still at risk of being infected, so are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. 

 

What about the University?

  • Inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form – please do not wait until your test results have been received. By reporting directly to us we can work with Public Health England to take action quickly to reduce the chances of other people catching the virus.
  • Please inform your Course Team so they can support you in your studies.

 

Anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19, should stay at home and self-isolate.

They do not have to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons, but they should undertake a daily asymptomatic test for 7 days.

Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.

Please remember that you are still at risk of being infected, so are advised to consider other precautions such as wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, and limit contact with other people, especially with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable. 

What about the University?

  • Inform the University as soon as possible by completing this form – please do not wait until your test results have been received. By reporting directly to us we can work with Public Health England to take action quickly to reduce the chances of other people catching the virus.
  • Please also inform your Course Team so they can support you in your studies.
  • If you were on placement in the 48hrs before symptoms, you must also self-report to your placement provider.

 

You do not need to self-isolate, unless advised by NHS Test & Trace , but may want to take extra care around social distancing and good hygiene.

If applicable you can continue to visit campus – please take extra care around social distancing and good hygiene.

Get Tested

While at university, students are recommended to take a Lateral Flow test twice weekly to help break the chain of transmission and keep everyone safe.

Health and Safety

The University has put a lot of measures in place to make the campus Covid-19 secure but we all have a role to play in looking out for each other and our wider community. 

The University continues to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff.

Reflecting the latest government advice and the measures in place in wider society, we want to remind you of the following:

  • Keep COVID away from our campuses – if you have any symptoms or test positive, let us know and stay at home.
  • Face Coverings - All students, staff and visitors will be asked to wear a face covering when inside all university buildings unless medically exempt or on their own in a room.

    This includes teaching spaces, library, labs and offices unless a local risk assessment has been conducted to permit certain activities without a face covering. This also includes catering areas, except for when eating and/or drinking.

    Some staff, students and visitors might be exempt from wearing a face covering for health, age, or equality reasons, as detailed in government guidance. If you fall under one or more of these categories you may wish to indicate that you are exempt through exemption cards or lanyards.

  • Get fully vaccinated – Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19. All eligible students and staff are encouraged to take up the offer of the Covid-19 vaccine, including boosters.

    At present, everyone over the age of 40 or who has an underlying health condition is eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot and you can book a booster vaccine as long as your second dose was five months ago. Later this week it is expected that all adults over the age of 18 will be able to book a booster shot.

  • Use the NHS COVID app – download the app and check in to spaces where you see a QR code.
  • Think fresh air – meet outside where you can, open windows when inside and keep to the room occupancies. The University has reviewed room ventilation quality when seated, and maximum room occupancies are now based on these ventilation assessments, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance.
  • Keep your distance and respect each other’s space – social distancing is no longer required across our campus network, unless advised for specific activities or spaces.
  • Remember to wash and sanitise your hands regularly and use the available wipes to clean down any shared equipment before and after use. Housekeeping will continue to clean frequently touched surfaces during the day and buildings overnight.

It is up to all of us to protect ourselves, our friends, our colleagues and the wider university community. Please keep being careful and considerate – so together we can help keep COVID out.

We will keep this guidance under regular review and update should circumstances or government/ public health advice change.

 

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

  • NHS Test and Trace in designated areas. 
  • Reviewing room ventilation quality when seated, and maximum room occupancies which is now based on these ventilation assessments, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance.
  • 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. Cleaning wipes will be provided in learning and teaching spaces for you to clean your own workspace and any equipment before and after use. 

 

All students, staff and visitors will be asked to wear a face covering when inside all university buildings, unless medically exempt or if you are on your own in a room. 

This includes teaching spaces, library, labs and offices unless a local risk assessment has been conducted to permit certain activities without a face covering. This also includes catering areas, except for when eating and/or drinking.

Exemptions include:

  • Those who cannot wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons.
  • Where information must be clearly conveyed and you may need to allow for lip reading, such as when teaching or in a student-facing support role. In these situations, a face visor would be provided for staff where required.
  • When you are on your own in a room, you are able to remove your face covering. If someone else enters the same space, both people would need to wear face coverings

The recommendation is for students accessing university facilities to take a test twice a week.

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

Find out more here

We’re asking you to support the NHS Test and Trace by registering your details when in key locations across our campuses. This is part of a national scheme operating in venues across the UK that includes catering outlets, places of worship and libraries.

Simple download the NHS Covid19 App and then use QR code to check-in to these venues:

Canterbury

  • Augustine House Library (excluding teaching spaces)
  • University Chapel
  • Food Court
  • Students’ Union Lounge
  • Old Sessions House café
  • Touchdown café

Medway

  • Touchdown café

Tunbridge Wells

  • Salomons Library

All this information can be found on our Test and Trace web page www.canterbury.ac.uk/testandtrace

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and are concerned about coming to campus please liaise with the Disability Team so they can work with your course to facilitate your safe return.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, are our priority.

We have a range of measures in place to make the campus COVID-19 secure.

In addition, to protect our community the University has a COVID-19 Management and Outbreak plan. This is based on Government guidance and developed in consultation with and approved by Public Health England. It will help us to respond quickly to any outbreaks, keep our students and staff safe and continue to provide an outstanding education.