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.

We’re ready to fully open in September and we’re planning to provide you with a mix of significant face-to-face on-campus learning, teaching and social activities, supported by some online activity. The amount of face-to-face on-campus activity will vary from course to course, depending on your subject.

 

The COVID-19 vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

The COVID-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. 

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. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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

  • 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.

    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 are advised to get a free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. 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 are advised to get a free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. 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.

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 are advised to get a free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. 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

Testing before travel

Students should expect to test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy.

Testing on arrival

On arrival at university, students should expect to take 2 LFD tests using home test kits (3 to 4 days apart). This is to reduce the risk of transmission following the movement of students across the country. It is then recommend that you take a test twice weekly.

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.
  • Get tested – students should test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy. On arrival at university, students should take 2 lateral flow tests (3 to 4 days apart) using home test kits. Once you have arrived the government is recommending that students should take a lateral flow test twice a week.
  • Get fully vaccinated – it is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus. Remember it takes two weeks after your second jab to be fully vaccinated, so to be safe when you return to campus, you do not want to delay getting both vaccinations.
  • 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.
  • Face coverings – are no longer mandatory, except where required in specific areas or for certain activities, but remain highly recommended when moving through University buildings, especially in busy areas. Face coverings help protect you and others.
  • 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. 

 

From the 6 September 2021, face coverings are no longer mandatory, except where required in specific areas or for certain activities – this will be determined by local risk assessment.

The use of face coverings remain highly recommended when moving through University buildings, especially in busy areas. We would also encourage both staff and students to continue to carry face coverings and consider others near to them who may feel more comfortable if face coverings are worn – please respect each other’s wishes and space.

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.