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.

 

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.

What action should you take?

What about your household or support bubble?

  • Your household or support bubble must also self-isolate for 10 days, if they have no symptoms. They must continue to self-isolate even if they test negative during this self-isolation period

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 or support bubble 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.

 

You may be asked to self-isolate if NHS Test & Trace considers you as a recent close contact to someone who has tested positive.

Please do not panic, follow any advice given to you by NHS Test and Trace, self-isolate for 10 days and be aware of potential COVID-19 symptoms.

If you then develop symptoms please refer to ‘What to do if you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19’.

What about your household or support bubble?

There is no need for others in your household or support bubble to self-isolate unless you develop symptoms. However, you should try to keep your distance from them wherever possible.

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.

 

You do not have to self-isolate if your household member is not experiencing symptoms.

If your household member then develops COVID-19 symptoms, please refer to ‘What to do if you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19’.

You must self-isolate for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, please refer to ‘What to do if you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19’.

If they then receive a negative test – you are no longer required to self-isolate.

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 contacted 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

Regular testing is important to help stop the spread of the virus and to keep you and those around you safe.

All students living in their student accommodation or accessing university facilities are recommended to  take a COVID-19 asymptomatic test twice a week.

You can order online test kits that you can carry out at home or collect home testing kits from Canterbury Campus at St George's. Augustine House or St Anslem receptions.

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. 

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.
  • Get tested - If you are coming on to campus or living in our accommodation you are expected to take an asymptomatic test twice a week. 
  • Face coverings - These are required to be worn by all staff, students and visitors when inside University buildings unless you are seated and socially distanced from others 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 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.
  • Opt into the NHS Test and Trace in designated areas across the campus.
  • Ventilation - remember to open windows.

  • Lifts - Do not use the lift unless you are physically unable to use the stairs. Lifts are single person use only.

  • Toilets - These may be single person use. Follow door instructions to ensure you do not enter occupied spaces. Maintain your distance to allow occupants to exit whilst maintaining their social distance from you.

 

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 buildings, unless you are seated and socially distanced from others 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. 

  • 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.

 

Safe wearing of face coverings requires washing hands before and after touching them - including removing and putting them on - and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. When a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and should be replaced carefully.

You can remove your face covering when seated and in a room with other people, as long as social distancing is maintianed. 

Face coverings with three layers of different fabrics provide greater protection – scarves and buffs are to be avoided.

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it
  • when wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands
  • change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • continue to wash your hands regularly
  • change and wash your face covering daily
  • if the material is washable, wash in line with manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s not washable, dispose of it carefully in your usual waste
  • practice social distancing wherever possible

Take the time to read the government guidance on how to wear and make a face covering.

Exceptions include when you are seated and socially distanced from others, 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.

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 need specific support in relation to COVID-19, please contact our Student Support Health and Wellbeing Advisers at studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk

Extremely vulnerable clinical health condition

Following the latest government letter, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised that they no longer need to shield from 1 April 2021.

You are advised to follow the existing rules put in place for everyone under Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown. Please see the Government guidance from 19 July on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 for further information.  

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.