Spring Term arrangements
The start of Spring Term
Rising COVID-19 transmission rates require us to act swiftly to limit the spread of the virus. We are very sorry that our plans have had to change and we know that this new situation will have an impact on our students.
We wrote to all students in December and January to outline teaching arrangements for this Spring Term. On 30 December 2020 the UK Government wrote to all English universities following rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across parts of England, evidence about a new variant and the extension of Tier 4 restrictions to a number of regions of the country.
The Government requires universities to restrict the number of students allowed to start face-to-face teaching to a limited number of subjects, which include:
- allied health professions (excluding SRES)
- oral health
- social work
Teaching will resume as timetabled for these courses.
All students on courses not included on the list, regrettably, are not permitted by the Government to return to the University for face-to-face teaching until at least themiddle of February 2021.
Teaching will therefore continue online only from the start of the Spring Term on 18 January. Our 'dual delivery' approach enables us to move between online and face-to-face as circumstances require. We can be flexible and respond quickly to external changes and government requirements such as those announced this week.
As soon as we have further Government guidance this we will review our arrangements again and will provide further information about returning to our campuses.
Returning to accommodation
The Government has also made clear that students should not return to their term time accommodation at this point, without a compelling reason. Examples of compelling reasons are:
- you are an international student who has remained in the UK or have arrived and do not have alternative accommodation
- you do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in your vacation accommodation
- you have remained in your university accommodation over the winter break
- you need additional support, including with mental health issues
- you are on a placement where the placement provider has COVID secure measures in place, is permitted to open based on the relevant local restrictions and is content for placements to continue
We appreciate that these arrangements will create particular challenges for care leavers, estranged students, international students and those for whom studying from home may be difficult. It has also been difficult for our students who have stayed on campus or are living alone in the university areas. If you need to speak to someone, .
Students who have not yet moved into University accommodation, either because they have deferred occupancy or have paused their tenancy during the Autumn Term, will only pay accommodation charges for the Spring Term when they move in. Contact email@example.com for more information.
COVID-19 testing and self-isolation
During January we will be running an and we ask our community to be tested more frequently during this period. By increasing the frequency of testing we hope to allow our students to safely return and protect those who have remained on campus during the break.
To ensure we are COVID secure, any student not wishing to be tested during this period will need to self-isolate for 10 days before accessing any of our campuses. Therefore, you will be asked in the first week you return to campus to take two tests, three days apart. After your first week back it is suggested that you have a test weekly.
Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days before travel in the vacation.
If you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, or if you have been made aware that you are a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, you must isolate for a 10-day period.
If you are a close contact of a positive case and you wish to travel during the vacation period, you will need to have a negative antigen test or a negative PCR test before you travel. You will still need to self-isolate for a 10-day period at your destination. If you develop symptoms in the 10-day period you will need to arrange for an NHS COVID-19 test.
If you are sharing a house with others at your destination, they will not need to self-isolate unless you develop symptoms.
We have developed a full programme of self-isolation support.
Students who are required to isolate should let us know by email firstname.lastname@example.org.