Date Published: 16 March 2020
Last Updated: 06 April 2022

The wellbeing, health and safety of our students, staff and communities remain our top priority.

Covid-19 restrictions in England were lifted on Thursday 24 February and free mass Covid-19 testing stopped on 01 April 2022 following an announcement on 21 February 2022. This is the final step of the Government’s ‘living with Covid’ plan as we all transition back to a new normal.

Our priority remains the health, safety and welfare of our staff, students, and communities and we understand the removal of all Covid-19 restrictions will present challenges for some people. As always, we are following the Government and higher education sector guidance and we ask you to please continue to remain cautious, be diligent in washing hands and respecting others who may choose to continue to wear a face covering and/or practice social distancing.

Here is where you can find the latest information on what steps we are taking and any changes to our operations and/or teaching delivery. If we identify an increased risk to our community or have to make a change to the way we operate, we will let you know.

We all need to still work together to stop the spread of Covid-19. It is possible to still catch and spread Covid-19 even if you are fully vaccinated, please continue to follow the rules set out by the Government here .

Please note: This information is accurate at the time of sharing. We continue to monitor and follow government guidance in relation to Covid-19 and are prepared to adapt accordingly to changes in guidance to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. All courses commencing from August 2021 may be offered as a mix of face-to-face and online learning activities. Where necessary as a result of changes to restrictions, face-to-face contact time may be increased or decreased. Should restrictions increase in the future, this may require a return to full online offer. Online may include, but is not limited to, activities delivered through your VLE and additional learning platforms to enable collaboration, connection and engagement with learning materials, resources and people, including our student support services. Any alternative teaching, assessment and support arrangements which may be implemented are designed to enable you to achieve the same learning outcomes you would normally, ensuring the value and quality of your award remain unchanged.

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In furnishing each recipient with these materials, no obligation is undertaken to provide any further information, to update the information in this document or any other information, or to correct any information contained in this document or any omission from it. The information in this document is subject to change, completion or amendment without notice.

Centres

In line with the UK Government and sector advice, we have removed the remaining Covid-19 restrictions from our campuses, however, we ask all our students and staff to continue to act responsibly to minimise the spread of the virus. We continue to undertake risk assessments of each of our teaching locations and have hand sanitiser stations position around our buildings.

Our priorities remain to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, staff and communities, and to ensure access to learning so you are able to continue your journey to graduation and your future career goals.

If we identify an increased risk to our community or have to make a change to the way we operate, we will let you know.

Whilst it is no longer a requirement to wear a face mask or socially distance when entering and moving around campuses, you may choose to do so, please respect others’ decisions.

Our campuses are open and ready for you to join us and we’re looking forward to welcoming you. The teaching delivery mode for your programme may vary depending on your choice of study and university partner. What won’t change is that you will join a lively and diverse learning community with a variety of support available to help you achieve your ambitions.

In the event the Government changes its guidance, we will inform you of our changes via email. Please continue to monitor your university emails.

Your scheduled lessons will continue to be delivered as outlined on your timetable, unless otherwise communicated to you.

We continue to monitor and follow government guidance in relation to Covid-19 and are prepared to adapt accordingly to changes in guidance to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

We understand that this transition back to a new normal way of living and studying can be a challenging and some of you may need some extra support during your studies. We’re here to reassure you that wherever you are learning from, our teams are on hand to make sure you have access to all the support available to help you progress through your studies with us.

Your wellbeing and mental health

Your wellbeing is very important to us, and our Student Welfare Team are always on hand to support you with any queries or personal matters that you may come across during your studies. Our friendly team are here to help, so do not be afraid to ask for their support and advice, no matter how big or small you think your issue is. The Team can also recommend any additional resources that are available to you.

You can also find links to additional guides and resources from our Student Welfare Team here.

Access to hardship funding: If you are in need of financial support, please contact our Student Welfare Team to apply for access to hardship funding.

It is no longer required by law to self-isolate if you have Covid-19, you should still stay at home and avoid contact with other people. This helps reduce the chance of passing Covid-19 on to others. Please follow the NHS guidance here.

There is currently no ‘red list’ countries or territories. Please continue to monitor the Government guidance as this is subject to change.

Before travelling into the UK, please ensure you regularly check the latest information and advice on travelling to the UK from another country here as this may be subject to change.

It is vital that students arriving in the UK have followed the correct arrival procedure to avoid additional costs and any delays. This includes ensuring you have the correct travel documents to present, testing requirements before travel and any steps or actions required on arrival in the UK.

If you are planning on travelling outside the UK, the FCO website has advice regarding any necessary precautions you may need to take. You can check the FCO advice regarding coronavirus.

If you are travelling from/to the EU, please also make sure that you have consulted the relevant guidance regarding the UK and EU transition. You can check our FAQs regarding Brexit here.