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Christmas 2020 on Exeter Campuses

Staying on campus or in Exeter over the winter break and Christmas? If so, check out the pages below to find out what facilities, services and events are available within the University.

Most facilities and services will be available as normal until Wednesday 23 December, and will re-open for normal business on Monday 4 January. Between these times there may be limited opening hours and we advise you check details on this page.

Testing for COVID-19 at the University will be available until Friday 18 December, and will resume again on 3 January 2021.

However, if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, and you need a test between 19 December – 2 January, you can request one via the national testing scheme. 

We have made a special, ‘by exception’ arrangement with HALO to ensure that people with symptoms of COVID-19 who need an emergency test during the closure period can get access to one, for example if it is impossible for them to get to a national testing centre, or if they have an unplanned, sudden requirement to travel overseas. Details of how to access a HALO test in emergencies will be available on the Rapid Response Hub webpage shortly.

Please find more information on this, with help and guidance, on our web pages.

Events and activities on campus 

Christmas Carol Service: Recording will be available online from Thursday 17 December on the University of Exeter Chapel Choir Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/exeteruniversitychapelchoir, and on www.exeter.ac.uk/chapelchoir

The Students’ Guild 

The Students’ Guild is running a competition or activity every day up to Thursday 24 December, as part of their ‘Get Connected’ campaign. You can find out more about these events here.

All events hosted by The Students’ Guild are currently online, so you can join wherever you are. For the full list of online events hosted by your Students’ Guild, please see here. 

Humanist and Progressive Fellowship:

Please email Anastasia, Humanist Chaplain, for zoom link details and for further updates on the activities below: A.Somerville-Wong@exeter.ac.uk

11:30am on Friday 11 December

Sharing and discussion of our family and cultural festive traditions and feedback on the proposed secular and interfaith/worldview calendar for launch in 2021 (via zoom)

11:30am on Tuesday 15 December

A festive walk around the University campus and the neighbouring Duryard and Belvedere Country Park (meeting outside the Forum) We will not stray too far from the University so it'll be easy to shortcut back or join for part of the way if anyone can't do the full walk.

The group will reconvene (if split up) at the end of the walk and enjoy hot drinks on the Forum terrace. Christmas jumpers welcome but not compulsory! In line with COVID-19 Tier 2 restrictions, this event will be limited to a maximum of 6 people and will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please book in advance by emailing Anastasia at A.Somerville-Wong@exeter.ac.uk

 

Jewish Chaplaincy:

All in the Synagogue Zoom Room – contact Tony Reese, Jewish Chaplain, at A.J.Reese@exeter.ac.uk for codes.

  • Services every Friday at 6.45pm and Saturdays at 10.30am, including 25 and 26 December.
  • Online sessions at 6.45pm every Monday to Thursday.
  • Havdalah every Saturday at about 5pm.

 

Hanukkah: Candle lighting every day from Thursday 10 to Thursday 17 December (5pm every day except Friday 11 December at 3.45pm).

 

Humanist and Progressive Fellowship:

Please email Anastasia, Humanist Chaplain, for zoom link details and for further updates on the activities below: A.Somerville-Wong@exeter.ac.uk

11:30am Wednesday 30 December

New Year resolutions sharing and discussion via zoom or in-person if possible (location TBC).

Christian events:

Mondays 8pm: Celtic evening prayer using the Northumbria Community liturgy. Contact Elly Moseley, Anglican lay chaplain for zoom details: E.Moseley@exeter.ac.uk

 

Traditional Christmas dinner - Friday 25 December **FULLY BOOKED**

In Exeter on Christmas Day (December 25)? Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Holland Hall from 12.30pm (for lunch at 1pm)? 

Tickets are £10.00 per person and must be bookedbefore 12 noon, Friday 18 December. 

Arrival drink, 2 course lunch with all the trimmings, Christmas present and more included. Students and staff welcome.Purchase tickets. 

 

Events in Exeter

Exeter Cathedral

There are a range of events taking place at Exeter Cathedral throughout this month, up to and including Christmas Day. Places are limited because of COVID-19 restrictions and so please do book in advance. You can find out further details of services here. For details of Christmas church services in Exeter, please contact chaplaincy@exeter.ac.uk or individual chaplains via the Chaplaincy webpages.

Treasure Island at the Nortcott Theatre

Shiver m’timbers me hearties – if you’re in Exeter over the holidays and head to the Northcott Theatre (located on the Streatham campus), you could end up walking the plank! Treasure Island is their seasonal comedy, with performances running from now until Saturday 9 January 2021. See their website for more details and booking information…if you dare!  

Follow the yellow brick road

….and you’ll find yourself heading towards Oz with the Exeter Corn Exchange’s performance of the Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy, the tinman and the cowardly lion – and not forgetting the Wicked Witch of the West on a special panto adventure. The performances take place on dates from 19 December until 3 January 2021 and you can find out more on their website https://www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/ So why not click your shoes together and head on over? Please note COVID-19 restrictions in Tier 2 apply to these performances, please check with the venue before booking.

**THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED**

In Exeter on Christmas Day (December 25)? Why not join our traditional Christmas Day Lunch in Holland Hall from 12.30pm (for lunch at 1pm)?

Tickets are £10.00 per person and must be booked before 12 noon, Friday 18 December.

Arrival drink, 2 course lunch with all the trimmings, Christmas present and more included. Students and staff welcome. Purchase tickets.

Monday 14 – Friday 18 December

Phone Lines, SID enquiries and Info Point Desks open 9.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 December

Phone Lines and SID Desk open 9.00am - 5.00pm
Only one Info Point open per campus open 9.00am - 5.00pm (Amory Hub for Streatham and St Luke’s Hub)

Wednesday 23 December – Sunday 3 January

All Info Point/Hubs and SID closed.

Libraries will have the following opening hours until Tuesday 22 December:

Forum Library

Monday – Friday
Opening 08:00 Last Entry 19:15

Saturday – Sunday
Opening 10:00 Last Entry 15:30

St Luke’s Library

Monday – Friday
Opening 08:00 Last Entry 19:15

Old Library

Monday – Friday
Opening 08:00 Last Entry 19:15

Our study spaces will also maintain their usual opening hours during this time and you can find out more about our study spaces here.

Further details of Library and Study Spaces availability between Wednesday 23 December and Monday 4 January will be posted here shortly. For more information about the Library and Study Spaces, please see our webpages.

**Please remember to follow all COVID-19 guidelines when using our libraries and study spaces to ensure the safety of all users - you can find out further information on our webpages**

 

Monday 21 December – Sunday 3 January inclusive

From Monday 21 December- Sunday 3 January 2021 the Forum Library will be open 24/7 for self-service study space bookings and borrowing/returning.

You need your UniCard to swipe into the Forum Library over the Christmas break.

StudyZone will be open 24/7 for study space bookings and PC access.  For help, students can get in touch through the library live online chat 28 -31 December and 2 and 3 January.

When using the Forum Library over Christmas holidays, you must comply with all COVID-19 policies, book a study space in advance, wipe down your area before you sit down and clean it again before you leave. You should also always wear a face covering and have your UniCard with you.

In response to your feedback, a new study space booking system has been launched and library live online chat can support between 28-31 December and 2-3 January.

Aside from the study space within the Forum Library and StudyZone all other study spaces will close from 7pm on Tuesday 22 December.

St Luke's Library and Old Library will be closed between Wednesday 23 December 2020 and Sunday 3 January 2021.

International Student Support is available in the usual ways until 4pm Tuesday 22 December and the team is back at 9am on Monday 4 January 2021. 

If your question can’t wait, why not browse through our most popular links to help answer your questions:

Where’s my BRP?

How do I apply for a Student visa?

Travelling to the UK

New Students’ Guide

EU Settlement Scheme

University Services: 

Wellbeing Services will be operating a reduced service over the winter break.  

Up until Tuesday 22 December, please call 01392 724381 if you need any support. Our wellbeing and welfare teams are ready to assist you.  

From Tuesday 22 December - Monday 4 January please contact Estate Patrol on 01392 723999 who will assess your call and get in touch with an on-call Wellbeing Adviser as appropriate. Estate Patrol is a mobile, response-based service covering all aspects of security, safety and welfare for staff and students.  

There is also a lot of information, advice and guidance on the University’s Wellbeing and Support webpages. This includes apps, webinars and workbooks which you may find helpful.  

Why not download the Fika app which is free for Uni students and can help you with its range of mental fitness courses? Download it from the app store or Google play free and enrol using your University email 

**All students have access to Togetherall which is an online support community, offering peer and professional support and is available 24/7, 365 days of the year** 

Postgraduate research students can also access Spectrum Life for counselling and support  

The Student Health Centre 

The Student Health centre is available from 8.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays of Friday 25 December, Monday 28 December and Friday 1 January. 

They can provide virtual appointments by phone or video and they can arrange a face to face assessment if you need to access this. Prescriptions can be sent electronically to a pharmacy local to you. Patients should call 01392 676606. 

Outside of these hours please phone NHS 111 for medical advice. 

NHS Services: 

If you have a life-threatening condition or a health emergency, please call 999 to speak to the emergency services. 

If you are in Exeter, you can phone the NHS Urgent Mental Health Line, available 24/7 on 0300 555 5000. You will be able to speak with a mental health professional and gain advice on the best course of care. Please also use the Wellbeing Services webpage on urgent support and helplines

If you’re not in Exeter, then call NHS 111, or find your local Urgent Mental Health Line by visiting the NHS website:  www.nhs.uk/service-search/mental-health/find-an-urgent-mental-health-helpline 

The Moorings @ Devon offers out-of-hours mental health support between 6pm and midnight to anyone aged 16+ in the Devon area. You can email or telephone the team for support. For more information, please see their website. Phone: 07990 790 920 

Other services: 

Samaritans is open 24/7, 365 days of the year - call free on 116 123, or email jo@samaritans.org You can find out more about the help they can offer you here. 

Student Space - run by Student Minds, Student Space offers a range of help and advice, including a section on staying at Uni over the holidays. Find out more about them here

The Student Health centre is available from 8.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday except for Bank Holidays of Friday 25 December, Monday 28 December and Friday 1 January. 

They can provide virtual appointments by phone or video and they can arrange a face to face assessment if you need to access this. Prescriptions can be sent electronically to a pharmacy local to you. Patients should call 01392 676606. You can find out more on their website.

Outside of these hours please phone NHS 111 for medical advice.

For more information on student wellbeing, please see the wellbeing section in the section above. 

Regular pastoral support will be in place until Friday 18 December, for further details see our webpages.

From Monday 21 December until the start of term on Monday 4 January, a few members of the Multifaith Chaplaincy team will be available to speak to those who are feeling lonely or who just want to have a conversation. Please call the Multifaith Chaplaincy Coordinator on 07557 064976 who will aim to get back to you within 48 hours.

**Please be aware this is not an emergency service and for specific mental health support, please see the Wellbeing Services section**

Muslim Prayer – Reed Hall will remain open during the University's closure period (23 Dec - 3 Jan 2021 inclusive) for students to access the prayer space.  This will be available daily 8am – 7pm via swipe card access. 

Events 

The following Chaplaincy activities will take place during the festive break:

Jewish Chaplaincy:

All in the Synagogue Zoom Room – contact Tony Reese, Jewish Chaplain, at A.J.Reese@exeter.ac.uk for codes.

  • Services every Friday at 6.45pm and Saturdays at 10.30am, including 25 and 26 December.
  • Online sessions at 6.45pm every Monday to Thursday.
  • Havdalah every Saturday at about 5pm.

Hanukkah: Candle lighting every day from Thursday 10 to Thursday 17 December (5pm every day except Friday 11 December at 3.45pm).

 

Humanist and Progressive Fellowship:

Please email Anastasia, Humanist Chaplain, for zoom link details and for further updates on the activities below: A.Somerville-Wong@exeter.ac.uk

11:30am on Friday 11 December

Sharing and discussion of our family and cultural festive traditions and feedback on the proposed secular and interfaith/worldview calendar for launch in 2021 (via zoom)

11:30am on Tuesday 15 December

A festive walk around the University campus and the neighbouring Duryard and Belvedere Country Park (meeting outside the Forum) We will not stray too far from the University so it'll be easy to shortcut back or join for part of the way if anyone can't do the full walk.

The group will reconvene (if split up) at the end of the walk and enjoy hot drinks on the Forum terrace. Christmas jumpers welcome but not compulsory! In line with COVID-19 Tier 2 restrictions, this event will be limited to a maximum of 6 people and will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please book in advance by emailing Anastasia at A.Somerville-Wong@exeter.ac.uk

11:30am Wednesday 30 December

New Year resolutions sharing and discussion via zoom or in-person if possible (location TBC).

 

Christian events:

Christmas Carol Service: Recording will be available online from Monday 14 December on the University of Exeter Chapel Choir Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/exeteruniversitychapelchoir, and on www.exeter.ac.uk/chapelchoir

Mondays 8pm: Celtic evening prayer using the Northumbria Community liturgy. Contact Elly Moseley, Anglican lay chaplain for zoom details: E.Moseley@exeter.ac.uk

For details of Christmas church services in Exeter, please contact chaplaincy@exeter.ac.uk or individual chaplains via the Chaplaincy webpages.

The Career Zone will be open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm up to and including Friday 18 December. While it will be closed from that date until Monday 4 January 2021, students will still be able to access My Career Zone and some other services on the web pages and use Handshake job search.

A full service will resume on Monday 4 January 2021 but we will confirm as soon as possible whether this will include face-to-face provision on this date, or online only, in line with government guidance.

Residence Receptions

Residence Reception opening hours will differ between Monday 21 December and Sunday 3 January. To find out your reception’s opening hours, please see here. If your reception isn’t open during this period and you need help with lost keys or any other emergencies, please contact Estate Patrol.

Cleaning

University accommodation touch-point cleaning will continue throughout this period, to support those of you remaining on campus. This will be in line with term one and Public Health England guidance. Days where physical touch-point cleaning is not possible, cleaning materials will be provided to you.

If you are staying in University accommodation over the winter break, you are eligible for a Digital Hamper. You don’t have to do anything as our accommodation team will pass your details to colleagues in order that you can receive this but you will have to let us know that you are staying via the accommodation survey, that you will have been sent recently. If you have not received the survey, please contact your accommodation team.

Our eligibility criteria for all students will continue to apply for the Digital Hamper during the winter break. If you test positive for COVID-19 or are having to self-isolate after contacting the Rapid Response Hub, please look out for further information by email. The last date we can issue Digital Hampers before the University’s closure period is Monday 21 December. You can find the correct form and additional information about what to do if you have tested positive on our web pages.

There are plenty of online and in-person opportunities to stay fit during the winter break. You can see all of the relevant times below. Online classes will continue up until Christmas Eve (December 24) and resume again from Monday 4 January 2021.

Please note that under current government guidance (Tier 2), all in-person sessions must be booked in advance.

For further details and for booking arrangements, please check out the University of Exeter Sport website.

St Lukes is closed from Monday 21st and reopens Monday 4th Jan

Sports Park, Streatham Campus

The sports park is providing opportunities to book into the gym and onto in-person fitness classes on the following dates.

Up to and including Friday 11 December:

6.30am – 10pm

From Saturday 12 December - Thursday 24 December inclusive:

12th, 13th, 09.00-18.00
14th-18th 06.30-22.00
19th and 20th 09.00-18.00
21st and 22th 06.00-22.00
23rd 09.00-18.00
24th 09.00-13.00

Christmas Day through to and including New Year's Eve:
25th - Closed
26th - 09.00-13.00
27th - 09.00-16.00
28th 29th, 30th - 09.00-18.00
31st December - Closed

January 2021

1st January - Closed
2nd and 3rd – 9.00 – 18.00

Monday 4 January 2021
Normal service resumes

St Luke's Sports Centre

The St Luke's sports centre will be available to those wishing to use the gym and/or swimming pool.

Up to and including Friday 11 December:
6.30am – 10pm

Saturday 12 December - Sunday 20 December inclusive:
12th and 13th - 08.30-15.00
14th-18th - 06.30-20.00
19th and 20th - 08.30-15.00

Monday 21 December - Sunday 3 January 2021
Closed

Monday 4 January 2021
Normal service resumes

The following outlet will remain open until Friday 18 December:

  • La Touche Café

The following outlets will remain open until Tuesday 22 December:

  • Fresh Ideas
  • Cross Keys Café & QSR
  • iSCA Eats Click & Collect / Deliver
  • The Ram Bar
  • Market Place, St David’s
  • Market Place, The Forum

The following outlets will be closed from Friday 11 December:

  • BARiSCA @ Peter Chalk
  • BARiSCA @ Innovation Centre
  • BARiSCA @ Engine Room
  • Outdoor Air Kiosk (OAK)
  • Market Place, Cornwall House
  • Market Place, Birks Grange
  • Market Place, DH-1

All of the outlets above will reopen on Monday 4 January. More details about trading days and times for our catering and retail outlets can be found on the Eat & Shop webpage. Please check this webpage regularly as it will be updated routinely following any government announcements on operating restrictions and campus footfall impact.

Essential grocery delivery service

Essential service emergency groceries and meal plans will be available through the Market Place Forum Online Click & Deliver Service. Any orders placed before 12 noon will be delivered on the same day between 4pm - 8pm. Please be aware the service is not running on Friday 25 December, Saturday 26 December and Friday 1 January 2021.

The Students’ Guild is running a competition or activity every day up to the 24 December, as part of their ‘Get Connected’ campaign. You can find out more about these events here. All events hosted by The Students’ Guild are currently online, so you can join wherever you are. For the full list of online events hosted by your Students’ Guild, please see here.

For more information about the Students’ Guild winter break closure, please see this webpage.

The Estate Patrol Control Room is manned 24/7 this includes the Christmas closure period. Estate Patrol Officers will be available to provide advice, direction and attend incidents as required. The Non-emergency telephone line is 01392 723999, in cases of emergency individuals should contact the emergency services on 999 and then contact the Estate Patrol through their emergency line 01392 722222.  

In the event of an emergency involving student welfare, Estate Patrol (01392 723999) will be able to contact Student Services Senior Management Team staff to co-ordinate a response.

Over the winter break, student accommodation and residential heating will be run at normal term-time temperatures to support those still living on campus.

During the Christmas closure period, Wednesday 23 December to Sunday 3 January, the heating systems in all academic and academic-related buildings listed below will be run in an energy-saving mode that will maintain a minimum building temperature of around 12°C.

The temperature within buildings will be returned to normal levels within sufficient time to ensure the buildings are up to temperature for the return on Monday 4 January.

Buildings run in energy saving mode:

Amory Building (all except research lab areas)
Arabic & Islamic
Business School
Byrne House
Clydesdale House
Cornwall House
Duryard House
Laver Building - excluding the IT Data Centre which operates as normal
Devonshire House
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Forum Offices
Harrison Building (all except research areas)
Hatherly Building (all except research areas)
Hope Hall offices
Innovation Centre 1
Kay Labs
Kay House
Knightley
Lafrowda House
Lazenby
Newman and Peter Chalk Centre
Northcote House
Old Library (except data centre)
University of Exeter Medical School admin areas
Physics (all except research areas)
Queen’s Building
Reed Hall
Reed Mews Careers and Health Centre
Roborough House
Thornlea/Alexander Building/Whitehouse
Science Park V Simulator (except research equipment areas)
St. Luke's Academic Buildings & Kitchen (except North Cloisters, Labs, & Chapel)
St. Luke’s Haighton Library
St. Luke’s Baring Court
St. Luke’s College House
St. Luke’s Richards
St. Luke’s Smeale
St. Luke’s South Cloisters (except research areas)
Streatham Court
XFi Building
Washington Singer & Sir Henry Welcome (all except labs and aquaria)

The heating in the following buildings will not be altered:

Amory Labs
Biocatalysis
Forum Library including Seminar Rooms & Library Extension Rooms
Forum Street
Geoffrey Pope, Labs & Research areas
Hatherly Labs & Research
Innovation Centre 2 Air Systems
LSI Labs & research
UE Medical School Labs
Northcott Theatre
Sports Park Streatham
Sports Park St. Luke’s