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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for students – 2 June 2021

Dear Students,

Key points

  • We must all carefully observe the Government guidelines and hygiene measures and remember that COVID-19 still presents a risk to our communities
  • The Festival of Discovery is in its second week with lots of activities still for you to join. Check the programme and book your places now
  • We’re urging all of our students to take up the offer of getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can. We have an online Q&A with vaccine experts on 10 June
  • You can also volunteer to help the national vaccination programme
  • Don’t forget to pick up your COVID-19 home test kit and test yourself regularly at home
  • For the week beginning 31 May, the number of positive cases on our campuses was 0.3
  • There are Q&A events with the Vice-Chancellor and senior team this week and next
  • You can reconnect with your fellow students by Discovering the Students’ Union and Giving It A Go with the Students’ Guild
  • Remember that our Wellbeing Services are available whenever you need them

Full message

We are enjoying the second week of our Festival of Discovery and seeing our campuses coming alive with activity has been a real joy. Now that the weather also seems to be improving, once again our campus spaces begin to feel vibrant and alive. Please do get involved with some of the remaining sessions if you can, and once again a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make the Festival possible.

Keeping each other safe

Across the country we have seen a small increase in COVID-19 cases, associated with the easing of lockdown restrictions. This is a clear reminder that we must continue to work together as a community to reduce the risk of transmission, by following the Government guidelines and observing the basic hygiene measures:

  • Wash your HANDS.
  • Cover your FACE.
  • Give other people SPACE.
  • Meet in the FRESH AIR.

We can meet in larger groups than previously but we must remain mindful of the current restrictions at all times.

  • Indoors you may meet in a group of up to 6, or of two households
  • Outdoors you may meet in a group of up to 30 people
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must get a test and self-isolate at home

Social distancing measures and restrictions on the numbers of people who can occupy spaces on our campuses remain in place. Please respect and follow the guidance and play your part in protecting our community.

Join the Festival of Discovery

We’re now coming towards the end of the Festival of Discovery but there’s still plenty for you to get involved with. I know that many of you have already been able to join the Festival to take advantage of the many academic, social and sporting events and activities that have been available, but if you haven’t there still time. You can find out more about what’s still to come over the final days of the event at www.exeter.ac.uk/festivalofdiscovery/.

Once again I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in planning and delivering the Festival. It’s been a great reminder of the creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm of our community and a real joy to take part in.

COVID-19 vaccinations – virtual student Q&A event with NHS vaccine experts

We’re urging all of our students to take up the offer of getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are contacted by the NHS.

The vaccine is over 80% effective at reducing the likelihood of hospitalisation - it will help protect you and help keep our whole University community safe. It doesn’t matter where you’re registered with a GP, at University or at home, you’ll be contacted as soon as vaccination places for your age range open up.

We’re holding a virtual student Q&A event, with NHS vaccine experts, on Thursday 10 June, 6-7pm, so you can find out more about the vaccination programme and ask any questions you may have. An invitation, which will include a link to join the event, will be sent out shortly so please save the date and look out for this email. We’re also running a short online survey to help us to understand how you feel about getting vaccinated, provide you with an opportunity to raise any questions you have in advance, and understand whether there are any specific areas you’d like us to focus on during the event.

The short survey only takes 2-3 minutes to complete and will be open until 5pm on Tuesday 1 June.

Can you volunteer to help the vaccination programme?

The Exeter mass vaccination programme is still seeking volunteer Marshals and Stewards to support the important work of vaccinating local people at NHS vaccination centres. If you are interested in volunteering, there are links available on our website along with further information for staff who wish to volunteer and details of how the University is supporting this important part of the national and local response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Don’t forget to pick up COVID-19 home test kit.

You can now test yourself regularly in your own home by collecting a home test kit from our collection points on our Streatham, Penryn and St Luke’s campuses.

For students in Cornwall, you’ll need to book a time to pick up your kit from the Penryn Sports Centre or Falmouth Camus Reception. For students in Exeter, there are a number of collection points where you can drop in and collect your kit – please check the website for collection points and opening times.

If you haven’t taken a test before, please book three tests at your nearest test centre before collecting your home test kit. This will ensure you understand how to take your test and get the most accurate result.

You must report your home test results to the Government’s online LFD result registration. Details on how to do this and what to do if you test positive, can be found on our testing website.

Remember, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, the test you need is different. Please contact our Rapid Response Hub to book your HALO/PCR test. For more info on testing and FAQs, visit our testing website.

COVID-19 case numbers

The overall rate of positive results on our campuses and across the region remains very low, and once again there have been no positive cases on our campuses over the last 7 days. The University compiles data provided by Public Health England and HALO to produce statistics on the number of confirmed positive cases for students and staff. The latest data can be found on our COVID-19 statistics web page. For the week beginning 31 May, the number of positive cases was 0.3.

Q&A with the Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor will be hosting Teams Live events for students over the next week, starting this evening, Wednesday 2 June, with an event for Exeter-based students. Members of the University Senior Management Team will be on hand to answer your questions on teaching and learning, our operations, equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. There will also be an update from the President of Exeter Students’ Guild.

Cornwall students are invited to join the event on Monday 7 June which will include an update from the Students’ Union President.

You should all have received the calendar invites for these events and I hope you can join us. The events will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Your wellbeing

Give it a Go with your Students' Guild

Your Students' Guild Give it a Go campaign continues this week as part of the Festival of Discovery. Your Guild are pleased to offer you the opportunity to meet again in-person for a range of exciting activities and events. From live music and games, to fitness classes and guest speakers, there are lots for you to get involved with! Go to the website for more information and to see all the events that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Discover The Students’ Union

Alongside the Festival of Discovery, the Students’ Union in Cornwall are also running their student-led ‘Discover The SU' programme for both Falmouth University and University of Exeter Cornwall students. With a variety of on-campus events you can discover what The SU has to offer and get involved with loads of events and activities hosted by student groups.

And please remember that you can get Wellbeing Support at any time. Full details are on our website.

Best wishes

Mike

 

Mike Shore-Nye
Registrar and Secretary