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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for students – 5 May 2021

Dear Students

Key Points

  • Good luck to all those taking exams this week
  • We expect further guidance next week on the return of remaining students and we will update you when any announcement is made
  • We hope that we will be permitted to welcome students to our Festival of Discovery in-person
  • Please continue to observe the COVID-19 guideline and hygiene measures, and to be respectful of those around you at all times
  • COVID-19 case numbers on our campuses remain low
  • We expect students to get tested as soon as possible after returning to the University and then regularly twice a week, every week
  • Don’t forget to reach out for wellbeing support whenever you may need it

Full message

Good luck to everyone taking examinations or working on assessments this week. Remember to contact the Assessment Helpdesk if you encounter any issues during a live exam and do take a look at our wellbeing pages should you need further support. This can be a stressful time of year, and help is at hand should you need it.

We expect to receive further guidance from the Government concerning the return of all remaining students to in-person activities, which we hope will be possible from the 17 May. We will update you as soon as we have any further information. In the meantime, please remember that students who require additional support, including those with mental health issues, may return to university sooner in order to access study spaces and support.

Our work continues on the Festival of Discovery which is planned to take place from 24 May to 4 June. The Festival will give students and staff an exciting opportunity to join a programme of on-campus academic activities as well as programmes from the Students’ Guild and Students’ Union, in a COVID-19 safe environment. We will share more details over the next few weeks.

Please continue to follow the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place, and observe the hygiene measures that remain critically important for us all – HANDS. FACE. SPACE. FRESH AIR. Remember also that regular testing remains vital if we are to make further progress and see additional easing of restrictions. As the guidelines change, please be respectful of those around you, both our neighbours and those students who are working hard to complete assessments. Be mindful of excessive noise, avoid large gatherings and make sure to take all your rubbish home with you and leave any public spaces as you found them.

COVID-19 case numbers

The overall rate of positive results on our campuses and across the region remains very low. The daily numbers of confirmed positive cases for students and staff can be found on our COVID-19 statistics web page. Data is available up to 2 May, at which time the 7-day rolling daily average of positive cases was 0.4.

Get your COVID-19 test and you could grab a free voucher  

If you are returning to our campuses, we expect you to get tested as soon as possible after you return and then regularly twice a week, every week. It’s even more vital now as we have all worked so hard to reduce transmission in our University community. We need to keep this up as more students return and activities are able to restart.

To say thanks to you for playing your part, we’re giving away vouchers and prizes at all of our test centres – book your test now or, if you are in Exeter, drop into our new test pod in the Forum and you could grab a free coffee, treat or maybe a pizza to share with your household. If you are coming onto the campus irregularly, please get a test each time you come.

If you receive a positive test result, you will need to book a confirmatory PCR/HALO test. You can do  this  by filling in the online form for Exeter or Penryn Further information can be found on our dedicated student COVID-19 testing website.

Feeling anxious about getting tested?

Our new testing pod in Devonshire House on the Streatham Campus provides a quieter space to get tested for anyone feeling particularly nervous or who may need more support. The test pod is open 10.00am – 2.00pm, Monday-Friday.

Home testing or testing off campus

If you take an LFD or PCR/HALO test either at home or in any other testing facility and the result is positive, please let us know immediately by contacting the Rapid Response Hub.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the test you need is different

Remember, if you develop COVID-19 symptoms, such as a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of taste/smell, you must self-isolate and request a HALO PCR test through our Rapid Response Hub

Wellbeing support

Don’t forget that support is always available if you need it, with a range of resources accessible from our student support in Cornwall. If you are concerned about your studies then you can contact our Education Support Welfare team in Exeter or The Penryn Welfare Team

Thank you once more for everything you are doing to keep each other safe, and to support each other through the final term of this extraordinary year.




Mike Shore-Nye
Registrar and Secretary