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Latest Updates - COVID-19: 6 January 2021

The Prime Minister has announced a period of national lockdown in England, starting from Tuesday 5 January and expected to last until at least mid-February.

The guidance requires everyone in England to stay at home as much as possible. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • Attend education or childcare - for those eligible
  • Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one

A full list of what you can and cannot do can be found on the Government webpages. Colleagues completing essential work on campus should review the information available online.

Examinations continue online this week. 

In Person Teaching

The new measures announced by the Government mean that University teaching must remain online and in-person teaching will be delayed until at least mid-February for all students except for the exemptions listed below, which are for those studying ‘future critical worker’ courses and certain limited courses that require accreditation from a professional body (PSRB):

  • In the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
    • final year undergraduate students requiring access to specialist facilities for projects in order to meet PSRB requirements in Physics, Engineering, Geology and Camborne School of Mines (and then only for project work)
  • In the College of Medicine and Health
    • all undergraduate BMBS, Medical Imaging and Nursing students
  • In the College of Social Sciences and International Studies
    • all PGCE students undertaking Initial Teacher Training (currently on placements)

In-person teaching has either begun already for students on these courses, or will begin during the week commencing 11 January 2021. All other students will study online and the Government’s advice is that you should not travel to the University or to term-time accommodation. If you do not have a suitable or safe space away from your term time accommodation you can return to University, where essential staff continue to be available to support you. If you are returning to your Halls of Residence please let your reception team know.

The Government are advising you not to travel to prevent further transmission of the virus across the country which would put us all at greater risk. By remaining where you are, you are helping to protect each other and to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

Students who are already at the University should remain in place and not travel away. The Government have previously made it clear that students may return to university in order to access study spaces and support if they are:

  • International students who have remained in the UK, or those who have arrived and do not have alternative accommodation
  • Students without access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their vacation accommodation
  • Students who have remained in their university accommodation over the winter break
  • Those requiring additional support, including those with mental health issues

Please ensure you are aware of the COVID-19 testing requirements and the Coming to Campus guidance