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Studying safely on our campuses

Your safety is our highest priority and we are working to ensure our campuses are as safe as possible. We’ve done this by assessing every building on our campuses and giving them a COVID-19 secure certificate.

The UK Government has announced a national lockdown across England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The latest guidance specifies that universities stay open and therefore many of our operations will not change. Student learning can continue as planned while the national restrictions are in place.

It is mandatory to wear a face covering when inside buildings on our campuses. To support this, we provide three re-usable face coverings to all students. Hand sanitiser is available at approved entrances / exits to buildings, and clear signage sets out how you’re able to use each building safely. You’ll also notice enhanced cleaning arrangements are in place. Please visit our Coming to Campus webpage for detailed information on what you need to know and what you need to do before coming to campus in person.

REGISTER FOR SAFEZONE

We’ve recently purchased SafeZone, an online app that helps us to help you whilst on campus - if you request it. The app is available for all colleagues and students to download and sign into if they wish. Once installed if you press Emergency, Help or First aid, your location will be sent to relevant staff on campus and allows us to keep you updated, via text messages, and relevant information relating to your emergency.

To download the app please go to: www.safezoneapp.com and follow the instructions for your device. You will need to register with your University of Exeter email address and review the permissions for the app to enable the app to be aware of your location, by using the transmitting signals on your phone. You should also allow push notifications, to enable the University to communicate with you if you raise an emergency alert. You can read more information about the SafeZone app online.

Your campus

It’s really important that you have the best possible campus experience, and we’re aiming to provide just that.

We’re sure you understand that spaces will be limited in all outlets and facilities, due to social distancing guidelines, but we’re aiming to bring the best possible service to everybody despite these restrictions. 

We have ‘Here to Help’ friendly and approachable staff to answer queries and help direct and support you around buildings in a COVID-secure way. You’ll find them in teaching buildings, near study spaces, in and around marquees and in other potentially busy areas. Here to Help staff will be a first point of contact to advise on where to find services, advise on capacity of areas, cleaning practices and signpost you to digital and telephone help services. If you have any questions then please contact the team via email: HeretoHelp@exeter.ac.uk

We have published detailed guidance and information on what you need to know and what you need to do about coming to campus in person, on our Coming to Campus webpages.

Your education

Your education is so important to us and our aim is to ensure you continue to receive the exceptional education that you expect. We won’t let COVID-19 get in the way of you learning and getting the best educational experience. You’ll be taught face-to-face on campus, if you can safely attend, and live online and we will provide new enhanced, structured digital learning resources that our academics are creating now to support your learning. So whatever happens we can continue to support you to study with us and get your world class degree.

Accommodation

We are working hard to ensure our university halls and accommodation offer you an environment that is both safe and happy. You can find information on how we are preparing our accommodation for arrivals here, as well as links to further information in the FAQs below. We’re following expert advice on this, and will be putting in place enhanced hygiene measures to keep you safe and protected. If we make any changes to how you are grouped into halls or accommodation, we will let you know.

Your wellbeing

Your wellbeing is extremely important to us, and even more of a focus during these times. Wellbeing and welfare support is available 24/7, which means you have support available around the clock should you need it. Our Wellbeing Services in Exeter and Cornwall are open for you and have been carrying out appointments remotely, throughout this time. We’re working on plans to enable you to get a rapid test for the virus if you feel unwell and, by working with the healthcare community in Devon and Cornwall, we’ll make sure you’re supported during any periods of isolation and/or treatment.

Please remember you also have access to a host of resources, such as SilverCloud cognitive behavioural therapy programmes, and we would encourage you to use these services should you need to do so. 

We are committed to ensuring you have fair and equal access to university, irrespective of your background, and understand that certain aspects of university life can be very challenging. You may be eligible for additional support throughout your studies, from bursaries to academic and employability support. Please see our website for information about how we can support you.

We are one community that looks after and supports each other, and we’re absolutely committed to supporting you and your wellbeing.

Your social life

We know that your social life may look a little different as we all adjust to the various measures in place to protect against COVID-19. Non-academic life is a key part of your University experience, and we are committed to ensuring that you have the best well-rounded experience during your time as a University of Exeter student.

The Prime Minister has announced that England will enter a second national COVID-19 lockdown period, which will begin on Thursday 5 November and last for four weeks, until 2 December. We have published a list detailing the newest restrictions here. The UK Government has published detailed information on what you can and cannot do in England, and we ask all our students and staff regularly check this guidance for updates.

Our wide-ranging and vibrant student societies will continue to operate online and welcome new and existing members, so you can enjoy the company of old friends and make brand new ones this coming academic year. Please do have a look to see what’s on offer from the Students’ Union in Cornwall and The Guild in Exeter.

Respecting our local communities

Please remember that our local communities in Exeter and Cornwall have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and anxieties and concerns remain very high.

We know that the vast majority of students have been following COVID-19 guidance carefully but some have not and this has triggered concerns from local residents. The city councils and Devon and Cornwall Police continue to manage and proactively monitor and manage community adherence to official COVID-19 guidance and your health and safety and that of the wider community must be your top priority.

Please also remember what your responsibilities are as an important member of our community including care and consideration for your neighbours in terms of minimising noise levels, particularly when many people are now working from home or are isolating, and ensuring you dispose of rubbish and waste safely and quickly.

As Government guidance is constantly adapting, and has changed considerably since 4 July, we are also recommending you keep informed of official COVID-19 guidance.

If you have any questions or queries for the University's Community Liaison Team, please email: communitywardens@exeter.ac.uk.

The Rapid Response Hub

One of the measures we’ve put into place to keep all colleagues and students safe, is our Rapid Response Hub. If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, you will need to self-isolate and email our Rapid Response Hub. The Rapid Response Hub can provide a COVID-19 test for you, but only if you have COVID-19 symptoms (ie a new persistent cough, a high temperature, loss of taste and smell). People who have a slight cough or a runny nose are not eligible. You can find further information and contact details for the Rapid Response Hub on their dedicated webpage.

The team at the Hub will advise you on how to get a free test and, if your test comes back with a positive result, will work with you to give you the support you need so that you can safely self-isolate. The Hub will use information you’ve given about when and where you have worked on campus, so that other colleagues or students who were in the same place, at the same time, will be able to take appropriate action if they begin to show COVID-19 symptoms.  

Student winter survey

Staying at Uni, or leaving for the winter break? Help us to help you by letting us know your plans - Please complete the survey

Returning Students' Guide 2020/21

We’ve put together a guide to help you settle back into your University life. This includes information on how we’ve been preparing for your safe return to campus as well as other useful advice.

 

Information for Postgraduate Research students

Please view our FAQs on the Doctoral College website for the latest information on COVID-19 support.

Frequently asked questions

The frequently asked questions are arranged in the following themes:

Our community | Education information | Info for students wishing to apply to study remotely or arrive later | Travelling during the winter break | If you need to self-isolate | AccommodationHealth, wellbeing and your studies 

Placements: Students due to go on placement in 2020/21

Please note the advice on this page may change, particularly as there are ongoing updates to the Government guidance

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Our community

If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms, please self-isolate and contact our Rapid Response Hub

The Rapid Response Hub can provide a COVID-19 test for you, but only if you have COVID-19 symptoms (ie a new persistent cough, a high temperature, loss of taste and smell). This applies even if you are only displaying mild symptoms.

The team at the Hub will advise you on how to get a free test and, if your test comes back with a positive result, will work with you to give you the support you need so that you can safely self-isolate. The Hub will use information you’ve given about when and where you have worked on campus, so that other colleagues or students who were in the same place, at the same time, will be able to take appropriate action if they begin to show COVID-19 symptoms.

Further information on the Rapid Response Hub is available online. Please be assured we will fully support you during any periods of self-isolation, and in the event you are unwell.

Make sure you read through the guidance we have published on the Coming to Campus webpages – this covers what you need to do and know before arriving on campus.

Get tested if you have symptoms

If you or someone you live with develops symptoms, however mild, please inform our Rapid Response Hub. Please read the FAQ I have symptoms of coronavirus, what should I do? to find out more about the Rapid Response Hub. This applies even if you are displaying only mild symptoms i.e. you have any of the following:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Cohabitees of staff are not currently eligible for University testing. If someone you live with develops symptoms they are advised to isolate and apply for a test through the national testing system.

Get tested before travelling home for the winter break

The Government would like all students to have the opportunity to take a COVID-19 test before travelling for the winter break. At the University of Exeter we have joined the government scheme to set up additional testing centres on Streatham and Penryn campuses using lateral flow devices (LFDs) – a clinically validated swab antigen test - that can be analysed on campus.

The lateral flow test is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience and show any symptoms (they are asymptomatic), but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives. You can find more information and book a test for winter travel on our winter break website.

For the duration of the second national lockdown from 4 November 2020, as is the case for the rest of the population, students and staff may only leave home for specific reasons, including:

  • for education
  • for work, for example if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, or on your own with one person from another household
  • for medical reasons or appointments
  • to escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
  • to shop for food and essentials
  • to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

REGISTER FOR SAFEZONE

We’ve recently purchased SafeZone, an online app that helps us to help you whilst on campus if you request it. The app is available for all colleagues and students to download and sign into if they wish. Once installed if you press Emergency, Help or First aid, your location will be sent to relevant staff on campus and allows us to keep you updated, via text messages, and relevant information relating to your emergency.

To download the app please go to: www.safezoneapp.com and follow the instructions for your device. You will need to register with your University of Exeter email address and review the permissions for the app to enable the app to be aware of your location, by using the transmitting signals on your phone. You should also allow push notifications, to enable the University to communicate with you if you raise an emergency alert. You can read more information about the SafeZone app online.

To keep yourself and our communities safe it is critical that you follow these key behaviours:

HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds

FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet

SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Check the UK Government website for the latest advice on what you can and can’t do under current COVID-19 restrictions.

 

As more students and colleagues come to our campuses, we emphasise the need to show respect, kindness and compassion for all during this uncertain time. Internationally, nationally and locally there have been incidents of xenophobic and racist behaviour and abuse, particularly at the start of the outbreak. Inappropriate behaviour or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. This is a hate crime and is against the law.

If you experience, or are witness to, any behaviour of this type, please report it to the police immediately. You can also report it to the University via our Speak Out web pages. We will investigate this and, where necessary, disciplinary procedures will be followed.

If you are feeling anxious during this time, further support is available via our wellbeing webpages.

We have signed an open letter with partners across Exeter on tackling hate crime and racism in our community, particularly in light of recent incidents in relation to coronavirus. This is a time when we must work together and support each other - not create more division and hurt. Read the letter in full​

UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) has released guidance on the immigration implications caused by the coronavirus outbreak - please see this webpage for the latest advice

If you need advice on whether you are eligible to apply for a new visa in the UK, please contact visaadvice@exeter.ac.uk.

The NHS Guidance on what to do if you get coronavirus symptoms for a second time is as follows:

If you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again, you must self-isolate immediately and ask for a test. The symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. If someone you live with (or someone in your support bubble) gets symptoms again, you must also self-isolate immediately. You must self-isolate again even if you've had a positive test result for coronavirus before. You probably have some immunity to coronavirus but it's not clear how long it will last.

You can request a test for coronavirus via the Rapid Response Hub.

The government requires that everyone stays at their current home, except for specific purposes. This means that students should not leave their term-time address to return home between 5 November and 2 December. This is critically important to avoid the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 to family, friends, loved ones and local communities.

In line with the rest of the population, students may only leave home for specific reasons, including:

  • for education
  • for work, for example if you cannot work from home
  • for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, or on your own with one person from another household
  • for medical reasons or appointments
  • to escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
  • to shop for food and essentials
  • to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

See full information on the government webpages.

It is vital that we limit physical contact with others as much as possible. In the lockdown period, from 4 November, this means that you must not meet indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household, meaning the people you live with, or those in your support bubble.

You can exercise, or meet in outdoor public places with the people in your household, your support bubble, or one person from another household.

You should not invite anyone from outside your household or support bubble into your accommodation. You cannot meet others from outside your household or support bubble in a private garden.

A support bubble can be formed between a household with only one adult in the home, and one other household of any size. Households in a support bubble can visit each other, stay overnight and visit outdoor public places together. You should not invite anyone from outside your household or support bubble into your accommodation.

We know that the new four week lockdown will intensify the anxiety that many in our community are feeling. Wellbeing and mental health support has been and will remain our priority. We are working on ways to bolster our support for student wellbeing and are working with the Guild and Students’ Union on this. See our COVID-19 welfare webpages for more information on the support available.

In self-catered accommodation your standard or ensuite flat will be considered a household. One studio flat will also be considered its own household.

In catered residences, individual rooms on a floor with other bedrooms which share a communal facility such as a utility area, will be made into a household. There will be signage in place which will detail the size of your household.

For students in Exeter based Halls of Residence, to check who is classed as being in your household contact CAREteam@exeter.ac.uk.

For students in Cornwall based Halls of Residence, your household will usually be your flat of 6 or 7 individuals sharing a communal kitchen. Contact Halls.help@fxplus.ac.uk with any queries.

If you live alone, for example in a studio, you can form a support bubble with one other household of any size. Households in a support bubble can visit each other, stay overnight and visit outdoor public places together.

You won’t need to keep the 2m social distance when you are within your household or support bubble. However you will need to socially distance when you go out. This includes social and communal space within the building you live in where students from other households are present.

It’s really important to continue to practise good hygiene, such as regular hand washing. Hand sanitiser units will be available across the site at entrances and exits to most buildings, including residences.

We will provide guidance on which bathrooms and/or utility spaces and kitchens are available to your household.

If someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, the whole household must isolate whilst a test is undertaken. You must let us know by contacting the Rapid Response Hub. This will ensure that we can provide the support you need during your isolation. You will still be able to socialise within your household.

Education Information

At the University of Exeter we take the wellbeing of our students very seriously. Please inform us if you are unable to attend your lectures for any reason. We have a number of different reporting mechanisms so please follow the process that best fits your situation:

If you are reporting illness or absence due to a non COVID-19 reason: Report via iExeter

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and need to self-isolate: First contact the Rapid Response Hub to request a test. Then ensure your module convenors are aware by completing our COVID-19 Online Study Declaration Form. This form is also available on all ELE pages. You only need to fill in the form once in order to notify all of your module convenors.

If you are requesting Remote Study for Term 2, please visit the Remote Study webpage for further information. As a result of the most recent government guidance and due to the fact that we are more than half way through Term 1, we are closing the formal route to request remote study for the remainder of Term 1. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to attend your timetabled on-campus activity for any period of time, you should complete the COVID-19 Online Study Declaration Form. If the face to face sessions of your module do not have a suitable online equivalent, you will be advised directly by your module lead.

If you have been requested by Public Health England to self-isolate: Let us know by using the COVID-19 Online Study Declaration Form. You will also find the link on all of your module pages in ELE. You only need to report once in order to inform your college.

For students on Medicine, Nursing and Medical Imaging programmes needing to self-isolate: Please complete the COVID-19 Online Study Declaration Form and then also follow the absence reporting advice for your specific programme (such as ARC reporting).

For FAQs on Examinations, Assessments, Awarding and Progression, please visit these pages.

STUDENTS ON A UNIVERSITY OF EXETER PROGRAMME (OUTBOUND)

Where it is safe and practicable we will support your decision to attend an in-country placement whether that be for study or work abroad. We have published the answers to a range of frequently asked questions on our Go Abroad webpages. Please review the information available on these webpages as we continue to provide further updates and guidance.

INBOUND STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS

We are monitoring updates on coronavirus closely and will continue to provide as much advice, care and support as we can to our University community, in advance of you arriving to campus.

For any queries concerning your exchange, please contact inbound@exeter.ac.uk.

If you need IT support, including during a period of self-isolation, contact SID by logging an enquiry online. If your enquiry is urgent, you can talk to one of our IT support analysts by telephoning SID on:

0300 555 0444 (UK)
+441392 724724 (International)

VIRTUAL DESKTOP PLATFORM NOW AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS

We have launched a new virtual desktop service which lets you access a huge range of learning resources remotely that you may need for your course.

With an internet connection and suitable device (including Windows, Mac and Chromebook) you can access:

1. A software directory with download links for you to install software on your own devices.
2. Windows Virtual Desktop, providing secure access to a suite of applications to support your study.*
3. LabStats Remote Desktop, providing secure access to graphic-intensive software. *

*The software available remotely will depend on the college in which you are studying.

To find out more visit the virtual desktops webpage. If you need more detailed guidance the Digital Hub can help.

If you encounter issues please contact SID or email virtualdesktop@exeter.ac.uk

Further information from the Doctoral College, including useful FAQs, can be found online

We need to ensure that staff working in specialist areas can be protected and have a clear Risk Assessment in place before any work can commence on campus. Please therefore also make sure you have reviewed and understood the detailed guidance published on our Coming to Campus webpages here.

The University remains committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, colleagues and communities and ensuring the best possible teaching and learning experience throughout the academic year.

Some of your seminars will be timetabled on campus for in person teaching, while others will be delivered online. We’re recommending that you only come onto campus when you have scheduled face to face teaching sessions in your timetable, scheduled time in the lab or other specialist research facility, or when you have pre-booked a study space or other pre-arranged activity such as a sport or society.

The UK Government has announced a national lockdown across England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. The government has made it clear that they require universities to remain open, and that the provision of education is a national priority. We continue to work with our local Public Health teams to ensure that we can deliver our blended approach to teaching, research and support activities safely, and to give special regard to the wellbeing and mental health of students. This includes continuing face-to-face teaching where it can be delivered safely.

Detailed guidance on Coming to Campus for teaching activities and more has been published online, which we ask you read through carefully. All of our departments will deliver their portfolio of programmes flexibly – whether fully online, on-campus where possible, or a mix of the two through blended learning. This also means delivering programmes in an accessible manner, with the ability to switch smoothly between delivery modes as circumstances dictate.

We will be offering a blend of face-to-face classroom teaching on campus, provided it is safe to do so, and live online teaching and discussion. All of this will be supported by exceptional digital learning resources (videos, podcasts and more) created by our academics to support your independent study. We’re promising you the same excellent quality of teaching that we have always provided, although we are mindful that the way and the time we teach some modules may have to change.

Dissertations, projects and written work are often submitted online and this will continue. Presentations, where required, will be a blend of in person and in class or online using technology such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Many assessments and examinations are online from September, this is something we had been developing as part of our commitment to accessible learning and to meet student and academic needs.

Any changes necessary for programmes and modules to enable their delivery in the 2020/21 academic year will go through quality assurance processes. This means they will be rigorously scrutinised by academic peers, quality and standards professionals and student digital learning assistants. This will ensure they maintain our high standards and that the content is enhanced for blended delivery. This work is being undertaken in partnership with professional, statutory and regulatory bodies where relevant.

Not only will this allow us to continue to deliver excellent teaching and learning, regardless of external circumstances, it also fully aligns with our Education Strategy 2019-25. This highlights the need to capitalise on digital transformation to support learning and teaching, while ensuring it continues to support inclusion, diversity and wellbeing.

Travelling during the winter break

For key information about travelling during the winter break including updates on testing, please see our webpage.

If you need to self-isolate

If you need to self-isolate, please see our 'information for students who are self-isolating' webpage for frequently asked questions and information.

Please do not be worried, the support teams and your College will be on hand to make sure this does not affect your studies and University experience.   

We have published full information on the steps you will need to complete and the support available for periods of self-isolation, including academic support, staying connected and accessing supplies during self-isolation, on our webpages here. Visit these pages to find out about the support we have in place.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please request a test via our Rapid Response Hub and self-isolate. Please be assured we will fully support you during any periods of self-isolation, and in the event you are unwell.

Self-isolating if arriving from overseas to the UK

UK Government COVID-19 regulations mean that many travellers arriving in the UK will need to self-isolate for two weeks upon arrival. There are a number of territories and countries with no self-isolation requirement for travellers arriving in the UK. This list is regularly updated and you should continue to check this on the Government website.

Travellers from any country not on this list must self-isolate for 14 days when you arrive in the UK. This applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK. You will also need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England. In England, those who break these rules and do not self-isolate for two weeks from your arrival date in the UK can be fined £1,000. Exeter Students failing to self-isolate can also be subject to University disciplinary procedures.

Don’t worry though, if you do need to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK, the University will offer a number of services to support you. If you are planning on self-isolating in University accommodation in Exeter, you can find more advice and guidance on our Accommodation pages here. If you are living in Cornwall, please contact our Accommodation team in Cornwall for details about booking accommodation.

Please see our information for students who are self-isolating webpage for frequently asked questions and information on available support services.

As we get closer to the start of the new academic year, we understand that one of the biggest concerns for our international students may be how restrictions on flights could affect your ability to return to campus. We are doing all we can to help those students affected, in particular those who live in countries that have seen significantly reduced scheduled flights to the UK. We are looking into a number of options and further details will be communicated with you later this month.

Depending on when you arrive, and where you enter the country, you may be able to take advantage of the Airport Collection Service, so have a look and see if this is an option for you. We will offer some coaches specifically for students who need to self-isolate, so you can travel safely.

If you are not able to use the Airport Collection Service, we recommend you read the Government advice on travelling to the place where you are self-isolating. If you do need to use public transport to get from the Airport to your accommodation we recommend you check our guidance on planning your travel to university, to ensure that you are taking the most direct route to campus.

Everyone travelling to the UK must complete a Passenger Locator Form prior to your departure. You will be required to show proof of a completed Passenger Locator Form at the UK border. You can complete it up to 48 hours before you enter the UK. All students required to self-isolate when they arrive in the UK will need to give details of the accommodation in which they plan to self-isolate, so please be sure to have these details arranged when you complete the form. If you need help finding self-isolating accommodation, please read our FAQ on how to arrange this – we will be able to support you during this time.

You may be refused permission to enter the UK (if you are not a British citizen), or fined if you fail to provide your contact details or do not self-isolate, unless you arrive in the UK from an exempt country. In England, if you do not self-isolate, you can be fined £1,000. If you do not provide an accurate contact detail declaration – or do not update your contact detail form in the limited circumstances where you need to move from the accommodation where you’re self-isolating to another place to continue self-isolating – you can be fined up to £3,200. Full detail of this can be found on the Government webpages.

It is important that you register with a Health Centre during your time in the UK. Anyone self-isolating will be able to register online with our Student Health Centre.

If you are studying in Exeter – please register with the Student Health Centre online before you get here. Additional information on the services available can be found on the Health Centre homepage.

If you are studying in Cornwall, you can access The Penryn Surgery, which is available in the Tremough House Annexe, Penryn Campus, five days a week during term time. You can register with the Penryn Surgery by emailing compass@fxplus.ac.uk to request a registration form.

Upon arrival in the UK, you will need to go directly to your accommodation in order to self-isolate. If you do not already have a UK bank account, you may not have the opportunity to open one until your self-isolation period has ended. It is therefore recommended that you come prepared with means to pay for food and provisions during the self-isolation period. Acceptable payment methods might include an International Credit Card, either Visa or MasterCard, or a prepaid credit card.

We have posted full information on self-isolation, including ordering food and other goods, on these webpages.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are regularly reviewing the COVID-19 data and may update the list of Countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England at any time. It is important for you to regularly check the FCO's Coronavirus Travel Corridor guidance to see if travellers from your country are required to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK. If the status of your country changes and you need to self-isolate upon arrival in the UK, it is important you make suitable arrangements to self-isolate before you travel. . If you are planning on self-isolating in University accommodation, you can find more advice and guidance on our Accommodation pages here.

If you arrive in England from a country that has been added to the Travel Corridor list on or after the date it is added, you may no longer need to self-isolate. Check the guidance on Travel Corridors if you think this may apply to you.

Accommodation

The Accommodation Office have published a list of FAQs at https://www.exeter.ac.uk/accommodation/students/currentstudents/coronavirus/

Please note, these are relevant for University owned or managed accommodation, read on for information on private student accommodation.

There are a number of different teams within the University who can offer you support when you are looking for accommodation or living in the private sector, visit these pages to find out more.

Health, wellbeing and your studies

In light of the changing situation and rise in cases, we have been asked by Public Health England to request that those students who are medically vulnerable or were previously advised to shield because of COVID-19 to engage with their doctor to clarify whether further adjustments to your provision may be required. 

If you fall into this category, can we ask that you also reach out to the Rapid Response Hub to enable the University to ensure we fully understand your circumstances and in particular any impact the changing risk profile may have on you. 

The Team in the Rapid Response Hub will be able to assist you in identifying which services within the University can support you including contacting the Accommodation Team, Wellbeing and your College to ensure your specific needs are understood from both an education and residential perspective. 

The UK Government has announced a national lockdown across England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. As a result, new guidance has been published for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England. This new guidance provides practical steps to help keep you safe, while reducing some of the potentially harmful impacts on mental and social wellbeing that were associated with previous strict shielding. The government will write to you separately to inform you if you are advised to shield. You are not advised to follow formal shielding advice again unless you receive a new shielding notification advising you to do so. This guidance will apply to individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance. 

If you feel unwell or are concerned that you may have COVID symptoms, please urgently reach out to your doctor to ensure all of the clinical support is provided. 

If you wish to discuss returning home and to start studying remotely, you can contact remotestudy@exeter.ac.uk to explore this. To temporarily move to online study only, for example for a period of self-isolation, you should fill out the self-declaration form. This form is also available on all of your ELE module pages. You only need to do this once. Also on those ELE module pages will be information on how you access alternative provision instead of coming on to campus for your teaching and learning.

If you are in University residences, please could we also ask you to contact s.j.snow@exeter.ac.uk to explore any particular accommodation adjustments that may be needed to support you.

You must wear a face covering when inside University buildings* – this includes wearing a face covering when in one of our marquees during the day (unless you are eating at the time) and when queuing at a catering outlet. 

You do not have to wear a face covering when eating/drinking in a catering outlet and you do not have to wear a face covering outside unless you are unable to socially distance or you wish to do so.

*exceptions apply for colleagues in individual and shared office spaces and for those delivering teaching

Consideration should be made to wearing face coverings regarding:

Staff in individual offices
Occupants of shared office spaces are expected to wear face coverings unless spaced 2m apart with this distance capable of being maintained at all times. You don’t need to wear a face covering if you’re in an individual office. But you are expected to do so if you’re moving around your building or wider campus.

Frontline student service staff
Those working in areas such as hubs and information points, do not need to wear face coverings if their service desk is fitted with a transparent screen. However, they can choose to wear a face covering in addition to using the screen. Where a screen is not in place, colleagues are expected to wear a face covering or visor.

Teaching academics
Teaching colleagues will have access to a face visor and face coverings. These must be worn if moving outside of the marked 2m safe teaching zone or if it’s likely that students may come within 2m. Teaching colleagues can ask students to wear a face covering.

Colleagues in third party / host employer premises such as the NHS, should follow local policy. 

Some members of our University community are exempt from wearing face coverings. The reason may not always be obvious however, whilst not being a requirement, these members can request exemption cards or badges to highlight their exemption. Obviously, whilst we should all strive to respect everyone’s privacy.

It’s also important for us all to ensure members of our community that should be wearing face coverings are doing so. On occasions where someone is not wearing a face covering and there is no indication they have an exemption, we are therefore asking colleagues and students alike to appropriately and with empathy, point out the need to be wearing a face covering where they are. Taking collective responsibility, will help play a role in quickly establishing the correct use of face coverings, establish this as a social norm and keep the University and wider community safe.

Exemption cards and badges available for colleagues and students who choose to use one (lanyards will be available shortly) and these are available from:

· University Main Reception, Streatham Campus
· Info@St Luke’s
· Cornwall: Glasney lodge for students, ESI reception for staff
· Our campus Here2Help team (Exeter) and Marshalls (Cornwall)

“Please give me space” cards and badges are also available at the above locations.

To keep all of us safe we will continue to monitor the national picture and review face covering policy each week and will communicate any changes.

Students

Your wellbeing is extremely important to us and we would like to highlight the resources that are available to support you, if needed. This includes our self-help tool, SilverCloud and our Wellbeing Services at both our Exeter and Cornwall campuses. Also see our COVID-19 welfare webpagesNightline is available from 8pm-8am to talk or instant message.

Staff

There are a number of support services available to staff during this period. Our self-help tool, Spectrum Life, can be used to access 24/7 telephone counselling via our online portal, as well as a range of well-being resources and guides. You can also talk to your line manager if you have any queries. Also see our COVID-19 welfare webpages.

For students

For students - our AccessAbility team is available for you to discuss any concerns you may have around your disability. You can find information on how to access this team on our website.

For staff

A guide has been developed specifically for disabled colleagues working from home which addresses some of the challenges faced by those who need to self-isolate and maintain prolonged social distancing. The guide also provides signposting and guidance towards additional support. If you are contacted by your manager about returning to work on campus, you should discuss with them whether any additional adjustments are required. If you have a condition which makes you extremely vulnerable or vulnerable please see the sections above and refer to government advice regarding shielding. If you require additional support or advice please contact your line manager who can arrange a referral to occupational health or contact a disability adviser in confidence.

The University, in partnership with its alumni community, has set up the Success For All Fund to help students experiencing unexpected financial difficulties due to the coronavirus outbreak. All registered undergraduate and postgraduate University of Exeter students facing financial difficulty because of the crisis are eligible to apply, irrespective of fee-status.

In order for Success for All funding applications to be processed before the Christmas closure period, these need to be submitted by Friday, 4 December 2020

For more information and how to apply, please visit the webpages.

It has also been noted that should a student’s financial situation change, they may be eligible for a reassessment from the Student Loans Company. Contact the Student Loans Company to find out more. 

The National Health Service (NHS) provides most* healthcare in the UK including emergency, routine and occasional medical treatment.

All COVID-19 related testing and treatment is free.

All students are able to access emergency treatment in a hospital Accident & Emergency (A&E) department, regardless of immigration status. This includes emergency treatment for serious illness or injury.

Students with a Tier 4 visa, will have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) as part of your visa application. This entitles you to access the NHS with most services free to access, although some carry charges. You will be made aware if you will be charged to access a service.

Students on a short course of 3 months or more can now register with a GP surgery to receive primary care services. If, however, you need a referral to a hospital specialist then you will be charged for this appointment by the hospital.

EU/EEA students are exempt from being charged with if you have an EHIC card (this may change from 01/Jan/2021) or have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme and you are ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’. In practice, this means you are living here for reasons other than study. UKCISA will provide the most up to date information on how Brexit will affect your access.

British nationals who have been living overseas should consider private medical insurance, unless you can demonstrate that you are ordinarily resident in the UK. That usually means you are in the UK more permanently than for study purposes.

If your healthcare needs are not covered in the above list, you may still be exempt from some charges if your country has reciprocal arrangements in place.

We recommend all other students have adequate medical insurance to cover specialist appointments whilst in the UK. For more details please see NHS guidance.

*exceptions include some complementary and alternative medicines.

For staff and postgraduate research students

The UK is entering a second period of national lockdown from 5th November 2020. The government has made clear that travel for study, research or teaching may go ahead where it is essential. The University is currently reviewing its provision on travel, and will provide an update shortly. In the meantime, the below processes must be followed for UK and international travel:

The University position on the type of travel considered essential is set out within the essential travel principles, including guidance on the trip approval pathways. Note that travel is not permitted until the approval processes have been completed, and for international travel, where insurance has been confirmed. Bookings must not be made until this has been confirmed to you.

Note that the essential travel principles will remain in place post COVID-19, and have been developed to support the University’s Green Recovery commitments. An International Travel Coronavirus Risk Assessment must be completed and approved. Note that an In-Country version also exists for travel within the country that you are based in (including the UK): In-Country Risk Assessment

For staff responsible for authorising travel

Please check to ensure that the trip is aligned to the University essential travel principles. This also defines the level of approval required. The risk assessment should be reviewed for assurance that the mitigations identified manage the risk to a reasonable and acceptable level. Note that if the destination location is not within the FCDO exempt countries list, Director level approval will be required regardless of other current restrictions.

For international travel only, the relevant approval and completed and fully approved risk assessment to insurance@exeter.ac.uk. This is the final stage of the approval process, where confirmation is sought that insurance cover can be placed. No bookings should be made until this confirmation has been provided.

For UK/In Country travel, the insurance step is not required, and booking can be made based on the risk assessment and approval only.

For undergraduate and postgraduate taught students

Fieldtrips and Undergraduate Study and Work Abroad placements may only go ahead where they are deemed to be essential. Those organising or supporting this activity must be aware of current restrictions. It is important that students understand that there will be no insurance cover for cancellation or curtailment if this is caused by Government (local, national or international) imposed travel restrictions. Therefore we clearly advise purchase of flexible ticket options to limit financial losses.

Students due to go on placement in 2020/21

Placements are being reviewed and approved for the next academic year bearing in mind government advice and any changes to the placement module requirements. If you are unsure whether your placement puts your wellbeing at risk or whether the requirements for a placement for the next academic year have changed, then please speak to your placement module lead in the first instance. We would recommend you keep in regular contact with your placement employer up until your start date to ensure you have the latest information regarding your placement.

Arrangements for trainees on PGCE courses are likely to differ from those for other work placements and queries about PGCE School Based work Placements should be directed to exeterpartner@exeter.ac.uk

It’s important to ask for your employer’s guidance related to COVID-19 and home working. If you are unsure of what your employer’s guidance is ask your line manager for clarification. If you are working from home, here are our top tips:

• Workspace – Find somewhere that you will not be distracted by the television, social media, people, pets etc. so you can concentrate on working. Try and set up a workstation in that room so you can work effectively and safely. Keep the space around you organised and check you are not straining your body in the working position you are in. If this isn’t possible then talk to your employer.
• Plan your work – Make sure you have brought home everything you need to work from home e.g. documents and IT equipment they are going to lend you. Use your outlook calendar to plan tasks and co-ordinate online meetings/calls.
• Take breaks – Keep focussed when you are working but take a 30-minute break at least every 6 hours and a 5-minute break every hour.
• Keep in contact – Keep in touch with your line manager so they know what you are working on, can help you if you are struggling and can give you more work if needed. Don’t feel isolated, keep in contact with your team/colleagues.
• Final thought – Home working can be tricky and may lead to a drop in motivation and productivity. Start the day as if you were going to the office, maybe even dress as if you were. Try imagining your manager is sitting near you to help motivate you to keep working!

There is guidance on home working available from ACAS (UK employers only) which you may find useful on this link. Countries outside the UK may have different guidance for employers/employees in relation to home working so we would recommend researching them.

My employer wants me to start my placement in the workplace, what do I do?

Employers can ask you to work at their premises as opposed to home working as long as they have assessed the risk and taking steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. If this happens we would ask that you request a copy of their risk assessment for COVID-19 before you go into the workplace so you can read it to understand what steps the placement provider is taking to mitigate against COVID19. We will ask you for information on how your employer is mitigating risks in the workplace against COVID-19 as part of your placement paperwork process but if you have any concerns please contact your placement module lead and/or placement team. If you are in the vulnerable category as advised by the Government and are asked to attend the workplace then please raise this with us so we discuss next steps.

Please speak to your placement module lead in the first instance as you may need to re-submit your placement paperwork.

Please update the placement module lead and the placements team as soon as you possibly can. They can advise you on the next steps/alternatives particular to your module.  If you don’t know who your placements team are please email as follows:

Placements team:
For Streatham and St Lukes based students: placements@exeter.ac.uk
For Penryn based students: placements-penryn@exeter.ac.uk

We anticipate there will be a lot of disruption to various industries over the coming months and this will lead to new opportunities in some sectors whilst other sectors will temporarily pause their placement schemes. Placement opportunities as always will be very competitive so please use our careers service to give you the best chance of securing a placement. They offer a wide range of support including but not limited to; 1 to 1’s, employability sessions such as CVs, applications etc., online resources, jobs board etc. If you are keen to find a work placement you can access support from the Career Zone or contact your placements team. Your placement module lead may also be able to provide further support and advice.

The University is supporting students who have been impacted financially by the coronavirus crisis through accommodation refunds and bursaries, however, we recognise that individual students are facing hardship because of circumstances that are unique and beyond their control. Therefore we have, with considerable assistance from our community of alumni and supporters, established an Emergency Assistance Fund to extend the University’s financial assistance to the most vulnerable students across the institution.

The Emergency Assistance Fund will provide up to £1,000 (per applicant) for students facing unanticipated financial challenges due to Covid-19. The fund is now available for all students via an online application form on the website: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/assistance-fund/

The majority of staff are now working from home and providing services online for students such as email placement support, skype appointments, webinars etc. You can find out more about the services on offer by visiting My Career Zone or contacting your placement team for information on changes to the support for your module as a result of the coronavirus. If you are struggling to find contact details for your placement team:

For Streatham and St Lukes based students: placements@exeter.ac.uk

For Penryn based students: placements-penryn@exeter.ac.uk

The FAQs on this page give extra detail on how the University is responding and continuing to support students. If you are currently on a placement abroad, please contact the Global Opportunities team on outbound@exeter.ac.uk

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