Keeping our community safe

Keeping our community safe

This page will be kept up to date with the latest information about local and national UK government measures in response to COVID-19.

End of term 2020

Guidance for students on going home at the end of the autumn term is available via the students tab at the bottom of this page.

National lockdown in England – 5 November - 2 December 

During the four-week national lockdown across England from Thursday 5 November, universities have been advised by the government to remain open, along with schools and colleges. In a direct letter to all students, the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, outlined that: 

  • Campuses should remain open 
  • There are no required changes to current teaching and learning delivery 
  • Students should remain in their current accommodation and not return to permanent homes 
  • Health and wellbeing is the top priority 
  • Our communities must continue to adhere to all rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 

Our campuses in Coventry, London and Scarborough are therefore continuing to offer the same level of face-to-face tuition and student support services in the COVID-secure manner that we have been delivering to date.

The majority of student buildings across our campuses remain open, and students can attend on-campus timetabled learning activities, one-to-one appointments, and booked study spaces in accordance with current government guidance. All spaces in use are COVID-secure, with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place. Students and colleagues are expected to wear face coverings when moving around campus (unless exemptions apply) and to use the hand sanitiser provided. 

Explore our COVID-19 pages to find out the latest information regarding your teaching and learning experience, campus access and services, and health and safety measures

Student services and wellbeing support 

Our libraries, study spaces and support services remain open with all appropriate health and safety measures in place, and our students are encouraged to use them as needed. Catering outlets on campus are operating a takeaway service only during the lockdown period. Our colleagues continue to work on campus to ensure we can keep delivering an excellent education and vital services. 

In accordance with government guidance, students are asked not to move between student accommodation and permanent homes during term time. We expect further announcements on end-of-term travel arrangements to be made soon and will notify students of the appropriate steps to take. Any student needing to self-isolate will be supported to do so in their student accommodation – please let us know via our COVID reporting form if you have symptoms or are self-isolating so that we can offer any help you need. 

We are aware of the impact these restrictions can have on mental health and we will continue to provide support to students via an extensive range of health and wellbeing services, including: 

  • A counselling and mental health service 
  • A dedicated team of welfare and disability advisors providing advice and support 
  • Access to our suite of Connections Matter resources designed to help you stay connected and healthy, both mentally and physically 
  • Access to Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall), a completely anonymous digital mental health support service available online 24/7 for students and staff to express themselves freely and openly 
  • Support to register with a doctor (GP) 

Everyone can continue to protect themselves, loved ones, and our communities by acting responsibly in line with hands, face, space guidance. 

Explore our COVID-19 pages to find out the latest information regarding your teaching and learning experience, campus access and services, and health and safety measures.

Please visit the GOV.UK/coronavirus website for the latest information. We continue to liaise with officials from Public Health England and are constantly monitoring and updating the information provided on the staff and student portals.

It is important to register with a doctor, also known as a General Practitioner (GP), who is local to where you live. Do not wait until you feel unwell to do this; register as soon as you can. 

More information and support, including advice about NHS prescriptions and charges, can be found on the Health and Wellbeing Portal GP page. 

If you are an international student, you may be required to pay an immigration health charge to be eligible for NHS treatment, which costs £300 per year. To learn more, visit our Immigration Health Charge page or contact studentsupport.io@coventry.ac.uk 

There is student car parking in Coventry:

  • Cox Street, Coventry, CV1 5QJ
  • Gulson Road, Coventry, CV1 2JH
  • Mile Lane, Coventry, CV1 2TU

All of the above car parks are free up until further notice. You will need your ID card to obtain a display ticket.

Please see the Coventry University Cycle Map for routes and bicycle rack locations on Coventry campus.

You can find more information about cycling on the Student Portal, including getting/borrowing a bike, securing your bike on campus, cycle lanes, rules of the road and more.

Coventry University Group takes the health, safety and wellbeing of all our students very seriously. We have introduced a COVID-19 student code of conduct outlining key information and safety requirements to prevent the spread of the virus, which you will need to understand and follow. Those who seriously and persistently fail to comply with COVID-19 health and safety requirements could be suspended or withdrawn from the university. 

 

For students

End of term 2020: Travel guidance

This information is based on the FAQs shared on the Office for Students website, which are subject to change.

National restrictions, including on non-essential travel, have been introduced by the government to reduce transmission of COVID-19. This means that you should not leave your term-time accommodation during this period, except for specific purposes, including leaving home for education.  

This can be especially tough for students but avoiding moving between households can help to protect you and your family by reducing the risk of transmission if you decide to go home in December. 

If you need to access welfare, wellbeing or mental health support, you can find details of services via Connections Matter. 

If you are an international student and are planning to return home at the end of the period of national restrictions (after 2 December) for the winter break, you should adhere to Public Health England advice whilst in England to ensure you are travelling safely. You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are part of a household group which is self-isolating.  

If you do travel overseas, you should also consider whether you need to self-isolate when you return, and are advised to check any restrictions in the country you are travelling to, and whether you will also need to undertake a period of self-isolation in that country. 

You will continue to be able to access your course materials online should you choose to travel home. 

You should be aware that travel advice may change while you are overseas, and you are advised to regularly check all relevant UK Government foreign travel guidance for updates. 

Students travelling to the EU should also consult relevant guidance regarding the UK and EU transition. 

Yes, you will be able to, but you should travel at the right time, as explained below. The Prime Minister is committed to allowing students to travel home from their term-time address to join one other household (that is, your family home).  

Students will be able to start to travel home from 3 December, after the national restrictions come to an end, and it’s strongly recommended that you travel home on or before 9 December (more advice on this will be shared with you soon). This is because anyone who remains at university after 9 December and contracts coronavirus (COVID-19) or is contacted by NHS Test and Trace will have to isolate for up to 14 days at their term-time address and would therefore be at risk of not being able to travel home in time for Christmas Day. 

You will also need to take account of your assessment commitments when planning the date and time that you intend to travel home. You can complete any assessments (coursework or exams/time constrained assignments) from home if you wish, but you will need to make sure that you have adequate IT and internet access to complete them. You will also need to ensure you do not miss submission deadlines   

Healthcare students who are on placements are considered essential workers and should therefore remain in their placements until the end of term. They can then travel home for the holidays, following the public health guidance and as per instructions outlined in the section on self-isolation. Many of our healthcare students on placements will already have access to priority testing. 

We are waiting for government guidance on safe travel back to campus in January and can confirm we fully expect to resume our current blended delivery of on-campus and online teaching from 18 January 2021.  

Those studying in England will only be required to take further measures at home (such as self-isolation) if you are informed by NHS Test and Trace or the university on behalf of Public Health teams that you need to self-isolate, or if a member of your term-time household group has symptoms.  

You will need to follow any local guidance, keep social contact to a minimum, and take personal responsibility for your actions, to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.   

You should not travel home if you have symptoms of COVID-19. The main symptoms include: 

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

If you think you might have coronavirus, you must isolate immediately and book a test.  You should let us know using the COVID-19 reporting form. 

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive and can access testing via the mass testing programme, you should also seek a test. 

You must follow the rules on movement and self-isolation after taking a test:   

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate in your current accommodation for a period of 10 days. You should let us know that you are self-isolating using the COVID-19 reporting form so that you can be offered the appropriate support. For more information, see the COVID-19 and self-isolation FAQs on the Return to Campus Hub.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19, but were identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive, for example, a person from your household group, you can return home if you wish to do so, taking into account the risk of transmission to your family, but you must continue self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days.
  • You should travel home via private transport wherever possible. If you have no other option than to use public transport, you should strictly follow the safer travel guidance for passengers, for instance by observing social distancing measures, wearing a face covering and washing your hands thoroughly and regularly during the journey. 
  • Remember, if you test positive after being identified as a contact of someone who also tested positive, you must self-isolate in your current accommodation for 10 days. You should let us know that you are self-isolating using the COVID-19 reporting form so that that you can be offered the appropriate support. For more information, see the COVID-19 and self-isolation FAQs on the Return to Campus Hub. 
  • If you test negative and are not a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you can travel home by any mode of transport and do not have to undertake any further periods of self-isolation.  

You can share a car with other students or friends from your household group to travel home at the end of term. However, you should both strictly follow the government’s coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers. 

You can reduce the risk of transmission by: 

  • opening windows for ventilation 
  • considering seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle 
  • cleaning your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch 
  • wearing a face covering. 

You should not share a car with anyone outside of your household group minimise the risk of transmission. 

Yes, as long as you have not been informed by NHS Test and Trace or by the university on behalf of Public Health teams that you need to self-isolate or a member of your term-time household has symptoms. If you are using public transport you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes wearing a face covering unless you are exempt, planning your journey in advance to avoid busy times and routes, washing/sanitising your hands regularly, and keeping your distance while travelling where possible. 

If you have been identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive (for example, a person from your household group), but you test negative for coronavirus (COVID-19) via the mass testing programme, you can return home if you wish to do so, taking into account the risk of transmission to your family, but you must continue self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days. 

You should travel home via private transport wherever possible – but if you have no other option than to use public transport, you should strictly follow the safer travel guidance for passengers, for instance by observing social distancing measures, wearing a face covering and washing your hands thoroughly and regularly during the journey. 

Remember, if you test positive, you must not use public or private transport, and self-isolate in your current accommodation for 10 days.  

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that students who had already booked train tickets to travel home for Christmas before the announcement of the student travel window (11 November) can now rebook their tickets to travel between 3 to 9 December without paying additional fees.

Students who bought an Advance ticket before 11 November for a date of travel after 9 December can now change their Advance tickets to travel during the window without paying a change of journey fee of up to £10.

Flexible tickets such as Off Peak or Anytime can already be rebooked to another date without payment of an admin fee.

Read the DfT announcement in full.

Yes, governments across the UK are working to ensure that no matter where you live or study, you are treated fairly and can travel home as safely as possible to keep all our communities safe. 

There is a shared commitment to ensure that all students will be able to return home at the end of term, including where they will be moving between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each of the four nations will publish their own guidance, linked to their wider national guidance, and will set out clearly what this means for students moving between the four nations and what guidance you’ll need to follow at each stage to keep yourself and your family safe. 

Those studying in England will need to follow the guidance regarding self-isolation if you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19.  

Yes, if this is the right choice for you. Please be assured that we will continue to provide essential support services for students wishing to remain on our campuses or who are unable to return home for the winter break. These include: 

  • Student Engagement Centre; speak with our of Customer Service Advisers (CSAs) for advice and signposting to a range of support. 
  • Protection Service; contact Protection 24/7 for safety, security and wellbeing support (Coventry campus only). 
  • Residence LifeResLife teams in our Futurelets accommodation will be available to support wellbeing and social needs. 
  • Connections Matter; access to a suite of online resources designed to help you stay connected and healthy, both mentally and physically. 
  • Togetherall; access to a completely anonymous digital mental health support service available online 24/7 for students and staff to express themselves freely and openly. 

You can also access support via the NHS, and their Every Mind Matters site has a range of tips and advice. Other online resources are available, including from the mental health charity, Mind, and the new Student Space platform. 

If you’re alone, it’s especially important to take care of your mental and physical health and wellbeing, so please seek support if you need it.  

The government is looking to make use of mass testing to make your return to university as safe as possible. Further guidance will be provided in the coming weeks, taking into consideration any future developments and relevant scientific advice.  

For applicants

For the safety of all our visitors, students and colleagues, we are holding virtual open days which replace our usual on-campus open days. We don’t want you to miss out on seeing what Coventry has to offer so we have designed our virtual events so that you can:  

  • watch subject talks and meet our tutors  
  • chat to students to learn more about their experiences with us  
  • explore our campuses virtually  
  • learn more about admissions, student finance and student support    
  • take part in Q&As about student accommodation.  

Visit ourvirtual open day page to book your place.  

The local authorities in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire have developed a detailed outbreak control plan to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and reduce its impact on most vulnerable residents. To learn more about the outbreak control plan, visit the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Council website. 

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