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16 Jul 2021

Coronavirus

UCLan is continuously monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic with your health and wellbeing our main priority.  All the latest updates will appear here, so please keep checking back and make sure you’re reading emails from UCLan and your lecturers. If you have enquiries that are not answered here or in the frequently asked questions (FAQs), then email: coronaenquiries@uclan.ac.uk.  This page was updated on 16 July 2021.

16 July - Update on measures if you are coming onto campus over summer

Despite Government rules changing from Monday (19 July), we are taking a measured and phased approach over the next few weeks to help deliver our plan for the majority of teaching to be on campus and in-person with no face coverings or social distancing from the start of the new academic year.

This means if you are coming onto campus over the summer you must continue to use the following measures until 31 August:
  • Face coverings - From 19 July students must continue to wear a face covering when moving around university buildings, including the Library, to respect others and help keep each other safe. Face coverings do not need to be worn when sitting down in refectories, the library or teaching spaces.
  • Social distancing - Room occupancy continues to be reduced and you should maintain social distancing on campus. The new timetable from the next academic year will not require any social distancing and room capacities will be increased.
  • Self-isolation - As per Government guidelines we will require you to self-isolate if you become a close contact of someone who has contracted Covid. However, from 16 August if you have received both vaccinations you will not be required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact of someone with Covid. You are, however, advised to get a PCR test to be sure you have not contracted the illness before returning to campus.
These measures may not apply to those studying with partner institutions, so you may want to ask them directly about their plans.

We are looking forward to welcoming all our students back at the start of the next academic year and will continue to work hard to give you the best in-person student experience possible.

Changes to student testing over summer

If you are coming onto campus over summer, we still ask that you continue to have two Covid tests three days apart every week. Our campus testing centres have now closed but you will need to continue testing via home kits by collecting home testing kits from campus until the end of July or ordering tests to use at home. We are awaiting further guidance on arrangements for August and whether testing will continue into the new academic year. All updates will be posted on the student testing page so please keep checking for further information.

25 May - Changes to restrictions and home testing kits now available

Below is a reminder of what has changed at UCLan for students from 17 May 2021.

  • Face Coverings are still required on campus and will continue to be worn in classrooms and libraries to help prevent any potential spread of the Indian Covid variant.
  • Social Distancing. The 2m social distancing rules remain in place on all campuses and continue to be maintained in all teaching and learning spaces including performing arts.
  • Eat inside at our refectories. Seating has returned in both Foster and Harrington, with a maximum of 6 seats per table as per the restrictions. However, there has been some changes to the food offer and opening times. From Wednesday 26 May the free food offer ends and all items in Foster and Harrington refectories will be sold at the normal price. We will only be taking card payments with no cash payments accepted and the opening times for both Foster and Harrington will change back to 8am – 5pm. You can continue to claim one free drink with a valid Covid testing card at any time during the opening hours up to and including Friday 18 June.
  • Meeting indoors is allowed. As six people or two households can meet indoors with overnight stays allowed, students can now meet or visit each other in their halls, and other venues but continue to be cautious to keep each other safe.
  • Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre. Classes are restarting and you will need to book online. There are no changes to the current reduced opening hours, which are 9am-4pm weekdays and closed at weekends.
  • The Students' Union building is open to access help and information from the Welcome Point, weekdays 9-5pm. The Students’ Union Atrium and Source Bar will remain temporarily closed.
You can see the national restriction details of what you can and cannot do at GOV.UK.

Home testing kits

Home testing kits are available to collect on campus on the following dates:
  • Preston - Adelphi Building Reception, Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays), 12noon - 2pm.
  • Burnley - Victoria Mill, every Tuesday 8.30am - 10.30am, until 13 July.
  • Westlakes - Samuel Lindow Building, every Thursday, 10am - 12noon until 29 July.
No appointment is necessary for collection of home testing kits, but you do need to read the Privacy Notice summary in advance.

Home kits will consist of 7 tests per box, to cover 3 weeks (twice per week every 3-5 days). Full instructions are provided in the kits, including information on how to upload your test result. Whether you are getting the home kit from campus or via another means, we ask you to select the following:
  • School, college or university when asked Tell us why you took this test?
  • When asked What's the name or postcode of the school, college or university? For Preston - enter BGHH, for Burnley - enter BGHI and for Westlakes - enter BGHJ
This will help us record our testing numbers more accurately as more students and colleagues return to campus.

Further information on rapid lateral flow tests can be found here.

If you have only just returned to campus, you may want to use the on-campus testing centre a few times before starting home testing.

 


14 April 2021 – Government letter to students

Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities, has written a letter to all students to explain the Government decision on all remaining students returning to in-person teaching no earlier than 17 May, in line with Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.


26 February 2021 - List of courses returning to some face-to-face teaching from Monday 8 March (in addition to the exempt list of courses that returned in January)

Published 25 February 2021

School of Arts and Media

  • BA Acting
  • BA Creative Advertising/BA Advertising
  • BA Dance Performance and Teaching
  • BA Fashion Design
  • BA Fashion Promotion
  • BA Film, Media, Popular Culture Year 2 only
  • BA Film Production
  • BA Fine Art
  • BA Graphic Design
  • BA Illustration
  • BA Interior Design
  • BA Multimedia Journalism/BA Journalism
  • BA Music Production and Performance /BA Music Production /BA Music
  • BA Music Theatre
  • BA Photography
  • BA Product Design
  • BA Screenwriting with TV, Film, Radio (ONLY for modules operated by Media Production or TV Production)
  • BA Sports Journalism
  • BA Textile Design/BA Textiles
  • BA Theatre and Performance
  • BA TV Production
  • BSc Media Production
  • BSc Web Design and Development (ONLY for modules operated by Media Production or TV Production)
  • Foundation Art and Design
  • MA Children's Book Illustration
  • MA Dance and Somatic Wellbeing
  • MA Fashion Design
  • MA Fashion and Lifestyle Brand Studies
  • MA Fashion and Lifestyle Promotion
  • MA Fine Art
  • MA Graphic Design
  • MA Interior Design
  • MA Multimedia Journalism
  • MA Photography
  • MA Product Design
  • MA Surface Pattern and Textiles
  • MA TV Production

 

School of Community Health and Midwifery

  • Advanced Certificate Non-Medical Prescribing (pharmacists only)
  • BSc Community Specialist Practitioner
  • BSc Midwifery Year 1 (Burnley Campus)
  • BSc Midwifery Year 1 (Preston Campus)
  • BSc Midwifery Year 2
  • BSc Midwifery Year 2 (March intake)
  • BSc Midwifery Year 3
  • BSc Midwifery short course Year 1
  • BSc Midwifery short course Year 2
  • MSc BSc Nursing in General Practice plus PG framework
  • MSc CBT Year 1
  • PGD/MA Integrative Psychotherapy

 

School of Engineering

  • Additive Manufacturing MSc
  • Aero Year 2
  • Aero Year 3
  • Aero Year 4
  • BEng (Hons) Mechanical Maintenance Engineering TOPUP
  • BEng/MEng Energy Engineering/ Year 1
  • BEng/MEng Energy Engineering/ Year 2
  • BEng/MEng Energy Engineering/ Year 3
  • BSc Architecture
  • Bsc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies Year 1
  • BSc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies - 3rd and 4th (part time)
  • BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering 3rd and 4th (part time)
  • Mechanical/Motorsports/CAE/Energy/Aerospace
  • MEng Energy Engineering/ Year 4
  • Motorsports/CAE/Aerospace
  • MSc Maintenance Engineering
  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
  • MSE Year 1
  • MSE Year 2
  • MSE Year 3
  • Oil/gas safety engineering Year 1
  • Oil/gas safety engineering Year 2

 

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

  • BA BSL & Deaf Studies Year 1
  • BSL & Deaf Studies Year 3
  • BSL & Deaf Studies Years 2 and 3
  • BSL & Deaf Studies

 

School of Medicine

  • BMedSci (Burnley)
  • BSc Medical Sciences Year 3
  • MBBS and MPAS Year 1
  • MBBS Year 3
  • MBBS Year 4
  • MBBS Year 5
  • MBBS & MPAS Year 2
  • MPAP Year 1
  • MPAP Year 2 WL
  • MPAS Year 3
  • MPAS Year 4
  • MSc Physician Associate Practice and PG Dip in Physician Associate Studies Year 2
  • MSc Sports Medicine Year 1
  • MSc Sports Medicine Year 2
  • PG Dip in PA Studies Year 1

 

School of Natural Sciences

  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry Year 3
  • BSc/MPhys Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, Astrophysics Year 1
  • BSc/MPhys Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, Mathematical Physics Year 2
  • FSCI 1
  • MChem Chemistry Year 4
  • MSci Forensic Science & Chemical Analysis Year 4 (project only)
  • MSci Forensic Science & Chemical Analysis, MSci Forensic Science & Molecular Biology Year 4 (project only)
  • MSc Forensic Anthropology 2019/20
  • MSc DNA Profiling, MSc Forensic Science - PGT
  • MSc Synthetic Organic Chemistry

 

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biosciences Year 1
  • Biosciences Year 2
  • Biosciences Year 3
  • MPharm Year 1
  • MPharm Year 3
  • MRes Neuroscience
  • MSc DDD
  • MSc /MRes Cancer Biology

 

School of Social Work, Care and Community

  • BASW (CYSWOR100) Year 1
  • DASW Year 1 (HASWOR101 and HASWOR102) Semester 3 delivery
  • Social Work Degree Apprenticeship Year 3

 

School of Sport and Health Sciences

  • BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership Year 1
  • BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership Year 2
  • BA (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership Year 3
  • BA (Hons) Sport and PE
  • BSc SES/NES/S&C Year 1
  • BSc NES Year 1
  • BSc NES/SES/S&C Year 2
  • BSc NES/SES Year 2
  • BSc SES Year 2
  • BSc NES/SES/S&C Year 3
  • BSc S&C Year 3
  • BSc SES Year 3
  • BSc Nutrition and Exercise Science Year 3
  • MSc SES
  • MSc SES/NES
  • MSc Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • NES Year 2

 


23 February 2021 - Government roadmap out of lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement about the Government roadmap to start the easing of current lockdown restrictions in England, we are now working through the Government guidance and making the necessary arrangements, so we can provide you with details of how this will affect you and your course. You can read the full Roadmap out of Lockdown on the GOV.UK website but please continue to check your UCLan email and the Student Support pages for further information and updates from the University.

3 February 2021 - Government letter to students

Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities, has written a letter to all students to update you on how the Government is working with universities to advise and support students during the pandemic.


29 January 2021 – Reminder - weekly Covid tests required for everyone on campus

Following further Government guidance, if you have returned to campus because your course is one of the exceptions where you will have face-to-face teaching or you have recently travelled back to either University or private accommodation, you should now get weekly student Covid tests at the UCLan testing centres. This will help to reduce the chances of spreading the virus and has been put in place to keep everyone who is on campus safe.

If this applies to you, please book your two Lateral Flow Test time slots per week in advance on the relevant campus through the Student Testing page, where you will also find frequently asked questions about Student Tests. If you still require additional information, please email StudentTesting@uclan.ac.uk

You must not have had anything to eat or drink for 30 minutes before taking the test.

If on a rare occasion it is not possible for you to have the required pair of tests, you should still have one test, as this is better than nothing. However the tests are most accurate when both are done, so the University expects everyone on campus to have the two tests.

Between the two tests you can go about your business as normal and you do not need to self-isolate if your test result is negative, but should ensure you are practicing social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering in University buildings.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the 90 days prior to your planned test, you are likely to have developed some immunity. However, given the current prevalence of the virus and the pressing need to reduce transmission, you are now encouraged to take a Lateral Flow Test regardless of whether you have tested positive previously as this is a good indicator of high viral load, and therefore infectiousness. Please ensure the Lateral Flow Test is not taken whilst you are within a period of isolation following the last confirmed test.


11 January 2021 - Update from our Vice-Chancellor to all students


5 January 2021 - National lockdown advice

We know this is an extremely difficult time for students, following the Government announcement of another national lockdown. You may be worried and have lots of questions but please know we are here to help and support you. Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all students and staff and we will continue to adapt and update students if anything changes. Please continue to check your UCLan email account, these Student Support pages and the main UCLan social media accounts for the latest information.

For now, please note that the UK Government has advised the following:

  • Face-to-face teaching will only go ahead for students on critical healthcare programmes (the courses listed in the 31 December update on the Student Testing page)
  • All other students should remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online, until at least Mid-February
  • If you live at University, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time
  • Students who are eligible for face-to-face teaching, can meet in groups of more than your household as part of your formal education or training, where necessary. Students should expect to follow the guidance and restrictions. You should socially distance from anyone you do not live with.

 


16 December - Change to self-isolation period

The Coronavirus FAQs have been updated, to reflect the new self-isolation period of 10 days, reduced from 14. 

This new guidance is effective from Monday 14 December and states:

  • People who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list should also self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days.
  • People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic.

 

See the full FAQs above.


27 November - COVID restriction tiers from 2 December

The tier system for when we come out of national restrictions on 2 December has been announced:

 

  • Lancashire is in tier 3, which covers the University’s Preston and Burnley Campuses
  • Cumbria is in tier 2, which covers the University’s Westlakes Campus

 

In each tier, restrictions are in place. Full details of tiers 3 and 2 are below, taken from the GOV.UK website.  In all tiers, the following can reopen from 2 December:

 

  • non-essential retail
  • sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds
  • personal care services (hairdressers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours etc)
  • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls.
  • places of worship – communal worship can now resume.

 

Tier 3: Very High alert (Preston and Burnley Campuses)

The University is open and you can continue to travel for education and work purposes. However, please remember that teaching and learning, apart from Clinical Skills and placements, will temporarily move online to allow students to travel home for Christmas. For most courses this will be from Monday 7 December but on some courses, this may be from 3 December so please make sure you check with your course tutor.

In tier 3:

  • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.
  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). 
  • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
  • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
  • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • you can travel home for Christmas during the student travel window (3 - 9 December) and should take two student Covid tests, which are available on campus week commencing 30 November, but you should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

 

Tier 2: High alert (Westlakes Campuses)

The University is open and you can continue to travel for education and work purposes. However, please remember that teaching and learning, apart from Clinical Skills and placements, will temporarily move online to allow students to travel home for Christmas. For most courses this will be from Monday 7 December but on some courses, this may be from 3 December so please make sure you check with your course tutor.

In tier 2:

 

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol; close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt); stop taking orders after 10pm
  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • you can travel home for Christmas during the student travel window (3 - 9 December) and should take two student Covid tests, which are available on campus week commencing 30 November. If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

6 November  - Higher Education Tiers

In September, the Government set out tiers of operation for Higher Education providers and UCLan is currently in Tier 1, the lowest tier.

The tiers are:

  • Tier 1 (default position): HE providers are expected to provide blended learning, with face-to-face tuition, following the provisions of this guidance, and public health guidance, including, for example, the appropriate use of face coverings
  • Tier 2 (fallback position): HE providers should move to an increased level of online learning where possible. Providers should prioritise the continuation of face-to-face provision based on their own risk assessment. We expect that, in the majority of cases, this will be for those courses where it is most beneficial (for example, clinical or practical learning and research)
  • Tier 3 (where stricter measures are needed): HE providers should increase the level of online learning to retain face-to-face provision for priority courses (for example, clinical and medical courses), and in as limited a number of situations as possible. Students should follow government guidance published as part of any additional restrictions applied locally, including where this says that students should remain in their current accommodation and not return their family home or other residential accommodation to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus through travel. In these circumstances, providers should support students to do so by keeping services for students, such as university libraries and catering facilities, open
  • Tier 4 (last resort): We expect the majority of provision to be online, with buildings open for essential workers only. This should include the continuation of essential research

 

We will keep you updated if the situation changes.


2 November - National lockdown update

You will have heard over the weekend that from this Thursday (5 November) the country will be in a month-long national lockdown. The Government confirmed that the wellbeing and long-term futures of young people are a priority and therefore schools, colleges and universities will not be closing under the new lockdown restrictions.

We will continue as we are, offering you a blended teaching and learning approach so please carry on following your current timetable. Our refectories and libraries at both the Preston and Burnley campuses will remain open and free taxis are still available to get you home if you are studying in the Preston Campus Library between 10pm and 4.30am. The Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre will close for general gym sessions but once we receive further guidance from the Government, we will let you know whether amateur sports will be continuing.

The national lockdown means:

  • You should avoid travelling in or out of your local area unless it is for education, work or medical reasons
  • When outdoors, you should only mix with people in your household or with one person from another household, socially-distanced
  • Pubs, restaurants, hospitality and leisure facilities will close but hospitality venues can still provide takeaway and delivery services
  • Schools, colleges, universities and essential shops will stay open
  • All other non-essential retail will close and there will be a ban on households mixing indoors
  • Overnight stays, holidays away from your current home and travel abroad are not allowed. This includes holidays abroad and in the UK.

 

Please remember if you live in university or private student accommodation, the Government guidance says you must not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time. You should only return home at the end of term for Christmas and the Government will be providing further guidance on this in the coming weeks.

Thank you for following the restrictions and guidelines to keep yourself and others safe. We know this hasn’t been an easy time, but we appreciate your support. Please remember we continue to be here to support you during this difficult time so please contact our health and wellbeing service if you need support with your wellbeing. If you’re unsure on the rules, please check the Government website and read the latest frequently asked questions above.


27 October - New online form to report symptoms, positive tests or self-isolation

If you have any symptoms, have a positive test, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you must immediately self-isolate and report this to us using this form. More information about the next steps and the support available can be found on that page.


16 October - Update to Local Restrictions with Lancashire in Tier 3 

It has been confirmed today that Lancashire has moved from Tier 2 High coronavirus restrictions to Tier 3 Very High restrictions. This change will come into effect from 12.01am – one-minute past midnight on Saturday 17 October and will cover the Preston and Burnley Campuses. The University remains open but these are the restrictions you need to be aware of and follow:

What you cannot do under Tier 3:

  • Different households cannot mix in homes, flats, halls of residence or private gardens
  • Different households are banned from mixing in all hospitality venues like restaurants, indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs and bars will be closed unless they are serving substantial meals
  • You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in, or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere
  • Further restrictions may be agreed for particular regions in the top tier such as closure of gyms, casinos, betting shops

 

What you can do under Tier 3:

  • Travel for work or education is allowed
  • People can meet anywhere, including in homes or gardens with those they are in a support bubble with, as they are classed as one household. You can only have one support bubble and it cannot change. You can only have a support bubble if you or the person you 'bubble' with lives alone, or if you or the person you 'bubble' with is a single parent with children under 18. More on support bubbles.
  • People from different households can still meet in certain outdoor public spaces, such as parks, beaches, the countryside, forests, public gardens, allotments, outdoor sports facilities and playgrounds, but the nationwide ‘rule of six’ still applies
  • Gyms staying open is at the discretion of local council leaders under Tier 3 restrictions, and in Lancashire gyms are allowed to stay open
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can also continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport. We are working through these implications for our students
  • Places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed
You can find all the latest information on the gov.uk website, and put in your postcode to see the restrictions for your area.

If you are living near to the Westlakes campus, you can continue to follow national guidelines, which means you are free to meet with others outside of your household but should remain socially distanced and with no more than six other people.  We will continue to keep you updated.

14 October - Update to Local Restrictions

The Government has introduced its new tiered local COVID alert levels, which came into operation on Wednesday 14 October. Preston and Burnley Campuses are within a Tier Two High alert level area and Westlakes campus is in a Tier One Medium alert level area. Should Lancashire be moved into the Tier Three Very High alert level, we will update you on what this means.

As a result, there is currently no major changes to the Government advice you have been following other than:

  • people in Preston and Lancashire can now meet people outside, including in a garden or other spaces like parks or beaches, but there should be no more than six of you in total and you must keep your distance.

 

It is still more important than ever to stay vigilant as cases do continue to rise in Lancashire each day. If you are unsure of the rules, you can use the BBC’s useful tool that allows you to check the rules by typing in your postcode.

Please remember the current Government advice for Preston and Lancashire states:

  • You cannot have others in your halls of residence, flat or home
  • You cannot visit other people's halls of residence, flat, or home, even if they are in an unaffected area. This means that if you are living away from your family home you should remain with your current University household and will not be able to return home to visit family until the current restrictions are lifted.
  • You are not permitted to mix with other households in indoor venues (including homes, bars, restaurants and cafes) but you may still attend these places with people you live with or are in a protective support bubble with.
  • There has been an extension to the places where face coverings are mandatory – including to all retail staff, taxis and private hire vehicles, all indoor hospitality except when seated at a table
  • There are tighter penalties for non-compliance – include an increase to £200 for failure to wear a mask (first-time offence)
  • All bars, restaurants and cafes must offer table service only and along with other hospitality premises (including takeaways) must close by 10pm
  • You are advised to only use public transport for essential journeys - such as travelling to university or work. A face covering must be worn on public transport unless you are exempt
  • You are advised against attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

If you are living near to the Westlakes campus, you can continue to follow national guidelines, which means you are free to meet with others outside of your household but should remain socially distanced and with no more than six other people.

It is important to follow local guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and avoid having to pay a large fine of up to £10,000, as we have already seen across the country.

 

Under the local restrictions, can I return home to visit family while living with my University household?

Government restrictions outline that if you are living in Lancashire (excluding Blackpool), you cannot mix two households or support bubbles in homes, even if the people you want to meet live in an unaffected area. This means that if you are living away from your family home you should remain with your current University household and will not be able to return home to visit family until the current restrictions are lifted.

Reflection Week and Christmas

In line with current Government advice you will be able to return home for Christmas but the advice states that you should remain with your university household during Reflection Week, which starts on Monday 26 October. The Government has stated it will work with universities to make sure that all students are supported to return home safely and spend Christmas with loved ones, if you choose to do so.

However, the Reflection Week situation is different. As Lancashire currently remains a high risk Covid area, where two households or support bubbles are prevented from mixing indoors, our advice is that you continue to follow the Government guidance and remain with your university household. We will continue to monitor the situation and if the Government’s advice changes, we will let you know as soon as possible.


18 September - Important Update to Restrictions in Preston and Burnley

Following the announcement of stronger measures for Lancashire, additional restrictions will apply affecting students, residents and businesses both in Preston and across the county.

The current restrictions for Preston (implemented 7 August) remain in place. This means that:

  • You cannot mix two households or support bubbles, even if there is less than six of you in total. You need to stick with your own household only.
  • You cannot have others in your halls of residence, flat, home or garden
  • You cannot visit other people's halls of residence, flat, home or garden, even if they are in an unaffected area
  • You are not permitted to mix with other households in indoor venues (including homes, bars, restaurants and cafes) but you may still attend these places with people you live with or are in a protective support bubble with.

 

From Tuesday 22 September new restrictions will affect residents and businesses in Preston. These additional regulations mean the following must also be adhered to:

  • Hospitality for food and drink must operate table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues must close between 10pm and 5am

 

The new restrictions being implemented from Tuesday 22 September will also affect you if you are living near to the Burnley campus. In Burnley and the rest of Lancashire (excluding Blackpool):

  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink must operate table service only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues, including restaurants, pubs and cinemas, must close between 10pm and 5am

 

If you are living near to the Westlakes campus, you are not under local lockdown or additional restrictions but you must adhere to the national rule of six. This means you are free to meet with others outside of your household but should remain socially distanced and with no more than six other people.

Please remember it is important to follow the guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and avoid having to pay a large fine of up to £10,000, as we have already seen across the country.


17 September - Covid-19 Training for All Students

In addition to the Personal Evaluation for Campus Attendance and the Covid-19 Community Responsibility Agreement, you also need to complete the UCLan Covid-19 Student Training on Blackboard before returning or coming onto campus.

It is important that you complete this training as soon as possible as it provides details about the health and safety measures we have put in place across our campuses and how you can help to stop the spread of the virus at UCLan. You will also find information on where to go for further advice and support.

Please complete the training by following these instructions:

  1. Access Blackboard (works best using the Mozilla Firefox browser)
  2. Click on the My Courses Tab
  3. Under the Organisation Catalogue click on Mandatory Training for Students
  4. Search for or scroll down to Return to Campus Covid-19 Training for Students and click on the arrow to enrol
  5. The training will then appear within ‘My Blackboard Organisations’.

 


16 September 2020 - Return to Campus Update

We have been looking forward to having you back and while some things have changed, due to the pandemic, we have been making plans to give you a safe and enjoyable student experience at UCLan. Below you will find the latest updates and some important information, which you must complete and read before returning to campus.

If you have any general enquiries or require support, please call 01772 891990 from Thursday 17 September onwards.

Complete your campus evaluation and training

Before you return or come on to campus, it is important that you:

These procedures have been put in place to ensure you are aware of your responsibilities to yourself, each other and the wider community. We have put additional health and safety measures in place, which can be seen in this animation, but we all need to play our part to stop the spread of Covid-19.

 

Follow the Preston guidelines or face a fine

As you return or come onto campus, please remember that Preston does have additional restrictions in place. In Preston, you cannot mix two households or support bubbles, even if there is less than six of you in total. You need to stick with your own household only and follow the guidelines for Preston, which say you must not:

  • Meet with people you do not live with inside a private home, another halls of residence, flat or garden. This does not apply to people you are in a protective support bubble with or other limited exceptions.
  • Visit another home, halls of residence, flat or garden outside of the areas currently affected
  • Meet with people you do not live with or have "bubbled" with in other indoor public venues - this includes pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, leisure and entertainment venues or visitor attractions. You may still attend these places with people you live with or are in a protective support bubble with.

 

If you are living near to Westlakes or Burnley campuses, you are not under local lockdown but must adhere to the national rule of six. This means you are free to meet with others outside of your household but should remain socially distanced and with no more than six other people.

It is important to follow local guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and avoid having to pay a large fine of up to £10,000, as we have already seen across the country.

Social distancing reminder

As you walk around campus you will see various signs and advice in place to remind you to follow our campus guidance. Please remember hands, face, space:

  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly
  • Wear face coverings inside buildings
  • Keep your distance and keep left where indicated

At Preston, you may also see our volunteer Campus Safety Champions who will be politely reminding students and staff about our one-way systems and social distancing measures. If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer as a Community Safety Champion, please email CSC@uclan.ac.uk

 

Download SafeZone

To give you extra peace of mind when returning or coming onto campus, please download the SafeZone app using your UCLan email address and creating a different password to log in. We have recently introduced SafeZone across all campuses as an added layer of safety and it can be used to anonymously report or alert you to any urgent issues, call a first aider or ask for help. You can download it easily from the Apple or Google app stores.

Reopening of facilities

The <i>, your one-stop-shop for general information, advice and support, is now open:
• 9am – 9pm - Monday to Friday
• 10am – 6pm – Saturday and Sunday

Please contact them via email at thei@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 895000 to ask questions or make an appointment.

The Library and Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre have also reopened but with additional safety measures and restricted capacity in place. If you wish to activate your free sports membership at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, please email stfsportscentre@uclan.ac.uk. All activities must be booked in advance by calling 01772 895400. If you have not already done so, you can also register with the University’s medical centre online.


9 June 2020 – Exams and Assessments Information

We have recently updated our assessment frequently asked questions to explain the ‘No Detriment Policy’ and when and how you will get your exam and assessment results.


13 May 2020 – Update following the Government announcement

Following the announcement of the Government’s latest COVID-19 plans to gradually reduce the lockdown over the coming months, there are no changes to the university’s online learning and teaching methods for this semester. However, we are making plans for your safe return to our UK campuses, and we will provide more information as soon as we can.


9 April 2020 - Clarification on assessments, fees and accommodation at UK campuses

We updated you earlier in the week about assessments, exams and our ‘no detriment’ policy, but we know you have more questions. It is a complex matter, but we are doing everything we can to make sure you are not disadvantaged and that you get the qualifications you deserve. There have also been some other questions about fees for accommodation and for tuition, so we thought it would be useful to update you on all of these.

Our core focus at UCLan is to ensure that your learning and assessment continues in the same time frame as originally expected and as a University we are doing everything we can to make that happen as seamlessly as possible, and to enable you to get the qualifications that you deserve. Assessments are an important part of your learning on your course and provide opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and gain feedback on your progress and understanding, as well as helping you to improve in preparation for future assessments.

What does the ‘no detriment’ policy mean?

The no detriment policy acts as a ‘safety net’ to ensure that by attempting your assessments, you obtain at least your average grade up to the start of COVID-19, or a better grade depending on the results of assessments and exams in the coming weeks. This applies to all subject areas across the University but how these adjustments are applied will differ by course, professional body requirements and local circumstances – your individual course tutors will explain any differences to you. It is therefore important to continue preparing for your assessments and exams as these results could not only help improve your grades even further but are also core to your learning and future success on the course or in your chosen career.

For our final year students, we know these assessments and exams will be a culmination of years of learning and we are determined that this global crisis will not be detrimental to your final qualification and you will be able to become a graduate as planned. Therefore, please be reassured that provided assessments are attempted, your performance will be judged as equal to, if not better than previous assessments, or against any previous cohort.

We also recognise that for students in years one and two, achievements this year could potentially affect future classifications in final years. Please do not worry, if your performance dips during this COVID-19 period, then this will be taken into account both in this year and in future years, even if the COVID-19 situation is then a distant memory.

Why should I pay my tuition fees if university buildings are not open?

We are sure you appreciate these are very extraordinary times for universities and we have had to adapt our teaching to an online delivery model so that you can continue with your learning, and you will still receive your qualifications at the end of your course without having to extend your study timescales.

As teaching and learning continues, you will still receive the tuition fee loan and the maintenance loans and/or grant from Student Finance, along with all other UK university students and you will still receive your qualifications at the end of your course without having to extend your study timescales. During this challenging period, UCLan staff are working tirelessly to ensure that you can complete your studies through alternative delivery methods. We are working with you to support you as best we can and to enable you to get through the coming months of study in order to obtain your qualifications in the time frame you that you expected. The reality is that with the Easter break and study leave coming up, there are not many weeks of this academic year left, so please bear with us in this unprecedented situation.

My accommodation is through a private provider. Can I also get my final semester accommodation fees waived?

We recognise the significant financial challenges many of you face at this time, with loss of part-time jobs and stretched resources. We are committed to helping you succeed in work and in life as best we can, but we can only waive fees for the accommodation that we have direct control over. As such, we have now waived the third semester fees for all UCLan contracted accommodation.

The University and Students' Union have also written to private providers that we work with to ask them to support students during this difficult time. Whilst we cannot make the same decision for private third-party providers, we are trying our best to see if we can influence their decision on accommodation fees. However, they are private companies and some are very small businesses and will need to make their own decisions. All we can do as a University is to make them aware of the decisions that we have made for UCLan contracted accommodation in the hope they can support you as well.

Thank you

Thank you for being so accommodating and for adapting to a new way of studying during this unusual period. If you have any specific questions about your course or placement then please do get in touch directly with your tutor.

We know it is not easy for anyone during these challenging times and it is important that we all pull together to make the best of the situation we are faced with. We know you are doing some great things whether that is supporting your families, being a key worker for the NHS, or just coping with this situation admirably. We are very proud of what our University community has collectively achieved to support others during this global crisis, and we know that with such great students and staff working together there is definitely more support to come.

Enjoy your Easter break.

Professor Graham Baldwin
Vice-Chancellor


6 April 2020 - Arrangements for assessments impacted by the COVID-19 situation

In view of the COVID-19 and the move to remote teaching and learning, we want to provide a further update on the actions we are taking in relation to your learning and assessment. We have listened to your feedback and reviewed our Semester Two and Semester Three Assessment, Examination and Re-examination arrangements with our external examiners and regulatory bodies.

The vast majority of planned assessment will continue as normal. For example, if you have written coursework assessment, the assessment and deadlines should be unaffected. However, you will not be expected to attend any formal face-to-face assessments or any examinations on-campus.

We appreciate that you will be anxious to know the details of any altered assessments as soon as possible. Schools are sharing finalised assessment arrangements with you as soon as these are agreed. In a small number of subjects our course teams are still finalising approvals in line with regulatory requirements and details of these will be confirmed to you as soon as possible. This will ensure that if your course is professionally accredited, any alternative assessment still meets their guidelines.

Below is a set of university-wide principles that will be applied across all modules and courses:

  1. All teaching and assessment will now be facilitated online or remotely for the remainder of the academic year, with appropriate learning materials being made available through Blackboard and other IT platforms where you do not already have these.
  2. Opportunities for online interaction between lecturers and students will continue to be provided and Schools will notify students of how they should access this
  3. To ensure we maintain the quality and standards of your degree, all planned assessments such as coursework and online examinations will take place as expected, where possible. Some other assessments, such as practicals and face to face exams, may need to be modified so they can be completed remotely
  4. On-campus examinations will now normally be replaced by online alternative assessment (unless you have been advised otherwise by your School)
  5. Scheduling of submission deadlines will be staggered as far as possible. Some deadlines may now be extended in order to give you more time to complete the work.
  6. Feedback will be provided as usual, but online.
  7. Assessment Boards will use the guidance in relation to the operation of Extraordinary Circumstances concerning students’ progression and degree classification, giving particular emphasis to those assessments where COVID-19 has impacted teaching and learning and assessment. Assessment Boards have a great deal of experience in dealing with extenuating circumstances and ensuring that all students are treated fairly. In addition, for all students we already have a set of marks that we can use to make well-informed judgements on classification or progression. The provisions within the Academic Regulations and the Extraordinary Circumstances Regulations enable Assessment Board Chairs to ensure there is no detriment to students as a result of the COVID-19. These rules will continue to apply to the affected assessments where classification decisions are reached in future years of your course.
  8. If you are a non-final year student who, due to the current situation, will not have the opportunity to demonstrate that you fully meet all learning outcomes intended for your current year of study, we will revise our delivery of the learning outcomes and their assessment to ensure that you are able to show how you meet these learning outcomes during the remainder of your course. You will be able to progress by successfully meeting the remaining agreed learning outcomes for this year of your course.
  9. Given we are now operating within Extraordinary Circumstances, Extenuating Circumstances applications relating directly to COVID-19 will be automatically approved, as will applications relating to child and caring responsibilities resulting from school closures, and the requirement for evidence will be waived
  10. We know that it is likely that some students will fall ill over the coming period, and some students will be trying to study whilst dealing with difficult family circumstances; we will deal with these circumstances and others flexibly and sensitively. We will do everything we can to support you to complete this academic year successfully.

 

Specific information for clinical courses

Separate arrangements have been approved for some programmes including Nursing, Medicine and Dentistry. You will be notified about the specific alternative arrangements where they sit outside of the above principles.

Some questions and answers

A note on Extensions vs Extenuating Circumstances

Extension

An extension is when you have a temporary unexpected circumstance that means you are unable to complete a particular assignment.

We announced on 25 March that all assignment deadlines will be automatically extended by five days, without you needing to apply. However if you feel you need longer, you can apply for an extension up to a maximum of 10 working days.

In order to do this, you need to raise a hand through Starfish, giving a clear statement about what has happened, information about how this has affected you, and the number of additional days that you would need to enable you to complete the assignment (up to a maximum of 10 working days). Extensions must be made prior to the submission date as extensions cannot be given retrospectively. You are not required to provide any evidence.

Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)

These are required when students face significant unplanned and unforeseen events in their personal life, which have a greater impact on their studies than cannot be solved by the use of an extension. EC applications are submitted via MyUCLan, and they must be done no later than three working days after any examination or assessment submission date.

Unlike extensions you are required to provide evidence to support your application (No evidence is required for COVID-19). You will be advised what you need to do regarding your assessments. For example:

  • You may be given an extended deadline

  • An assessment may be rescheduled to a later date

  • You may be advised to interrupt your studies for a period

  • You may be granted a reassessment

  • You may be given a different form of assessment

 

Q. I have already applied for a (10 day) extension and I am awaiting a response from the hub. Do I need to apply again via the new system in Starfish?

A. If you have already applied for a 10 day extension and are awaiting a response from your Hub then you do not need to apply again via Starfish.

Q. I already have an extension, do I get an extra 5 days on my new deadline?

A. An extension has already been granted previously and therefore no further extension will be given unless you are applying for Extenuating Circumstances.

Q. Does this extension apply to all modules this year? For example, year-long modules with deadlines in July and August

A. The extension applies to all modules that have started this year, for example year-long modules with deadlines in July and August.

Q. Does the extension apply to Semester 3 Modules that have not started yet?

A. The extension does not apply to semester 3 modules that have not started yet.

Q. Does the extension apply to reassessments and in-module reassessments?

A. The extension applies to reassessments and in-module reassessments.

Q. Does the 5 day extension include students from Partner Colleges?

A. Yes

Q. Does the 5 day extension include Distance Learning Students?

A. Yes

Q. Does the extension include Dissertations?

A. Yes

Q. I already have Extenuating Circumstances, do I get an extra 5 days on my new deadline?

A. If you already have ECs you will not get an extra 5 days on your revised deadline.

Q. I have symptoms of Coronavirus, do I have to apply for Extenuating Circumstances and will I have to provide evidence?

A. You will need to apply for ECs through myUCLan and evidence will not be required. You can find more on the student support website.

Q. I have got ECs which are not related to COVID-19. Do I apply through the normal channels?

A. Yes you apply through myUCLan, together with your evidence. You can find more on the student support website.

Q. I am an architecture student who is finalising my final piece of assessment, which is a model house, how do I submit this?

A. Your module tutor will advise you.

Q. I have an exam from the previous academic year that I have yet to sit. What happens about this?

A. Your module tutor will advise you and normally this will be via online assessment.

Q. Will my degree be predicted if I only have one resit exam outstanding?

A. Assessments Boards have a great deal of experience in dealing with extraordinary circumstances and ensuring that all students are treated fairly. The board will use the results available to make well-informed judgements on classification or progression. The regulations enable Boards to apply ‘no detriment’ provisions.

Q. Will the alternative assessment that I take remotely consider rest breaks that I am usually entitled to?

Provision will be made for any reasonable adjustments that have been agreed with students. Your Module Tutor will advise how these will be implanted for your assessment.

Q. My children are now off school, how will I do the alternative assessment as I am the main carer?

A. Where possible we encourage you to try to attempt the assessment. You will need to consider submitting Extenuating Circumstances if this makes it impossible to do the assessment or if the assessment attempt is impacted by the situation.

Q. I am an overseas student who has gone home, what will I do about my exams?

A. Like other students, you would be expected to undertake the alternative assessments remotely. If you have problems accessing technology, you need to advise your Course Leader or Module Tutor as soon as possible and well before the assessment date.

Q. I don’t have internet access how will I do an alternative assessment?

A. If online learning and assessment is a new part of your course as a result of the changes we have had to make, and you cannot do this as you have no access to internet or hardware, please inform your course leader by email or in writing that you are in this situation if you have not already done so. As previously requested, you should tell us about this as soon as possible.



1 April 2020 - Payments for third semester accommodation in halls waived by UCLan

The University and the Students’ Union realise this is a challenging time for many of you, especially those living in halls with social contact being dramatically minimised. We understand too that it is a time of financial concern when some of you who have been working part time, are not able to do so. We have therefore been working closely with the Students’ Union and made the decision to waive the final hall payment for next term, whether you have already moved out of halls or if you continue to live there.

UCLan waives accommodation fees for third semester in halls

The University has decided to waive all third semester accommodation fees for students who have a UCLan accommodation contract, as part of our support to students during the Coronavirus pandemic. This means that the April instalments of rents are not payable.

For students who have already paid their rent in full, the Student Accommodation team will contact you to arrange a refund. For students who have instalment agreements, the Student Accommodation team will contact you to agree a balancing figure that takes into account that the April instalment is not payable.

Whilst we cannot make the same decision for private third-party providers, we are in discussion with them to see if they can agree to similar measures.

Therefore, no student will be expected to pay their final accommodation instalment by Tuesday 21 April, whether they decide to continue to live in our halls of residence or have already moved out. We understand that some of you will need to continue to live in halls because you are an international student and cannot go home, you have vulnerable relatives at home that you want to protect, or you are in self-isolation and cannot leave your room or flat.

Government advice during ‘lockdown’

The Government advice is to restrict any movement across the country as far as possible and they are therefore advising if you are currently in halls of residence you should remain there. We suggest that you do adhere to this advice to reduce the spread of the infection.

Please remember, even if you are not self-isolating, you can only leave your halls of residence for four reasons:
1. To shop for essential items, such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
2. One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
3. To fulfil any medical or care needs or to help a vulnerable person
4. To travel to and from work where it is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

Even when following the above guidance, you should minimise the amount of time spent out of your accommodation and should keep two metres (six feet) away from people you do not live with.

Please do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

We hope that our decision to waive accommodation payments, helps ease the burden for you at this challenging time. As a University we are keen to support you as much as possible and minimise any disruption to your studies.

Wishing you, your families and friends good health.

Graham Baldwin Suntosh Kaur
Vice-Chancellor Students’ Union President


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