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25 Jan 2021

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We know that you may have questions about returning to campus in 2021 so we have developed this page to give you further information and answer some frequently asked questions about student Covid testing and returning to campus in January. This page was last updated on 25 January 2021.

22 January - Weekly Covid testing now available for students 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 until further notice. 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.

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For further details about student testing, please read the frequently asked questions.  The list of courses, which are continuing face-to-face teaching, are included under the 31 December update below. If you still require additional information, please email StudentTesting@uclan.ac.uk


15 January - Updated return to campus and student testing FAQs 

As a result of the latest Government guidance we have updated the return to campus and student testing frequently asked questions.

The new Semester will now start on Monday 25 January for most students with the exception of students on the courses listed under the 31 December update below.


5 January - 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 below)
  • 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.

 


31 December - Important update about next semester

We hope you managed to have a good Christmas break. We want to give you an update on the additional measures that were announced by the UK Government yesterday which means that all of our UK campuses are now in Tier 4 areas. We have now also been asked by Government to restrict the number of students returning from 4 January to minimise the need to travel and to review the start dates for all other students. As a result, please take note of the following important changes:

Semester 2 now starts on 25 January 2021 for the majority of students

The new Semester will now start on Monday 25 January for most students with the exception of students on the following courses:

Medicine

  • MBBS 5 year program
  • MBBS 6 year program and International Medical Foundation program at West Lakes Campus
  • MPAS
  • MPAP
  • Optometry
  • PGDip Physician Associate studies

Dentistry

  • BDS
  • BSc Dental Therapy
  • BSc Clinical Dental Technology
  • Clinical Dental Technology (short course)
  • MSc Endodontology
  • MSc Prosthodontics
  • MSc Clinical Periodontology
  • MSc Advanced Restorative and Periodontal Practice
  • MSc Oral Surgery
  • MSc Clinical Implantology
  • MSc Dental Implantology
  • Orthodontic Therapy Programme

Subjects allied to Medicine / Health

  • MPharm
  • Advanced Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists
  • MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • PGDip Advanced Pharmacy Practice
  • BSc Healthcare Science
  • BSc Sports Therapy
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • BSc Operating Department Practice (including DA)
  • BSc Paramedic Science
  • BSc Nursing (top -up)
  • MSc Sports med
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre registration)
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (pre registration)
  • MSc Speech & Language Therapy (pre registration)
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner
  • BSc Midwifery
  • Health & Social Care (Assistant Practitioner), FdSc - Degree Apprenticeship
  • BSc Hons Nursing with registered nurse [adult]
  • BSc Hons Nursing with registered nurse [mental health]
  • BSc Hons Nursing with registered nurse [children and young people]
  • MSc Nursing with registered nurse [adult]
  • MSc Nursing with registered nurse [mental health]
  • MSc Nursing with registered nurse [children and young people]
  • BSc Hons Degree Apprenticeship - Nursing with registered nurse [adult]
  • FdSc Degree Apprenticeship - Nursing Associate
  • PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting or School Nursing
  • PGDip Community Specialist Practitioner – Children’s Nursing and Nursing in the home
  • BSc Hons in Pre-Registration Nursing (Adult)
  • MSc in Pre-Registration Nursing (Adult)
  • BSc Hons in Pre-Registration Nursing (Children)
  • BSc Hons in Pre-Registration Nursing (Mental Health)
  • Master of Science in Pre-Registration Nursing (Mental Health)
  • PG Dip International Medical Sciences
  • AdvCert Non-Medical Prescribing
  • Short course Immunology & Vaccination Update for Registered Practitioners

Social work

  • BA Social Work (including DA)
  • MA Social Work

Students on the above courses will continue their studies from Monday 4 January and need to ensure they have had their Covid tests before they return.

For those students who will now start on 25 January please be assured that you will continue to receive the same teaching hours as you would normally have done as we do have the flexibility to accommodate the later start of term within our timetabling. We will be bringing forward the ‘Reading week’ in February (15-19) to the 18-24 January as well as ensuring across the rest of the academic year we will schedule in the same amount of teaching as planned.

For students who have online teaching and assessments scheduled prior to 18 January to enable them to complete Semester One these online sessions will continue as planned.

Placement students

We expect placement from 4 January to go ahead if your placement provider supports this. Please check with your placement provider what restrictions there may be in place if you have not had your placement arranged through your course team.

What about my Covid test?

If your course is listed above and teaching/placement starts on or from 4 January, you must make sure you have your Covid tests before returning to face-to-face teaching. If you haven’t already booked please do so via the relevant booking links below: 

FOR PRESTON CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW
FOR BURNLEY CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW
FOR WESTLAKES CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW

If you have booked a test between 3 and 8 January and will not now be returning during these dates, please cancel your booking. You can do this by going to your order on the Eventbrite booking, log in and press ‘cancel order’.

All bookings for Covid tests from 11 January will now be automatically cancelled (you do not need to do anything) and we will be back in touch to ask you to book your tests again at a rearranged time ready for the start of face-to-face teaching in Semester 2.

International students

The advice for international students travelling from overseas for the new term who are not required on campus from 4 January is to consider whether you need to travel to the UK at this time. You should consider delaying if travel arrangements can be rearranged without undue costs. This does not apply to medical degree students who should arrange to travel if possible and not delay their arrangements. Please remember all international arrivals must complete a passenger locator form on arrival in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 10 days. There is now the option to take a COVID-19 test from a private testing provider (at your own cost) after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to continue to self-isolate.

Research students

Researchers and research students are being treated on the same basis as employees so where you are able to work from home, you should do so, but those who require access to specialist facilities for their work will be allowed access by arrangement through their supervisors. Research students will receive some more information directly.

Student accommodation

We realise that some students will have remained on Campus during the Christmas period and as a University we will continue to support those still living on or near campus. If you are currently in student accommodation, please stay there and do not travel home as per Government advice. We also know that there will be some students who will need to return to their student accommodation before the start of term because they do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities at home or if they require additional support. As a University we will continue to support those in this situation, please see our Student Wellbeing pages for more information.

If you do not need to return to your accommodation the Government strongly advises you to stay at your current address until the new term starts. For those living in UCLan owned halls of residence we will be reviewing the accommodation costs taking in to account the delayed start to term. The normal payment on 5 January is still required but any adjustments are being looked at and may be made to your scheduled final payment this year.

Further updates

We will send you additional information about your start of term from 25 January and how to book your Covid tests in the coming weeks. The Government will review the situation on 18 January so please do keep checking your emails for any further information.

We would like to wish you a happy New Year and hope that 2021 is a better year for everyone.


21 December – Updated Government advice on student testing

We know that most of you will now be enjoying your well-deserved Christmas break, but we want to make sure you are prepared for your return to campus in January by reminding you to book your student Covid tests as soon as possible.

Given the current situation in the UK with the number of coronavirus cases growing, the Government has updated their guidance on student Covid testing in January. The advice continues to be that ALL students (not just those living in term time accommodation) have the asymptomatic Covid tests before they return to any face-to-face teaching in the New Year, unless you have already had a positive test within 90 days.

In new Government advice received today - if you choose not to get tested, you will now need to self-isolate for 10 days before coming onto campus.

For information about your return dates and testing in January, please read the updates below and the frequently asked questions.

FOR PRESTON CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW
FOR BURNLEY CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW
FOR WESTLAKES CAMPUS BOOK YOUR TESTS HERE NOW

International students

If you are an international student returning from another country, not on the exemption (travel corridor) list, you will need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days upon arrival. You will NOT be able to book a Lateral Flow Covid test at the University to reduce this isolation period. Please find out more about the UK Government’s Test to Release scheme.

Christmas on campus?

Just a reminder that if you are staying on campus and want to find out what activities and support are available, check out the Christmas on campus webpage.

If you have further questions about the student Covid testing process and what your results will mean, please read the useful frequently asked questions. If you still require additional information, please email StudentTesting@uclan.ac.uk


14 December - Returning to University in 2021

The Government has advised a staggered return for university students at the start of 2021 to help to reduce any potential spread of Covid-19. The advice is that ALL students (not just those living in term time accommodation) have two Covid tests before they return to any face-to-face teaching in the New Year. Below you will find information about the staggered return dates in January, details of how to book your tests and some frequently asked questions and answers.

Teaching and Learning

The staggered return will mean that all teaching and learning for the start of the year, apart from some practical courses and placements and assessments, will initially be online for a couple of weeks before we return to blended learning. Please take a look at the list of Schools below to find out when your face-to-face learning (i.e. not online) will start next year if you have scheduled teaching. There are a small number of courses that may be exceptions, so please check your timetable to see if your course or module falls into this category and the dates for face-to-face teaching or assessment are different to those listed below. This list is ONLY when your face-to-face learning starts so don’t forget most courses will start online from w/c 4 January. Due to the Government guidance and the arrangements that have had to be made for the staggered return after Christmas, there has been a slight delay to the publishing of the Semester 2 timetable and it will now be available for you to view from 21 December.

Face-to-face learning from w/c 4 January 2021

  • School of Medicine
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • Healthcare programmes in the School of Sport and Health Sciences

 

Face-to-face learning from w/c 11 January 2021

  • School of Community Health and Midwifery
  • School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

 

Face-to-face learning from w/c 18 January 2021

  • School of Social Work, Care and Community
  • Remainder of the School of Sport and Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Computer Science

 

Face-to-face learning from w/c 25 January 2021

  • School of Business
  • School of Justice
  • School of Management
  • School of Arts and Media
  • School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

 

Covid Testing – how to book your slot

All students will be offered asymptomatic testing before returning to face-to-face teaching in 2021 to help reduce the spread of the virus. These free Lateral Flow tests are open to ALL students including; commuting students, those who are returning from home after the Christmas break, and those who have remained in their term time accommodation over the festive season. We advise that you book your tests so we can reduce any risk in a spike of Covid cases when we return. 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, and therefore taking a repeat Lateral Flow Test is not necessary.

The Covid testing centres will open at our Preston, Burnley and Westlakes campuses from Monday 4 January 2021, and you can now book your timeslots for taking the tests.

  • You will need to book two time slots as you are required to take two tests, which are free and must be carried out three days apart.
  • Please arrange to book your tests when you return to campus and before your face-to-face learning starts
  • The tests available are Lateral Flow Tests, which are quick turnaround tests that you take yourself with the kit provided. The tests are processed on site without the need for laboratory equipment and your results will be provided by email or text within 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Lateral Flow Tests are meant for people who do not show symptoms and who are not close contacts of confirmed cases. Please do not turn up for these tests if you are at the time showing symptoms of Covid-19 as you must immediately self-isolate and book an NHS Test. If you have already booked a test at the University, please go back onto the Eventbrite system and cancel it.

 

BOOK HERE for Preston Campus
BOOK HERE for Burnley Campus
BOOK HERE for Westlakes Campus

If you are an international student returning from another country, not on the exemption (travel corridor) list, you will need to self-isolate in your accommodation for 10 days upon arrival. You will NOT be able to book a Lateral Flow Covid test at the University to reduce this isolation period.
Please find out more about the UK Government’s Test to Release scheme.

If you have further questions about the student Covid testing process and what your results will mean, please read the frequently asked questions. If you still require additional information, please email StudentTesting@uclan.ac.uk


3 December - Information on returning in Semester Two

The Government has advised a staggered return for university students in semester two to reduce the spread of the virus. We are now working through the Government guidance so that we can provide you with further details on how this will affect all students at UCLan, and we will send further updates to your UCLan email account. Please make sure you continue to check for emails from ‘student comms’ over the next few weeks.

Student Testing

All students will be offered asymptomatic testing when you return to campus and we will email you in the next few weeks with further information on dates and advice about the testing.

Teaching and Learning

The staggered return will mean that all teaching and learning for the start of the semester two timetable, apart from some practical courses and placements, will initially be online for a couple of weeks before we return to blended learning. We will provide further details regarding what that means for your course as soon as we can.

Please do continue to check your UCLan email account and this Student Support page as we will be providing more details and updated frequently asked questions as soon as we can.


23 November - Student Covid Testing and Travelling Home for Christmas

You may be aware that we’re working with the Government’s Test and Trace to set up Covid testing centres on our campuses and they will be up and running during week commencing Monday 30 November. This will enable those of you who are living in both University and private term time accommodation to travel home for Christmas with some reassurance to your family and friends that you are not spreading the virus.

Please read the student Frequently Asked Questions, if you have any questions about:

  • the student Covid testing,
  • travelling home for Christmas,
  • the temporary move to online learning or
  • returning to campus in January 2021.
In line with Government advice, please remember teaching for everyone’s pre-Christmas timetable, apart from Clinical Skills and placements, will temporarily move online to allow students to travel home for Christmas. For the majority of 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. These procedures have been put in place to help reduce the spread of the virus, so thank you for your continued support.

Who should take the tests

Students who are living in University or private student accommodation or private houses or flats who are planning to return home for Christmas will need to take two Lateral Flow Tests on campus during the first week of December. Lateral Flow Tests are rapid turnaround tests that can process Covid-19 tests on site without the need for laboratory equipment. The two tests are free and must be carried out three days apart, meaning you will need to book two slots.

Lateral Flow Tests are meant for people who do not show symptoms and who are not close contacts of confirmed cases. Please do not show up for these tests if you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 as you must immediately self-isolate and book an NHS test.

International Students

If you are an international student, please check the requirements for international travel set by the country you are returning to. The free Lateral Flow Tests may not give you the ability to travel abroad. It is usually negative PCR Covid-19 tests that are accepted by airlines and you can book and pay for these online from a range of companies, including:

Please also speak to your travel insurer, check the latest developments with your flight or transport operator and never travel if you have coronavirus symptoms.

 

How to book your two tests

Preston Campus

  • The Preston Campus University Covid testing will take place in Foster Social Space every day between 8.45am and 6.15pm from Monday 30 November until Saturday 5 December inclusive and you will need to book two timeslots to take a test.
  • Please arrive on time for your slots and please enter Foster Building via the refectory fire doors to the left of the main entrance.
  • Due to the number of students requiring tests, please book two separate timeslots on the dates recommended for your faculty. If you are unsure which faculty your school is in you can find out here. Your two time slots must be three days apart with your first test taking place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, followed by your second test three days later on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. For example, if your first test is on Monday your second should be booked for Thursday.
  • Book your Preston Campus time slots HERE.

Burnley Campus

  • The Burnley Campus University Covid testing will take place in Victoria Mill on Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 December and you will need to book a timeslot on each of these two days to take a test.
  • Please arrive on time for your slots.
  • Book your Burnley Campus time slots HERE.

Westlakes Campus

  • The Westlakes Campus University Covid testing will take place in Samuel Lindow Building on Tuesday 1 and Friday 4 December and you will need to book a timeslot on each of these two days to take a test.
  • Please arrive on time for your slots and please enter Samuel Lindow Building via the main reception door.
  • Book your Westlakes Campus time slots HERE.

Taking the test

You will take the Lateral Flow Test yourself, but you must arrive wearing a face covering and must keep two metres apart. You will need to bring your student ID and a mobile device to access the website where you will register your details. The University will not have access to your data, information or test results on this website.

The test centre is accessible, has options for additional privacy if required and support with the test if requested when you arrive. Please contact Inclusive Support if you require any additional adjustment and support with the tests via inclusivesupport@uclan.ac.uk

The test will include:

  1. Enter the test site in Foster Building via the fire doors to the left of the main entrance and visit the registration desk where you will receive a test card (with QR code) and copies of your barcode.
  2. Scan QR code on the test card and register online.
  3. Collect your test kit
  4. You will then be directed to the next available booth.
  5. Attach the barcode to the Lateral Flow Device and self-administer swab.  See the step-by-step guide on how to take a swab sample.
  6. Pass the swab through the screen to a UCLan representative for processing
  7. Leave test site (with barcode attached to test card). We anticipate you will be in the test centre for up to 30 minutes.
  8. Receive your result 30 - 60 minutes later via email and text and act on your result.

What to do with your test results

  • Two negative test results mean you can return home immediately (within 24 hours of the test).
  • A positive result will require you to immediately self-isolate and book an NHS test. You must stay in your term time accommodation until your self-isolation period finishes. Your test results and your data will not be shared with the University but you are required to notify us if you have tested positive by completing this form immediately.
  • If you test negative but are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you can return home but must continue self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days using private transport wherever possible. If you have no other option than to use public transport, you should strictly observe social distancing measures, wear a face covering and wash hands thoroughly and regularly during the journey.
The University will not have access to the test data or your results. You can read how the DHSC will process data at this link. The University will not hold your data from booking a test. Read more about UCLan’s data privacy and protection at this link.

If you still require additional information about booking a student Covid test, please email events@uclan.ac.uk