On 22 February, the Prime Minister outlined the Government’s plans and timeframe for moving out of current lockdown restrictions. We received guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) this week about the detail for higher education delivery from 8 March onwards, and sent out an update to all staff and students today (25 February). All students and staff should continue to check their university email accounts, relevant Blackboard pages, these pages and our social media channels for the latest information.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we continue to place the highest possible priority on creating a safe environment on campus for all staff, students and visitors, as well as keeping our communities safe.
Students’ access to campus during lockdown
It is a priority to reduce the numbers of students on our campuses, and to avoid asking students to travel if it can be avoided during the national lockdown. The UK Government has determined that a limited number of students, largely those training as future critical workers in health and teaching, should continue to study on campus.
Covid-19 testing on campus
The university is taking part in the Government’s scheme to offer routine twice weekly testing, for staff and students without symptoms, who need to spend time on campus. Anyone with symptoms is reminded not to attend campus, to contact the NHS for advice and to book a test.
Support for current students
The Student Hub includes guidance for a range of issues and situations, including support during self-isolation. Should you fall ill, please use the links there to notify the university of your covid status and to access additional support. If you need information about any aspect of your course, placement, support services or accommodation, please log in to your student account for full access to My.Cumbria and the Student Hub. If you are unable to access those resources, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance.