Our campus: Keeping you safe. How we have adapted to COVID-19
The safety and wellbeing of our community at the University of Northampton is our top priority, and throughout the pandemic, we have taken considerable measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the associated spread of the virus.
From 19 July 2021, the Government has said mandatory restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning in Higher Education as a result of COVID-19 will be lifted, but universities should implement sensible and proportionate control measures to reduce any risk.
Below you will find details regarding the University’s response to these instructions, which are there to safeguard you, your friends, and your loved ones. These may be subject to change in the future depending on changes in local and national public health advice.
Teaching from September 2021
The University is planning to return to face-to-face teaching and a pre-COVID timetable from September 2021. To support this, we are keeping some existing, and implementing a number of new measures to reduce any risk.
In July, the Government stated mandatory restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning in Higher Education as a result of COVID-19 will be lifted, but universities should implement sensible and proportionate control measures to reduce any risk. If you are unable to physically attend your lectures on campus due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will support you to enable you to catch up.
By covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, you’ll reduce the spread of droplets and aerosols carrying the virus by limiting the amount of the virus being released when you talk and breathe, helping to protect others.
Whilst the wearing of face coverings is no longer a legal requirement, we strongly urge students and staff to continue to wear face coverings inside University buildings, with the exception of University Halls of Residence, sports facilities and catering areas.
Social distancing measures in teaching rooms have been removed to enable teaching room capacity to return to its maximum and for a pre-COVID timetable to resume.
However, in order to increase capacity whilst also balancing the requirement to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, it has been agreed that a number of control measures should remain or be introduced, these include:
- Strongly recommended use of face coverings inside University buildings
- Maintain extra space at the front of each classroom to support distancing
- Enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the campus and retention of hygiene stations
- Increased ventilation arrangements
- Behaviour-based signage to encourage distance without mandating it.
For specialist spaces COVID-19 risk assessments will be completed, with consideration for the type of activities being conducted and any higher risks including close contact, physical activities or performing arts where additional specific government guidance may apply.
Vaccines are the best way to protect us all from coronavirus, and will save thousands of lives. In England, the COVID-19 vaccination is being offered for free to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.
If you are coming to Northampton to study in September, the Government has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccinations in a FAQ document. Vaccinations are not compulsory – and we know not everyone is able to receive them – but if you can, we strongly encourage you to book your jabs as soon as you are able to in order to keep us all safe.
If you haven’t been invited to receive a vaccine yet and are worried about what this will mean for studying at UON, please don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We will be running a pop-up Vaccine Clinic on campus in the Learning Hub from Monday 20 September, so students can receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or, if they have received a first dose of a vaccine at least 8 weeks before, a second dose.
The Vaccine Clinic will be a drop-in so you don’t need to book or be registered with a GP in order to receive the vaccine. There will be the opportunity to register with our on-campus GP surgery during Welcome and Induction Week.
If you are local to Northamptonshire, you can also make use of the pop-up vaccination centres around the county before you join us in September. You can find more information about vaccinations in Northamptonshire on the Local Authority website.
Students can consult the COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions which has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information.
Students and staff should continue to test twice a week, using home lateral flow device (LFD) test kits.
We provide home test kits from various locations across the University estate, you can collect yours from the following areas:
- Student Information Desk, Learning Hub 8am to 10pm
- Senate Reception 8am to 6pm
- Development Hub Reception 8am to 6pm
- Scholars Green Student Village Reception 8am to 6pm
- St Johns Halls of Residence Reception 8am to 6pm
If you prefer you can visit a Community Test Centre, you can find all the details you need on the Northampton Local Authority website. Upon notification of a positive LFD test result, students and staff should follow the national guidance for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
- Student symptom and positive result forms are on the Student Hub (student login required).
- Staff Coronavirus Reporting form is on the Staff Intranet (login required).
Thank you to everyone in who has worked so hard to maintain a safe and supportive community here at UON.
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