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Situation Updates – Coronavirus

​Last Updated: 01/04/2020​ at 04:45 pm – All information is accurate at time of writing.

UON Coronavirus Updates

Face-to-Face Teaching

We have come to the decision to continue the suspension of face-to-face learning and teaching and assessment for the summer term 2020. This includes moving all face-to-face assessments scheduled up to the end of August 2020 to alternative assessments.

We initially suspended teaching until 20 April 2020. At that time, we didn’t know the extent of the crisis and for how long we would be off campus. We still don’t have that picture fully, but we need to make plans for April – June, and on balance, we believe the safer option is the ongoing suspension of face-to-face activities.

We recognise that there may need to be exceptions, for example:

  • Programmes contribute directly into front line health services. The Faculty of Health, Education, and Society will be kept up-to-date in this respect, as decisions from Health Education England unfold.
  • Courses which require use of specialist facilities or resources, which we will reinstate when it complies with updated Government guidance.
  • Any assessment that cannot be conducted other than face-to-face, which will be scheduled when we are able to do so.

What will this mean?

From 5 pm on Friday 20 March the University will close all buildings except for the following on Waterside campus:

  • All halls of residence – which is necessary for students without alternative accommodation. Residents in University accommodation will receive an email with details of their options.

Please be aware that due to changes to the government’s social distancing guidance the Learning Hub will be closed from 9pm on Monday 23 March. We will be regularly reviewing this decision in line with government guidance.

Buildings at St George’s Avenue will close from 5pm on Friday 20 March. As of Monday 24 March the NMC has made the decision to close the Competency Test Centre. At present the University does not intend to close the Podiatry Clinic on Cliftonville Road.

Students in halls of residence

Students in halls of residence who are not able to return home can stay in their accommodation and the following services will remain available for use:

  • Onsite security and Campus Police support;
  • Housekeeping and waste removal facilities;
  • Residential Life;
  • GP Surgery at Waterside; (This has now been closed. Please call 01604 644126 to make an essential telephone appointment booking.)
  • Limited catering provisions in the Market restaurant at Waterside.

What about teaching?

Provisions have been made to ensure that staff who are able to, can continue to work and teach students remotely to avoid physically gathering in groups. We are also making provisions for alternative assessment.

These may include, but not limited to:

  • Provision of online learning and teaching;
  • Review of practical sessions;
  • Alternative assessments and exams – details of these will be available by the beginning of April. Please check NILE for details as this will be a central recourse for individual courses.

Government Advice

Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest Government advice, which is updated daily.

If you are a student, you need to contact your personal tutor, who will advise you of how to continue with your studies remotely. If you are living in Halls of Residence, please email safety@northampton.ac.uk to inform us that you are self-isolating.

If you are a member of staff, please inform your Line Manager that you are self-isolating, they will record your absence on the HR System as ‘self-isolation – symptomatic’. You are asked to maintain daily contact with your Line Manager for situation updates.

  • Will you cancel Discovery Days and other University events?

    Under these exceptional circumstances, the decision has been made to postpone our April discovery day.

    Our next open day is scheduled for Friday 3 July 2020. If you would like us to keep in touch about future events, please sign up below.

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    April 2020 Enrolment

    Enrolment on April start programmes will still go ahead as planned on 3 April 2020*.

    Initially, all classes will take place online supported by self-led study.  Further details of how enrolment will work and how materials and equipment will be distributed to you will follow next week (wc 23rd March 2020)

    * The following courses are affected:

    • BSc Mental Health Nursing
    • BSc Mental Health Nursing (ASPIRE) (*starting 1st April 2020)
    • BSc Adult Nursing
    • BSc Children and Young People’s Nursing
    • FdSc Paramedic Science
    • BSc Midwifery
  • What is Coronavirus?

    A Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, Coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of Coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

    Generally, Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

    The best advice at this stage is to follow good hygiene practices as advised by Public Health England (PHE). If you have specific health concerns, please contact NHS 111.

    I’m worried, what should I do?

    At this stage, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases in the UK. The risk to individuals remains low.

    If you’re worried, please follow good hygiene practices as advised by Public Health England (PHE). If you have specific health concerns, please call NHS 111, contact NHS 111 online, or contact your GP surgery.

    If you are not registered with a GP in Northampton, then please visit the NHS website for information on how to register. If you are a student who has registered with the Waterside Health Centre, please be advised that it is now closed; please call 01604 644126 to make an essential telephone appointment booking.

    Individuals who have existing Long Term Conditions and are concerned about coronavirus should continue to take their normal precautions and may wish to contact their GP.

    What does self-isolation mean?

    Please visit the NHS web page on self-isolation for more information.

    I’ve seen people on campus wearing a face mask, I’m worried

    It is a recognised custom for Asian communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and, in particular, others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom.

    The advice we have is that the risk of infection is low, so extra protective measures are not necessary, and it is debatable whether masks will be effective in this situation.

    The University will not tolerate any incidents of staff and students receiving verbal abuse for using face masks. We should encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.

  • We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about their place at Northampton in light of the government’s announcement last night.

    If you have an unconditional offer to study with us, you will be unaffected by the changes.

    For those students with a conditional offer we will be working hard today to make sure that everyone who wants to study with us is supported to do so.

    I am due to start my course in April 2020, will the University be open?

    Enrolment on April start programmes will still go ahead as planned on 3 April 2020*.

    Initially, all classes will take place online supported by self-led study.  Further details of how enrolment will work and how materials and equipment will be distributed to you will follow next week (wc 23rd March 2020)

    * The following courses are affected:

    • BSc Mental Health Nursing
    • BSc Mental Health Nursing (ASPIRE) (*starting 1st April 2020)
    • BSc Adult Nursing
    • BSc Children and Young People’s Nursing
    • FdSc Paramedic Science
    • BSc Midwifery

    I am due to start my course in September 2020, will the University be open?

    The University has taken the difficult decision to restrict access to the majority of its buildings and suspend face-to-face teaching from 5 pm on Friday 20 March 2020. This is in an effort to control the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and in line with official guidance. The University will continue to update these FAQs with the latest information and timescales for when the closed facilities will reopen.

    At this time we are still expecting applicants to attend the enrolment sessions in September, subject to official guidance regarding self-isolation. If anything changes you will be updated.

    What is the latest date that I can start my programme for 2020/21 entry?

    At present, the latest date for registration is three weeks from the start date of the programme. The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

    Is the University still accepting applications?

    Yes, the University is accepting applications and processing offers as normal.

    What will happen to my application if the University closes?

    University staff can work remotely as much as possible to ensure that the University does not close. Lectures can be delivered online and admissions staff can still process applications and deal with enquiries.

    If my exam / results are delayed, will I still get accepted?

    The University will apply a degree of flexibility to applicants and offer holders who expect that they will experience delays due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. If you know your results will be delayed, please contact admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk as soon as possible to seek advice.

    Would it be better to defer my application?

    We are not advising any students to defer their application at this stage. If the situation changes, we will let you know. Please email admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk for advice.

    I am worried about staying in University accommodation. Do I have other options?

    Our Residential Life Team are doing all they can to make sure the accommodation is as safe as possible during this time. However, if you do not feel comfortable sharing with other students, we can help you to find suitable priviate rental properties. If you live in private rented accommodation you may need to consider costs other than rent, for example, utilities, including water and electricity, council tax, and car parking, so we still advise University managed accommodation for your first year.

    The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

  • We know that applicants for September 2020 will be worried about their place at Northampton in light of the government’s announcement last night.

    If you have an unconditional offer to study with us, you will be unaffected by the changes.

    For those students with a conditional offer we will be working hard today to make sure that everyone who wants to study with us is supported to do so.

    Is the University still accepting international applications?

    Yes, the University is accepting applications and processing offers as normal for April and September 2020.

    I am due to start my course in April 2020, will the University be open?

    Enrolment on April start programmes will still go ahead as planned on 3 April 2020*.

    Initially, all classes will take place online supported by self-led study.  Further details of how enrolment will work and how materials and equipment will be distributed to you will follow next week (wc 23rd March 2020)

    * The following courses are affected:

    • BSc Mental Health Nursing
    • BSc Mental Health Nursing (ASPIRE) (*starting 1st April 2020)
    • BSc Adult Nursing
    • BSc Children and Young People’s Nursing
    • FdSc Paramedic Science
    • BSc Midwifery

    I am due to start my course in September 2020, will the University be open?

    The University has taken the difficult decision to restrict access to the majority of its buildings and suspend face-to-face teaching from 5 pm on Friday 20 March 2020. This is in an effort to control the spread of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and in line with official guidance. The University will continue to update these FAQs with the latest information and timescales for when the closed facilities will reopen.

    At this time we are still expecting applicants to attend the enrolment sessions in September, subject to official guidance regarding self-isolation. If anything changes you will be updated.

    What will happen to to my application if the University closes?

    University staff can work remotely as much as possible to ensure the University does not close. Lectures can be delivered online, and admin staff can still process applications and deal with enquiries. If the University does close before you are due to start your course, you will be informed of your options.

    If my exams / results are delayed, will I still get accepted?

    The University will apply a degree of flexibility to international applicants and offer holders who expect that they will experience delays due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. You may be encouraged to use priority Visa services. If you know your results will be delayed, please contact intadmissions@northampton.ac.uk as soon as possible to seek advice.

    I am worried about going to an agent / representative’s office for advice on my application. What can I do?

    If you are concerned about face-to-face meetings, most agents / representatives will give advice over phone, email, or even Skype. If you explain the situation to your agent, they will be able to offer you alternatives and still fully support you with your application remotely.

    If I pay my deposit but am unable to travel will I get a full refund?

    If the circumstances are out of your control, e.g. the country you are departing from has banned all international travel, you will receive a full refund by completing our ‘Refund Request Form’. You will also have the option of deferring your studies to the next available intake. Please view the Withdrawal Policy for more information.

    Will the application deadline be extended for international students?

    We are continuously monitoring the situation and will look at this nearer to September.

    Will my course start date be put back if the situation continues?

    There are no plans to put back the course start date at present, but we are continuously monitoring the situation.

    What happens if I cannot book a flight to the UK and they close the borders?

    If you cannot get to the UK, you will need to email arrivals@northampton.ac.uk as soon as possible, so we can advise you accordingly.

    Will I be able to start my course late for September 2020?

    At present, the latest date for registration is three weeks from the start date of the progamme. The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

    Will I need to show evidence on arrival in the UK that I have not contracted the COVID-19 virus?

    At the moment this only applies to anyone coming to the UK from one of the category 1 countries. However, the situation is changing daily and you should keep checking for government updates. We will also be monitoring this closely as a University and will provide information closer to the intake.

    I can’t book an English Language test as my local IETLS centre is currently closed, what should I do?

    If English is not your first language you are still required to demonstrate that you meet the minimum entry criteria.

    The IELTS Partners are also looking into various solutions to support test takers including:

    • Increased test session availability in regions impacted by suspensions as soon as they can start restart testing.
    • Supporting test takers with free preparation materials in readiness for their test.
    • Computer-delivered IELTS test sessions increased in frequency in affected areas, up to three times per day, seven days per week.
    • Larger test venues to accommodate increased volumes of paper-based test takers.
    • More flexible use of Speaking examiners to ensure test takers can complete their Speaking tests as quickly as possible.

    If you cannot book an IELTS test, you might be able to use an older IELTS result to support your application to academic study at the University. IELTS remain valid for 2 years from the test date. Further advice can be found on the IELTS website.

    We do accept other English Language qualifications from applicants to Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Please view our English Language requirements page for further information.

    I took an IELTS test in January but my certificate hasn’t been issued to me yet. Can the University contact IELTS for this information?

    Test takers who have already taken their test should receive their Test Report Form (TRF) by mail. If you have any queries about collecting your TRF please contact your test centre. Unfortunately, we are unable to contact IELTS on your behalf.

    I have an IELTS test booked in April. Will I be able to participate in the test?

    If you are concerned or have questions about an upcoming test, please email the test centre directly. Further advice can be found on the IELTS website.

    Will the University be able to test my English Language?

    The University does not currently offer this service. Please see our English Language requirements page for further information. The University is continuing to review the changing situation and any updates will be published on this page.

    Will the situation affect my access to NHS treatment over in the UK?

    When you apply for your Tier 4 Visa, you must pay the National Health Surcharge, which guarantees access to health treatment in the UK, your entitlement should not be affected.

    I am really worried about being in another country after the outbreak. What support can the University offer?

    The University has an International Student Support Services team trained to give free and confidential advice on a number of issues facing international students. Our mental health and wellbeing teams can also support students during these uncertain times. If you’re worries about getting the virus once in the UK, please follow good hygiene practices as advised by Public Health England (PHE).

    Would it be better to defer my application?

    We are not advising any students to defer their application at this stage. If the situation changes, we will let you know. However, you are entitled to defer if you wish to. Speak to your agent or regional office representative in the first instance, or if you have applied directly you can email intadmissions@northampton.ac.uk.

    If I start my course but want to return home, what can I do?

    If you wish to return home, you will have a range of options including withdrawal, taking a formal study break, and potentially continuing your course by studying online. Your Personal Tutor or International Student Support Services will be able to give you the most up-to-date advice at the time.

    If I start the course and then catch the virus, what will happen?

    If you do contract the virus once your studies have begun, this will not affect your ability to pass the course. You must let your Personal Academic Tutor know in the first instance and follow the Public Health England (PHE) guidelines until you are well enough to return.

    I am worried about staying in University accommodation. Do I have other options?

    Our Residential Life Team are doing all they can to make sure the accommodation is as safe as possible during this time. However, if you do not feel comfortable sharing with other students we can help you to find suitable private rental properties. If you live in private rented accommodation you may need to consider costs other than rent, for example utilities, including water and electricity, council tax, and car parking, so we still advise University managed accommodation for your first year.

  • I’ve been told to self-isolate, who do I inform?

    If you have been told to self-isolate but have displayed no symptoms you should contact your personal and module tutor who will be able to mark you as ‘self-isolating – asymptomatic’. It is important that you maintain regular contact with your personal tutor during this time and notify them if you do develop symptoms, so they can record you as ‘self-isolating with symptoms’ and can take this into account for any tasks or assessments. If you have any worries about missed materials or tutorials you should contact your personal and module tutor in the first instance.

    If you are living in Halls of Residence and have been told to self-isolate, please email safety@northampton.ac.uk to inform us that you are self-isolating. Further information about what to do if you’re living in Halls of Residence has been emailed to you.

    I’m an International Student, and my Visa is due to expire soon

    The Home Office has published advice for people with visas which expire between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020 and stresses that no visa holder will be penalised for circumstances outside of their control that prevents them travelling home.

    Visas will be extended until 31 May 2020 for those who cannot leave the country due to the coronavirus. There are also new measures in place to allow people to apply for long-term visas from the UK until 31 May 2020. Please ensure that you read the advice as you have to contact the Home Office to register for the visa extension, it is not automatically granted.

    The advice also covers those applying for UK visas from elsewhere. Most visa application centres are closed or offering a limited service. The immigration helpline remains open for coronavirus related queries.

    I’m an International Student. When the University postpones face-to-face teaching and closes buildings, can I return home?

    If you are planning to leave, you must notify the University and receive acknowledgement before you go. You can do this by emailing iss@northampton.ac.uk. Please let us know the following information when you email us:

    • Name
    • Student Number
    • Course of Study
    • Travel Date
    • Where you are travelling to e.g. home address or where you will be staying.
    • Your expected return date (if known)

    We need these details to ensure that we can update your student record and ensure that your Visa is not affected by your absence.

    I am experiencing financial difficulty, what support might be available from the University?

    If you are in financial difficulty or need financial guidance then please email money@northampton.ac.uk advising of your situation (please provide the team with as much information as possible) and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

    We can offer advice and support regarding:

    • COVID-19 Hardship Fund
    • Loans
    • Financial Assistance Fund / EU Hardship Fund and other financial support
    • Submitting application forms or additional information / documents
    • Award payments
    • Citizens Advice

    Please visit the Student Hub or contact the team for more information. We endeavour to respond as soon as possible, however, we appreciate your patience during this busy period.

    What student support will be available to access remotely?

    Please rest assured that our Student Services teams are still here to support you during the current Coronavirus situation. Please contact Student Services via email: sid@northampton.ac.uk in the first instance and the team will do their best to get back to you as soon as possible via email or phone (between 9am – 4pm)

    Please download our document to view what services are available and their contact information.

    How can I access the Library? I have books on loan, what do I need to do?

    You can still access Library resources online, please visit the Library’s Service Update page for more information about specific services.

    Library due dates and renewals

    For those students and staff who have interlibrary loans or print books out on loan, we are automatically extending all due dates, and will continue to do so until further notice.

    We understand that you cannot return items and there will be no consequences. Please do not post anything to us at the moment.

    There is a key text I need from the Library, but it is only available in print, how can I access this?

    If there is a key text you need to complete your studies, but it is only available as a printed book, please contact librarians@northampton.ac.uk. Let us know:

    • the book title
    • the year or edition
    • the publisher
    • if there are any key chapters you need to access
    • the author

    Library staff will look to see if the book is available to purchase as an e-book, if we can obtain extracts, or if the title has been released temporarily for free by the publisher in response to COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

    Please note, there may be instances where a digital version of the text has not been made available to libraries.

    Please be aware, due to the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation, we may take longer responding to requests than normal as we are operating our services remotely.

    I’ve seen people on campus wearing a face mask, I’m worried

    It is a recognised custom for Asian communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and, in particular, others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom.

    The advice we have is that the risk of infection is low so extra protective measures are not necessary and it is debatable whether masks will be effective in this situation.

    The University will not tolerate any incidents of staff and students receiving verbal abuse for using face masks. We would encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.

    I am a student that is being threatened. What should I do?

    The University takes all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. Students and staff are encouraged to report the matter using the online harassment reporting form or to contact the University Security Team or UON Police Team.

    I am worried about staying in University accommodation. Do I have other options?

    Our Residential Life Team are doing all they can to make sure the accommodation is as safe as possible during this time. However, if you do not feel comfortable sharing with other students, we can help you to find suitable priviate rental properties. If you live in private rented accommodation you may need to consider costs other than rent, for example, utilities, including water and electricity, council tax, and car parking, so we still advise University managed accommodation for your first year.

    I have moved out of halls and gone home, will I receive a refund?

    If you do not plan to continue staying in your University hall of residence room for your third University term (after Easter), provided you let the Accommodation Team know at the latest by 5 pm Friday 10 April 2020 by emailing accommodation@northampton.ac.uk, we will treat this as a return of your room (in effect a surrender of your tenancy agreement with us). This will end your contract on 18 April 2020 and the summer term payment will not be taken.

    We are currently waiting for confirmation from the Student Loans Company about whether terminating your accommodation contract will lead to a reduction in your maintenance payment for third term. The SLC has information on the Government website which you may wish to familiarise yourself with as the situation is clarified.

    For those of you who wish to continue staying with us, we’ll continue to provide the best possible support we can up to the end of your tenancy. Please email the Accommodation Team to confirm that this is what you will be doing.

    Any students who are suffering financial difficulty, or need advice on their Student Finance, are encouraged to contact our Financial Guidance team to discuss their situation. You can email the team on money@northampton.ac.uk.

    I’m staying in University accommodation, am I allowed guests?

    In line with government guidance for households, we are currently not allowing students to have guests at any time in our Halls of Residence (including during the day). This is to ensure the safety of our students, University staff, and the wider community. The only people that should be in your University flat / room are those that live there. The ban on guests includes students from other flats / houses which is in line with the government guidance for households.

    We will be reviewing this regularly to ensure we are compliant with government guidance about social distancing and COVID-19.

    Am I still able to park on campus?

    In light of the current situation, the University will be relaxing it’s processes around parking to support students with collecting belongings and moving out of halls.

    From 23rd March car parking on campus will be free for students until further notice. Our resident students in Waterside Student Village do not need to have a permit and will not need to purchase a ticket at the machines, additionally, vehicles can be left overnight should students need emergency access.

    Students can travel for free between Waterside and St George’s Avenue on the route 19A Uno bus. Please note the Uno 20 service will not be running from Monday 23rd March.

    What about my exams and assessment deadlines?

    The University of Northampton has developed a set of emergency Academic and Student Regulations to respond to the unprecedented situation posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The full Emergency Regulations can be found on the University policies, procedures, and regulations page.

  • If you are a placement provider visit our Work-based Learning and Placements page.

    Many current placements and those due to take place in the coming months have unfortunately been cancelled by the University of Northampton, working in partnership with our placement organisations. Students have been notified by email if this is the case.

    However, there are still students on placements in our hospitals, with the ambulance service and working for their employer.

    If you need more information or advice, please contact the Office of Placement and Workbased Learning by emailing placements@northampton.ac.uk

    I am on placement. What should I do?

    You are still on placement currently because:

    • The professional body that recognises your course is advising that – where it is possible and safe to do so in accordance with Public Health England – your placement should continue. These professional bodies include Nursing Midwifery Council, Department for Education, Social Work England, Health and Care Professions Council.
    • You are an Undergraduate or Postgraduate student employed by an organisation for your placement year. In this instance you must follow the rules and policies of the placement organisation of your employer in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

    Please contact placements@northampton.ac.uk with any concerns you may have so we can contact your tutor for further discussion.

    Whilst on placement you must follow the rules and policies of the placement organisation or your employer. Like the University, the placement organisations continue to ensure that safety of students, their staff, and community is managed in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

    Public Health England now are required to check that all the workforce, which includes students on placements, are risk assessed should they fall into the vulnerable categories.

    Please contact placements@northampton.ac.uk in the first instance so we can contact your tutor for further discussion.

    I am a final year pre-registration nursing student and there is a plan for us to join a temporary register in response to the Coronavirus. I would like more information.

    Currently, the University is working the NMC and Health Education England to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice about whether you are eligible to join the temporary register if you wish to. This work is continuing and we will email and post onto your NILE sites when we have more information.

    I am a first or second year pre-registration nursing / midwifery student and have heard that i may be asked to help in the NHS. I would like more information.

    New emergency NHS Standards have been issued that may allow students to undertake more hours in the NHS and other placement providers, should you be eligible and wish to do so. We are currently working with the NMC, Health Education England, and our placement partners, so that we can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision. We will email and post onto your NILE sites when we have more information.

    My placement organisation is now closed or unable to support me on placement. What should I do?

    Please contact the Office of Placement and Workbased Learning by emailing placements@northampton.ac.uk so the University can support you and update your record that you are unable to attend, as well as arrange for your academic tutor to speak with you. Please include your student number on the email.

    Depending upon your course, what year and cohort you are enroled on, and when your placement stops, this will determine the advice we give you.

    I am on placement year, and I am worried my employer may not be able to employ me still. What should I do?

    Initially, talk to your line manager. They should be following all the advice and guidance issued by the UK Government to ensure they comply with all legislation.

    It may be that you are able to work from home, and so you can record your hours as if you were in your place of work.

    Please read the UK Government’s guidance about being paid due to business closures.

    If you become unwell, please follow the policies and guidance of your employer and let placements@northampton.ac.uk know.

    If your employer has unfortunately had to shorten your employment contract, or you have lost your job, then please contact the Office of Placement and Workbased Learning by emailing placements@northampton.ac.uk so the University can support you, as well as arrange for your academic tutor to speak with you. Please include your student number on the email.

    We understand for those of you on a Tier 4 Visa you will be concerned, but we will be in a much better position to help. Please email iss@northampton.ac.uk.

    Depending upon your course, what year and cohort you are enrolled on, and when your placement stops, this will determine the advice we give you.

    My course is professionally regulated. How does it impact on my studies if I cannot attend my placement due to COVID-19?

    For those courses that are professionally regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Department for Education, Health Care Professional Care, General Dental Council, or Social Work England, the University is liaising with these regulatory bodies and complying with the advice that each regulatory body continues to publish, to ensure that your programme continues to reflect the professional body requirements.

    I am due to be attending my placement, but I have been asked to self-isolate by Health Education England due to my own or family illness, or because I am unwell and have symptoms of COVID-19. What should I do?

    If you are unwell or you are self-isolating you should not go to your placement, and contact the placement organisation to let them know you will not be attending. You also need to email the University on placements@northampton.ac.uk to let them know.

    Your placement organisation may have rules and procedures which will determine when they are happy for you to return when you are able, which you will need to follow.

    It could be that if you are well but self-isolating, depending on the course requirements, you may be able to undertake study at home. This will be determined by the University if this is possible.

    Now my child’s school is closed, I am unable to attend my placements due to childcare. What should I do?

    The University understands that you may not be able to attend your placement in these circumstances. Please contact the placement organisation to let them know you will not be attending. You also need to email the University on placements@northampton.ac.uk to let them know.

    It could be that, depending upon the course requirements, you may be able to undertake study at home. This will be confirmed by the University if this is possible.

    You may still need to attend or finish your placement later during your studies. Details of when and what is required will be shared with you as the University works with the various professional bodies and placement organisations.

    I was on my placement, but it is now cancelled. I am due to complete my course this summer. What happens next?

    It all depends on how much of your placement you have left to complete and what skills and knowledge you may still need to demonstrate in order to meet your course requirements and, if applicable, the professional body requirements of your course.

    The University is currently looking at what could be the potential impact on specific placements for specific courses and information will be updated here.

    I am due to start Year 2 / Year 3 of my studies and am concerned as I have not been able to start / continue my placement. What happens to me continuing my course in the autumn?

    The University is currently looking at all potential scenarios and issues to ensure that where possible the impact on you progressing is reduced. Information will be updated here. The University will look at:

    • your course and placement
    • what year of your course you are enrolled on
    • what skills and knowledge you may still need to demonstrate in order to meet your course requirements
    • if the course is also governed by professional body requirements, then the University has to ensure we comply with these.

    I am a student currently on placement and a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed where I am based. What should I do?

    You need to ensure that you know the policies and procedures of your placement organisation in relation to COVID-19, by talking to your mentor, practice educator, assessor, and supervisor. These policies may change over time, but it is the responsibility of your placement organisation to ensure you know what you should do. You may be asked to self-isolate, and such advice will be in accordance with Public Health England.

    If you decide to suspend your placement, or if your placement is changed by the placement organisation, then you need to contact placements@northampton.ac.uk.

    I have been asked / want to work extra shifts on the NHS bank. What should I do?

    You need to ensure that you can fulfill your course requirements including attending online theory sessions and completion of assignments. You can work bank shifts, but you need to ensure that you are able to operate and care for service users safely and fulfill the requirements of your course. Consider the total length of time you spend over 24 hours in a workplace to ensure you reduce impact of tiredness and wellbeing.

    The extra bank shifts are not a requirement of your programme and so will not be able to be used to evidence learning objectives or contribute towards placement attendance, in accordance with course regulations and requirements.

    I am a student and want to volunteer in hospital and other health care settings. What should I do?

    If it is safe for your to volunteer, you are able to do so. You need to ensure that you can fulfill your course requirements including attending online theory sessions and completion of assignments.

    Your volunteering experience is not a requirement of your programme and so will not be able to be used to evidence learning objectives or contribute towards placement attendance, in accordance with course regulations and requirements

    I’m worried about my placement, and am unable to get hold of my tutor. What should I do?

    The University is currently ensuring that tutors will be on call and available so that even if University staff are ill and unable to work, there will be support for students on placement. Please contact placements@northampton.ac.uk so the University can ensure you gain the support and advice you need.

  • Where can I find guidance and resources to support remote teaching and working?

    Information for academic colleagues on remote learning, teaching, and assessment can be found on the Institute of Learning and Teaching web pages. ILT have created a series of links to documents and other resources to help staff plan for learning, teaching and assessment activity during the period when face-to-face teaching at Northampton is suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    You can find guidance on a dedicated page on the Staff intranet. Please note: this page is only available to University of Northampton staff who have access to the staff intranet.

    The blog Don’t Panic! Surviving and Thriving in the World of Online Teaching also has some helpful suggestions for tools, assessments and helpful resources.

    There is a key text I need from the Library, but it is only available in print, how can I access this?

    If there is a key text you need to complete your studies, but it is only available as a printed book, please contact librarians@northampton.ac.uk. Let us know:

    • the book title
    • the year or edition
    • the publisher
    • if there are any key chapters you need to access
    • the author

    Library staff will look to see if the book is available to purchase as an e-book, if we can obtain extracts, or if the title has been released temporarily for free by the publisher in response to COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

    Please note, there may be instances where a digital version of the text has not been made available to libraries.

    Please be aware, due to the current COVID-19 / Coronavirus situation, we may take longer responding to requests than normal as we are operating our services remotely.

    I have been told to self-isolate. What should I do?

    If you have been told to self-isolate but have displayed no symptoms you will be required to work from home, if your duties allow and as agreed with your Line Manager. If you would not normally work from home, please discuss with your Line Manager suitable work you might undertake. You are asked to maintain daily contact with your Line Manager for situation updates. If your Line Manager is not available please contact Human Resources via hr@northampton.ac.uk.

    If you are displaying symptoms – or have been diagnosed with Coronavirus – inform your Line Manager immediately. You will then be recorded as on sick leave and will receive sick pay as per existing policy.

    A student has informed me they are self-isolating. What should I do next?

    If a student informs you that they are self-isolating, or suspect they have Coronavirus, please email safety@northampton.ac.uk. The University will then work with you, and the student, to ensure they have sufficient information and access to engage with their course and any other University support they may require.

    A family member is at home who is self-isolating. What should I do?

    If you have a relative that is ill or a child who requires supervision due to school closures, you are likely to be advised to self-isolate and will continue to be paid. Please discuss with your Line Manager if you are able to work from home during this period.

    What is the current advice about University travel for staff?

    Please note that in light of the impact upon international movement, the University has taken the decision to suspend all international travel from 11 March 2020 until Friday 10 April 2020, when the situation will be reviewed. This is not a decision we have taken lightly but we do believe this is the right action to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of our staff.

    I’m a member of staff in an affected area on University business

    Please contact the University Procurement Travel team at your first opportunity to discuss the logistics of your return (subject to international travel restrictions).

    If a staff member is in an affected area we will make every effort to accommodate their return. If flights are restricted, it may be the case that we are unable to do this and will consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

    I am scheduled to travel within the UK as part of my job (e.g. conference; speaking / recruitment event; meeting etc.) However, I am concerned about large gatherings of people. Am I obligated to attend?

    In relation to UK travel, we are not placing any restrictions at this time. We will also not insist that a member of staff travels / attends external UK events, but please appraise your Line Manager. If meetings can be facilitated remotely we would encourage staff to make alternative arrangments where possible. Also, please check with the event organiser to see if the event is at risk of cancellation.

    I am a person who has been identified as vulnerable (older person and / or with existing chronic medical conditions). Although I have no symptoms I am worried about increasing my chances of virus exposure at work. What do I do?

    Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest Government advice which is updated daily.

    I live with / care for a person who has been identified as vulnerable (older people and / or those with existing chronic medical conditions). Although I have no symptoms I am worried about putting them at risk by increasing my chances of virus exposure at work. What do I do?

    Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest Government advice which is updated daily.

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