Your health, safety and wellbeing is our main priority and we are regularly updating our advice and guidance to provide you with the latest information about our response to Covid-19.
As we come to the end of England’s second lockdown and move back into a tiered system of restrictions, we can reassure our Edge Hill community that its business as usual for the University and we are continuing to offer a blend of face-to-face and online learning as instructed by Government. While we will continue to be guided by this official advice, we are continuing to offer a high quality, stimulating and rewarding environment that is Covid-secure with:
- acess to excellent teaching, learning and support
- access to the specialist facilities and equipment you will need
- access to a safe campus
- access to university accommodation.
During this Covid-19 pandemic, we are asking everyone to work together to keep each other safe by agreeing to honour our community pledge and taking personal responsibility for preventing the spread of the virus. Please read our Community Pledge.
Lancashire will move into Tier 3 following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December. If you live in Lancashire, this means:
- You should only travel for education or work purposes;
- Socialising is banned indoors and in most outdoor places with people you don’t live with or who are in your support bubble;
- Students should continue to learn at the University for the remainder of the term but will move to online learning in line with the student travel window for Christmas;
- Most hospitality, accommodation and entertainment venues will be closed;
- Shops, leisure centres and gyms, and personal care services such as hairdressers and barbers, will be permitted to open;
- You should follow the ‘hands, face and space’ messages and ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
The full details of the tier system and the restrictions are on the gov.uk website.
Nearby local authorities including the Liverpool city region, Warrington and Cheshire have been placed in Tier 2 with fewer restrictions, while Manchester is placed in Tier 3. The government says it will review the tiers fortnightly.
Latest advice for universities to enable students to travel home for Christmas
The Department for Education has published new guidance for universities on allowing students to be with their families at Christmas, confirming that students can travel home between 3rd and 9th of December. We are supporting our students to enable this, whilst putting measures in place to ensure this can happen safely for everyone including the communities our students return to.
From Monday 30 November, we are offering a new asymptomatic testing site (ATS) offering lateral flow tests located at The Venue in the Students’ Union building for all students who are not displaying symptoms and planning on returning home between 3rd and 9th December. Further details have been sent out directly to students regarding details and how to book a test. We will be strongly encouraging students to take these tests to feel reassured they are safe to travel home. The DfE guidance can be found here.
Further information specific to students, staff and other members of the community be found in the sections below.
Onsite testing facility
We appreciate that effective testing for Covid-19 plays a key part in understanding and hence reducing infection. Due to the success of the temporary testing facility on campus recently and considering recent feedback, we have acted to secure an onsite testing facility. By safely providing tests in an accessible location we are making it easier for more people to be tested and to provide reassurance that, should you develop symptoms, you can access a test readily and conveniently.
How do I get a test?
Tests can be booked for those displaying symptoms on the Government website. You will be asked a series of questions before being directed to book a test. The website will display a number of different options which should include your nearest walk through testing site. You will then be able to choose the option of Edge Hill University and book a slot. You should book a test as soon as you begin to display symptoms. The eligibility criteria for a free NHS test are on the Government website.
When will I get my results?
Results usually take up to 48 hours after your appointment, however in extremely busy periods the result may take up to five days. More information on your test result can be found on the NHS website, including what to do if you have a negative result.
Where is the testing site?
The testing site is located on the tennis courts behind Edge Hill Sport. Accessed via St Helens Road, Ormskirk, and will run 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.
Can I park when I get there?
There is dedicated free parking for those booked to have a test. These spaces are close to the tennis courts and you will be directed there by testing facility staff upon arrival.
Do I have to drive through the facility?
No this is a walk in facility. If you arrive by car, you will be asked to park your vehicle and walk to the testing site ready for your appointment. If you arrive on foot, you will be directed by testing facility staff upon arrival and asked to follow clearly marked routes which avoid accessing the main areas of campus itself. Those attending to be tested should follow Government advice and avoid public transport wherever possible. Clear instructions will be issued at booking to those attending for a test. Routes to the testing site are clearly signposted with testing facility security staff on hand to help direct people safely. These routes have been thoroughly planned in conjunction with the University, to ensure those attending for a test only access the campus for the period of their test and can leave safely and quickly via the nearest route.
Is there a charge to be tested?
This is a free NHS provided test, so there is no charge.
Is the testing facility open to the public?
Yes this is a testing site intended for use by members of the public as well as any Edge Hill staff and students who need it.
How safe is it?
The site is safely contained within the tennis courts at the back of campus, operating with the highest levels of public health at the forefront. The testing site is managed by a professional team of health care staff and will have its own security team on hand to direct and support those booked to have a test. Appropriate PPE will be worn by testing staff and attendees are also asked to wear a face covering when on site. The campus itself will be clearly signposted indicating the location of the testing site and ample parking has been provided to ensure those being tested can quickly and easily access the facility. Changes have also been made to public transport, with access to the Edge Link Bus service now restricted to those with a Unicard only. Those who are attending to receive a test, are also asked to avoid the use of public transport as per Government guidelines. Members of the public attending for a booked test have been asked not to use any facilities on site during their visit and to follow the instructions to reach the testing site. Test facility staff will also be on hand, at key access points, ensuring members of the public are directed via agreed routes to the testing site. These routes have been designed to avoid the need for members of the public to access the main areas of campus. The tennis courts were chosen as the site of the testing facility, due to its location at the rear of campus and its proximity to key access routes, both of which enable its effective use, without compromising the safety of the campus.
General information relevant to staff, students, applicants and visitors
Will the campus be affected by the new Tier system for England following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December?
We have been working closely with the local authority, public health officials and experts in health and safety, to ensure that we protect our students, staff and the local community throughout the pandemic.
Following the Government’s announcement about the tiered system, we can reassure our Edge Hill community that these measures don’t affect universities in the same ways as we, along with other educational settings, are operating in the most COVID-secure manner and the Government have advised that we continue to remain open and offer a blended learning approach.
These additional measures do not currently require any changes to our enhanced provision and blending learning and teaching approach. Students will still be able to f attend face-to-face teaching sessions as planned and explore the area safely abiding by the restrictions in place.
What measures have been taken to ensure the campus is Covid-secure?
To ensure our campus is COVID-secure, compliant with health and safety requirements and that students and colleagues can study/work with us safely, we have introduced many measures. We have:
• made changes to our teaching delivery, moving some classes online and ensuring socially distanced face-to-face delivery;
• ensured each of our buildings is COVID-secure;
• implemented one-way walking routes, social distancing signage, socially distanced study space, new cleaning regimes, supplied PPE, made face coverings available for our community and a range of other measures;
• introduced appropriate measures in our halls of residence and worked closely with accommodation providers in the local area to share best practice;
• worked alongside the Student Unions to plan a programme of online events to welcome students to campus;
• introduced new arrival processes for students;
• supported our international students to quarantine safely on their arrival to the UK;
• communicated regularly with all our staff and students on the measures they need to take to keep themselves and others safe; and
• developed a Community Pledge which asks all of our Edge Hill community to demonstrate their shared commitment to keep each other safe and take personal responsibility for preventing the spread of the virus .
We urge everybody to keep following the Government’s guidelines and the latest advice here
Last updated 27th November, 2020
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