Covid-19 information, advice and guidance

Your health 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.

Teaching is currently a blend of face-to-face and online learning and while we will continue to be guided by the advice of Government and Public Health England, 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.

It has been confirmed that Lancashire has moved from Tier 2 High coronavirus restrictions to Tier 3 Very High restrictions. This change will come into effect on Saturday 17 October. The University remains open but there are some restrictions you need to be aware of and follow:

What you can do under Tier 3:

  • Travel for work or education is allowed
  • You can meet anywhere, including in homes or gardens with your household or those you are in a support bubble with, as they are classed as one household. You can only have one support bubble and it cannot change. More on support bubbles
  • People from different households can still meet in certain outdoor public spaces, such as parks, beaches, the countryside, public gardens, outdoor sports facilities, but the ‘rule of six’ still applies
  • In Lancashire gyms are allowed to stay open
  • Places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed

What you cannot do under Tier 3:

  • Different households cannot mix in homes, flats, halls of residence or private gardens
  • Different households are banned from mixing in all hospitality venues like restaurants, indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs and bars will be closed unless they are serving substantial meals
  • You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in, or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere

Further information can be found in the sections below. You can also find all the latest information on the gov.uk website, and put in your postcode to see the restrictions for your area.

Information for students

Information for staff

Information for community, visitors and partners

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.

When should I book a test?

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.

What does the test involve?

The test involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud.

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.

When is the test site open?

The site opened on Sunday 11 October 2020 and will run 8am to 8pm – 7 days a week.

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 Three Tier system restrictions that have been announced by Government?

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 placing Lancashire in Tier 3 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.

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 16 October, 2020

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