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.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February and the roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, we are currently working through the details on how this will impact the University and managing the safe return to campus in line with the Government’s guidance.
Higher Education provision will remain online until 8th March for all except future critical worker courses. We will update our students and staff directly about any changes to provision from this date.
The Catalyst and Library facilities remain open, along with limited catering facilities. If you started face-to-face teaching this week, then you will be on a critical worker course that has been listed for face-to-face teaching by the Government. Your in-person sessions will continue as planned and you should continue to attend campus and follow social-distancing measures.
When you do return to campus, we need all members of the Edge Hill community to play their part in ensuring that we keep each other safe and well. We will continue to ask all students, staff and visitors to abide by our Community Pledge and to report symptoms if you feel unwell. We will do all we can to support you if you are required to self-isolate.
While we will continue to be guided by official advice, we are offering a Covid-secure environment with:
- access 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.
Please continue to work together to keep each other safe by honouring our community pledge and taking personal responsibility for preventing the spread of the virus.
You can find out about the work we have done, how we are working with our partners, and the milestones in our response to the Covid-19 crisis by reading about our response to the pandemic.
Restrictions until 8th March:
The Government is urging people to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Higher Education provision will remain online until 8th March for all except future critical worker courses. You may leave the home to:
- go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
- shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
- exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
- meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
- seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
- attend education or childcare – for those eligible
- 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.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until 8th March. Early Years settings remain open.
Further information specific to students, staff and other members of the community can 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 lockdown restrictions?
Following the latest Government announcement on Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, which came into force on 6th January, the Government has instructed that Higher Education provision should remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses and we have been in touch with students to outline who will be required to attend campus for in-person teaching.
We will continue to work 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.
What measures have been taken to ensure the campus is Covid-secure for those living and working on campus?
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 where the Government has requested that in-person teaching continue;
• 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 Students’ Union to plan a programme of online activities to ensure students are connected and engaged;
• communicate 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.
Last update 23rd February 2021
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