Covid-19 information, advice and guidance

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.

The Government has announced that all university students who have not yet returned to campus and in-person teaching will be able to do so from 17 May, at the earliest.

For now, this means that students who have not yet resumed in-person teaching, will continue with their online learning until then.

Whilst the Government has decided, for a minority of our students, that face-to-face tuition in a classroom cannot commence before 17 May, regardless of the model of teaching delivery, the campus remains open and access to facilities, study spaces and Libraries will continue as usual for any student who requires them. Personal tutoring and support services, including health and wellbeing, are available for all, and outdoor activities are welcomed and encouraged. Catering facilities in the Hub and Café Rewind and the Sports Centre fully reopened on 12th April in line with current Government guidelines. 

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.

Changes from 12th April:

The easing of restrictions from 12th April means the following can reopen:

  • All retail
  • Pubs, restaurants and cafes – with outdoor seating only
  • Gyms and other indoor leisure (limited to household groups)
  • Hairdressers and other personal care businesses
  • Self-contained holiday accommodation, like cottages
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks

Remember, the rule of six, or two households can continue to meet for outdoor gatherings or private gardens, but indoor gatherings are sill banned.

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.

Further information specific to students, staff and other members of the community can be found in the sections below.

Information for applicants

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. 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

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 14th April 2021

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