Covid-19 Information for Students

We are updating this page regularly and as quickly as we can when new guidance is announced. Please keep yourself up-to-date with the latest information available on the NHS website and ensure you know what is expected of you in terms of staying alert and safe.

At EHU we’ve taken the necessary measures to ensure that our campus is prepared to keep us all safe and well. To help us protect each other, and the local community, we’re asking you to commit to our Community Pledge. Find out how you can play your part by watching our students sharing their advice.

We understand that there is a lot of information to take in about the ongoing Covid-19 situation and that you may be confused about what you should do in different circumstances. We’ve brought together a checklist and FAQs below that we hope you find useful.

Returning to Campus

Following the Prime Minister’s address on Monday 5 April, is there an update on expanding in-person teaching?

The Prime Minister’s televised statement made on 5 April about the easing of lockdown restrictions did not reference universities. We therefore await further information from the Department for Education and will provide an update by email to all students once this is received.

All programmes that were able to deliver in-person teaching from 8 March as part of a blended learning approach, will continue to do so.

Our campus facilities reopened as planned on Monday 4 January, and these facilities such as halls of residence, Library facilities, support services and catering facilities will continue to be available to students.

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 and the local community safe and well.

When you return please continue to behave responsibly and follow the advice set out in our Community Pledge and continue to report symptoms if you feel unwell. We will continue to do all we can to support you if you are required to self-isolate.

Do I need to take Covid-19 tests before I return to campus?

As a result of recently updated guidance, even if you have no symptoms of Covid-19 you should get tested before you travel back to university, or if that is not possible when you arrive on campus.

Even if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, you are encouraged to get tested to help minimise the spread of the virus at the start of the new term.

You can do this in several ways:

  • Preferably before you travel back to university, by taking a PCR test in your home town/city
  • If this is not possible, then you should book no symptoms screening tests (lateral flow) for when you arrive on our Ormskirk campus (or at MMU if you study at our Manchester site) or home tests if you wish to do so.  Further information about testing can be found here.

How do you arrange these tests?

PCR testing in home town/city

If you are travelling back to Edge Hill, you are advised to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in your home town/city before you return to campus. Testing is not mandatory, but the guidance encourages you to take a test to minimise the potential spread of the virus both on campus and within the wider community.

  • You can you book your PCR testing online. When booking your test, you need to tick the box that says the following: My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms and then complete the online form accordingly
  • You should have your PCR test three to four days before you are returning to university
  • If you are ordering a home testing kit, you need to allow more time for the kit to be posted to you and for you to post your completed test back
  • You are advised not to travel to university until you have a received a negative result
  • If you test positive, please follow national guidance and self-isolate for 10 days at home before returning to University. You need to let the university know using the online reporting form. We can then provide the advice and support you need

No symptoms screening (lateral flow) testing on Edge Hill Ormskirk Campus

If you are unable to arrange PCR testing before you return to University, we are offering lateral flow tests on campus. Ideally, in line with Department for Education Guidance, you need to take two tests three days apart, so please factor that into your planning for your return to campus. When travelling to university, please follow the national guidance on Covid-19 secure travel.

  • We will be offering tests (lateral flow) at The Venue in the Students’ Union building
  • If you choose to use the University testing centre, your first test should be done as soon as you arrive back and ideally at least three days before your first face-to-face activity starts
  • You can book your appointments in advance here
  • Further details about the no symptoms testing on campus are available here

Please note: The no symptoms test centre located in the Students’ Union is not open to the public.


Home test kits for collection

If you don’t have a term time address and commute to university from home, you may be able to access rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff.

If you are 18 or over you can now collect two packs of home test kits (each containing seven tests) at a local collection point.

Find your nearest home test kit collection point on the NHS website. You can also use this page to check how busy each location is before setting off.

How do the rules around household bubbles and socialising affect me?

You must respect the current rules relating to household bubbles and socialising in both university and private accommodation. Please do not socialise with other households.

If you’re living in university halls of residence, your ‘household’ is made up of the people that you share kitchen space with. Under current Government guidance, with household members, you can share all social spaces and facilities and don’t need to wear face coverings or social distance.

Find out what you can and cannot do at gov.uk

I live in an area which has a variant strain of Covid-19 and I have face to face lectures, should I attend university?

Under national lockdown restrictions the Government is urging people to stay at home except when necessary, travel is permitted for educational purposes for essential courses. If you are studying an essential course you can continue to attend in person, unless you are self-isolating. It is important that you follow the latest Government guidance.

We are offering a dedicated no symptoms testing centre at the Venue in the Students’ Union building on our Ormskirk campus. If you are on campus, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, you should be tested at least twice a week – there is no limit on how many tests you can book. Tests are by appointment only – you need to book online using this link.

You may be able to take a test in your local area, close to your home address. To do this you need to check if testing is being provided by your local authority.

Academic Support

How will the University support me with academic life, assessments and deferrals?

The University understands that many students, through no fault of their own, may not be able to perform to the best of their ability during assessment for 2020/21.

We want to do all we can to reduce the academic impact these circumstances have had on our students, and ensure that you progress or graduate fairly. At the same time, we need to maintain our academic standards and the integrity of Edge Hill University qualifications.

The University has therefore approved a set of Temporary Regulations to guide the assessment, progression and award of qualifications to students in the current circumstances. These regulations will apply until the Academic Board agrees that the coronavirus pandemic no longer impacts on the assessment process.

These Temporary Regulations supersede the normal Academic Regulations where there is any conflict of information. In all other instances, the normal Academic Regulations apply.

For a quick guide to the Temporary Regulations – please visit this webpage.

If you have any questions relating to your academic studies or assessment, then you should contact your Personal Tutor or Head of Department in the first instance. Outside of your Academic Department, there are a wide range of staff and services who are able to support you, including the Independent Advice Centre in the Students’ Union.

How will face to face teaching and online learning be delivered?

As a result of the national lockdown announced on 4 January 2021, the latest restrictions mean that for some students your learning from the start of the Spring Term will be online. We are following Government guidance and at Edge Hill University, we are passionate about the transformative power of higher education and we are determined not to let Covid-19 get in the way of your learning.

Face to face teaching

When allowed (under Government guidance) students will be taught face-to-face on campus (if they can attend safely) as well as engage in blended learning. This means that face-to-face (in person, on campus) teaching and learning will run alongside online teaching delivered via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) called Learning Edge.

Online teaching

Online teaching may be delivered in real time, when students and the tutor are all online together (Synchronous Learning). Alternatively, aspects of learning may happen online in a staggered way, at varied times (Asynchronous Learning). Your department will outline how your course will be delivered over semester one and will be able to answer any questions you may have.

To support your online learning, we are developing a suite of resources for you to access.

Equipment requirements

To help you prepare for learning in a blended environment we’ve collated a list of the equipment you will need access to. We recommend that you ensure you have access to the following equipment to be able to fully participate with our online systems, services and resources:

  • A desktop PC, laptop or tablet computer.
  • A current operating system such as Window 10, Windows 7, Mac-OS 10.10 or higher.
  • Latest versions of web browsers installed such as Chrome or Firefox.
  • A webcam (either inbuilt or attached via a USB cable).
  • A microphone (inbuilt or attached via a USB cable).
  • Wifi or ‘wired’ broadband connection.

If you don’t currently have the items listed above and your circumstances mean it will be difficult for you to secure the equipment, a time-limited loan of University equipment may be available. If you need a loan please visit the Catalyst helpdesk on campus or email catalystenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk

What support and services are available?

You will find all the support you need in Catalyst. It is your one-stop-shop for help and guidance.

Catalyst has been well prepared with socially distanced study areas and reduced numbers of spaces on each floor.

To help us manage capacity within the building, you will need your Unicard to swipe in and out of the building.

Check the Catalyst webpage for the most up to date opening hours.

Library and Learning Services

So that we can continue to support you, we have updated how you access our services:

  • The Helpdesk is available to support you both within the building and online
  • Most appointments, drop-ins and workshops will be available virtually so you can access them both on and off campus
  • There are more e-books and e-resources available, including new additions to the e-textbook range
  • There’s a temporary click and collect service for physical books in the building and continuation of the ‘You want it, We get it’ service for items not already in stock

Visit the Learning Services webpage for full details of what’s available including UniSkills, student IT support, SpLD and access to stock and resources.

Student Services and Careers

More information on how to access support can be found on their webpages:

Student Services webpage for information on Counselling and Wellbeing, Transitions, Inclusion, Accommodation, Money Advice, Campus Life and the Chaplaincy team.

Careers webpage for details about part time jobs, placements, graduate vacancies and volunteering opportunities.

Wellbeing and Student Support

What is the University doing to support my wellbeing if I’m study remotely?

The University offers a range of support (available remotely) to help you cope in these challenging times.

The Wellbeing Team offer virtual and telephone appointments and these can be booked by visiting the dedicated webpage

All students also have 24/7 access to Togetherall, a safe space online to get things off your chest, explore your feelings, get creative and learn how to self-manage your mental health and wellbeing. Visit www.togetherall.com to sign up for free.

The Wellbeing webpages outline a range of self-help resources, including videos, articles and links to apps such as mental fitness tool Fika. You can access these resources here

What should I do if I’m feeling unhappy about university?

We understand that you may be finding the current situation difficult and challenging. If you‘re feeling unhappy or are experiencing any issues, you should talk to your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

Your Personal Tutor’s role is to take an interest in you as an individual and to offer guidance on your academic progress and personal and professional development. If they are unable to assist you, they may work with specialist teams within the University to help you find a solution.

If you need additional support and advice, the Student Services webpage offers essential information on counselling and wellbeing, transitions, inclusion, accommodation, money advice, Campus Life and the Chaplaincy team.

We will also seek to work with you to resolve issues informally in the first instance. However, if you have shared your issue with your Personal Tutor/support staff and you feel that the matter hasn’t been adequately resolved, then you may choose to raise your concerns formally through the Student Complaints Procedure.

Who do I contact for support and advice?

If you need any further support during this time, or have a question please email the Catalyst helpdesk or use live chat during opening times. The virtual helpdesk will be staffed weekdays 8.00am to 8.00pm and weekends 10.00am to 6.00pm.

Visit the Student Services webpage for information on Counselling and Wellbeing, Transitions, Inclusion, Accommodation, Money Advice, Campus Life and the Chaplaincy team.

I have a Covid-19 question which has not been answered on this page. Who can I contact?  

If you have a Covid-19 enquiry please email studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

How do I find out about Student Finance?

Don’t forget to apply as soon as possible.

If your family financial circumstances have changed as a result of Covid-19 (or any other reason), you may be entitled to extra support. Please contact the Student Loans Company for more information.

If you need any other money advice, just book a telephone appointment with us – simply log in to CareerHub and book a suitable slot.

How do I stay informed?

Staying in touch is now more important than ever. We’re working hard to provide you with the certainty and clarity that you need but the nature of the pandemic may mean we have to adapt how we use the campus as a community. We will keep you informed and urge you to:

  • read these pages regularly as this is where we will publish updates about campus facilities and services
  • check your contact details are correct on your student record
  • check your student email account regularly
  • look out for information about your teaching timetables
  • download our new EHU app, available from 21 September (search Edge Hill University in your app store)
  • spend some time familiarising yourself with Learning Edge (our Virtual Learning Environment)
  • check your phone before setting off to campus in case of any unavoidable changes to your timetable

Testing and Reporting Covid-19

How do I get tested twice a week?

We are offering a dedicated no symptoms testing centre at the Venue in the Students’ Union building on our Ormskirk campus. If you are on campus, in order to reduce the spread of the virus, you should be tested at least twice a week – there is no limit on how many tests you can book.

How do I book my tests on campus?

  • You can only use the no symptoms screening test centre if you have no symptoms of Covid-19
  • Tests are by appointment only – you need to book online using this link
  • You will normally receive your test results within an hour, but at certain times, it may take longer (up to 24 hours)

Home test kits for collection

If you don’t have a term time address and commute to university from home, you may be able to access rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff.

If you are 18 or over you can now collect two packs of home test kits (each containing seven tests) at a local collection point.

Find your nearest home test kit collection point on the NHS website. You can also use this page to check how busy each location is before setting off.

What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19?

What should I do if I receive a positive result from my no symptoms screening test?

You must return to your household immediately and self-isolate.

You need to book a confirmatory Covid-19 test (PCR) at your nearest testing site as soon as possible. You can find your nearest site and book your PCR test on the gov.uk webpage

You need to let the university know using the online reporting form. We can then provide the advice and support you need.

What should I do if I receive a positive result from my PCR test?

  • You must self isolate for 10 days and you need to complete the online form to let us know you have received a positive test result so we can provide the necessary support and advice.
  • Your self-isolation period of 10 days starts from the day you had your test. If you get symptoms while you’re self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.
  • You can stop self-isolating after the 10 days if either: you do not have any symptoms; you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone. You need to continue self-isolating if after the 10 days you have any of these symptoms: a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery; a runny nose or sneezing; feeling or being sick; diarrhoea. Only stop self-isolating when these symptoms have gone.
  • You need to immediately inform your household and all members of your household will need to let us know that they are self-isolating via our online form. Their self-isolation period of 10 days includes the day that your symptoms started or the day you had your test (if you had no symptoms). They can stop self-isolating after the 10 days only if they haven’t developed any symptoms.
  • If due to your working/placement environment you have taken a no symptoms test and this has come back positive you must return to your household immediately and update those in your household as they too need to isolate. If you have not previously completed our online form, you must complete it. You are responsible for informing placement providers or other non-University organisations that you are involved with through your course. If you need advice please contact your Academic Department.

What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of Covid-19?

If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 you must self-isolate immediately and inform your household so that they can adhere to self-isolation guidance.

You must inform the University by completing this form as soon as you start to experience symptoms. You must complete this form whether you live on campus, off campus or at home. You must also inform the other members of your household immediately so that they can immediately self-isolate as well. If the other members of your household are students at Edge Hill, they will also need to complete the form. We will ensure that other departments within the University are told.

You must also arrange to be tested as soon as your symptoms start, this can be done on gov.uk

If I have symptoms and am waiting on a test result, would everyone in my household have to have a test?

No, the others in your household will not be required to have a test unless they also have symptoms. If they do have symptoms of their own, they should follow the advice for a student that has symptoms. You must inform your household as soon as you have symptoms. If you are living with other Edge Hill students, they will need to complete our online form to notify us that they are self-isolating while you are awaiting your results. Information for the definition of a household can be found on the Government website.

My symptoms are getting worse. What should I do?

Information on what to do if your Covid-19 symptoms are getting worse can be found on the NHS website.

If I have had Covid-19 symptoms, do I need to keep self-isolating if I have received a negative test result?

No. If you have received a negative test result, then you and the rest of your household no longer need to self-isolate unless someone else in your cluster is also suffering from symptoms. If you have received a negative test result you need to email us to let us know at studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk. Please use ‘TEST RESULT’ in the subject line.

Further information about what your test result means can be found on the NHS webpage.

How do I avoid spreading Covid-19 to my household?

Information on how to avoid spreading Covid-19 to your household is available here

What do I need to know about Covid-19 in my household?

Someone in my household has begun to self-isolate. What should I do?

It is important for you to know if they are isolating because they have symptoms, because they have tested positive or because they are a close contact of someone else who has tested positive for Covid-19. If the member of your household has symptoms or has tested positive themselves then you must self-isolate immediately as well. You will need to let us know that you are also self-isolating via our online form. However if they have been a close contact with another person who has tested positive, as long as you were not also a close contact with the person who tested positive there is no need for you to do anything further. However, you must allow your housemate to self-isolate and ensure you and your other housemates do not mix with the person self-isolating in any of the communal spaces in your home. Please take a look at the current Government guidelines

How do I avoid spreading Covid-19 to my household?

Information on how to avoid spreading Covid-19 to your household can be found on the NHS page

I have just arrived on campus and a member of my previous household is now experiencing symptoms of Covid-19. Do I have to self-isolate and do other people in my household have to self-isolate?

If you were staying in that household in the 48 hours prior to the person developing the symptoms, current guidelines mean you would need to self-isolate for 10 days or until a negative test is received by the person experiencing the symptoms. You will need to let us know that you are self-isolating via our online form. The other students in the household you have moved into on campus do not need to isolate unless you or they develop symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 you must inform us immediately.

I have returned to live at home and have been informed that someone in my household on Campus has Covid-19 symptoms. What should I do?

If you were staying in the house in the 48 hours prior to the person developing the symptoms, current guidelines mean you would need to isolate for 10 days or until a negative test is received by the person experiencing the symptoms. You will need to let us know that you are self-isolating via our online form. You should ensure that you self-isolate from the people in your home and do not use communal facilities at the same time as your family. You can find out more by viewing the government guidance

What should I do if someone I know or have been in contact with has tested positive?

I have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service because I have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. What should I do?

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as you have been identified as a close contact you should return to your household immediately and self-isolate and follow NHS Test and Trace guidelines. You must also let the University know by completing our online form.

Someone who I have had close contact with and do not live with has tested positive. What should I do?

If you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within 48 hours prior to the onset of their symptoms or you have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, then you must self-isolate to limit the spread of Covid-19. You must inform the University via our online form and you will be required to isolate for 10 days. If you do not develop Covid-19 symptoms your household will not need to isolate and you can end your isolation after 10 days, during this isolation you should not mix with your household. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 then the symptoms guidance then applies, and you should notify the University of this by recompleting our online form. Government guidance can be found here.

Someone in one of my lectures last week has tested positive this week. Do I have to self-isolate?   

You do not need to isolate unless you have been identified as close contact of the person who has tested positive for Covid-19. To ensure you do not come into close contact with others you must follow guidance around social distancing. If you are a close contact you will be contacted by the University or NHS Test and Trace.

I have heard that someone from my class has tested positive but no one has told me, why hasn’t someone from the University been in touch?

Unless you are classed as a close contact of the person who has tested positive for Covid-19, you will not be contacted by the University or by NHS Test and Trace.

What should I do if I’m self-isolating or someone in my household is?

I am self-isolating. Can I still access classes?

You are unable to attend face-to-face classes but will still be able to attend online classes if you feel well enough to do so. When you complete our Covid-19 reporting form, your department will be made aware that you will be absent from classes and will be advised to contact you to discuss how you may still engage with the course if you feel well enough to do so.

Someone in my household has begun to self-isolate. What should I do?

It is important for you to know the reason that they are isolating – either because they have symptoms,or because they have tested positive or because they are a close contact of someone else who has tested positive for Covid-19. If the member of your household has symptoms or has tested positive themselves then you must self-isolate immediately as well. You will need to let us know that you are also self-isolating via our online form. However if they have been a close contact with another person who has tested positive, as long as you were not also a close contact with the person who tested positive there is no need for you to do anything further. However, you must allow your housemate to self-isolate and ensure you and your other housemates do not mix with the person self-isolating in any of the communal spaces in your home.

I am worried about Covid-19. I am self-isolating as someone in my household has a positive result. Is there someone I can talk to? 

Yes. You can make an appointment to speak to one of our Wellbeing Advisers here. They will arrange a virtual or telephone appointment. You also need to ensure that you let us know that you are self-isolating via our online form.

I have received a negative test result can I stop isolating?

If you have received a negative test result as you had symptoms of Covid-19, you now feel well and no one in your household is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms you can end your isolation. If someone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms you must continue to isolate until they have also received a negative test.

Are there any circumstances under which I would end my isolation earlier than expected?

If you are isolating as you have been informed by the University you have a close contact or a member of your household has Covid-19 symptoms we may contact you to advise you that your close contact or household member has had a negative test result then providing you have no symptoms of your own, have no other close contacts and have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace you are able to stop isolating.

Someone in my household has symptoms and I’ve been told I have to self-isolate but I don’t want to stay on campus, can I go to my family home?

No. You must return to your current household and self-isolate there immediately. You should not return to your family home, as you may put other members of your family at risk if you do so. You must also let us know that you are self-isolating via our online form.

My flatmate has said they have symptoms and we have been told we all have to self-isolate but they seem fine and haven’t been tested yet. I don’t think they are ill so can I go back to my classes?

If you have been advised to self-isolate you must adhere to guidance around self-isolation.

You must also let us know that you are self-isolating via our online form.

What should I do if I think someone is breaching Covid-19 guidelines?

One of my housemates is supposed to be self-isolating but has invited other students into our flat on campus, what should I do?

The University takes breaches of Covid-19 guidelines very seriously. If you need immediate support or attendance, please contact Campus Support on 01695 584227. If you are concerned that another student is not adhering to Government and University Guidelines and you have not been able to resolve this directly then you can report this to us on our online reporting form.

I am concerned another student is breaking university guidelines regarding social distancing rules. What should I do?

The University takes breaches of Covid-19 guidelines very seriously. If you are concerned that another student is not adhering to Government and University Guidelines, you can report this to us on our online reporting form.

Will someone get disciplined if they don’t follow the rules?

The University has a Covid-19 breaches process which will be enforced when we receive reports of students not adhering to Government and University Guidelines. We will not be able to feed back outcomes to individuals that report these breaches.

Can I get a Covid-19 symptoms test and results at University?

You should only book a test if you begin to display symptoms. The eligibility criteria for a free NHS test is on the Government website.

At Edge Hill University, we have secured an onsite testing facility. The testing site is located on the tennis courts behind Edge Hill Sport and accessed via St Helens Road, Ormskirk. The test centre is currently open between 8.00am and 8.00pm, seven days a week.

The testing site is intended for use by members of the public as well as any Edge Hill University staff and students who are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and need a PCR test.

You can book a free test 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.

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.

If I am tested for Covid-19 on campus, will the University receive my results?

No. If you are tested for Covid-19 on campus, your results will be sent to the NHS, who will then advise you of your result via text message or email. However, you must update the University when you receive this result. If you have not already completed our Covid-19 online reporting form, you will need to complete it. If you have already completed it and just need to update us of your test result, you can email us at studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk with the subject ‘TEST RESULTS UPDATE’

My test result is negative and I am still unwell – what should I do?

If you have received a negative test result but you still feel unwell you must stay at home until you feel better. Your results are explained on the NHS website. If you think you have symptoms of coronavirus and need medical advice, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to get further advice. You should also contact your registered GP if you feel generally unwell.

What happens to the information I put into the online Covid-19 reporting form and who is this information shared with?

The information you input into the online reporting form goes through to our Wellbeing Team. Information is only shared with other teams who may need to be aware that you are isolating. This includes your Academic Department, as they will need to be advised of your absence from lessons and our Facilities Management Teams, as they will need to be aware not to enter your room and/or flat unless in an emergency.

Covid Safety Measures on Campus

Where can I find the latest guidelines for Covid-19?

You can find all the latest Guidelines, including symptoms, on the Government and NHS Website.

Can I have visitors or return home for the weekend?

I am feeling homesick and want to invite my family to visit me but have been told I can’t have visitors to my flat, can I meet them somewhere else?

Under current restrictions you are not able to meet those from other households indoors. From 29 March you can, however, meet friends and family outdoors, including within private gardens. The limit on numbers is either up to six people, or two households.

I am feeling homesick and want to go to my family home at the weekend, is this ok?

Unfortunately, under the current restrictions you are not able to visit other households. If you are living on Campus or in shared off-campus accommodation that is not your family home, then you can only be in that household and you cannot visit other households.

You should only travel home if you have a legally permitted reason to do so. If you have an exemption to travel home (for example temporarily because of illness or mental ill-health), you should take a no symptoms test as soon as possible on your return to university.

If you are feeling homesick, you may wish to consider other ways to keep in touch with family and friends and also access some additional support from our Wellbeing Team. You can make an appointment here. The Government might change these guidelines in the future and we will update this FAQ when they do.

One of my housemates keeps inviting her friends over even though we are not allowed visitors and I am worried about the increased risk of catching Covid-19, what can I do?

The University takes breaches of Covid-19 guidelines very seriously. If you are concerned another student is not adhering to Government and University Guidelines you can report this to us via our online reporting form.

I need my partner to visit so that they can help me with personal care when I am unwell. Is this possible?

If the person you wish to enter your household in order to assist with caring for you is a Registered Carer, or you are legally classed as a ‘vulnerable adult’ then yes, this would be possible. If you have a fluctuating health/medical condition and require occasional support this may be possible also but in either case you would need to seek permission in advance and provide evidence of your support needs. Please email inclusionteam@edgehill.ac.uk and they will provide more information. Unfortunately, all other visitors to your household are not permitted under the current Government guidelines.

Can I still use public transport to travel to University?

Yes, under current restrictions you can use public transport for essential purposes only. Universities remain open and are operating in a Covid-secure way. Travelling for education is classed as an essential purpose so you are able to continue to do this and you just need to ensure you follow any other relevant guidelines such as wearing a face covering.

How do I travel to and around campus?

Edge Link

The Edge Link will be offering a fast and reliable service between the Ormskirk Bus Station and Campus.

You will need a valid Edge Hill University ID card to use this free and environmentally friendly service. We ask that you please wear a face covering on-board and encourage social distancing where possible, in line with Government requirements for public transport. The full timetable is available here.

Ormskirk train station improvements

Improvement works to create a shared use footpath and cycleway between Ormskirk bus and rail stations has recently been completed. It features a new surface from a sustainable, recycled material, improved lighting and a wider path that will now allow for easier social distancing.

Cycling

Bike racks are available across campus for use free of charge. You may also join the Bike Locker Users’ Club (BLUC) and store your bike in one of the BLUC lockers located around campus.

Further information is available on the travel webpages

Car parking

Our Travel Plan encourages staff, students and visitors to travel to the University by sustainable means wherever possible.

Find out more information about car parking

Can I car share with people from another household if we wear masks?

You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble. However if you need to do this you should follow the guidance available on our website.

How are we keeping campus safe?

It goes without saying that your safety is our number one priority and we are working hard to ensure that our campuses are safe. Our plans have been assessed by external health and safety experts to assure you that we are Covid-19 secure.

Providing a safe campus

Following guidance from the Government and Public Health England, Edge Hill University has undertaken the necessary work to ensure that we have put in place suitable measures to keep our community safe. This includes:

  • ensuring we have reduced capacities in all our teaching spaces to enable socially-distanced teaching to be delivered
  • systematic deep cleans of all buildings and facilities
  • enhancement of cleaning regimes to maintain high standards of cleanliness and ensuring frequently touched surfaces are prioritised
  • investment in new technology to deep clean spaces effectively and efficiently as required
  • installation of visible, informative signage and floor spacers in all buildings to ensure social distancing
  • installation of hand sanitiser units within all entrances and throughout buildings, to facilitate regular usage and encourage good hygiene practices by all building users.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

You should have already completed a survey to tell us if you need a pink lanyard but if you haven’t received this and you do need one, please contact the Inclusion team: inclusionteam@edgehill.ac.uk

We will provide face masks for every student. You can choose to wear your face covering anywhere around campus, but in some places it’s mandatory, either because it has been identified as required in that area or in line with Government guidance.

You must wear a face covering in settings which you would outside of the University (such as in shops or on public transport and areas where social distancing is not possible). We will clearly signpost areas of the University where face coverings are required.

Some staff and students may choose to wear a pink lanyard to show that they are exempt from wearing face masks. This is to prevent people making comments to them about needing to wear one or making them feel uncomfortable.

How do I let the University know I am exempt from wearing a face covering/unable to attend on campus?

To enable us to consider whether we can put in place amendments to your programme of study, please email inclusionteam@edgehill.ac.uk if any of the following apply:

  • You are/may be unable to attend campus or a practice placement due to Covid-19 related health reasons
  • You have a hearing impairment or other disability/health condition which means you will require captions/subtitles to be able to engage with online learning content such as videos
  • You are exempt from having to wear a face covering or you rely on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

If you complete this form, a member of staff will contact you to discuss your submission. 

New requirements to prevent the spread of Covid-19 could impact on your ability to engage with your studies.  It is very important that you complete the form even if you have previously disclosed a condition or a disability to the University.  The form needs to be submitted before the start of your programme.

What are my responsibilities?

To help us protect each other, and the local community, we’re asking you to commit to our Community Pledge.

Living in the local community

If you intend to live in private rented accommodation this year, please remember that you are returning to communities which have been significantly impacted by Covid-19; this may include elderly, frail and vulnerable people who may be concerned about the movement of students to and from the University.

We know that the vast majority of our students will follow Covid-19 guidance carefully and we want to reassure our University neighbours that is the case. The local council and police will continue to monitor and manage community adherence to Covid-19 guidance. Your health and safety and that of the wider community must be your top priority.

Please also remember your responsibilities as an important member of our community by demonstrating care and consideration for your neighbours and try and minimise noise and disruption – particularly when many people are working from home or may be isolating.

Please respect the rules relating to household bubbles and socialising in both university and private accommodation. Please do not socialise with other households.

If you’re living in university halls of residence, your ‘household’ is made up of the people that you share kitchen space with. Under current Government guidance, with household members, you can share all social spaces and facilities and don’t need to wear face coverings or social distance.

Find out what you can and cannot do at gov.uk

How do I report to the University that I have symptoms or received a positive test result or that I am isolating?

If you have symptoms, or you receive a positive coronavirus test result, or you are isolating, you should inform the University by visiting the Student Services webpage to complete a form to report it.

Campus Facilities

What do I need to know if I’m using the Catalyst and Library and Learning Services?

The Catalyst remains open, but as a result of the national lockdown and new guidelines we have made some changes to services and facilities within Library and Learning Services and Catalyst:

  • Face coverings: It is now mandatory to wear a face covering at all times in the library (unless you are exempt). This includes whilst studying at a desk or PC, borrowing books and moving around the building
  • Access: you will need your Unicard to swipe in and out of the building
  • Ventilation: Government guidance states that areas should be kept well ventilated so some windows will be open in Catalyst. Please, therefore bear in mind that it may be cold and bring an extra layer or two if you are planning to study
  • Furniture: please do not move furniture including chairs as the building has been set up to maintain social distancing
  • Click and Collect service: You can place reservations on available items through the Library Catalogue. You will receive a notification when your request is ready and then collect it from the reservation shelf in Catalyst and issue to your account on the self-issue machine. You can monitor your request on My Account
  • Opening times: From Monday 12 April the university library (Catalyst) will be open between 8.00am and 11.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm at weekends. Full up to date opening hours are available here
    If you use the Manchester library (St James’), further information and opening hours are available here.

The helpdesk in Catalyst and Virtual Support is also still available between 8.00am and 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am to 6.00pm at weekends – just email catalystenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk or use the live chat.

How will catering outlets work on campus, e.g. Starbucks?

Catering outlets on campus will be operating a takeout service and use cashless payments. There will also be a requirement to complete track and trace scanning a QR code through the NHS track and trace app.

From Monday 12 April food outlets will be open as follows:

  • Café Rewind in Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 3.00pm
  • Starbucks in the Hub: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Grab & Go in the Hub: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 6.00pm

McColl’s
Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am – 5.00pm

Full details of food outlets and up to date opening times are available here

What social facilities are available on campus?

We know that your social life may look a little different this year as we all adjust to the new measures in place to protect us against Covid-19. Non-academic life is an important part of your university experience and we want you to have a well-rounded experience at Edge Hill. Whilst following all the latest Government guidance, we will be opening our social spaces to students so you will have plenty of opportunities to socialise with each other in a safe way.

Campus Life

The Campus Life team are here to make you feel part of the Edge Hill community. The Campus Connectors are fellow students who can signpost you to support teams who will be able to help you with any problems you might have. The team will be running a range of online events – from quizzes to vlogs, competitions to tours of the local area, there is something for everyone to get involved.

Make sure you like the EHU Campus Life Facebook page and follow on Instagram @CampusLifeEHU to keep up to date with what’s on. If you spot any of the team around campus (with their red tops and gazebo) please feel free to say hello.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union will be operating largely remotely. The Advice Centre continues to offer telephone and virtual appointments – just email suadvice@edgehill.ac.uk or check appointment availability here.

You can purchase your official EHU clothing and merchandise by visiting the online SU retail shop. All purchases will be dispatched once weekly on a Monday.

For up to date information and opening times visit the Edge Hill Students’ Union webpage or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by searching @Edgehillsu

Sports Centre

The Sports Centre reopened on Monday 12 April – facilities available include the fitness suite, swimming pool, outdoor classes, outdoor Campus Sport sessions and outdoor Team Edge Hill team training.

From 17 May (subject to Government guidance) all indoor classes, Campus Sport sessions and Team Edge Hill team training will be available.

If you haven’t already done so you can download the ‘MyWellness’ app from the Google Play or App Store. This will have our live virtual classes, specific workout routines, and a catalogue of classes for you to enjoy at home or on campus.

The Centre is currently offering a special deal – £25 for membership from now until 31 August.

For more information, to download the Wellness App, updates on opening times and facilities take a look at the Edge Hill Sport webpages

Arts Centre

Our Arts Centre is also temporarily closed – but as soon as guidance allows us, we’ll be offering an exciting programme of events including film screenings, live outdoor comedy performances and games cafés. Most performances and screenings are free.

Keep an eye on the webpage to see when we’re open and check out what’s on.

Retail and catering outlets

Information about the catering and hospitality outlets on campus, including menus and latest opening times, can be found online.

Planned opening times

Catering outlets on campus will be operating a takeout service and use cashless payments. There will also be a requirement to complete track and trace scanning a QR code through the NHS track and trace app.

From Monday 12 April food outlets will be open as follows:

  • Café Rewind in Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 3.00pm
  • Starbucks in the Hub: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Grab & Go in the Hub: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 6.00pm

International Students

I am travelling to Edge Hill University from a country not listed on the Travel ban: Red list, what do I need to do?

The Government has advised that wherever possible, students should remain at their current accommodation until the resumption of their face-to-face teaching. From 15 February, changes in Government guidance impact international travel. Full details are available on the Government website. The Government website also includes what you need to do prior to travel and once you arrive in the UK.

You should also view the up to date Travel ban: Red list as entry to the UK will be refused from these countries unless you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. Information on the travel ban and how this may affect you can be found on the Government website.

If you are quarantining on campus please ensure you have notified our International Office and Accommodation Team and if you need access to food, laundry or other essential items such as toiletries, then please complete the online form.

I am an international student – can I travel home for the Spring Break?

DfE advice for international students on travel over the Spring break

As has been the case throughout the period of national lockdown, foreign nationals resident in England, including international students, are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations in the same way as domestic students.

International students should therefore remain at their term time accommodation, and must not leave it to travel abroad or within England, unless they are leaving their accommodation to travel for a legally permitted reason.

Such reasons could include moving home, travelling for compassionate reasons, travelling for study, or if they have a medical need to do so – which would include mental health reasons. However, as for domestic students, international students are also allowed to return home for the Spring break, which includes a journey involving overseas travel. However, in order to minimise transmission, and because travel restrictions could change whilst students are overseas, making it harder for students to get back into England, students are advised not to travel, and to remain in their term-time accommodation.

You must complete a travel declaration form demonstrating that you have a legal reason to travel and before considering travel, you are advised to consult Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advice for the country you intend to visit or transit through. Some countries have closed their borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning. You should also consider the requirements on re-entry to England before travelling and must follow all the rules for re-entering the UK.

Further information is available here

How do I find information for international students?

It is important to be aware that some countries may impose border closures and introduce restrictions at short notice to help control the spread of Covid-19, therefore we advise you to stay up to date with Foreign Travel Advice and Travel ban: Red list to ensure you have correct and current information regarding travel to the UK. Useful guidance on how to travel safely within airports and aircrafts can be found on the Government website.

Your health, safety and welfare continue to be our number one priority and we advise you to continue to follow Government advice. We will remain in direct contact with you and will continue to update you with further information. If you have any queries, please email the International Office Student Support Officer – spearsk@edgehill.ac.uk and the Student Covid Support Team – studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk

Information for Health or Education Students

How will the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) announcement, made on 14 January, affect me if I’m a nursing student?

On 14 January the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made an important announcement.

Full details are available on the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.

Following the announcement, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health is working with the relevant trusts and regulatory bodies. Whilst we don’t know the fine details yet, we do know that it is going to impact on each student cohort differently. As soon as everything is confirmed, we will be in touch with specific information about how this will impact you.

I am a health student – how do I confirm my status as a key healthcare worker to support travel and childcare provision?

If you are a health student following an educational programme contributing towards Health, Social Care and Medical practice and need to be able to confirm your status as a key healthcare worker to support you in travelling to and from the workplace and obtaining child care provision in schools and nurseries, please contact your School Administration Team within the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine or look on your BlackBoard area to download a copy of a letter to support you.

What do I need to know if I’m attending a placement in an education setting

We regularly update the education VLE area in Blackboard as more details emerge. Please continue to follow PHE rules and guidance provided by your placement organisation.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to follow Government advice on self isolating/staying at home/test and trace.

What do I need to know if I’m attending a placement in a health setting?

If your placement is in a hospital that is dealing with confirmed cases of Covid-19, we understand this is a very uncertain time, but we can reassure you that our principal concern will always be your safety, as well as that of patients and colleagues.

If you are feeling particularly worried, speak to your practice supervisor or assessor or email the University

Where do I find information relevant to my work in nursing or midwifery during the Covid-19 outbreak?

Following the announcement of expanding the nursing and midwifery workforce in the Covid-19 outbreak we are keeping in touch with you to update you on what this information means for you. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has published some helpful FAQs to help you which is available on the NMC website.

What do I do if I’m feeling worried about my placement?

We are continuing to work closely with the NHS and other placement providers to assess risks as necessary, to ensure your safety and follow the latest guidance about what this means for your individual placement.

If you are feeling particularly worried, speak to your practice supervisor or assessor or email the University

What do I do if I have Covid-19 symptoms during my placement?

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to follow Government advice on self isolating/staying at home/test and trace.

What do I do if I have lost placement hours?

We understand that this may be difficult for you, but minimum placement hours required to complete the programme are determined by professional body regulations rather than the University. Ordinarily, students would need to make up lost placement hours, however, if the professional body advises differently, we will contact students directly.

For additional information in other categories, visit the Community Pledge, Information for community, visitors and partners, Information for staff or Information for applicants pages.

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