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.

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.

Covid-19 Vaccinations

How can I get my Covid-19 vaccination(s)?

From 18 June 2021, the Covid-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

Full details about how you can get yours are available on the NHS website.

For a list of frequently asked questions about Covid-19 vaccinations, visit the Healthier Lancs and South Cumbria website.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated to attend university?

We are aware of a number of stories within the media that suggest that university students may have to be vaccinated in order to attend lectures. At present, Edge Hill will not require students to be vaccinated to attend university. This would only change if central government makes it a legal requirement for all universities and students. The University has not currently received any government guidance regarding mandatory vaccinations. However we do strongly encourage all students to take up the offer of both doses of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as they are eligible. If you are still unsure about whether or not to have the vaccination we would recommend that you speak to your GP or visit this informative webpage.

Testing and Reporting Covid-19

How can I take regular rapid tests?

Here at Edge Hill, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to access regular rapid testing to help keep those close to you safer, reduce the transmission of Covid-19 within our community and get back to a normal way of life as quickly as possible.

That’s why, you can collect home test kits on campus in both Ormskirk and Manchester.

The current guidance is that you should take tests at least twice a week. A home pack contains 7 tests and instructions on how to use them. They show the results within 30 minutes and they also show you’re doing what you can to protect others.

We’ve brought together all the information you need, so it’s easy for you to be a part of regular rapid testing.

Collecting home test kits from campus

Ormskirk
You can pick up a box containing seven tests from the Performance Studio (building 6a on the campus map, entrance next to the Business School) between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

St James’ Manchester
You will be able to pick up a box containing seven tests from the reception desk in St James’, times have been confirmed in your Blackboard area.

Collecting/ordering home test kits if you’re not on campus

Everyone can now order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home in England. You can find further information and order your tests here

You can also 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

Once you have completed the test, you must report a positive result to the NHS and you are also asked to report negative and invalid results. This is so the NHS can monitor the spread of the virus, support communities across the UK and combat the virus.

Please remember, even if you test negative, you should continue to be cautious and follow the rules around ‘Hands, Face, Space’

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 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?

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 out?

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 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

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.

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.

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.

Wellbeing and Student Support

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
  • 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 and the Chaplaincy team.

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

What is the University doing to support my wellbeing?

The University offers a range of support (including 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, you can book an appointment here

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
  • spend some time familiarising yourself with Learning Edge (our Virtual Learning Environment)

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 have been 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.

Being on Campus

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

Even if you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, you should get tested before you come onto campus, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a free test online. This will help minimise the spread of the virus on campus.

If you have had a confirmed COVID infection in the last 90 days, you are likely to have developed some immunity and do not need to take a test.

If you are ordering a home testing kit from gov.uk, 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

Whilst travelling to campus you should follow the guidance to keep yourself, passengers and transport staff safe during your journey.

Please note: you should not use a rapid lateral flow test if you have coronavirus symptoms. You should arrange a PCR test and self-isolate.

I live in an area/travelling to an area which has a variant strain of Covid-19, should I attend university?

Travel is permitted for university students, but when travelling you should follow the latest Government guidance.

Regular rapid testing

Here at Edge Hill, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to access regular rapid testing to help keep those close to you safer, reduce the transmission of Covid-19 within our community and get back to a normal way of life as quickly as possible.

That’s why, you can collect home test kits on campus in both Ormskirk and Manchester.

The current guidance is that you should do tests at least twice a week. A home pack contains 7 tests and instructions on how to use them. They show the results within 30 minutes and they also show you’re doing what you can to protect others.

We’ve brought together all the information you need, so it’s easy for you to be a part of regular rapid testing.

Collecting home test kits from campus

Ormskirk
You can pick up a box containing seven tests from the Performance Studio (building 6a on the campus map, entrance next to the Business School) between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.

St James’ Manchester
You will be able to pick up a box containing seven tests from the reception desk in St James’, times have been confirmed on your Blackboard area.

Collecting/ordering home test kits if you’re not on campus

Everyone can now order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests to be sent to your home in England. You can find further information and order your tests here

You can also 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

Once you have completed the test, you must report a positive result to the NHS and you are also asked to report negative and invalid results. This is so the NHS can monitor the spread of the virus, support communities across the UK and combat the virus.

Please remember, even if you test negative, you should continue to be cautious and follow the rules around ‘Hands, Face, Space’

Covid Safety Measures on Campus

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:

  • 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
  • taking all necessary steps to ensure that that indoor spaces are well ventilated
  • 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?

From 19 July, the Government removed the requirement to wear face coverings in law but expects and recommends that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where people may come into contact with people they don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and the Edge link bus is classified as public transport. There may also be other instances where the wearing of face coverings is requested, for example when attending an indoor event.

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 are exempt from wearing a face covering we can provide you with a pink lanyard that identifies you as being exempt. If you have returned or are returning to campus and require a pink lanyard, please email the Inclusion Team with details of exemption.

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.

International Travel

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

If you are planning to return to the UK from abroad Government guidance is currently impacting international travel, please read Government Guidance and interpret this and apply it to your personal circumstances before deciding whether you have permitted reason to travel. Please be aware that no travel is risk-free, and countries may close their boarders and restrict entry at short notice to help control the spread of Covid-19. 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. We cannot directly advise you on what you can do or what is legally allowed for your personal circumstances, however we do ask that you follow the government guidance and the University’s community pledge.

Prior to your arrival:

  • Once you have a date for your arrival arranged please contact studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk with your travel arrangements, if you are an International student, please email the International Office Student Support Officer – spearsk@edgehill.ac.uk
  • If you are quarantining on campus please complete the online form prior to your travel to request food, laundry or other essential items such as toiletries
  • Ensure, prior to departing for England, you have proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of departure, please see information on pre-departure testing.
  • You also need to order a Travel Test Package and complete this information on your Passenger Location Form. These tests are self-funded and they are different to the no-symptoms tests that are available on campus.
  • Read through Government information on How to travel to the place where you’re quarantining.
  • Inform your household you will be returning and quarantining in line with Government guidance. Under current guidance your household do not need to isolate, however you must avoid close contact with others, please communicate around use of communal kitchen space and bathrooms to ensure you use them when others are not. Useful information can be found on the NHS website. 
  • Useful guidance on how to travel safely within airports and aircrafts can be found on the Government website.

Once you have arrived:

  • Once you have arrived on campus, please contact studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk to inform us of your arrival, if you are an International student please email the International Office Student Support Officer – spearsk@edgehill.ac.uk.
  • You are responsible for communicating with your household about the use of communal areas whilst you are in quarantine.
  • During your isolation you will be required to have self-funded Government testing, if you are quarantining off campus you can arrange this to be sent to your quarantine address. If you are quarantining on campus you will be notified by the post room that your parcel test has arrived. If you need additional support collecting and posting your test, please email studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk to make arrangements for your test to be brought to your accommodation and then posted following your test.
  • If you develop Covid-19 symptoms or have a positive result from a Covid-19 test you must complete our University Covid-19 Reporting Process immediately.
  • You can also find further information here about how you can get further support as well as information about post and cleaning arrangements.
  • Information of what you can and cannot do in quarantine can be found online.

I am planning to leave the UK and return abroad, where will I find information?

Current regulations mean that students will need to have a reasonable reason to leave the UK, more information on these can be found here. Please stay up to date with Government travel advice and read Government Guidance and interpret this and apply it to your personal circumstances before deciding whether you have a permitted reason to travel. If you are permitted to travel then follow Government information on what you need to do before you travel.

Those who need testing for reasons such as fit-to-fly are able to contact providers from the general testing list to book a private Covid-19 test at their own expense, further information is available here. If you require financial advice you are able to book an appointment with the Money Advice team.

Where do I find information for international students?

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 Student Covid Support Team – studentcovidsupport@edgehill.ac.uk or International Office Student Support Officer – spearsk@edgehill.ac.uk.

I am travelling to the UK from the Republic of Ireland and the Channel Islands, where will I find information?

Information about travelling to the UK from the Common Travel Area can be found on the Government website.

Information for Health Students

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. However, it is always advisable to check with the Trust in which you are placed for the most up-to-date information. 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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