Students
Spring Break Guide

As we take a break for the Easter period, we’ve brought together some useful information about student services, support and activities over the holiday.

Wellbeing support

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You can access free online support with Togetherall – available 24/7. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or unable to cope, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better. Visit www.togetherall.com to sign up.

The Wellbeing webpages also have a wide range of self-help resources and advice on who to contact if you need support – visit www.ehu.ac.uk/wellbeing

The Wellbeing and Counselling team will be available throughout the Spring break but will not be available between Friday 2 and Tuesday 6 April.

If you need wellbeing support between 2 and 6 April, please call Campus Support on 01695 584227.

Campus support

Campus Support offers an out-of-hours service for students on campus, to ensure you feel safe and comfortable in your accommodation. If you need any help, you can contact the team 24/7 throughout the holidays. Telephone: 01695 584227 (4227 from internal phones in halls).

FM Helpdesk and post

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Over the break, the FM Helpdesk opening hours (including post and parcel collection) will be as follows:

Monday 29 March to Friday 9 April: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Please note: the service will be closed between closed between Friday 2 and Tuesday 6 April.

Normal opening hours will resume on Monday 12 April (8.00am – 6.00pm).

Housekeeping

The Housekeeping team will not be working from Friday 2 April to Tuesday 6 April. Therefore, cleaning will take place in halls until Thursday 1 April and will then resume to full service on Wednesday 7 April. Additional bin bags will be left in your kitchen, should you need them.

Launderette

The launderette will be open as usual, apart from Tuesday 6 April when it will be closed between 8.00am and 4.00pm for a scheduled power down.

Catered allowance

If you have a catered food package in halls of residence, this will not operate between Saturday 27 March and Sunday 11 April due to the Spring break as per your contract. The Commercial Services team will deliver food to you on Friday 26 March and Friday 9 April as there is currently no weekend service.

Libraries

 Catalyst drawing of building

The university library (Catalyst) is open during the two week Spring Break – you can check opening hours here.

Operating hours and details during the Easter weekend are as follows:

Good Friday 2 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
Saturday 3 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
Easter Sunday 4 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (virtual support only – Catalyst building closed)
Easter Monday 5 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
Tuesday 6 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (virtual support only – Catalyst building closed)

If you use the Manchester library (St James’), Spring Break opening hours are available here

Edge Link bus

The bus timetable will operate as usual. Please note that the bus does not run on Bank Holidays and Sundays. This means there will be no service on Friday 2, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 April. The full timetable is available here

Food and retail outlets

Here’s the information you may need to know for catering and retail offerings during the Spring Break:

Food

Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April

  • Starbucks, the Hub: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Café Rewind FoHSCM: 8.00am – 3.00pm
  • Hub Marketplace: 11.30am – 1.30pm

All outlets will be closed between Friday 2 and Tuesday 6 April.

Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 April

  • Starbucks, the Hub: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Café Rewind FoHSCM: 8.00am – 3.00pm
  • Hub Marketplace: 11.30am – 1.30pm

From Monday 12 April
Monday to Friday

  • Starbucks, the Hub: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Café Rewind FoHSC: 8.00am – 3.00pm
  • Hub Market place: 11.30am – 1.30pm
  • Grab & Go the Hub: 8.00am – 7.30pm

Weekends

  • Starbucks, the Hub: 10.00am – 3.00pm
  • Grab & Go, the Hub: 10.30am – 1.30pm / 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Retail – McColl’s

Week commencing 29 March

  • Monday 29 March to Thursday 1 April: 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Good Friday, 2 April: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Saturday 3 April : 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Easter Sunday, 4 April: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Week commencing 5 April

  • Bank Holiday Monday, 5 April: 8.00am – 4.00pm
  • Tuesday 6 April: Closed (power outage)
  • Wednesday 7 to Friday 9 April: 8.00am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Campus Life Activities

The Campus Life team will be running a range of virtual events and activities over the Easter break, including competitions, livestreams, and quizzes. To find out more and get involved check out the Facebook page.

Sports Centre

Due to current restrictions, the on-campus Sports Centre is currently closed but is looking forward to opening on Monday 12 April (subject to Government guidance).

You can still get physically and mentally fit with the Sports Centre’s virtual timetable on the Wellness App featuring a ‘Workout of the Day’, live classes, tailored programmes and challenges. You can also visit the ‘on demand’ section to take part in pre-recorded Sports Centre or Technogym experts classes.

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

Information relating to Covid-19

Here at EHU, we are doing everything we can to ensure we are a Covid secure campus to help keep you and our community safe.

Rules around socialising

Please continue to respect the rules relating to household bubbles and socialising in both university and private accommodation. Under current Government guidance you are not allowed to 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 guidance you can share all social spaces and facilities and don’t need to wear face coverings or social distance with these household members.

Ongoing testing on campus*

Student reading book

The current Government guidance is for you to take two tests a week (three to four days apart). If you are staying on campus during the Spring Break we expect you to use our no symptoms test centre for this purpose. Just a reminder:

  • The centre is located at the Venue in the Students’ Union building
  • You can only use the no symptoms screening test centre if you have no symptoms of Covid-19
  • Tests are free and by appointment only – you can book them easily online here
  • You will normally receive your test results within an hour, but at certain times, it may take longer (up to 24 hours)

Please remember, even if you test negative, you should continue to be cautious and follow the rules around ‘Hands, Face, Space’.
*Reduced opening hours apply during the Spring Break

Keep us informed by using the Online Reporting Form

You are required to complete this form if any of the following apply:

  • You have developed symptoms of Covid-19
  • You have tested positive for Covid-19
  • You have been contacted by the University or NHS Test and Trace instructing you to isolate
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 (48 hours prior to the onset of their symptoms)
  • Someone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19

Support and advice

If, for any of the above reasons, you are isolating – once you have completed the online reporting form we will be in touch to provide any advice and support you may need.
If you need any additional support during the Spring Break, or have any questions please email the Catalyst helpdesk or use live chat during opening times. The opening times during Easter weekend are as follows:

  • Good Friday 2 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
  • Saturday 3 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
  • Easter Sunday 4 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (virtual support only – Catalyst building closed)
  • Easter Monday 5 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (Catalyst building open)
  • Tuesday 6 April, 10.00am – 6.00pm (virtual support only – Catalyst building closed)

If you need information about Counselling and Wellbeing, Transitions, Inclusion, Accommodation, Money Advice, Campus Life or the Chaplaincy team please visit the Student Services webpages

Travelling home for the Spring Break

Student with bag

The Government is asking students not to travel home for the Spring break and is strongly advising that if you only returned to university from 8 March, you do not travel wherever possible. This is in order to minimise transmission of Covid-19. If you want to go home for the break, particularly if your in-person teaching resumed from the beginning of term, it is legally permissible for you to travel home provided you do so only once before 29 April. You can travel back to term-time accommodation at any time.

If you do travel home for the Spring break, you should get tested before you travel and you should also get tested before you travel back to university, where community testing facilities are available. If you test positive, you will be legally required to self-isolate for ten days and should not travel. You need to let the university know using the online reporting form. We can then provide the advice and support you need.

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.

For the latest updates and additional information relating to Covid-19 please visit our student FAQs page