Update for students - 15 June 2021

Dear Students,

Last night the Prime Minister announced delays to the lifting of some of the national restrictions, that were due to be removed from 21st June. You can find further information on the Government website.

We have considered how these will impact on the University up to the end of term and into the summer vacation. Please read the following carefully.
 
Learning and Teaching

Learning, teaching, examinations and assessments will continue up to the end of this academic year as the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Teaching outlined in her email on 11th May.

After exams have finished, students on a small number of degree programmes will have the opportunity to ‘catch up’ on any activities that were previously postponed, such as the use of specialist facilities or other practical work. Your School will have already notified you separately if this applies to your programme.

We will write to you again, after the exam period, to provide information about our plans for the structure of teaching and learning next academic year.

Sport

The current guidelines for sport will remain in place. Full details are available on the Loughborough Sport website.

Other social activity

The current restrictions on indoor social activity will remain in place after 21st June. This means that up to six people or two households can meet indoors.

Restrictions remain in place on outdoor gatherings. These remain restricted to groups of up to 30.

The Students’ Union have confirmed that The Socially Distanced Social Club will remain open, with an increased capacity. For more details on ticketing, and other events being run by the Students’ Union, please refer to the LSU website and their social media channels.

The rest of the Students’ Union building will remain open as normal, including JC’s, The Lounge, The Daily Grind and Subway.

You should still be mindful of social distancing when meeting friends and family, in line with the Government’s current guidance, and follow any social distancing requirements in place in the University’s buildings and facilities. You must also continue to wear a face covering as directed in indoor spaces.

Graduation

There are no significant changes to Graduation arrangements which will still take place in July – dates for each of the Schools are available online. Finalists have received further information by email from the Graduation Office. We look forward to meeting you at the celebrations.

Covid testing

While you are at the University, you should continue to take twice weekly Covid tests, booked through our Connect and Protect service. This will continue to apply after the 21st June.

If you are symptomatic please book through Connect and Protect service and choose option 1 (Symptomatic). A member of the Connect and Protect team will contact you to book a PCR test. You will get the results of this test within a few hours. It is important that you do not attend the asymptomatic testing centre and that you self-isolate whilst waiting for your symptomatic PCR test results.

If you are returning to your permanent address in the UK over the summer, you should take a test directly before you leave. If your result is positive, you will need to self-isolate at your term-time address for ten days before you travel home.

If you are flying overseas, you should comply with the travel requirements for the country you are going to. If you need a Fit to Fly certificate, you should book a test via the Connect and Protect form and choose the ‘Fit to Fly’ option.

Vaccinations

The NHS Covid-19 vaccine programme is now open to those who:

  • will be 23 or over by 1st July 2021
  •  have a health condition that puts them at higher risk from Covid
  • are a carer or health/care worker

If you are eligible, you can book your vaccination via the NHS site.

The Government has announced that all over-18s will be eligible to be vaccinated from later this week. Please look out for further details.

The vaccines are effective against all variants currently of concern in the UK. Taking both doses is key. If you have already had your first dose, please make sure that you take up your second dose.

Supporting your wellbeing

If you are feeling anxious or worried at all about how the current situation is affecting you, please remember that there is help available.

Student Services (E: studentservices@lboro.ac.uk, T: 01509 222765) offers a range of support, mental health and wellbeing and financial advice. You can also access online support 24/7 through the Togetherall platform. The Centre for Faith and Spirituality (E: cfschaplains@lboro.ac.uk, T: 01509 223741) offers a space for reflection and has chaplains of various faiths.

Loughborough Students’ Union’s Welfare and Diversity team can also offer guidance and support.

To support students in challenging financial circumstances, the University has hardship funds available – more information is available here.

I know you will be heartily sick of the pandemic. I can only offer my thanks for the generally outstanding way Loughborough students have responded. I hope you are able to have an enjoyable end to this academic year. For those graduating, I hope you enjoy your ceremony, and for those returning next year we hope for a further return to normality and the Loughborough experience.

Richard Taylor
Chief Operating Officer