Update for students - 28 September
As we welcome our students for the new academic year, I wanted to share with you some important points.
Reporting Covid cases
You will know that the symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you develop these symptoms you must self-isolate and arrange a test. You can arrange a test through the NHS here. There is an NHS Testing Site in Loughborough at Limehurst Avenue. You should also report any symptoms to the University’s Connect and Protect service so we can make arrangements for food and inform your academic school. If you have any difficulty finding a test in a timely manner please contact Connect and Protect who can help facilitate.
The University, Hall Committees and LSU have sought to organise as much social activity as possible and sensible within the rules.
I want to offer some clarity on informal social activity you may choose to participate in:
Within your household you can socialise without any need for social distancing. If you are in Halls you will be (or have been) informed of your household and will receive a wristband. Households in halls are based around one or two flats where there are shared facilities.
When meeting people outside of your household you should follow the Rule of Six (which limits groups to six people or your household if that group is bigger than six), and observe social distancing between people of those different households, as much as possible. Government guidance is available here.
The University has made it clear that we will deal robustly with significant breaches of these rules, in particular house or flat parties involving multiple households. A number of students are excluded from campus and/or activities for 14 days because of parties.
The events at other universities over the weekend have served to underline the importance of social distancing arrangements. In order for our community to enjoy the social and academic activities on offer, it’s more important than ever that we follow the Seven Golden Rules to keep everyone safe.
Returning home at Christmas
There has been much unhelpful speculation in the media over the weekend as to whether students would be allowed to return home at Christmas. Whilst we believe the story has no clear credence (it is not Department for Education policy, for example), it has caused concern and it is therefore important to clarify the University’s position - the University does not have powers nor any desire to require students to stay at Christmas.
If we need to make additional arrangements to allow students to return home (for example, additional testing), we will do so. If there are any students who are unable to return home, we will support them at the University over Christmas.
I hope the first few days of the new academic year go well for you.
Chief Operating Officer