Find information and guidance for students on the new lockdown restrictions in England.
New lockdown from Thursday 5 November
On Saturday evening the Prime Minister announced further significant “lockdown” restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be introduced in England from Thursday this week, 5 November. These measures have been introduced to reduce the significant increase in the virus’ transmission.
We know this is a really difficult time for our students and we will be looking at additional ways the University can support you during this period.
The Prime Minister stated that one of the Government’s top priorities is to keep people in education and so Universities including Sussex will remain open.
Students should remain at their term time address
The Government has also made it clear that students should not move between their permanent home and student home during term time and that students should only return home at the end of term (Friday 11 December). Further guidance about the end of term and the winter vacation will be provided by the Government in due course. As soon as we receive this guidance we will be in touch with you. Please continue to read this message to the end as it contains more important information.
Teaching and learning
We will continue to offer in-person teaching on campus as part of our blended learning offering. We will of course continue to maintain all of the health and safety measures that we have put in place and will keep reviewing all of our services on campus in line with any new Government guidance. Our key focus will be to take into account the needs and concerns of our students and staff.
Abiding by Covid regulations and guidance
All students must abide by these new Covid-19 regulations and guidance from the 5 November. This requires you to remain in your residence ‘bubbles’ and not receive any visitors. This applies to students who live off campus too (unless you have an agreed support bubble with a single adult household).
Under the new restrictions you may meet one person from another household outside, making sure that you keep to the social distancing regulations at all times.
As is the case for the rest of the population, students may only leave home for specific reasons, including:
- for education
- for work, for example if you cannot work from home
- for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, or on your own with one person from another household
- for medical reasons or appointments
- to escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
- to shop for food and essentials
- to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer.
Guidance if you are living in your family home and commuting to the University
A number of students commute from their family home to University. Such students can still travel to the University for educational purposes but should make sure that you take account of all public health guidance on safer travel, so that you and you fellow passengers stay as safe as possible.
Guidance for students from overseas
As the University remains open and blended learning continues, all our support services, campus residences and housing contracts are unchanged. If an international student chooses to return home, ultimately it is for them to decide whether they do so. However, students planning to travel should adhere to the Government’s advice while in the UK to ensure they are travelling safely. Students should not travel if they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or are part of a household group which is self-isolating.
International students should be mindful that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office currently advises against all but essential international travel. If students do travel home they should also consider whether they need to self-isolate when they return, and are advised to check any restrictions in the country they are travelling to, and whether they will also need to undertake a period of self-isolation in that country.
International students travelling from countries not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days.
What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms, test positive or someone you’ve been in close contact with tests positive
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, test positive, or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 please fill out the Covid-19 symptoms or self isolation reporting form. This enables University staff to contact you and offer the support you may need, including the self-isolation financial payments we are providing to students. Find out more details of the support on offer to students who have to self-isolate.
The University has a supply of home testing kits and one will be offered to you if you’ve filled out the University’s reporting form and you live on campus. Otherwise tests should be booked through the national booking system.
Taking responsibility for each other and the whole of our community
Following the Government’s guidance during the pandemic is a legal requirement. We know the majority of our students are taking this very seriously – but some unfortunately are not. Over the past few days, Sussex Police have had to visit our campus to deal with some serious incidents. There have and will be consequences for students who have broken the law: students who organise parties can face fines of up to £10,000 under the Coronavirus Regulations. This is because by not following the guidelines you are putting other people’s lives at risk. This includes vulnerable people in our society, the elderly and those with medical conditions. It simply can’t continue. The University will institute disciplinary proceedings and other measures to address instances where people have broken the University’s regulations and may impose sanctions as a result.
The Library remains open
The Library will continue to be open, please note: If visiting the Library you will first need to make a Click & Study or Click & Collect booking. Find out more about the Library’s digital services. Of course, please don’t forget to wear a face-covering unless you are exempt.
Our laboratories continue to remain open enabling students who need access to them to do so and to ensure that our valuable research continues.
Student Support services are open to all students
All of our student support services continue to operate and details of these services can be found on this page.
Students who live on campus will continue to be supported by our Residences and Estates staff and details of these services can be found here.
In addition to support from the NHS, and support from universities and colleges, the Office for Students-funded Student Space platform bridges gaps in support for students arising from this unprecedented situation. Further sources of information and support are Every Mind Matters for adults, and Young Minds for young people.
University Catering and the on-campus Co-op remain open
Unfortunately, the latest guidance does mean that in person, group and team sports and activities will need to be on hold during the lockdown period, but we hope these can resume as soon as possible. We know how important they are for your wellbeing. During the lockdown there is no restriction on the amount of time that you can spend exercising outside (remembering to stay with your household or just one other person).
So whether that’s walking, running or cycling there are plenty of green spaces and coastal areas to enjoy.
If you prefer to stay inside, Sussexsport will continue to host its excellent Stay Home with US programme of online classes, blogs and downloadable home workouts during the next few weeks.