- Queen's COVID-19 rules
- Frequently asked questions - students with symptoms of COVID-19
- COVID-secure self-isolation in Queen’s residences: key points and self-isolation support for students
- Self-isolation support - provisions
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With applications for financial assistance, we are mindful that we have finite finances and we wish to target help to the most in need. As a result, annual income, savings, overdraft limits, and expected annual expenditure are assessed and grants are made to those students who do not have sufficient funds to cover their expected annual expenditure. Additionally, loans can be made to students whose annual funds are sufficient to cover expenditure but who are experiencing temporary lack of funds.
Coronavirus: Information for Students, Staff, and Fellows
Last updated 24 March 2021
The College continues to aim to provide the best educational environment it can, while looking after the health of all its communities. Following the recent government and higher education (HE) guidance, and the message from the Senior Tutor and the University’s updates at the end of February, exceptional arrangements have been put in place for the remainder of Hilary Term, the Easter vacation, and Trinity Term. The government has not announced a plan for the general return of students to University, and further information is expected sometime after 5 April. For most students, in-person taught courses have not resumed, and may not resume, therefore you are expected to remain where you are and not travel to your term-time address. You will continue to be taught online. Further information will be provided to you based on that announcement.
On 1 March, a detailed email was sent to all students including information about the Easter vacation. The message outlined the categories of students the University has defined as on a ‘practical’ or ‘practice-based’ course which may be permitted to return after Easter. It is hoped these exempted categories of students will then be able return in two phases: in time to resume teaching on Monday 12 April; and others in time to resume teaching on Monday 26 April. Please contact the email@example.com if you did not receive the email.
Updated Easter travel advice for students
Please note that the National lockdown: Stay at Home guidance remains in place; however, UK Government guidance has now been updated to include a new exemption for student travel during the vacation.
The Government continues to advise students to remain in their term-time accommodation where possible. However, students are permitted to travel back and forth once between their university accommodation and their home address. Whether or not to travel in the UK is a decision for students to take based on their individual circumstances. Please note that students can move on one occasion from their student household on or after 8 March 2021 but before 29 April 2021 to one other household for the purposes of a vacation, and are then (still) allowed to move “back” to university once.
Please be aware that the Christmas dispensation that allowed people to travel home to self-isolate if they tested positive for Covid-19 DOES NOT apply to the Easter travel window. If you, or a member of the household in which you live, tests positive, you will need to stay and self-isolate for 10 days.
The guidance also allows international students to travel and return home once over Easter. However, the Government continues to advise against travel to countries outside the UK, and given the complexities involved, international students are advised not to travel home for the vacation.
Higher education providers have been asked to provide asymptomatic testing for students before they leave for the vacation, and to encourage students to take part in community testing before you return. On return you will be issued with two LFDs to use for days one and four and you should limit contacts during that time.
Students in the exempted categories intending to return to College should be aware that College life remains quite austere, and we continue to ensure that most staff work from home to protect the NHS; the lockdown permits little social interaction, the household rules in College accommodation remain in force, and the possibility of periods of self-isolation or household isolations due to Covid-19 illness, continues. A guide to living in student households under the lockdown restrictions can be found here.
The central College site will remain open providing such essential services as it can at any given time for students who must be in residence, depending on staff availability and prevailing risk conditions. The Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information is available here about the status of onsite operations and there is also information about student meals here.
The Junior Deans are on duty between 0-9th week. The Welfare Officer and Chaplain have limited availability during the vacation and, while they can still be contacted, they cannot guarantee an immediate reply. The Student Wellbeing and Support Service has put together a useful guide for support that is available during the vacation.
We understand how difficult this time has been for so many of you. Over the Easter break we hope you will take a pause from your study and find some time for other pursuits. Although things are a long way from normal, we hope the positive effects of longer days and spring sunshine, and the encouraging trends on the pandemic front, will begin to lift all our hearts. We wish you well and are pleased to try to help you if we can so do not hesitate to contact us if your questions are not answered here or in the email you received.
Please note the process to follow if you experience symptoms of the virus:
- Students, Fellows and staff should refer to University Early Alert Service (EAS) and book a test if you are unwell and suspect you may have symptoms caused by COVID-19.
- Students in residence should immediately notify the Lodge (telephone 01865 279120 / email email@example.com), leaving details of your test booking date and time and symptoms, your accommodation/ room number, and your telephone number. Your information will be handled with discretion but it is important that the College knows you are unwell with a suspected case.
- Staff should inform the Domestic Bursar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Domestic Bursar’s Office (email@example.com).
- Academic staff should contact the Senior Tutor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with copy to the academic Administrator (email@example.com).
Further information is available on our page of Frequently Asked Questions for students with symptoms of COVID-19 as well as information about self-isolation and support available for students.
We encourage everyone to continue to check the University's Coronavirus webpages regularly to keep informed of the latest local advice. The webpages include detailed information for students and staff, including frequently asked questions.
You may also find the following sites useful:
- the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the public
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do (on GOV.UK)
- Foreign Travel Advice
- NHS website
Any member of our community might find the Mind website helpful when coping in these difficult times. The Junior Deans are on duty between 0-9th week. The Welfare Officer and Chaplain have limited availability during the vacation and, while they can still be contacted, they cannot guarantee an immediate reply. The Student Wellbeing and Support Service has put together a useful guide for support that is available during the vacation.
The Queen’s College Library
The Library is open for Queen’s students who have been given permission to return to the University. However, the Library is not operating as normal and reflects the national lockdown that is in place. Please check the Library webpage for the latest information and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Please stay at home unless your visit to the Library is absolutely essential.
We are offering click and collect and scanning services but our aim is to maintain a zero contact/ remote service provision as far as possible. Please make full use of online resources.
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