Coronavirus

The latest information and advice for staff, prospective and current students and visitors during the current coronavirus pandemic. We are committed to supporting our communities and partners during this time and will continue to update you on the latest advice and guidance.

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If you have symptoms (a high temperature/new continuous cough or a loss of taste/smell), however mild: STAY HOME, SELF-ISOLATE, NOTIFY US.

Teaching plans for Semester 2

We are committed to offering students as much face-to-face teaching as possible in a Covid-secure environment through our hybrid education model. We have outlined our plans for a staggered return to face-to-face teaching on our Student page.

Currently only those students on specific programmes undertaking face-to-face teaching should return to campus. In accordance with the new legislation, this is focused on practical courses, and wherever possible students should stay at their vacation accommodation if they are not due back on campus. 

We have also published our roadmap for recovery, which outlines the stages mapped against the latest government advice. 

We are offering rent credits to those students who have not been able to return to their University-managed accommodation and we have introduced a “safety net” policy to protect overall grades. Please visit our Student page for more information.

Regular weekly asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

Book a time. Take a test. Protect each other.

In line with the latest government directive, all students and staff on/attending campus are now expected to book a regular asymptomatic Covid-19 test (at Surrey Sports Park) at least once every week and preferably twice. You should take a test when first returning to campus, and then this needs to be followed up with regular tests every 3-7 days . Find out more about our asymptomatic testing programme and book your test here

Symptomatic Covid-19 testing

Please remember, any students or staff who develop symptoms of Covid-19 (however mild), must self-isolate immediately, notify the University's Rapid Response team who will give you advice and support, and book an NHS test (there is a walk-through testing facility situated next to GSA or a drive-through testing site at the Onslow Park and Ride). Find out more on our dedicated page.

Support for you 

We recognise that this continues to be a challenging time for everyone in our community and we care about keeping you safe and well. We have a range of wellbeing support services available, and urge anyone with concerns for themselves or others to get in touch at coronavirusenquiries@surrey.ac.uk.

During the national lockdown, a number of catering options, together with all student support services including the Library, MySurrey Hive and Nest, study spaces and Academic Hives, will continue to be open (face-to-face and online) as usual for all students, and dedicated silent study rooms will be available for students to book to undertake exams in the Library and MySurrey Hive.

Staying safe at Surrey

Our Covid-19 health and safety policy outlines the practical aspects of working on campus safely. This is to ensure that, as a community, we all play our part during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we can work, study, socialise and live on campus without detriment to our health, safety and wellbeing. It is a requirement to wear a face covering in all shared indoor University spaces. Full details, including exceptional circumstances, can be found on our advice for all FAQs page.

As a community, we need to ensure all advice and guidance is being followed for the health and safety of ourselves and others. If you wish to report a breach of the Covid-19 rules, anonymously or with contact details, please use our Report + Support service. For urgent assistance, call Security on +44 (0)1483 683333.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)

The government has re-introduced shielding, so all students who are classified as being CEV are permitted to study online, except for a small number of programmes. Please contact the University's Disability and Neurodiversity team to enquire about studying from home.

    Reporting of positive cases

    We share our latest Covid-19 figures on the Coronavirus website homepage twice per week, on a Monday and a Thursday. As of Thursday 8 April: 

    • Our weekly cases – 0 – These are a seven-day rolling total of student and staff positive test results reported to the University – this gives an indication of the number of current 'active' cases.
    • Total cases – 541 – This is a running total of all student and staff positive cases reported to the University since 17 September 2020.

    Deborah Lawson, Director of Faculty Operations and Silver Commander – Covid-19, said: “The safety and wellbeing of all our staff and students continues to be our top priority. We’re working hard to support those affected and we wish them a speedy recovery. The latest restrictions from the government indicate this is no time for complacency. 

    "We remind all students and staff to notify our Rapid Response team if they have symptoms or a positive test and to comply fully with NHS Test and Trace self-isolation requirements. We are actively supporting the contact tracing work and are grateful for the advice and guidance from Public Health England. We urge everyone to remain vigilant and take all steps necessary to reduce risks to themselves and others.”   

    Our roadmap to recovery

    The health and wellbeing of our entire community is our first priority. The University has been developing and delivering a comprehensive action plan since the Covid-19 outbreak first emerged. We are following UK Government guidance, and working closely with health authorities and Public Health England.

    A senior management response team (Silver Response Group) continues to meet frequently to oversee and manage our preparations and response, guided by a set of agreed strategic objectives. The University has set out five core principles for our approach to recovery over the coming weeks and months:   

    • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students
    • Maintain the quality of our educational experience and research outcomes
    • Protect the long-term financial sustainability of the University   
    • Remain adaptable to the prevailing Covid-19 alert level (including localised lockdown)
    • Adopt innovative Covid-19 ways of working to emerge stronger.

    We have also shared our plans for guidance on campus over the coming months in our Roadmap for recovery.

    Creating a Covid-secure campus

    Colleagues University-wide have been preparing our campus for the gradual return of staff and students. This film looks at what’s been happening behind the scenes and provides insight into what to expect, highlighting the Covid-secure measures we have put in place to keep you safe on campus.

    Useful contacts

    If you have immediate concerns for your own health please call NHS 111 or use the NHS online coronavirus service.

    Our Security team is available 24/7 if you require emergency assistance: Call +44 (0)1483 683333.

    The Centre for Wellbeing is available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 689498.

    Our University coronavirus enquiries helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 685510 or email coronavirusenquiries@surrey.ac.uk.

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