COVID-19 restrictions – degree students end-of-term travel plans

Thursday November 19, 2020

Students travelling home this Christmas will have to follow certain steps to make sure they return home safely during the pandemic.

To support degree-level students who currently live in NTU halls with any end-of-term travel plans they may have, we’ve decided to move our blended teaching for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to entirely online delivery slightly ahead of the end of term.

This move to fully online teaching will be carried out on a phased basis between Friday 4 and Wednesday 9 December.

Timetables are currently being re-planned by your tutors, and you will receive details for your course, and of any changes to assignments and assessments over the next few days. We are aiming to get this information to you by Monday 23 November.

College-level students will continue their blended learning, with both face-to-face and online sessions, until the end of term.

Lateral Flow Testing

If you are planning to travel once your face-to-face learning has paused, you should book a Lateral Flow Test and await your COVID-19 result before doing so. These tests will be available from Monday 30 November until Wednesday 9 December at NTU’s City, Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses. If your test result is negative you should travel as soon as possible to minimise your risk of catching the virus before you return home.

If your test is positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days at your term time address and notify the University via the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form so that the NTU accommodation team can support you through your isolation period.

Safe travel

We ask that students remain in their term time address until national lockdown restrictions are lifted on Tuesday 2 December, but travel as soon as possible after that once you have received your negative test result.

If you are travelling, you should take account of the Government guidelines around safer travel during the pandemic, including wearing a face covering on any public transport.

If you are arranging for a friend or relative to collect you in private transport, you must check any local restrictions in place as to whether you can share a car with a member of another household.

Please remember to be respectful to your local community – whether living in halls or in a residential area – make sure you maintain social distancing even when you are in the process of moving your belongings.

When do I need to isolate?

You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you think you might have coronavirus, you must isolate immediately and book a test through the NHS or, if between Monday 30 November and Wednesday 9 December, a Lateral Flow Test.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive you should isolate. If you develop symptoms you are able to book a test through the NHS, if it is between Monday 30 November and Wednesday 9 December you should book a Lateral Flow Test.

If you test negative for coronavirus but were identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive (a house mate for example), you can return home if you wish to do so, taking into account the risk of transmission to your family, but you must continue self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days.

We’re here to help

If you have any concerns or queries before next week’s update, get in touch with Student Support via email at studentservices@confetti.ac.uk, or over Microsoft Teams.

For the latest updates and advice on Covid-19, please visit our Stay Safe page.