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Helping you plan for the end of Term One

Page last updated: 27 November 2020

To support students with any travel plans they may have at the end of Term One, our blended teaching for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will move online slightly ahead of the end of term and COVID-19 tests will be available for all students.

To support students wishing to travel at the end of term, we are moving to entirely online teaching between Friday 4 – Wednesday 9 December. Any changes to your timetable for the rest of the term should now have been emailed to you by your School.

If you are planning to travel once your face-to-face learning has paused, you should book a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test and await your result. Lateral Flow Tests will also be staggered to encourage students to travel over a phased period.

Please remember that due to national lockdown restrictions in place until 2 December, students should not move from their term time address.

Staying on campus during the Winter Break

If you intend to stay at your term-time accommodation during the Winter Break please let us know. We will be keeping our libraries, study facilities and cafes open until Thursday 24 December with some facilities remaining open over the whole Winter Break, further detail will be announced next week.

If you need support, our Student Support Services team are on campus up until Thursday 24 December or contact them via email at student.support@ntu.ac.uk.

Between Christmas Eve and Monday 4 January if you need any support at all please call our NTU Being on Campus helpline (+44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1) or email ntu.beingoncampus@ntu.ac.uk. The helpline voicemail and email will be checked regularly and open to calls between 10 am and 2 pm every weekday except bank holidays.

The Student Support Services opening hours over the Winter Break are as follows:

Monday 21 December, 10 am – 4 pm

Tuesday 22 December, 10 am – 4 pm

Wednesday 23 December , 10 am – 4 pm

Thursday 24 December, 10 am – 2 pm

For emergency support, any time of day, please call NTU security on 0115 941 8418.

Booking a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test

Lateral Flow Tests have been introduced by the Government to support students wishing to travel before the end of term. The tests will help stop the spread of COVID-19 as we are able to identify those people who are infected but not displaying any symptoms. Once your School has confirmed when your face to face teaching will pause, you should book your tests soon after.

A Lateral Flow Test is free, self-administered and should take less than ten minutes.

You will need to take two tests, ideally three days apart, but that’s not essential if your timetable doesn’t make it possible. Remember you can book your first test before your face-to-face teaching pauses but must travel as soon as possible after you receive your second negative test result.

For example, if your face-to-face teaching ends on Wednesday 9 December you could book your first test before your face-to-face teaching finishes (on either Friday 4 December or Monday 7 December) and your second test on Wednesday 9 December. This is permitted within the NHS advice and guidance.

Please book your tests in advance – last bookings are at 4.20 pm on Wednesday 9 December.

You will receive your test result from the NHS Test and Trace service via SMS or email within two hours.

If both of your results are negative, you should travel as soon as possible to minimise your risk of catching the virus before you return home.

Testing facilities' locations

City, Clifton and Brackenhurst Campuses

Date: Monday 30 November to Wednesday 9 December
Time: Monday to Friday, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm (weekends closed)

Locations

  • City Campus: The Refectory, Newton Building
  • Clifton Campus: Level 1, Sports Hall and Dance Studio
  • Brackenhurst Campus: Lyth Building

Mansfield Campus 

Date: Thursday 3 and Monday 7 December 
Time: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
Location: University Centre at West Nottinghamshire College

Please wear a face covering until you are in your testing booth, please also bring your mobile phone so you are able to register your details via gov.uk.

If both of your results are negative, you should travel as soon as possible to minimise your risk of catching the virus before you return home.

If either of your tests are positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for 10 days at your term time address, a NHS COVID-19 test will be sent to you and you should complete the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form so that we can support you through your isolation period.

Travelling at the end of Term One

We encourage all students to travel as soon as possible once your face to face teaching has finished and you have received your negative COVID-19 test results.

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.

To support students travelling between 3 and 9 December Crosscountry Trains and East Midland Railway have dedicated support and information for students, including advice about advance ticket purchasing, seat reservations and tips on how to travel safely. Crosscountry Trains also provides a list of FAQs and East Midlands Railway offer a Seat Finder tool to help you maintain social distancing.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are in close contact with someone who tests positive before the end of term

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.

If you test positive for coronavirus you must self-isolate in your current accommodation for a period of 10 days and notify the University via the NTU Coronavirus Tracking Form so that we can support you through your isolation period.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive you should isolate. If you develop symptoms you should book a test through the NHS.

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.

Asymptomatic testing

NTU has recently joined UoN in testing asymptomatic students who may have come in to close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This scheme will be paused whilst the Lateral Flow Tests are on offer.

Following local guidelines at your home address

If you are travelling home, once there you must follow the local restrictions in place. You will only be required to take further measures (such as self-isolation) if you are informed by NHS Test and Trace that you need to self-isolate, a member of your term-time household has symptoms or your home is in a country which requires quarantining.

You will need to follow any local guidance, keep social contact to a minimum, and take personal responsibility for your actions, to keep yourself and your family as safe as possible.

Commuting students

Commuting students can continue to travel between their home address and campus as this has been deemed by the Government as essential travel. All students are welcome to use our campus facilities during the Winter Break and further detail on what will be available will be published over the next few weeks.

International students

If you are an international student and are planning to return home for the Winter Break, you should adhere to Public Health England advice while you are in England to make sure you are travelling safely. You should not travel if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are part of a household group which is self-isolating.

International students can travel to their home country whilst national restrictions are in place. This is because the Government have stated that travelling to your country of nationality or residence is a ‘reasonable excuse’ for being outside your term-time address. Your country of destination may require proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the last 72 hours, this is not available from the Lateral Flow Tests, please see the gov.uk pages for more information.

If you travel overseas, you should consider whether you need to self-isolate when you return to NTU. It is sensible to check any public health restrictions in the country you are travelling to, and whether you will also need to undertake a period of isolation on arrival.

Our online learning will be available overseas so you can continue your studies before the term ends. Please bear in mind that travel advice may change while you are away, and you are advised to regularly check all relevant gov.uk travel guidance pages for updates.

Students travelling to the EU should also consult relevant guidance regarding Brexit transition from the 1 January 2021.

Researchers

While taught courses will switch to online only for the end of Term One, this will not impact on Postgraduate Researchers.

Researchers will be able to continue in-person research activities if the research cannot reasonably be conducted from home. You are able to travel at the end of term, provided you do not test positive for coronavirus.

Students of placement or studying abroad

We are awaiting further guidance from the Government for what these arrangements mean for students on placement. Please continue on your placement so long as it is safe to do so. Any change in your circumstances will be communicated to you by your course tutor.

Further Education students

The Government has confirmed that all Further Education (FE) students are covered by the guidelines. This means all FE students are to finish their term on Friday 18 December as planned.

Mansfield based students

For students studying at Mansfield end of term remains Friday 18 December, with the Library closing from the end of Thursday 17 December, all blended teaching will move to entirely online delivery by Wednesday 9 December.

Returning to campus in January

The Government is currently preparing guidance to introduce a national approach to help ensure the safe return of students in January. Further guidance will be provided in the coming weeks, taking into consideration any future developments and relevant scientific advice.

Timetables will be released via NOW, students’ online learning portal, on Tuesday 15 December for the blended learning available during Term Two.

International students should plan ahead their travel to take account of any quarantining period they may need to complete before they can return to their face-to-face studies.

Being on campus for the remainder of Term One

Our campuses are COVID-secure to ensure that they remain open for our students. You are welcome to come on to campus and use our facilities as frequently as you need for the remainder of Term One. We will continue to provide the established blended approach to teaching and learning, and our libraries and collaborative study spaces will remain open for you to use.

You can find more detail about the services and opportunities that remain available to you over on our Being on campus page.

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or have suicidal thoughts?

The last year has been tough on everyone and winter can often be a difficult time to manage our mood, we can sometimes find ourselves feeling low. It can affect our mental health, our sleep and our relationships. We have plenty of advice and resources to support you to know the signs and get help when you need it. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.

Get help

If you need further support or you are worried about someone else, it’s important that you let us know.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about your first term on campus please email ntu.beingoncampus@ntu.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm and 10 am – 4 pm at weekends.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport andon campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418