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Plans for Term 2 at Warwick

Asymptomatic testing

Update: 22 January – Twice weekly asymptomatic testing from 25 January until 26 February

We have received confirmation from Government that all staff and students living, studying or working regularly, on campus will have access to two lateral flow tests per week from Monday 25 January.

Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

The asymptomatic testing service is only for people who have no symptoms of Coronavirus. If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, please refer to the University’s dedicated test and trace service.

Tests can be booked at the government testing centre at The Slate on campus Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 15:40pm until 26 February.

You can book appointments in blocks of two each week to fit around your schedules.

Book your asymptomatic tests


Frequently asked questions

Teaching and Learning

Research

Asymptomatic testing

About the tests

How to organise your test

Travel

International travel

Accommodation and arrivals

On-campus accommodation - additional FAQs

Off-campus University managed accommodation - additional FAQs

Wellbeing support

Financial support

Facilities

Face coverings


Teaching and learning

Which students can return to campus?  

In line with government guidance, Warwick students who are undertaking training and study for the following courses should return to face to face learning as planned and be tested twice, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days. They should then take two lateral flow tests per week until at least 15 February.

  • MBChB
  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Social work

If you do not study one of these courses at Warwick you should remain where you are wherever possible, and start your term online, until at least Mid-February. This includes students on other practical courses not on the list above.

If you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time

There are some exceptional circumstances where you can return to campus, for example:

  • If you do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or study space
  • If you need to return for health or safety reasons, or require additional support such as for your mental health and wellbeing
  • Commuter student that requires access to university facilities to access online learning
  • Researchers and research students who require access to specialist facilities for their work. If research students can work from home, they are encouraged to do so.

When making the individual decision to return to campus for term 2, it is vital that you read and understand the latest government guidance, including the identified exceptional circumstances, and make your own informed decision. Please note the new guidance states you must not move back and forth between your student address and your home address during term time.

Will I miss out on teaching and learning if I return later than my original start term date?

No, we have moved all your teaching and learning online from the beginning of term so that you can continue your studies from your home address.

I stayed at university over the holidays, when will my face to face teaching resume?

You will only resume face to face teaching if you are studying MBChB, Initial Teacher Training or Social Work. If you do not study one of these courses at Warwick you should remain in your accommodation and start your term online, until at least mid-February.

Will there be any mitigating measures in recognition of the disruption the national lockdown has caused to students?

We have worked together with the Students’ Union on putting the mitigation package together and aligned ourselves to the agreed set of principles across our Russell Group peer institutions to support you. The resulting package of mitigation support is specific to the structure of Warwick degrees and the volume of assessment undertaken by students.

Details of the Mitigation Package can be found on the Teaching, Learning and Assessments page.

Aubergine Bullet There are quite a few mitigation arrangements we have put in place, noting that you all may be affected by the pandemic in different ways. Please do read the provided information carefully to ensure you do not miss out on mitigations available.

Aubergine Bullet You will also be aware from communications in the last few days that some deadlines have been extended by a week. The details of this are listed again on the page for ease of future reference.

We will continue to work with the Students’ Union and your department on supporting you with your studies. We are particularly aware that there are some specific concerns for students who have not had an opportunity to undertake examinations in recent years (in school or at university) and will be reviewing feedback from your department and student representatives to ensure those students have the support they need.

Your department will contact you through the usual means, and you are encouraged to contact your Personal Tutor or the relevant departmental contact, if you have specific questions not already covered in the guidance provided here or by your department.

Are you extending assessment deadlines in the light of lockdown disruption?

Due to the need to adjust to the immediate disruption caused by the Government announcement of new measures to combat Covid-19 on the evening of 4 January 2021, and in consultation with the Student Union the University recognises the need for some flexibility in assessment deadlines over the next couple of weeks. Consequently, undergraduate and postgraduate taught students will be given an automatic one-week (7 days) extension on all eligible assessments with deadlines between 11 January 2021 and the 1 February 2021.

Departments will inform students which assessments are covered by this automatic extension (i.e. are eligible). Deadlines will be updated in online systems in due course.

​Further information on assessments with initial deadlines of 4 to 8 January 2021 is as follows:

Aubergine Bullet Any late penalties accrued due to late submission of assessments with deadlines between 4 January 2021 and today 8 January 2021 will be removed.

Aubergine Bullet Any self-certification requests currently submitted (from 4 January 2021 to 8 January 2021) will be returned to you to use again.

Aubergine Bullet If you already have been granted an extension on an assessment within the window of the 4 January 2021 to the 1 February 2021 that is longer than one week, you will still receive the longer extension. This will not add another week to that extension.

Aubergine Bullet If you require further or a longer extension then please contact your department in the normal way.

These arrangements do not apply to IFP or Degree Apprenticeship students. It should also be noted that this extension arrangement may not be possible in those departments where discipline specific limitations or PSRB requirements apply.


Research

Can research continue?

Research students will be able to continue in-person research activities if the research cannot reasonably be conducted from home. This also applies to PGR students.

What is the COVID extension policy for funded PGR students?

You can view the funded PGR student policy.


Asymptomatic testing

What is asymptomatic testing?

Asymptomatic means someone who has no symptoms of a disease, in this case coronavirus. Evidence has shown that people infected with Covid-19 can have no symptoms and still transmit the virus to others without being aware. It is important that we take steps to reduce the risk of transmission by identifying those who may not know they have the virus.

How can I get an asymptomatic test when I return to University?

The Asymptomatic testing service at The Slate can be booked Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 15:40pm until 26 February. A government review of the current lockdown is expected on 15 February which will also include a review of testing plans.

Book your asymptomatic tests

Do I have to take a test when I return to university?

The latest government guidance is that students and staff returning to campus for face to face learning should take two asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests on arrival or self-isolate for ten days to help mitigate the risk of coronavirus (Covid-19). And then take a lateral flow test twice weekly until at least the 15 February when the testing plans will be reviewed.

You do not need to take a Lateral Flow Test if you have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days

Do I need to get two negative results before I can re-join face to face teaching?

The latest government guidance is that students and staff returning to campus for face to face learning should take two asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests on arrival or self-isolate for ten days to help mitigate the risk of coronavirus (Covid-19). And then you should take a lateral flow test twice weekly until at least 15 February when the testing plans will be reviewed.

You do not need to take a Lateral Flow Test if you have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days.

I have stayed on campus over the vacation, do I need to take a test?

Yes, you should take two asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests before starting face to face teaching or accessing campus facilities or self-isolate for ten days to help mitigate the risk of coronavirus (Covid-19). And then you should take a lateral flow test twice weekly until at least 15 February when the testing plans will be reviewed.

The tests will know whether you are carrying the virus which you could transmit to others. The tests results will only indicate whether you have the virus at that point and if you experience any symptoms at any time, you should book an appointment at the University Gibbet Hill Test & Trace site. If you book a test with our Gibbet Hill Test and Trace Service and test positive, they can help trace contacts to limit the risks of transmission and support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation.

Do I need to take a Lateral Flow Test if I am a member of staff?

We strongly advise any staff coming onto campus to take a lateral flow test twice weekly until at least 15 February when the testing plans will be reviewed.

If you are already working on campus, please arrange tests as soon as possible.

Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, please refer to the University’s dedicated test and trace service.

Do I need to take a Lateral Flow Test if I am a PGR student?

We strongly advise any PGR students coming onto campus to take a lateral flow test twice weekly until at least 15 February when the testing plans will be reviewed.

If you are already working on campus, please arrange tests as soon as possible.

Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, please refer to the University’s dedicated test and trace service.

Do I need to get a test if I am on a placement?

If you are on placement and not attending university facilities, you should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at your placement. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement, unless this is advised by the placement provider.

    I am self-isolating, can I take a Lateral Flow Test?

    If you are a close contact of a case, you should be in self-isolation. However, you can access a Lateral Flow test at the Slate. If you test negative, you must still self-isolate for 10 days.

    I have Covid-19 symptoms, can I take a Lateral Flow Test?

    If you experience Covid-19 symptoms, you should not take part in this asymptomatic testing programme. Instead you must get tested using Test and Trace. We have a dedicated Covid-19 Test and Trace service for both students and staff on campus at Gibbet Hill Warwick. If you book a test with our Gibbet Hill Test and Trace Service and test positive, they can help trace contacts to limit the risks of transmission and support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation.

    Someone I know has had a positive PCR test, can I take a Lateral Flow Test?

    If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus, you should be in self-isolation, However, you can access a Lateral Flow test at the Slate (until at least 15 February when testing plans will be reviewed or through community testing in your local area. If you test negative, you must still self-isolate for 10 days

    I have recently tested positive for Covid-19, can I take a Lateral Flow Test?

    If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for Covid-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity, and therefore a repeat Lateral Flow Test is unlikely to be necessary within this period.

    If you still have symptoms after the normal 10-day self-isolation period for confirmed cases, you may need to continue self-isolating. This does not include a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste as these can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

    See Gov.uk advice for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection

    I have travelled back from abroad and self-isolated instead of taking a private PCR test to release – do I still need to take a further Lateral Flow Test?

    All staff and students on campus are asked to take two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing plans will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    I have travelled back from abroad, self-isolated for 5 days and then took a private PCR test to release and received a negative test result - do I still need to take a further Lateral Flow Test?

    All staff and students on campus are asked to take two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing plans will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    If I test positive from a Lateral Flow Test do I need to still take a confirmatory PCR test?

    The requirement to take a confirmatory PCR after a positive Lateral Flow Test has been temporarily removed by Government but the University continues to offer confirmatory PCR tests and encourages you to take one. We run our own test and trace service at Warwick and therefore put little burden on the NHS. A PCR test gives another level of confidence that the lateral flow test is accurate and our tracing team can then provide and link to University support services.

    If you get a confirmatory positive PCR test at another testing site please use our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 off-campus so that the University Test and Trace team can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation.

    If you have a positive Lateral Flow Test result but do not to take a confirmatory PCR test, please still report your positive Lateral Flow test result to the University Test and Trace team through our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 off-campus so they can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation.

    If I’ve had the vaccine, do I still need to continue to get regular testing?

    LFD testing and all interventions (face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene and following latest guidance on control measures) should continue despite vaccination. The clinical trial evidence demonstrates that vaccine reduces clinically severe infection and severe disease. However, the impact on minor infection, asymptomatic carriage and transmission remains unknown. Therefore, the use of Lateral Flow Tests for asymptomatic testing and PCR tests for symptomatic testing should continue and will continue to be reviewed.​

    Can I give COVID-19 to anyone, after I have had the vaccine?

    The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. We do not yet know whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So, it is important to follow the guidance in your local area to protect those around you. To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues you still need to:

    • practise social distancing
    • wear a face mask
    • wash your hands carefully and frequently
    • follow the current guidance www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

    About the tests

    What is a Lateral Flow Test and how long does it take?

    Lateral flow antigen tests are intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus.

    Lateral flow tests do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate. Swabbing for the Lateral Flow Test is a supervised, self-administered process, overseen by trained personnel. Test processing will be carries out by trained personnel.

    Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe and inexpensive. The lateral flow tests we are using were chosen as among the most accurate in an evaluation by Public Health England. However, all available tests do miss cases of Covid-19, so negative test results mean lower risk not no risk.

    Watch this short video to see how a lateral flow test works.

    When will testing take place?

    You should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart as you return to campus and then two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing plans will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    Two tests are recommended to pick up newly developing Covid-19 cases. The tests are quick and easy to take.

    Test appointments can be booked Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 15:40pm and from Wednesday 6 January to Friday 26 February.

    Book your asymptomatic tests

    How long does it take to get test results?

    Results from asymptomatic tests using Lateral Flow Devices on campus should normally be available within a couple of hours. We have been advised that during busy testing times, the increase in the number of tests taking place could result in a delay in results of up to 24 hours. Your result will be shared with you directly by NHS Test and Trace by text or email and these results are not shared with the University. You can contact the NHS Test & Trace on 119 quoting your barcode reference for more information.

    Please note, if you get tested at the Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site after having Covid symptoms, results may take 24-48 hours. In this case, if you have not received your results after 5 days, please call 119 in England and Wales.

    Who else sees my test results?

    A copy of your Asymptomatic test result will be sent to your GP. If you have tested positive, a notification will be sent to Public Health England. The University will not see your results.

    The University of Warwick and NHS Test and Trace also take the protection of your privacy very seriously. To find out how your personal data will be used when you register for a coronavirus test read the Government's coronavirus privacy note.

    Why are there two tests, not one?

    Research suggest that the current Lateral Flow Test has been found to have high specificity but with lower sensitivity. This means that someone with the very early stages of getting Covid-19 might not be detected so a further test 3 days later gives assurance of whether Covid-19 was present. Two tests conducted close to each other are an additional measure to pick up some of the newly developed cases.

    Is testing safe?

    Yes, testing is safe and managed by NHS test and Trace.

    Is testing free?

    Yes, testing is free and available to all students and staff.

    What is the difference between the different types of test available?

    There are two main types of test used to check if people currently have coronavirus.

    The first type of test is known as a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, and looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). These tests are currently more commonly used in the NHS for symptomatic testing. They require a laboratory to be processed.

    The second is called a lateral flow antigen test, which detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus by applying a swab from the nose and throat to a special test kit. These are quicker tests that produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed

    How accurate are the results?

    Lateral Flow Tests are highly specific, which means that only a small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive).

    Clinical validation has found Lateral Flow Tests to have high specificity but slightly lower sensitivity at lower viral loads. Sensitivity measures how likely a test will return a positive result when that person is infected. Therefore two tests are recommended to pick up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to catch any new infections.

    If you test positive on a lateral flow test, it is likely that you are infectious at that moment, whereas people testing positive on a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test could be in the less infectious early or late stages of disease. This means that by using the lateral flow test we can identify people with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further.

    Why do I need a smartphone to take the test?

    The NHS registration requires you to access a web link to register and then scan a bar code with your camera. This is the unique ID that connects your test up with you and ensures your data is kept completely confidential. If you don’t have a smartphone, please add this to the comments field when you book your appointment so we can discuss options with you.

    Do I need to wear a face covering to the test site?

    Yes, appropriate face coverings need to be worn throughout the testing process whilst in the testing facility apart from when guided by a testing professional to remove it when your sample is taken.

    If you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, please wear a visor to the site and alert the site manager about your situation as soon as you arrive so that they can take additional precautions.

    Please note a visor alone is not considered face covering as they do not provide adequate protection alone.

    What if I need accessibility support to take the test?

    If you have any accessibility requirements or need assistance with administering the test, include this information in the form when you book your test slot and we will support you.


    How to organise your test

    How can I book my tests?

    You can book your tests through our booking form which is now open.

    Book your asymptomatic tests

    What do I need to bring with me?

    When you come to the Slate, please make sure you have:

    • Some form of photo ID like your student or staff ID card (a passport or driver's license if you don’t have this) along with your student /staff profile on your phone which you can find your profile on People Search) 
    • A face covering (or visor if you are medically exempt)
    • A smartphone with camera with you to register
    • Suitable warm clothing in case you need to queue outside

    If you have concerns about any of these, you can email us with any queries at ats@warwick.ac.uk

    When you land on the NHS registration page, you will be given the option to register an account. If you do this, it will make the process quicker when you return for your second appointment.

    If you have an international mobile number, the NHS site won’t recognise this. We advise selecting the ‘Register without using NHS login’ option.

    Do I have to book in advance?

    No, you can turn up without booking, but you're likely to have a very long and unpredictable wait outdoors in the cold. Instead, we encourage you to book a 10 minute slot.

    What happens if I miss my test slot?

    If you don’t think you can make any booked appointment, please try and cancel the slot and rebook. Go back to your booking form and click cancel to do this.

    How will I get my results and what happens next?

    You should receive a message with your results by text or email, depending on which details you provided when you registered. There are three possible test results:


    Negative test result

    If this is your first test and you receive a negative result, please return in 3 days for your second test.

    Even if you receive a negative test result, we encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home, where possible to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

    If this is your second test and you receive a negative result you have a lower risk of having Covid-19, but the test does not rule it out. We still encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home, where possible to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

    Positive test result

    If you receive a positive result on either your first or second test, you must self-isolate for 10 days immediately. This is a legal requirement. We also ask you to inform the University’s test and trace team through our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 so that they can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation.

    There is the possibility of getting a false positive result so if you receive a positive test result we encourage you to take a confirmatory PCR test. The requirement to take a confirmatory PCR after a positive Lateral Flow Test has been temporarily removed by Government but the University continues to offer confirmatory PCR tests and encourages you to take one. We run our own test and trace service at Warwick and therefore put little burden on the NHS. A PCR test gives another level of confidence that the lateral flow test is accurate and our tracing team can then provide and link to University support services.

    You can do this at any testing site but the University does provide the facility on campus, which you can book on the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site. You are allowed to break self-isolation to attend a PCR test.

    If this result is verified as positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. This is a legal requirement. If you receive a negative result from the PCR test, you should contact NHS test and trace on 119 to discuss the result.

    Please tell your department if you are self-isolating.

    If you live on or off campus and book a confirmatory PCR test at the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site, support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation

    If you get a confirmatory PCR test at another testing site please use our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 off-campus so that the University Test and Trace team can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation. If you are based on campus we will offer you the option to complete your self-isolation in our conference centre accommodation.

    We know self-isolation can be challenging. We have listened to your feedback so that we can ensure that you are well supported during this period.

    Find out more about self-isolation support at Warwick

    Void test result

    On occasion, some results may come back as 'void' which means your test was inconclusive, unfortunately, you will need to return to the Slate for another test.

    Your results are only shared with you, your GP and Public Health England. The University will not have access to your results unless you tell us through the test and trace service.

    Please act responsibly and follow the guidance sent to you with your results.

    How long do I have to wait between tests, and do I need to self-isolate while I wait?

    You should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart and as close as possible to the start of your face to face teaching and then two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    The tests do not guarantee that you will not catch the infection, but they do provide information to your infectivity status at the time of the test.

    Even if you receive a negative test result, we encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

    See what to do if your first test result is positive.

    What should I do if I do not receive any results?

    You should receive your lateral flow test results within an hour. Please keep hold of our registration card which has your bar code and site ID on it and call the NHS Test and Trace Service on 119.


    Where can I get an asymptomatic lateral flow test when The Slate service is closed at the weekend?

    If you are asymptomatic and need to book a lateral flow test when the Slate service is closed, you can use the following services:

    Where can I get a PCR test when the Warwick University Test and Trace service is closed at the weekend?

    If you have Covid-19 symptoms and need to get a PCR test when the Warwick Test and Trace service is closed, you can use the following local services or use a location close to you:

    To book a PCR test at these locations or any location close to you, visit: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


    Travel

    My family home is in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – do I have to take any extra measures before returning to Warwick?

    No, if you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you should follow the same government guidance as students living in England.

    What do I need to do before I come back to my term-time accommodation?

    You should act responsibly and follow the National Lockdown guidance before you travel to your term-time accommodation to minimise the risk of contracting or transmitting coronavirus (Covid-19).

    If you can, make use of local community testing and take a test before travelling. If you test positive for coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days before travelling and to assist NHS Test and Trace with contact tracing. Your household will need to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

    If you are unable to access mass asymptomatic testing before travelling, you should rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers

    The latest government guidance is that students returning to campus for face to face learning should take two asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests on arrival or self-isolate for ten days and then two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    You can book an asymptomatic test at The Slate.

    Can I travel on public transport?

    Yes, you can travel by either public transport or private transport when you return to university, but to minimise the risk of transmission to others, you should travel by private vehicle wherever possible.

    If you travel by public transport, you should rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers. You can help control coronavirus by:

    • wearing a face covering unless exempt
    • keeping your distance from people from other households when you travel, where possible
    • sanitising your hands regularly
    • avoiding the busiest routes and times
    • downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel and checking in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.

    If you are driving, only travel with people from your household or the household you are going back to join at university and follow safer travel guidance for passengers.

    International travel

    Do I need to present a negative COVID-19 test result before departing for England?

    The UK government announced from 18 January:

    • all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours prior to departure
    • passengers will be subject to an immediate fine of £500 if they fail to comply with the new regulations on pre-departure testing
    • all passengers will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of test result. All travel corridors are currently suspended.
    • passengers will still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and be subject to national lockdown restrictions

    View the full guidance.

    Can the Covid-19 tests provided on campus be used as Test to Release for international travel?

    The government has introduced the Test to Release for International Travel scheme for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England after 15 December.

    Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after your arrival. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

    Neither of the testing available on campus which is provided on behalf of the NHS (Asymptomatic and Symptomatic) can be used for this purpose. Visit the government website for information on how the Test to Release scheme works.

    We understand chemists are providing this service. You may want to try some of the larger chains such as Boots and Lloyds. The University cannot recommend any providers

    Is the Lateral Flow Test valid for international travel?

    The Lateral Flow Test used for asymptomatic testing is not valid for international travel. It is likely that you will need to arrange a private PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction) from a reputable pharmacy or clinic to satisfy the requirements of your airline.

    You should also check any restrictions that apply to the country you are travelling to.

    See Foreign Travel Advice from Gov.uk

    I am a student abroad travelling back to the UK, what should I do?

    From 18 January all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to and to self-isolate for 10 days on arrivals regardless of test result - all travel corridors are currently suspended.

    If you are a student abroad and are travelling back to the UK, you should:

    How will staggered teaching start dates affect EU and international students?

    You can find details on our Arrivals, immigration and dates page.

    What is the Visa and immigration advice for EU and non-EU students who will arrive in the UK for studies after 1 January 2021?

    You can find details on our Arrivals, immigration and dates page.

    I am an international student (including Erasmus+ and exchange students) and I have already made plans to return at the start of term. What should I do?

    If you are returning to the UK or are planning to travel to the UK from overseas in Term 2, you are advised to check the Arrival, Immigration and Dates website which explains what you need to be aware of and actions you may need to take.

    If it is possible to rearrange your travel arrangement without undue costs then you are advised to delay until at least mid-February; however, if you are unable to then UK border remains open and you can continue to travel to the UK as planned.

    Your face to face teaching will be online from the beginning of term until at least mid-February unless you are studying studying MBChB, Initial Teacher Training or Social Work.

    Please keep your academic department informed of your arrival date. If you receive an email from Student Immigration team please read the email carefully and take the necessary action.

    I am an international student (including Erasmus+ and exchange students). Should I take extra measures to minimise the transmission of the virus?

    From 18 January all international arrivals to England, including UK nationals, are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival regardless of test result - all travel corridors are currently suspended.

    All international arrivals are required to complete a passenger locator form on arrival in the UK and all passengers will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for 10 days. All travel corridors are currently suspended.

    Since 15 December, you have the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, and a negative test result would release you from the need to isolate from day six. More information is available on the Test to Release scheme.

    Accommodation and arrivals

    Can I return to my on-campus or off-campus University managed accommodation before I have had two asymptomatic tests?

    If you are travelling from within the UK, you can return to your on-campus or off-campus University managed accommodation before you have had two asymptomatic tests. In line with the latest Government Guidance you should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart and as close as possible to the start of your face to face teaching and then two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing will be reviewed.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    Even if you receive a negative test result, we encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

    If you are returning from abroad, you must comply with the latest government travel guidance and self-isolate for 10 days or take a private PCR test and release after 5 days. You should then take two Lateral Flow tests per week from 25 January until at least 15 February when testing will be reviewed.

    If you are picking up your key for the first time for on or off campus accommodation, we are currently asking students to complete their self-isolation in one of our on campus conference facilities. This will be free of charge and we will be providing you with three meals a day as you will not have access to kitchen facilities. After 10 days self-isolation or a negative private PCR test result, as per the test to release guidance, you can then move into your accommodation. You will need to provide evidence of your test results when you pick up your key.

    On-campus accommodation - FAQs

    Off-campus University managed accommodation - FAQs


    Wellbeing support

    The disruption caused by coronavirus has affected my wellbeing or mental health – what support is available to me?

    Your wellbeing is just as important to us as your physical health and safety. All our normal wellbeing services will continue to be available, whether online or in person (at a safe distance).

     How we'll support you at Warwick

    Financial support

    I am experiencing financial difficulties, am I eligible for financial assistance?

    We know this is a really difficult time and want to do all that we can to support you. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you may be eligible to receive some financial assistance. Find out more about Hardship Funds. Please contact the Student Funding Office in the first instance.


    Facilities

    What facilities will be open from the beginning of term?

    See which facilities will be open on campus.

    We will update this page in line with the latest government guidance.

    Will there be a freeze on Warwick Sport membership fees?

    In line with the national lockdown announced by government, all Warwick Sport indoor and outdoor facilities will remain closed until further notice. If you have a membership, please be assured that while these restrictions are in place your membership will remain frozen until we’re able to reopen. You do not need to do anything. Warwick Sport will also be continuing to live stream fitness classes daily on their Facebook page along with additional live streamed workouts on their members only Facebook Group. View the fitness class timetable. For full details see Warwick Sport’s FAQs.

    Face coverings

    What face coverings should you wear on campus?

    You will be aware of the recent steep rise in Covid-19 infections and the rapid nationwide spread of a new, more infectious strain of the virus. As a result of this, new advice has been issued on the use of face coverings at work recommending the use of higher quality face coverings.

    We are already using higher quality face coverings at Warwick and have two types available:
    Aubergine Bullet Disposable - the blue/white pleated style - these are the same grade used in the NHS and are certified to a British Standard.
    Aubergine Bullet Washable - three-ply, black fabric face coverings

    A free, reusable face covering was made available to each member of staff and students attending campuses at the start of the new academic year and these are available again in Term 2. Disposable face coverings are also available for staff working on campus and will be provided through their department.

    More information on face coverings (including exemptions) and where students can collect a free, reusable face covering.