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Easter vacation and Term 3 at Warwick

Update on term 3 at Warwick (14 April)

We are working through the latest guidance and what this means for students at Warwick. We have sent you an email update and will share more information where necessary before the start of term 3, including on the Warwick Presents programme. In the meantime, here are some frequently asked questions that we hope will be useful to you.

On the Teaching and Learning page, you'll find details about which courses can return to face-to-face teaching from 26 April.

Easter vacation

Find out about what's on, opening times, and the available support over the vacation period.

Easter Travel Window (8 March until 29 April)

The Government has confirmed that students will be allowed to move on one occasion from their student household to one other household. You have from 8 March until 29 April to move to your vacation household. View the government guidance. View FAQs related to the Easter Travel Window. 

Asymptomatic testing

Twice weekly asymptomatic testing until 30 June.

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 until 30 June.

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 9:00 and 18:40 until 30 June.

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

Book your asymptomatic tests


Frequently asked questions

Returning for Term 3

Teaching and Learning

Research

Easter Travel Window

Vaccinations

Asymptomatic testing

About the tests

How to organise your test

Travel

International travel and student arrivals

International student arrivals - additional FAQs

Government guidance on entering the UK and what you need to do before you leave for the UK

Government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel bans to the UK

Accommodation and arrivals

On-campus accommodation - additional FAQs

Off-campus University managed accommodation - additional FAQs

Wellbeing support

Financial support

Facilities

Face coverings


Return for Term 3

Do I have to return?

Campus is open and we look forward to welcoming those students who make the decision to return to their term-time address and study from there. We will continue to offer excellent online provision which is accessible from wherever you choose to study. Your academic department will have been in contact with you if you’re able to return to face to face teaching from the start of term 3.

What is happening with rent waiver for impacted students?

We are currently working through this situation and will be able to give a definitive update before the start of the term 3 – recognising that the term 2 waiver ended on 9 April. Please continue to check your University email for further information.

Do I have to take lateral flow tests?

Yes. You will need to take a test (and self-isolate if you get a positive result) before returning to your term-time address, either by home testing or at a community testing facility where available. Upon your return, you should then be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You will also need to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests when you return – whether or not you are receiving face to face teaching. You can book asymptomatic tests at the Slate on campus.

We have received an update from DHSC that we will be able to provide home testing kits for staff and students once they have had three supervised tests at the Slate (same as the process in schools), we are waiting for confirmation on the delivery date so we're able to implement this. You can order home testing kits online in the meantime.

Can I go to my academic department?

Please contact your department to understand what the local arrangements are in terms of using departmental space to study. There is study space available across campus.

Teaching and learning

Which students can return to campus?  

For the latest information on who can return to face to face teaching from 26 April for the beginning of Term 3, visit our Teaching and Learning pages. For all other students, we are not permitted to offer in-person teaching until the third phase of the Government roadmap – on or around 17 May. However, now that individuals are free to travel in the UK, we’ve confirmed in our recent email update what is available on campus to help you to decide whether returning to your term-time address is best for you to make the most of the opportunities to support your learning.

If you are returning to campus you are encouraged to get tested before you travel, either by home testing or at a community testing facility. Upon your return, you should then be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

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.
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.

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.

How do I request an extension to an assessment?

We introduced a new self-certification policy at the beginning of the academic year (2020/21) that allows you to request an automatic five working day extension to deadline(s), for all eligible assessments falling within a five-day window. You normally have two self-certification extension requests per academic year.

You can also continue to request extensions on specific assignments (specific extensions) using your department’s normal extension procedure.

Find out more about Self-Certification Extensions and Specific Extensions. 

What are the plans for Term 3?

On 9 March we let you know that students studying science subjects and some theatre studies students will be able to return for some face-to-face teaching from 26 April. Based on the latest guidance, we are not permitted to offer in-person teaching for all other students until the third phase of the Government roadmap – on or around 17 May.

In line with Government guidance, by the start of term 3 there will be a Warwick Presents programme. Dwell spaces, the library and study spaces are open to you, and retail, cafes and sport facilities will be open again.


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.


Easter Travel Window

I have returned to my term-time accommodation, can I travel home for the Easter break?

The Government has confirmed that students will be allowed to move on one occasion from their student household to one other household. You have from 8 March until 29 April to move to your vacation household. View the latest government guidance.

The regulations have been changed to allow students current living in their term time accommodation to return to their home address for the Easter break, if they choose.

However, you are advised to remain in your term time accommodation where possible, especially those who returned from 8 March.

If you are planning to travel, you are encouraged to take two lateral flow tests before you leave to keep yourself, your household and community safe.

I am an international student, can I travel home for the Easter break?

International students are allowed to return home once for their Easter break, which includes a journey involving overseas travel. However, in order to minimise transmission, and because travel restrictions could change whilst students are overseas, making it harder for students to get back into England, the government strongly advises you not to travel, and to remain in your term-time accommodation.

There is a new requirement from 8 March that prior to international travel, travellers must complete a travel declaration form demonstrating that they have a legal reason to travel. You should also check any restrictions that apply to the country you are travelling to. See Foreign Travel Advice from Gov.uk


Vaccinations

What is the latest on vaccinations for students (including international students)?

The UK COVID-19 vaccination programme is underway, and is giving vaccines to the most at risk first. It may therefore be some time before you receive your vaccination. The UK government has committed to all adults having at least their first vaccine by end of July but this may be subject to change.

Remember that you need to be registered with a GP before you can get your vaccination, so we encourage you to register if you have not already done so to avoid any potential delays.

Vaccines can only be accessed through the NHS roll out. When you are eligible you can book a vaccine via this page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/.

International students and COVID vaccination

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a General Practitioner (GP) will be able to access the COVID-19 vaccine, just as they are currently able to access healthcare. The current position is that older international students or those with underlying medical conditions will fall into priority categories, in the same way as the domestic population. Individuals will be contacted by their GP to book their vaccine via an online or telephone system – there is no need for students to proactively contact their GP about the Covid-19 vaccine.

When students arrive in the UK, you should register with a local GP surgery as soon as possible. Anyone who lives in the UK is entitled to receive NHS Primary Care medical services at a general practice (GPs) surgery for free, at the point of use. You can register here for the University of Warwick Health Centre.

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:

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

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 9:00am and 18:40pm until 30 June. We will update testing plans when revised information is received through the government.

Book your asymptomatic tests

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

The latest government guidance is that students returning to campus should be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take twice-weekly lateral flow tests – whether or not you are receiving face to face teaching until we receive guidance to stop. You can book asymptomatic tests at the Slate on campus.

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 returning to campus should be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take twice-weekly lateral flow tests – whether or not you are receiving face to face teaching until we receive guidance to stop. You can book asymptomatic tests at the Slate on campus.

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 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 we receive guidance to stop.

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 we receive guidance to stop.

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 we receive guidance to stop 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 until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 do Covid-19 testing during Ramadan?

    The British Islamic Medical Association have advised that PCR and LFD tests do not invalidate the fast, which is the opinion of the vast majority of Islamic scholars.


    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 until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 9:00 and 18:40 until 30 June.

    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 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. 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 until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 or off campus?

    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 or off campus?

    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)

    How can I speed up and simplify the check-in and registration process for twice-weekly Lateral Flow testing?

    To speed up and simplify the check-in and registration process for twice-weekly Lateral Flow testing, you are encouraged to register for an NHS Test and Trace account.


    What was the government evaluation of Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices?

    From Monday 22 February until Friday 26 February, anyone attending an LFD test at the Slate was asked to take part in a service evaluation of Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices (LFDs) as part of the Department of Health and Social Care approach to quality assurance. This is now complete as enough samples have been collected. More information on the government evaluation and FAQs.


    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).

    You are encouraged to take an asymptomatic test before travelling to your term-time accommodation, either by home testing or at a community testing facility 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 from within the UK should take three asymptomatic Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests on arrival (3-4 days apart) and then two Lateral Flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 and student arrivals

    What is the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK?

    ▪ Continue with your own travel plans, remembering to follow the safer travel guidelines.
    ▪ Speak to your travel insurer.
    ▪ Check gov.uk for advice on returning to the UK.
    ▪ When your return date is confirmed, plan ahead to avoid busy times and routes.

    ▪ Everyone must:

    • Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.
    • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine, or if you are travelling from a red list country: book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine.

    o Guidance for red-list countries 
    o Guidance for non-red-list countries 


    Penalties
    These requirements are mandatory and failure to comply will result in you being fined:

    Red-list country penalties
    • You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.
    • If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

    Non-red-list country penalties
    • Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.
    • If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

    13 April update: New government service launched to support quarantine compliance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

    Those quarantining at home following international travel may now be visited by staff employed on behalf of the NHS Test and Trace service.


    ▪ Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.

    ▪ If you are a British or Irish national, or third country national with residence rights in the UK (this includes if you hold a valid Student visa but not a Standard Visitor visa) and you have been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless you’re exempt. You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days unless you have residency rights.

    ▪ If you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You will also need to book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine.

    • If you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you can use the government Test to Release scheme. If you’re planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

    ▪ You should be aware that travel advice may change while you are overseas, and are advised to regularly check all relevant gov.uk guidance pages for updates.


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

    Current government guidance is that everyone must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.

    View the full guidance on Coronavirus testing before you travel to England

    View the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK

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

    The government introduced the Test to Release for International Travel scheme in December 2020 for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

    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

    What is the new Travel Departure Declaration Form requirement from 8 March?

    Whilst the stay at home restrictions are in place, you are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason. From 8 March 2021, you must complete a Travel Declaration Form to declare the reason that you need to travel abroad. View the requirements on the government website.

    International student arrivals - additional FAQs

    Government guidance on entering the UK and what you need to do before you leave for the UK

    Government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel bans to the UK


    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 until we receive guidance to stop.

    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 the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK and self-isolate for 10 days or take a private PCR test and release after 5 days.

    You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

    If you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you can use the government Test to Release scheme. If you’re planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

    After your self-isolation period, you should then take two Lateral Flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

    If you have travelled from a country on the red list you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.

    If you have not travelled from a country on the travel ban list and 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. You will not be charged for this in addition to your accommodation contract and we will be providing you with three meals a day as you will not have access to kitchen facilities. Please be aware that if you arrive before you accommodation contract is due to begin, an additional charge will apply for your conference stay for this additional period of time. After 10 days self-isolation or a negative COVID-19 test result, as per the government 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 are open on campus?

    See which facilities will be open on campus.

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

    What will happen to my Warwick Sport membership?

    Your membership will be reactivated when the Tennis Centre and facilities at the Sports and Wellness Hub re-open 12 April. Your membership will automatically be extended by 120 days, the period for which the facilities were closed, plus the remainder of April for free.

    Warwick Sport is currently awaiting guidance from the University about when students will be allowed to return to campus in term 3. As soon as they know more they will be in touch to update you about your membership.

    In the meantime Warwick Sport is currently running outdoor fitness classes for members and pay as you go customers from 12 April. Classes need to be booked online before you arrive. Warwick Sport will also continue to live stream daily fitness classes on their Facebook page along with additional live streamed workouts on their members only Facebook Group. View the fitness class timetable. You can view the full FAQs here. 

    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.