Coronavirus Information

Current students

All Covid information for current students is available on MyPort, including support with self-isolation, safety measures on campus, and  coronavirus testing.

University Staff

Current University of Portsmouth staff can find all information on the Staff Covid Guidance and FAQs pages.

Weekly Update: Coronavirus cases at the University

We're encouraging students and staff to get themselves tested for Covid-19 so we can proactively monitor the virus at our University, take action when needed and keep each other as safe as possible. 

At 10am on Monday 26 October, there were 126 active cases - Covid positive students and staff who were self-isolating at the University at that time.

Of these 126 active cases, 123 cases were students, and 3 were staff. This is out of a population of 31,000 students and 3,500 staff.

Support for self-isolating students

We’re providing a support package for our students self-isolating for 14 days in halls of residence and private accommodation which includes:

  • Welfare checks - our ResLife Team are making regular checks on students and signposting them to relevant services such as our Student Wellbeing Service.  
  • Free food parcels - for students in self-catered accommodation, and three hot meals a day to students living in our catered accommodation at Rees Hall and Burrell House.
  • Laundry service - free clean bedding to students living in University and Unite Students halls of residence. The Student Housing Company provides clean bedding at a charge. 
  • Cleaning products - a package of cleaning products to ensure that houses or flats remain hygienic places to live during self-isolation. 
  • Laptop loan schemes - long-term and short-term laptop loan schemes for students  who need to borrow a laptop to access our online teaching and study resources.

University Coronavirus Information Line

Our Coronavirus Information line can help with enquiries from students, parents and guardians. This team cannot provide you with a coronavirus test appointment - please instead read the information on coronavirus testing for students or members of University staff.

Email: infoline@port.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588

The phone line is open: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Information for the public

Advice and guidance

In partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care and Portsmouth City Council, we’re hosting a Covid-19 testing site at Eldon car park for anyone in the local community exhibiting symptoms - the first University in the country to do so. Please be aware that availability may be limited at times as the national system deals with increased demand, and any changes in Government testing policy will affect this site.

To book your test visit the Government national booking portal.

Our students are expected to take personal responsibility for their own and others’ safety, and the vast majority do this. As a University we are encouraging students to act responsibly, and will take necessary steps against those who don’t. There are regular communications with students asking them to follow government rules and outlining the potential consequences if they do not.

If residents are concerned about a social gathering or other disturbance, they should first report a breach of COVID regulations on the Hampshire Police website or by calling 101. Please do not use 999 except for emergencies.

Resident complaints about student behaviour can be made to the University’s Student and Neighbour Liaison Service which can be contacted on 023 9284 3214 or on student-neighbourliaison@port.ac.uk.

Any resident who wishes to report a noise disturbance should do so via the council website or by calling 023 9283 4092 between 9am-4pm.

 

If you’re a family member of a current student and would like to know about the safety measures we’ve got in place, you can see these on the student website MyPort. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or have questions or concerns, you can also contact our Coronavirus Information Line (information above).

We’re taking a range of measures to keep the campus safe and stop the spread of coronavirus, including:

  • All teaching to large groups will be delivered online using enhanced technology
  • COVID-19 testing adjacent to the campus with same-day and walk-in appointments available for students and staff who are feeling unwell 
  • Proactive screening for staff and students without symptoms
  • Touch points such as doors, handles and stair rails will be cleaned regularly
  • Communal areas, including teaching areas, toilets and hallways will be cleaned daily 
  • Protective screens where there are lots of face-to-face interactions, such as in the library and reception areas, are being installed
  • The number of people using lifts will be restricted, so everyone has more space
  • One-way systems will be in place in buildings
  • Hand sanitising stations will be available around campus
  • Temperature scanning will be in place at strategic places around the campus 
  • Signs and floor markings will be in place to help with social distancing and encourage good hygiene
  • Staggered start times for teaching
 

Our sports facilities are now open, with safety measures and some restrictions in place. Find out more on the Sport and Recreation website.

The University of Portsmouth Eye Clinic is open again for appointments, with key changes to protect patients and staff, including. 

Changes include:

  • Reduced patients numbers in clinic and attendance by appointment only
  • PPE will be worn by staff, appropriate to the test being carried out
  • Appointment times will be longer and staggered
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Hand sanitiser and face masks for patients on arrival

If you have any further questions, or would like to discuss any eye concerns you have please call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 6888 or email us at eyeclinic@port.ac.uk.

Most campus cafes have resumed their usual opening hours for staff, students and the public, with safety measures in place. More information is available on the student website MyPort.

Printing services are operational offsite and continuing to manage production of all types of printed requirements for the University, and for strategic partners and businesses across Portsmouth.

To get in touch with the team, staff can order corporate printing through the Marketing Portal and strategic partners and business can email printestimate@port.ac.uk. A member of the team will get in touch to help you with your requirements. We will ensure all printed materials are delivered to any specified delivery address so no need to collect.

We understand the risk of coronavirus can create an increasing level of anxiety. The University is a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community. We need to strike a balance to minimise risk by following the Government’s advice, while continuing to treat people with dignity, care and respect – particularly our international students and staff who might be feeling vulnerable and a long way from home at the moment.

It’s true to say that: “Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither do we.”

Prospective students

General guidance

If you're undergoing assessments at another university that impact your application to study with us, we recognise the coronavirus outbreak may affect your ability to engage and complete your assessments.

Universities are making adjustments to assessment practices and Examination and Assessment Regulations, and we'll take those adjustments into account when reviewing your place here with us.

We're planning to run our November Open Day as normal, and bookings are open now. We'll update you with any changes.

You can also explore the city and the University by visiting our Virtual Experience page.

We're still open and accepting applications for all levels of study. Please visit our how to apply pages for more information.

We'll still consider your application even though exams have been cancelled. We're working through applications every day to ensure they're assessed and applicants receive a decision as soon as possible.

We want to treat all applicants fairly and ensure we can support you in transitioning to higher education this year.

If you've applied for an undergraduate course and have accepted a conditional offer, we’ll confirm your place on 13 August. If you don't get the grades needed, you may be able to apply through Clearing.

If you've applied for a postgraduate course and have received a conditional offer, we'll continue to process your application as normal. In light of the crisis, universities are having to make adjustments to assessment practices and Examination and Assessment Regulations. We recognise the coronavirus outbreak may affect your ability to engage and complete your assessments and we have therefore factored this into our Extenuating Circumstances (ECF) criteria. 

Your unconditional offer remains unconditional and isn't affected by exam cancellations or assessment changes. 

If you hold an offer to start in Autumn 2020 and are thinking of deferring, please contact us to discuss your options: 

If you've been invited to an interview for your course, please contact interviews@port.ac.uk and we will advise you of the arrangements.

If you've applied to study a research degree with us and you need to attend an interview, a member of staff will contact you and advise you of the arrangements.

Prospective international students

When you arrive in the UK, you may be subject to the UK government's self-isolation rules. Please refer to the UK Government website for more information. Under these rules you must:

  • provide details of your journey and your contact details when you travel to the UK
  • not leave the place you're staying for your first 14 days in the UK (except in very limited situations)

You may be fined if you fail to provide details of where you plan to stay and/or if you do not self-isolate.

You must think about the extra days when planning your travel to the UK. During this time you won't be able to attend the University, see other people or leave your accommodation except for very limited reasons.

We don't know how long these measures will be in place and they may be subject to change at short notice. You can find further details in the government's guide to entering the UK.

If you have any questions please contact the International Student Advice team at tier4-visa@port.ac.uk.

For you to make the most out of your experience and settle into university life, you should aim to be on campus as early as possible. The blended approach to teaching means that as well as the online learning, there will still be elements of face-to-face teaching which we know is important to you and crucial for many courses.

However, we understand that it may not be possible for you to join us on campus at the beginning of term because of existing health conditions or because you are not comfortable travelling yet, so you will be able to start your degree online and join us on campus when you are ready.

We accept other equivalent tests or evidence of English Language proficiency if IELTS have been cancelled in your country. Our English language requirements page has a full list of acceptable qualifications.

We offer our pre-sessional English courses online as well as blended Autumn courses leading into our January intake. Please find further information on our pre-sessional English web page.

At present, you'll still need to provide a deposit or suitable sponsor letter to receive an unconditional offer. However, we've updated our deposit policy so if you're unable to start your course due to coronavirus, you'll receive a full refund of your deposit.

You can find further information on our Tier 4 visa page.

Delayed visa applications

At present, the latest date for registration is 3 weeks from the start date of the programme. Please note, some courses do not allow for late registration

If you wish to defer joining the University. We have postgraduate courses and top-up undergraduate programmes you can begin in February 2021 or alternatively you can join us in September 2021. Take a look at courses starting in January 2021.

To defer your application, please email global-assist@port.ac.uk. If you defer your start date, you're still guaranteed a place as long as you meet all your conditions subject to course capacity and any course and entry requirements changes.

We are aware that different examination boards and countries are taking different approaches to exams. We'll look at this on a country by country basis. In some countries, such as the UK, the A level and IB Boards are assessing the students on the basis of achievement so far, and will provide an appropriate grade for them. In such a case we would accept the official results from the relevant examination board or examination authority in your country. We're also working to better understand the impact not being able to attend school or college may have on your grades.

We can accept final certificates, final transcripts or an official school/institution letter. Results must be confirmed and not provisional in order for us to accept you.

If you're unable to meet your conditions in time due to the coronavirus, please email us at global-assist@port.ac.uk and we'll work with you to explore the options available to you.

You'll be offered a guaranteed room in halls if you apply for accommodation as a new full-time undergraduate student who is starting in September 2021 and make us your firm, first choice before 30 June.

If you've applied for a postgraduate course that requires an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate, please ensure you have a valid certificate when it comes to your visa application. You should apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as possible as the process can take at least 30 working days. You will need to send us your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive it as it is part of the conditions of your offer. Further information about ATAS can be found here.

Please email the Global Office at global@port.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

You can also speak to our specialist staff in key locations including China, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Further guidance

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