Covid information for students

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Here's all our guidance for students:

Frequently Asked Questions

England is in a National Lockdown - Stay At Home

Leaving home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave your home to:

  • attend education
  • shop for basic necessities
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You cannot meet other people you do not live with, or have not formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

For the full list of restrictions, visit the Government website.

There are two testing sites on campus, one for students without symptoms and one for students with symptoms. Read more on Coronavirus Testing for Students for details of the free tests.

If you need to self isolate because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus, have coronavirus symptoms, have been contacted through NHS Test and Trace, or have to quarantine after travelling to the UK, we can support you. We can offer you a free 3 day food parcel and advice on ordering in supplies. Read more about self-isolation support for students

All your support services are up and running, with a mixture of virtual and in-person access. To find out more contact the following:

Libraries and most study spaces on campus can remain open to students and staff, for educational purposes, but must continue to maintain Covid-secure measures. 

The Library is open but has a number of Covid safety measures in place. This includes a requirement to show a negative Covid test in the past 5 days, wear a face covering, and book a study space in advance. A click and collect service is also available.

We have offered an 80% rent reduction to any students unable to use their University-owned halls which will be backdated to 4 January 2021 and continue until the Government advice changes and we are able to resume face-to-face teaching more widely. University-owned halls include:

  • Bateson Hall
  • Harry Law Hall
  • Rees Hall

You will be contacted in due course by the Student Housing team.

Other accommodation providers

Unfortunately, the University has no control over contracts between students and private accommodation providers, including other halls of residence and single rooms in private houses. 

However, we are working with the Students’ Union to lobby private accommodation providers to provide similar support to students, and we’re aware many halls of residence have offered a 50% rent reduction. Please contact your landlord about rent reductions.

If you’re having issues with accommodation please contact the Student Housing team on 023 92 84 3214 or student.housing@port.ac.uk.

Police have the powers to issue fines which will increase from £200 for a first offence, up to a maximum of £6,400 for further breaches. Anyone who organises or facilitates unlawful gatherings could also be fined £10,000.

If a student breaks the law on social gatherings - in fact any law - they could be suspended with immediate effect pending a misconduct hearing as part of our Code of Student Behaviour, with penalties ranging from a reprimand to permanent exclusion.

If you’re concerned about a social gathering or other disturbance, you 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).

Complaints about student neighbours 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

You can report a noise disturbance via the city council website or by calling 023 9283 4092 (9.00am - 4.00pm)

The University has made a considerable investment to ensure teaching continues with the full engagement of academic staff and all the associated support services. Students are still achieving the learning outcomes required by their courses, and will be fully accredited for their learning to the same level as would have been the case had this Covid-19 crisis not happened.

The current online-only approach for the majority of university courses at the start of 2021 follows government rules about reducing Covid transmission.

As such, students won't be receiving any change to their course fee payments.

BRP identity cards are different to University student cards, and are given to international students who have been granted a visa to be in the UK for 6 months or more.

BRP cards will be posted to your term time address once you have completed your registration and ID check. 

This is a change to the usual process due to Covid19. You may have received a letter from the Home Office asking you to collect your BRP card from the Nuffield Centre. Please note that there are no BRP cards being delivered to the University. 

You will receive your card directly in the post, approximately 10 working days after you have completed your Registration and ID check. If you have questions about registration please email regform@port.ac.uk or contact myport@port.ac.uk with any questions.

As far as we are aware at present this wouldn't be suitable for border control when travelling abroad. There is more information on travel and testing on MyPort.

Frequently Asked Questions

A move to online only teaching will be staggered across the university enabling students to return home ahead of the Christmas break but continue their studies online:

Monday 30 November - start of online-only teaching for:

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • School of Creative Technologies
  • School of Architecture

Students from these faculties and schools, if they wish, will be able to travel home from 3 December onwards following the end of the national lockdown.

Monday 7 December - start of online-only teaching for: 

  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Science and Health
  • School of Film, Media and Communication
  • School of Art, Design and Performance

Students from these faculties and schools, if they wish, will be able to travel home from 5 December onwards.

Exceptionally, some essential teaching (largely placements) in health-related courses, will continue as originally scheduled during the period running up to the Christmas break 

We have a phased move to online only teaching across our faculties and schools to allow students to travel home if they wish to do so, while continuing their studies remotely. The government has referred to this period as a ‘travel window’ with the dates of  3-9 December.

This shift to online teaching also allows time for students to self-isolate in line with government guidelines if they test positive for Covid-19 or have been instructed to isolate due to close contact by NHS Track and Trace, and still be home in time for Christmas.

We understand that some students will need to travel on dates outside of this preferred travel window but are strongly encouraged not to travel prior to the end of the current national lockdown which is due to end on 2 December.

Booking is now available for tests before travelling for Christmas.

It’s important that all students aim to take two tests, three days apart, before travelling during the Government's designated travel window between 3 and 9 December. 

Once you receive your second negative result by text or email it’s important that you then travel as soon as possible. In most cases you’ll receive results within 48 hours.

Healthcare students who are on placements are considered essential workers and should therefore remain in their placements until the end of term.

 

Health Education England will provide guidance separately on exactly what courses fall within this category are eligible for this exemption.

It is the University’s intention that teaching in the new calendar year will be delivered in a blend of online and face to face teaching as it has done previously in this academic year.

However, the Government has issued no guidance on its approach to students’ return to university after Christmas but it may do so. The University will share any changes to our plans for January if the Government guidance changes.

If you need access to a laptop for your online learning, you can borrow one through our laptop loan schemes (subject to the terms and conditions of the scheme).

We understand the current situation can be difficult for some students. The university has a range of support services for students to help them manage their wellbeing. Information is available via the Student Wellbeing Service.


Self-isolating can feel tough at times but support is available for students who need it. Support includes help with food parcels, ensuring you can continue your studies online and Wellbeing support.

The University has made a considerable investment to ensure teaching continues with the full engagement of academic staff and all the associated support services. Students are still achieving the learning outcomes required by their courses, and will be fully accredited for their learning to the same level as would have been the case had this COVID-19 crisis not happened.

This move to online only teaching is in line with government guidance and to facilitate the students return home for Christmas.

As such, students won't be receiving any change to their course fee payments.

We recognise that for a variety of reasons some students will remain at the university over the Christmas period. We are working in partnership with the Students’ Union to determine what support will be made available to students over the Christmas break.

University Coronavirus Information Line

If you have an enquiry related to covid, please first read through our 'coronavirus information for students' pages. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, get in touch with us on our Coronavirus Information Line.

Please note, this team cannot provide you with a coronavirus test appointment – instead read the information on coronavirus testing for students.

Email: infoline@port.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588

The phone line is open: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm

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