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Coronavirus FAQs

The safety of our students and staff remains our number one priority. Our ways of working and our physical environment have undergone some changes over the past few months – answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, along with links to find out more information, are below.

The information on this page is for current BCU staff and students. If you are an applicant or offer holder, please view our coronavirus information for applicants and offer holders page.

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How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?

The Government has issued three simple actions we must all do to protect each other:

  • Wash your hands: Wash with soap and water regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your face: Wear a face covering when in enclosed spaces
  • Make space: Maintain social distancing from those you do not live with

Find out more on the government website.

How do I find out the latest University information about the Covid-19 outbreak?

This page will be kept up to date as and when the situation for Birmingham City University staff and students changes and regular updates are also posted on iCity.

Students should continue to check their BCU email regularly for updates, while staff will receive messages in Tiger Today.

Learning and teaching

Is teaching taking place on campus?

The Government has confirmed that all students can return to campus.

Postgraduate students, whose teaching on their course runs into Semester 3, have been invited back for face-to-face teaching for the remainder of the academic year.

See what the 2021/22 academic will look like, including our approach to teaching, here.

Should I work/study from home?

are able to access campus for face-to-face teaching, to use facilities, visit the library, use study spaces and open IT access areas across campus, and visit the Students’ Union and the Eagle & Ball pub.

For , From 19 July, we will have a higher degree of hybrid working, with orientation days to help teams to get back together on campus. Staff should liaise with their line manager to agree an approach to hybrid working during the summer.

Do I need to notify anyone before coming to campus?

Students do not need to register before attending campus. Staff should work with their line manager to agree their plans for coming onto campus.

Do staff need an authority to return form?

No, however staff should work with their line manager to agree their plans for coming onto campus.

What do I do if I have been shielding?

Students: Students who have been shielding can now access campus if they have face-to-face teaching and wish to return. However, students classed as extremely clinically vulnerable can still choose to continue with online learning using the request form on mySRS.

If you are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable and require further support, either to return to campus or to continue studying online, please contact sa.wellbeing@bcu.ac.uk.

Staff: From 19 July, staff previously classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, or who had been assessed to have a higher Covid-age, will be expected to attend campus as required within their roles and in line with their departmental plans. Staff who have queries should contact their HR representative to ensure that appropriate mitigations are in place to support individuals. More information for staff is available on iCity.

Are support services available on campus?

Support services are offering support online, including wellbeing support and counselling, as well as academic support, library and learning resources, disability support, employability and careers. Find out how to access these services here.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing team continues to deliver a full service from off campus; however, in line with Government guidance, can help if you feel you need to access campus for mental health support. Please contact the team in the first instance, if you think this applies to you.

IT support is available at the physical help desks located on the ground floor of Seacole Building, C033A in Curzon Building and the Level 2 Parkside Bridge.

How will the current situation affect my results?

We recognise that the pandemic is going to impact on your studies. Because of this we have extended the No Detriment policy which we put in place last summer in addition to the extenuating circumstances programme. This policy will continue to be applied to Semester 2. Find out more here

Read our No Detriment FAQs here.

Will the University ensure I am not disadvantaged because of the disruption when I get my degree?

We recognise that the pandemic is going to impact on your studies. Because of this we have extended the No Detriment policy which we put in place last summer in addition to the extenuating circumstances programme. This policy will continue to be applied to Semester 2. Find out more here.

Read our No Detriment FAQs here.

Should I still attend my placement?

Students should liaise with their course teams regarding placements.

Can I come to campus to use specialist facilities?

All students are now able to access campus to use our facilities.

I’m a postgraduate research student – what support is there for me?

Where possible, all PGR students should continue to work off campus. You should still continue your course online. To do this, you must continue to engage with your supervisors online and we will support you with your academic journey through online engagement.

Any PGR student wishing to access campus must apply to the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC), which will ensure that FRDECs can consider fully all current circumstances affecting the research.

Our Research team remains committed to ensuring our PhD students receive the right support in this period. From thesis submission and viva dates to staying in touch with supervisors and colleagues, they’ve put together range of useful links and facts to help you keep in the know. Find out more here.

What will teaching look like from September 2021?

Most scheduled teaching including seminars, workshops, laboratories, skills labs and studios will be delivered face-to-face on campus where this is permitted and the University considers it safe to do so. This means that you will need to be on campus for this scheduled learning in order to engage with your course. However, lectures will be held online and recorded, following feedback from our students this year, who told us that they preferred being able to watch lectures online at a time that suits them.

Read more

Studying online

How do I study at home?

Online learning will be available on our virtual learning platform, Moodle. You can find all your course information and resources, join discussion groups, submit assignments and talk to your course leader on Moodle.

Simply login at moodle.bcu.ac.uk using your BCU login details to get started. You can also access Moodle on the mobile app and via iCity.

If your course is using an alternative virtual learning platform, you will be sent information with more details soon.

Your course leaders may also host some of your learning on Microsoft Teams. Using Microsoft Teams, you can be added to small groups (or teams) of people to stay in touch and collaborate. Your tutor may use Teams to host video lectures and meetings, but you can also chat, share and temporarily store files, and chat to other students via video and audio calls.

You can download Microsoft Teams for free as part of our Office 365 suite, free to all BCU students. Find out more about using Office 365 here.

Remember to keep an eye on the Outlook calendar for your BCU email address for any Teams meetings you’ve accepted.

I don’t have a working laptop / computer or access to WiFi - what do I do?

The University campus is open for all students to access IT areas and study spaces.

Can I still use the library online?

Library and Learning Resources will continue to provide on-campus access to its facilities for students. Visit www.bcu.ac.uk/library for opening times and updates, and to book a space.

You can also access our library services online, including the following:

I am struggling to buy essential items – can the University help me?

The University’s Hardship Fund can support students in exceptional financial hardship. To be eligible to apply to the Fund, you must:

  • be a fully enrolled student of the University; and
  • have applied for all funding available to you and received your first payment i.e. Student Finance England, Postgraduate Loan, welfare benefits etc.
  • be on course to successfully complete your studies with the University
  • have a minimum of four weeks remaining on your course at the point of application to the Fund, if you are in your final year

Read more on iCity.

What support is there going to be for students that are parents?

If you are a student parent who is juggling childcare, we would suggest contacting your Course Leader to discuss options for flexibility. The University also has a Childcare Adviser who can assist and advise on support available. You can contact them via iAsk or email studentsupport@bcu.ac.uk.

International students

When should I travel to the UK to start/continue my course?

International students should carefully check the entry requirements and restrictions before travelling to the UK at www.gov.uk, and contact the International Office at international@bcu.ac.uk.

When do I need to arrive in the UK for my course in the next academic year?

We will support students with flexible arrival until week 4, exceptionally allowing international students an extended arrival beyond week 4 to support any quarantine required, provided they engage with online lectures by week 4.

If you are unable to arrive in the UK for the start of your course, a tailored session will be organised for a member of the course team to discuss a support plan for you, which will then be in place until you are able to join us on campus.

If you are required to self-isolate, you should continue to engage with learning online during your period of isolation. The University will provide food vouchers to you during your isolation period. Support will also be offered to students required to self-isolate by the University’s Mental Health and Wellbeing team.

I have already arrived in the UK. Can I access campus?

The Government has advised that international students already in the country are still able to access study spaces and certain support services on campus. You must ensure you comply with any quarantine and lockdown measures in place. Lateral flow Covid-19 tests will be available to all staff and students coming onto campus. If you are coming onto campus please book your test here.

Students will not need to complete a registration form before arriving.

If you are in the UK please email us at studentengagement@bcu.ac.uk with the date you arrived and a scanned copy of your passport and your BRP if you have it. If you do not have your BRP, please send a scanned copy of your passport and we will provide further details about how to collect your BRP from us.

Can I still start/continue my course online if I’m not in the UK?

You should still engage with your course online. The University will support you to minimise any disruption to your learning.

All of your online learning will be available on our virtual learning platform, Moodle. You can find all your course information and resources, join discussion groups, submit assignments and talk to your course leader on Moodle.

Simply login at moodle.bcu.ac.uk using your BCU login details to get started. You can also access Moodle on the mobile app and via iCity.

Download a guide to using Moodle

If your course is using an alternative virtual learning platform, you will be sent information with more details soon.

I have just returned from overseas. Do I need a test?

Students who have returned from overseas should follow all government guidance when arriving in the country, and are encouraged to take a test before coming onto campus.

Vaccinations

Are students eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination?

Yes, the Covid-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over in England.

Some students may have already received their vaccinations if they are at higher risk of COVID-19, are on a placement as a frontline health or care worker, are an unpaid carer, or are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed.

How will students be invited for the COVID-19 vaccination?

The Covid-19 vaccination is being offered to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals. Local areas may also work with partners to set up pop-up temporary clinics at locations convenient for students to access, for example, on university campuses. Students will receive an invitation by text, or can visit the National Booking Service to book an appointment.

Do I need to wait for an invitation to book my appointment?

No, students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, you can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

When booking, you will need your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number here.

Do I need to book an appointment?

All over-18s can book an appointment in advance, but you can also choose to take advantage of walk-in appointments at a number of locations. For information on walk-in appointments in Birmingham and Solihull, visit the Birmingham and Solihull vaccine website. Just look out for which sites are offering the Pfizer vaccine.

Can I choose which vaccine I want?

No, vaccines are being given based on availability, except for when a patient’s medical history means a specific vaccine must be used. Any vaccines that are available will have been approved by the medicine regulatory authorities so you should be assured that whatever vaccine you are offered, it is safe and effective.

The Pfizer vaccine is generally recommended for those under 40.

What do I do if I am registered with a GP in my hometown, but not where I study, or vice versa?

You can book both appointments online through the National Booking Service at a location that is convenient to you, or book a first dose through your GP and a second dose in a different location through the National Booking Service.

How can I access my second dose if I am in a different location to where I had my first dose?

Students can receive their second dose in a different location to their first dose due if appropriate to their circumstances. The National Booking Service has an option to book or re-arrange the second vaccination appointment at a different location to the first appointment.

If you had a first dose in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, but you are in England at the time of your second dose, you should either

  1. Book a second dose through the National Booking Service (if you are registered with a GP in England and therefore have an English NHS number);
  2. Register with a GP in England and book an appointment that way; or
  3. Approach a local GP and ask to be vaccinated as an unregistered patient.
Can students due to start a health or social care placement be vaccinated before their placement starts?

All adults in the UK aged 18 or over should be offered their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine by 19 July 2021. Anyone who starts working in the NHS or in social care and has not been vaccinated should be offered the vaccination through occupational health departments or be aware of where they can access the vaccination through their employer. The second dose should not be brought forward in these circumstances.

What if I am eligible for my first dose in England, but will be abroad for my second dose (e.g overseas placement)?

You should contact the health service in the country where you will be a resident at the time the second dose is due.

Are international students eligible for the vaccination?

Anybody aged 18 or over in the UK is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination for free, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?

Nobody in England has to pay for the Covid-19 vaccination. The Covid-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment.

International students or anyone seeing requests for payment should report this activity to their university institution and to Action Fraud.

Do international students need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination?

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice.

How does an international student get an NHS number?

International students can approach their local GP practice, saying they would like to register for the purposes of receiving the vaccine.

Are any dependents of international students also eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination?

Anyone in England is eligible for the vaccine if they fall within the current eligibility criteria set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and should come forward once it is their turn.

How does an international student get a vaccine?

International students should be encouraged to register with a GP and get an NHS number.

An NHS number can be found on any letter the NHS has sent you, on a prescription, or by logging in to a GP practice online service. You can find your NHS number here.

It is possible to request to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient by approaching a local GP practice.

While registration with a GP is encouraged to access the vaccine, individuals can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. Visit nhs.uk/register for more information on GP registration.

If an international student is not registered with a GP, will they still be invited for their vaccination?

Students who are not registered with a GP will not be proactively contacted by a local NHS service. We encourage all students to register with a GP at nhs.uk/register.

However, international students can book their vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service with their NHS number if they have previously received NHS treatment. You can also find an NHS number using this tool.

What should an international student do if they’ve received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination abroad, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in England?

If you have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice on the Government website (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance).

You should contact a GP to ensure you receive an appropriate vaccine for your second dose.

Where can I go for more information on the vaccine?

You can find more information on the NHS website or on the Birmingham and Solihull vaccine website.

Symptoms and testing

What should I do if I have symptoms?

BCU has issued guidance on its test and trace process, which covers what staff and students should do if they have symptoms, who they should inform, what isolation involves and what to do if someone in their household has symptoms of the virus.

Guidance for staff can be found on iCity here.

Guidance for students showing symptoms can be found here.

How do I get a Covid-19 test?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, you should request a free test from the NHS here: www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

The University’s testing centres in Curzon and Seacole buildings are open for those that are on campus and show no symptoms of Covid-19.

Staff and students are also able to collect lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits from on-campus testing centres to use at home. 

Find out more about testing on campus.

Who do I need to contact if I have symptoms?

You must immediately go home and self-isolate. You should let your course leader or line manager know you are experiencing symptoms by phone or email. You should also report your symptoms via our Notify system. Find our step-by-step guide to what you should do if you have symptoms here.

The Test and Trace Team has told me to self-isolate. What should I do?

Staff should notify their line manager and follow the requirements set out by the Test and Trace Team. Guidance for staff can be found on iCity here.

Students should notify their course leader and also follow the requirements set out by the Test and Trace Team. Guidance for students showing symptoms can be found here.

You can find further information from the NHS on how to self-isolate here.

Someone in my household is self-isolating. Do I need to self-isolate too?

If someone in your household is well but has been told to self-isolate because they have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 outside the house, you can still attend campus if you fall into one of the relevant categories. Only if that person starts to develop symptoms should you stay at home and follow the advice in the Test and Trace guidance.

Can I book a test on campus?

The University’s testing centres in Curzon and Seacole buildings are open for those that are on campus and show no symptoms of Covid-19. Find out more about testing on campus.

If you are coming to campus, it is recommended to get tested twice per week while on site. 

What support is available if I’m self-isolating?

If you are required to self-isolate, our Mental Health and Wellbeing team will be in touch to see what support you need. You can find out more about the support available here.

I have just returned from overseas. Do I need a test?

Students who have returned from overseas should follow all government guidance when arriving in the country, and are encouraged to take a test before coming onto campus.

Current restrictions

What do the current restrictions mean for me?

From 19 July, the government is lifting most legal Covid-19 restrictions as part of Phase 4 of its roadmap.

The University has taken the decision to keep certain health and safety measures in place, for the safety of our BCU community.

For July and August, the following approach will be taken:

  • Face coverings will be mandatory when moving around buildings, and in classrooms, libraries and staff offices where 2 metre social distancing isn’t possible, unless an exemption has been agreed.
  • In other circumstances, the wearing of face coverings will still be strongly encouraged across our campuses.
  • Classrooms and libraries will remain set up on a socially distanced basis and social distancing is encouraged around campus.
  • Enhanced cleaning will remain in place.
  • Regular testing is encouraged and the University’s testing centres will continue to operate throughout July, alongside the distribution of home testing kits.
  • NHS Track and Trace will remain across all catering outlets.
  • Staff and students should continue to use Notify to report positive cases and symptoms.

For more information on national restrictions, visit the government website.

Is teaching taking place on campus?

Students whose teaching on their course runs into Semester 3 have been invited back for face-to-face teaching for the remainder of the academic year.

Can I continue to live in Uni accommodation?

Yes, you are permitted to continue living in your student accommodation until the end of your contract.

Can I return to my term-time accommodation or Halls of Residence?

The most recent Government guidance is that all students are now able to access campus and therefore can travel back to their student accommodation.

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Do I need to wear a face covering on campus?

From 19 July, although wider restrictions are lifting, the University has taken the decision to keep certain health and safety measures in place, for the safety of our BCU community. This includes the continued use of face coverings.

  • Face coverings will be mandatory when moving around our buildings unless an exemption has been agreed.
  • Face coverings will be mandatory in classrooms and libraries where 2 metre social distancing isn’t possible.
  • In staff offices, face coverings should still be worn where 2 metre social distancing isn’t possible.
  • In all other circumstances the wearing of face-coverings will still be strongly encouraged across our campuses.

Face coverings may be available at reception if you do not have one.

I am a teaching member of staff – do I need to wear a face covering?

Yes, everyone on campus must wear a face covering when moving around buildings and in classrooms, libraries and staff offices, where 2 metre social distancing isn’t possible.

In all other circumstances the wearing of face-coverings will still be strongly encouraged across our campuses.

I have face-to-face teaching and a medical exemption from wearing a face covering – can I still attend?

Yes, but we will need to agree additional mitigation to keep you safe, such as moving a desk further away from others and wearing a visor. In this instance, please contact your tutor before attending campus.

Will BCU provide me with a face covering?

If you have not already picked up a ‘Stay Safe’ bag, or you forget your face covering, additional face coverings may be available at reception.

Can I wear my own face covering?

Yes, you can choose to wear your own.

Can I be exempt from wearing a face covering?

If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, you’ll need to have a phone assessment with our Mental Health and Wellbeing team before you are authorised to come onto campus. This assessment will help us implement reasonable adjustments to ensure you and our campus community remain safe and that we are able to support you when you come to campus. For example, this may include wearing a face shield or visor in all public places and providing a booked slot in a single office so that you can remove the face shield and work comfortably. The booked slot is necessary for us to co-ordinate cleaning between users.

To organise this, please complete a registration form to access campus on mySRS. A member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team will call you as soon as possible.

Where can I collect my BCU face coverings?

Additional face coverings may be available at receptions.

What do I do if someone refuses to wear/remove their mask or does not comply with other safety instructions?

Report the incident on Notify so the University knows about the incident as soon as possible. 

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Will social distancing be used?

From 19 July, although wider restrictions are lifting, the University has taken the decision to keep certain health and safety measures in place, for the safety of our BCU community. This includes continued social distancing.

  • Classrooms and libraries will remain set up on a socially distanced basis.
  • Social distancing will still be encouraged in social learning spaces and around campus.
  • Classrooms and timetabling for Semester 1 continue to be based on social distancing in place.
  • Social distancing will be relaxed in toilets, kitchens and lifts.

You should not move any furniture as it is set up for social distancing.

What are the building opening hours?

A full list of building opening hours can be found on iCity here.

You can find opening times for all campus shops here.

You can find opening times for the Eagle & Ball here.

Do I use the normal entrances?

Yes, building entrances are now open with clear signage to show you the circulation routes as you enter. You should use the left hand doors when entering the building where possible.

The main entrances to Millennium Point will be closed to staff and students while the building is used as an NHS mass vaccination centre. The building can be accessed using the bridge from Parkside Building on either Level 2 or Level 3.

Do I need to sign in?

No – staff and students will not need to register before attending campus.

Can I move around the buildings normally?

Please adhere to social distancing while moving around buildings, even after 19 July. We are using a keep left policy in most buildings. Some buildings may have slightly different circulation routes if social distancing cannot be achieved by keeping left. Find out more about the circulation plan in your building here.

What will the room layouts look like?

Every teaching room will be supplied with a plan of the socially-distanced room layout, which will need to be observed by staff and students, even after 19 July. The plan will typically be located on the wall near the entrance. Staff and students should not move furniture around as it has been positioned to adhere to social distancing. 

Read more on iCity.

How will I be kept safe while teaching?

Students and staff should socially distance from each other while teaching. Teaching staff must wear a face mask and visor while teaching. Staff will also be issued with face coverings and a microphone for their own person use.

What about specialist spaces where social distancing is not possible?

Every specialist space has its own risk assessment which you can read here. This area also contains guidance for those courses where social distancing is impossible due to the nature of teaching. 

For labs and workshops, we have developed a specific 
guide.

Can I use the lifts?

Lifts are operational but their use will be limited to allow for social distancing. Please follow the signage at each lift.

Accommodation

I am currently at home and not returning to University Locks, will I have to pay for my accommodation during the current lockdown period?

No. The initial rent free period from 4 January 2021 has been extended to 12 or 19 June 2021 depending on your contract length. Any rent due will be calculated at the end of this period.

I am still living at University Locks, will I have to pay for my accommodation during the current lockdown period?

Yes. However the £50 per week reduction for those currently living in University Locks will now be extended until 12 or 19 June 2021.

I am returning to University Locks for teaching from 12 April. Will I have to pay for my accommodation?

Yes. However your rent will be re-calculated with a £50 per week reduction from 12 April to 12 or 19 June 2021 depending on your contract length.

If you are returning to face-to-face teaching and are planning to travel to your accommodation, please contact us at unilocks@bcu.ac.uk to confirm when you are planning to return so that we can ensure you receive the necessary support. 

When will I need to pay my University Locks rent?

If you are not currently living at University Locks, you are not required to make a payment until you return. Accommodation Services will then contact you with the amended amount to pay.

If you are currently living at University Locks and were invoiced for Instalment 2, the amount payable for Instalment 3 will be adjusted to reflect the £50 per week reduction from 15 February 2021 until 12 or 19 June 2021 depending on your contract length.

If you are currently living at University Locks and have not been invoiced for Instalment 2, the amount payable for Instalment 3 will be adjusted to reflect the £50 per week reduction from the date you returned back to University Locks until 12 or 19 June 2021 depending on your contract length.

In order to make the appropriate adjustments, the payment date for instalment 3 was changed from 16 April to 17 May 2021.

If you do have any questions about your accommodation or your rent, please contact us at accommodation@bcu.ac.uk.

I am still living at University Locks, can I remain here?

Yes – the accommodation remains open for students.

I live in private accommodation. What are my options?

Students living in private accommodation should check for updates with the private provider. The Students’ Union’s Advice Team can provide advice and support on housing – contact them here.

If you are struggling financially, you can make an application to the Hardship Fund

Do I need to socially distance in University accommodation?

Your household is the people you live with in your accommodation flat, so you don’t need to socially distance from them. You will need to maintain social distancing from residents of other flats in your accommodation.

What do I do if told to self-isolate while in University accommodation?

If you are required to self-isolate because you are experiencing symptoms, the residents of your accommodation flat will also need to self-isolate.

You should follow our step-by-step Test and Trace process and inform the University through the Notify app.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Team will be in touch with you, anyone you’ve been in close contact with and members of your bubble to offer support. We will organise food and other essential deliveries so you don’t have to leave your flat. You can find out more about support for you while self-isolating here.

What should I do if someone in my household has symptoms or is self-isolating?

If someone in your household (this includes a university flat or a shared house) is feeling ill and is having a Covid-19 test, you should not come onto campus.

Contact your course leader. If the ill person in your household receives a negative test result then you can come back to campus. If they receive a positive test result (they have Covid-19), you should not return to campus until the period of isolation as advised by the NHS Test and Trace Team is over. You should keep your course leader informed of this.

If someone in your household is well but has been told to self-isolate because they have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 outside the house, you should still attend campus as normal. Only if that person starts to develop symptoms should you stay at home and follow the advice above. Please keep your course leader involved throughout.

When can I come back to campus if I have had a positive test?

You can come back to campus after isolating for 10 days as long as:

  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone
You must continue to self-isolate if you have these symptoms after 10 days:
  • a high temperature or feeling hot and shivery
  • a runny nose or sneezing
  • feeling or being sick
  • diarrhoea

If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 48 hours after they've stopped.

You can find more information on how long to self-isolate for on the NHS website here.

I’m an international student but currently in the UK. Can I still come to campus?

Yes – our campuses are open to students who would like to use facilities and study spaces. Please continue to follow health and safety measures and get tested regularly.

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Is hand gel provided?

Yes, hand gel is available at entrances and in prominent places around buildings.

What is the cleaning regime?

You can read the full cleaning regime here.

Can I hot-desk when not teaching?

If you are required on campus and cannot work in your usual office, you can book a hot desk in the Joseph Priestley or Seacole buildings via a new service. Read more about this here.

Are showers in use?

Yes – clear signage on use and any cleaning to be undertaken  is on display and you should follow the signage at each shower block.

Can I use the photocopier or printer?

Yes, you can use them, although try to minimise their use where possible. Where you can, stay in your seat until it's free to use. If this is not possible, please queue at least 2m away from the person using the printer. Wash or sanitise your hands before and after use of the printer/photocopier.

Can I distribute hand-outs?

Keep printing to a minimum by sharing documents electronically and displaying course materials, scripts and prompt cards on screens during teaching and practical sessions. If you have to issue hard copy documents, issue one copy per person. If hand-outs need to be reused, laminate them and wipe them down with a cleaning wipe between sessions. During the session, do not hand materials directly to another person.

Distribute them on desks before the session starts or designate a table in a clear area of the room as a pick-up point and allow individuals to collect as they enter. Always sanitise your hands before and after handling printed material.

Equipment for working from home

Can staff request equipment for home use?

Staff whose current role involves an element of working from home may request equipment for home use to enable them to perform their role effectively.

How do staff request equipment for home use?

A process has been established to deal with these requests, and the full guidance can be read here. Broadly, this involves the local DSE assessor identifying any needs via a DSE self-assessment.

Which types of equipment are included in this process?

Electrical equipment, which includes monitors, docking stations, or risers, keyboards, mice, cables for computers or chairs.

I’m a student without access to IT equipment – what can I do?

You can still access computers on campus, or borrow a laptop with our laptop loan service. You can find a PC on campus using PCFinder. Alternatively, you can loan a Windows laptop for a maximum of six hours, or a Mac laptop for up to four hours.  At this time we are asking that you return the laptop the day you loan it, before leaving site and before 5pm.

Laptops should be returned to the locker from which they were borrowed. They will then be quarantined and cleaned before being available to loan out again. Find out more here.

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I previously paid for a parking permit – will this carry on?

University car parks, including temporary plot A, will remain free for staff until the end of the year. Access to this car park is on a first come, first served basis, so staff should be aware that spaces cannot be guaranteed.

The University has decided not to renew its contract for car parking at Millennium Point from 1 August. Find out more on iCity.

Staff

What are the options for flexible working to help with travel plans and avoid potential commuter congestion?

If you are able to stagger your working pattern i.e. come in earlier/later and leave earlier/later, then please discuss this with your line manager in the first instance. Be mindful however, that if you are required to be on site for a specific time to meet timetable/business demands then you must be present at that time.

Where can I find more details about Agile and Hybrid working, and returning to campus?

Find more details about Agile and Hybrid Working, including more FAQs, on iCity.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE

BCU Operational Response Levels to Covid-19

At BCU, our absolute priority is the safety of our students, staff and local community. We have developed three operational response levels to Covid-19 so that our community understands what to expect at different stages of the pandemic.

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