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Coronavirus: Updated arrangements for Spring Term 2021

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 4 January 2021 confirming a national lockdown in England, we adapted our plans for the Spring Term – delivering teaching and learning online except for a small number of our courses as per the Department for Education Guidance on critical courses. On Monday 22 February 2021 the Prime Minister announced the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England. 

We are working through the guidance currently and will be providing updates via these web pages and Blackboard to ensure students are kept informed. We ask that students also visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages.  

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority and we, together with our Universities, want to make sure your return to campus and/or clinical placement is as safe and smooth as possible. 

We aim to keep students updated about plans for the Spring term through these web pages and our regular announcements on Blackboard.

We ask that students also visit the University of Hull and University of York web coronavirus pages.

Travelling home for the Easter Break 

Travelling within the UK 

The current UK Government guidance for the Easter break is to stay where you are if possible, so as to keep the spread of Covid to a minimum. This applies to students here in Hull and York, as well as those at permanent addresses elsewhere. 

However, the Government has very recently announced a travel exemption for students, which means you can leave your student accommodation and travel on one occasion to one other UK household between 8 March 2021 and 29 April 2021 and return to your term-time accommodation after the break. 

If you plan to travel to another part of the UK, the Government advises you to take two rapid results covid tests before you go. 

Travelling outside the UK 

International students are also permitted to return home once for the Easter break. However, the Department for Education strongly advises students not to travel overseas in order to minimise transmission and because travel restrictions could change while you are away and make it more difficult for you to return. 

If you are committed to travelling overseas, please be aware of the covid testing requirements (the rapid results test is not suitable) and the need for a travel declaration form. You would also need to follow all quarantine rules on your return. You can check the latest advice on the government website.

Government guidance

The Government guidance surrounding students returning to in-person teaching, outlines that: 

"Students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities, or complete assessments will also return from 8 March. Research labs and libraries can be kept open if needed. 

For those Higher Education students that do not need to take part in practical teaching, and do not require access to specialist facilities or equipment as part of their studies, the Government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of these students. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any reopening."

What does this mean for students at Hull York Medical School?

Teaching

Teaching for our Spring Term commenced on the term dates previously planned and publicised, with some programmes resuming online and some face to face. Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 22 February regarding the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England, we have updated the information below. 

If you have questions about your programme please contact your Phase Lead, Programme Director or the Programme Delivery team. 

MB BS 

Medicine and Medicine with a Gateway Year students should continue to access teaching as they have been doing throughout this term.  

MB BS Year 1 will resume twice weekly PBL from 8 March. All other sessions will be delivered as per term 1.  

MB BS Year 2 will resume in person clinical skills teaching from 26th February 2021. PBL will continue to be held once weekly in person and once weekly online and this will be reviewed on a weekly basis.   

Postgraduate Taught 

MSc Physician Associate students should continue to access teaching as they have been doing throughout this term.  

MSc Clinical Anatomy/Clinical Anatomy and Education teaching will continue as it has been doing throughout this term with dissection sessions happening in-person on campus and seminars online. Students should contact their dissertation supervisor if they need access to the anatomy facilities for their dissertation from April onwards.   

MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution teaching will continue as it has been doing throughout this term with online teaching sessions including online practical sessions. Students however should contact their dissertation supervisor if they need access to the anatomy or palaeohub facilities for their dissertation from April onwards.  

MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development teaching will continue as it has been doing throughout this term with online teaching sessions. Students however should contact their dissertation supervisor to discuss access requirements to facilities for their dissertation from April onwards. 

PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc Health Professions Education students should continue to access their learning online and study days will continue to be held online. 

Postgraduate Research 

Postgraduate Research students should continue to work with their supervisor who will offer advice and guidance in relation to their individual research projects and availability of facilities such as laboratories or clinical research environments.   

Postgraduate research students who require access to specialist research facilities or equipment to undertake their work will be able to access these. 

When can I return to campus?

Unless you need to return for the start of your in-person teaching, you should remain at home/where you were over the winter break and continue your studies online.

However, we recognise that some students may not have access to appropriate facilities, wifi, IT equipment or study space at home, or that they may decide it is better for their mental health and wellbeing to be at the University. If this applies to you then you are welcome to return. 

If you are an international student travelling from overseas and have already booked your travel or are en route then we do not expect you to change your travel plans and we and our universities are ready to welcome you.  

The rules for people travelling to the UK have changed. Advice on how to comply with the current requirements can be found on the UK Government website. Travellers who have not travelled through, or been in a “red list” country may be able to reduce the amount of time spent in quarantine by taking part in the test and release scheme. The rapid results testing programmes being offered by our Universities are not part of this Test to Release scheme.

If you have visited a country with a travel ban to the UK, you cannot use the 'Test to Release' scheme.

Find out how to take part in the Test to Release scheme.

Will asymptomatic testing be available?

Our universities have implemented a range of Covid-secure measures which have made it possible for us to resume in-person teaching safely. One of the key measures is Covid-19 testing for staff and students. It is therefore critical that when you return to campus you access asymptomatic testing in order to identify asymptomatic infections and break any chains of transmission. We recommend you access testing immediately on your arrival and then again three days later. For those who are already on campus you should be accessing testing twice weekly.  

For further information about testing including how to book a test visit the University of Hull and University of York web pages.  

Even when receiving two negative tests, it is important that students continue to follow guidance on social distancing, hygiene measures and use of face coverings. 

What facilities and services will be open on campus at Hull and York?

For details of what facilities and services will be available from the start of term visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages.  

Where can I find out more information?

We, together with our universities, are working hard to provide students and staff with as much information as possible. Please visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus pages for the latest updates and remember to check your medical school and university emails for latest information.  

 

Thank you

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remain our priority. Our aim is to provide you with access to clear and timely information. Please remember we are here to help and are committed to supporting you during what we know is an uncertain time.   

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.