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Coronavirus: Updated arrangements for Spring Term 2021

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 4th January confirming a national lockdown in England until at least mid-February, we understand that you will have questions about what this means for the Spring Term.  

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. 

Government guidance

The Government guidance has confirmed that while universities are to remain open, they should further stagger the start of in person teaching and deliver teaching and learning online – until at least the middle of February – except for a small number of critical courses. For Hull York Medical School these critical courses include MB BS Medicine, MSc Physician Associate Studies and MSc Clinical Anatomy/Clinical Anatomy and Education. Students on these courses are advised to return to in person teaching as planned. 

In addition to this, postgraduate research students who require access to specialist facilities on campus can do so.  

Those students on programmes of study not listed within the guidance, are advised to remain where they are, wherever possible, and resume their studies online until at least mid-February 2021. 

For more information, the most recent letter from Michelle Donelan MP – Minister of State for Universities summarises the new arrangements for the start of term. 

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

When will my course start?

Teaching will commence on the term dates previously planned and publicised, with some programmes resuming online and some face to face. 

Below you will find details of when your programme will commence including when your first in person teaching session will take place if this has been confirmed. If you have questions about the start of your programme please contact your Phase Lead, Programme Director or the Programme Delivery team. 

MB BS

Gateway Year teaching will commence on 11 January online. The first in person teaching session will take place on 26 January. 

MB BS Year 1 teaching will commence on 7 January, with the first in person teaching session taking place on that day. 

MB BS Year 2 teaching will commence on 8 January with online PBL. The first in person teaching session will take place on 12 January. 

MB BS Year 3, 4 and 5 teaching will commence on 4 January, with the first in person teaching session taking place on 5 January. 

Postgraduate Taught

Physician Associate teaching will commence on 4 January for Year 2 students and 5 January for Year 1 students, with the first in person teaching session taking place on these days. 

MSc Clinical Anatomy/MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education teaching will commence on 11 January online with the first in person teaching session taking place on 29 January.

MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution examinations commence on 11 January online, followed by teaching online from 19 January.* 

MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development examinations commence on 11 January online, followed by teaching online from 18th January.* 

*Details of when in person teaching sessions will resume will be confirmed as soon as possible. 

PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc Health Professions Education term will commence on 11 January online as planned. The weekly content teaching will start from 18 January. Induction on 13 January and study days will be held online. 

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate research students are advised to discuss and agree an appropriate return date with their research supervisor. This should be based on the needs of your research and the 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?

Returning to campus

Unless you need to return for the start of your in-person teaching, the Government’s message of stay at home applies. Therefore, 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.  

All international arrivals are required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for ten days (see university web pages for further information).  

The government's 'Test to Release' scheme offers you the option to take an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, and a negative test result would release you from the need to isolate from day six. The rapid results testing programmes being offered by our Universities are not part of this Test to Release scheme.  

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

Will asymptomatic testing be available?

It is our expectation that all students undertake a free rapid results asymptomatic testing prior to their first in person teaching session. Testing will help ensure your own safety as well as that of the wider community.  

All students will have access to asymptomatic testing on the University of Hull and University of York campuses and have been advised of testing dates available to them based on when their first in person teaching session is scheduled to take place. 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 if I'm travelling back to University from an area in a different alert level?

If you have spent the winter break in a local restriction Level 3 area, you should get an asymptomatic test before travelling if possible, using local community testing. If you test positive for coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days before you can travel. 

If you're unable to access asymptomatic testing before travelling, or have spent the break in a Level 1 or 2 area, you should follow the safer travel guidance as closely as possible. 

You should get a test as soon as possible after you arrive at university. 

Our Universities will be providing further guidance about travelling back to University and accessing a test when you get here in due course. 

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.