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Important Updates

30 November 2021

As you might have heard, the Government have announced the reintroduction of some measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, in response to the Omicron variant. The University has reviewed guidance published for Higher Education, and the measures below now apply:

• From today, all staff and students must wear face-coverings when in shared spaces inside all University buildings, including all teaching rooms, laboratories and communal areas, unless exempt. It will be mandatory to wear a face-covering in all shops on or off campuses and face covering are also mandatory on public transport, including University minibuses.

• Anyone who is a close contact of a suspected case of the new Omicron variant will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status.

• Everyone who enters the UK must take a PCR test within two days and self-isolate until they have a negative result.

It’s really important that we work together as a community to slow the spread of Covid-19, and you can help to do this by wearing a mask, continuing to LFD test regularly, and stay at home if you develop any symptoms and take a PCR test. Make sure you check here for more information and updates. We’ll be posting any further updates to this page.

  • Freshers' Covid FAQ

    What are the current restrictions on campus?

    Restrictions are in line with Government guidance, which has seen some changes recently such as face coverings not being mandatory inside (although wearing face coverings is still strongly encouraged and expected on campus). Visitors to campus are encouraged to distance, help to keep spaces clean and sanitised and scan in to support with contact tracing. Due to social distancing, the amount of study spaces available is lower than normal, meaning you will need to book to guarantee you can use one.

    For further details on the current restrictions, visit the University’s Coming to Campus FAQ’s. 

    Can I get tests?

    Students are encouraged to get tested twice a week to help stop the spread of coronavirus. PCR/HALO tests are also available if you are experiencing symptoms. You can also pick up home tests from campus. 

    Full details on testing on campus can be found here, including opening times and booking.

    What happens if I have a positive test?

    If you have a positive test, then you’ll need to isolate, following Government rules.

    There is a range of support available for you if you need to self-isolate, including grocery delivery, and with your wellbeing and IT/learning. We know self-isolating is a stressful time, so please do access the support available to you, which you can find more info on here.

    I’m travelling from another country – what are the rules for me?

    If you are travelling internationally, it’s absolutely essential you follow the Government rules, which may include the need to take tests or possibly isolate or quarantine for a period. The UK Government is currently working on a ‘traffic light system’, with different rules depending on if a country is classified as green, amber or red.

    You can find more details of international travel here, including for if you're required to quarantine.

    Are lectures going to be in-person or digital?

    The University are planning to hold as much teaching in-person as possible for the 2021-22 academic year, which will be supported by digital resources. It’s important to remember that any restrictions imposed by the Government may impact how much in-person teaching can happen, so it’s important to stay up to date. If digital or online learning does need to be increased, then support will be available to help you adjust, as well as if you need financial support to get the IT equipment you need. 

    What is the latest information on vaccinations?

    All over 18's are now eligible for vaccincation, and we really recommend that students get theirs. Some students may be in a situation where they've had their first dose outside of Exeter, but will have arrived here by the time they are eligible for their second dose - if this is the case, you'll be able to get yours in Exeter when booking in. Additionally, there may be drop-in vaccination opportunities on campus; keep an eye on our social media @ExeterGuild for this. 

    For more information about vaccinations, visit the University's FAQ's

Previous Year Archive

Other Information

  • VP Activities: Society Committee Members Update- In-Person Events 9 September 2020

    As you will be aware, last night, the UK Government previewed new measures in England to curb a spike in Coronavirus cases across the country. Although we do not have full details yet, the headline is that in-person gatherings will be severely restricted. Because we do not yet have the full picture, we are pausing the review and approval of all in-person Student Group events until we know more.

    I know this is not the news you wanted to hear, and myself and Students’ Guild staff are incredibly disappointed that the hard work and determination that you have put in over the last few months, in planning and preparing to give new students to Exeter the best welcome that you can, is once again hampered. The Activities Team will continue to support the creation and delivery of online events, and we encourage all groups to consider what they can offer their members while engaging with them online.

    What I would like to do is assure all of you that staff in the Guild will be working incredibly hard with the University and other partners to get new guidance to you as soon as it is available.

    At this time, I would like to ask for your patience while we deal with this situation. We kindly ask that you do not contact the Activities Team about in-person events until we have sent the new guidance out to you. This will allow us to focus on getting the right information to you as quickly as we possibly can.

    Personally, I want to thank you all for the dedication you have shown to your groups and to your members throughout this difficult time. We will support you as best we can to give all students the best experience possible.

  • Society Events 16 March 2020

    As of 5pm on 16/03/20, the UK Government has advised against ‘all non-essential contact with others as Coronavirus cases rise’. In light of the most recent statement from Boris Johnson, all societies must move to cancel or postpone their events until further notice. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully, including the support available. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact 

    Information and resources for committee members can be found on our Committee Resource section.

  • Society and Student Group Trips 16 March 2020
    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel all affiliated group trips occurring in March and April. This decision has been taken to safeguard our students both on the trip and in the wider community. If you are a society or student group committee member, you will have an email detailing this fully. If you have any questions regarding the decision, refunds or anything else, please contact
  • Exeter Respect on Campus Postponed 15 March 2020

    We regret to announce that we have made the difficult decision to postpone Exeter Respect on Campus (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. This decision has been made following, careful risk-assessment, and taking into account advice related to covid-19.

    Ultimately the health of the students, staff, performers and volunteers is our primary concern.

    We are extremely disappointed to have to postpone; Exeter Respect on Campus promised to be a hugely important celebration of diversity, with an important message. Despite the cancellation of this, we will be focussing efforts on ensuring that diversity is celebrated, and that the important discussions to further inclusion will still have a place at our university. We will keep colleagues and students informed on plans when rescheduled.

    We would like to thank everyone who had already registered for tickets, as well as all the performers, volunteers and staff who had worked so hard to get us ready to host this event.

    Please continue to treat each other with kindness and compassion during this difficult time, and please respect the privacy of friends, colleagues and students. If you experience, or are witness to, any inappropriate behaviour please report it to the University via our Speak Out web pages.

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