Freshers Week 2021


Your safety is incredibly important to us, and we’re committed to keeping you up to date with the latest updates and news with coronavirus.

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


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