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Our response to coronavirus

No matter what comes our way, we will always put our students first. We will prioritise your safety, your belonging in our community and your long term success.

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Below you'll find up to date information about our approach to coronavirus. 

If you've any questions about this, our FAQs on coronavirus could help, or email coronavirus@marjon.ac.uk.

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Teaching and learning

This year, we're delivering almost 90% of all taught sessions face-to-face, on campus. It's the teaching we're famous for: group discussions, lively debate, hands-on with equipment, practical and active learning.

We're keeping a small proportion of teaching online, not because of restrictions, but because our students have told us some particular parts of the curriculum have worked better that way. 

How to keep our campus safe

It is important to note that whatever specific government advice is in place at any time, we also have a duty of care to all our students and staff. The rates of covid continue to be high and so covid remains a significant risk to consider for the Marjon population. 

You can read the latest government guidance here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you have symptoms of covid-19, you should not come to campus until you feel well, and you do not have a high temperature.

 

Testing positive

Testing is no longer free, except for certain groups, such as those who are vulnerable or work in the NHS in patient-facing roles. Find out who can still get free covid tests.

You no longer have to test twice a week when coming to campus.  

If you test positive you should try to stay at home and away from others for five days, starting from the day after you did the test. You should avoid contact with people at higher risk from covid-19 for 10 days. See the government advice page here: What to do if you test positive or have symptoms guidance

If you have symptoms, you may not be able to confirm whether or not it is covid. As with any illness, you are expected to stay away from others until you feel well and you do not have a high temperature.

Close contacts: if you live with someone with covid-19, or who has symptoms of covid-19 but cannot get tested, follow previous advice. Try to avoid being on campus if you can, particularly in close contact with others. Avoid close contact with them, limit contact with people who you do not live with, particularly indoors or in crowded spaces, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering when in close contact with others. It is worth being aware that it can take up to 10 days after contact for the virus to develop.

The NHS test and trace system is no longer operational.

 

Maintaining safety measures

We will maintain some key measures to keep us safer. These are:

Wearing face coverings: particularly in crowded areas, if you live with someone with covid, or if you have tested positive 5-10 days ago.

Fresh air: continue to flush rooms through, keep windows open, or meet outside to reduce risk

Maintaining space: if you can, please maintain other people’s personal space.

Encouraging vaccinations: we encourage all members of our community to get vaccinated to reduce the risks of covid to you and to others

 

Do you need to tell the university if you have symptoms of covid or test positive?

Students:

  1. Let your tutors know if you will be missing classes. Please do not go to class if you have tested positive or have symptoms as this could easily have an impact on others.
  2. In addition, if you live on campus only, please email coronavirus@marjon.ac.uk to let them know. This is to ensure we keep our members of staff safe such as cleaners and contractors.

Staff:

  1. Let your line manager know as you usually would if you are ill or have an infectious disease. Even if you are not feeling ill, and able to work from home with no impact, your manager may have to be aware that they cannot ask you to come in for a period. If you are feeling ill you should report this in the usual sick leave procedure, and they will want to check in on you and that you are OK.
  2. You no longer have to let coronavirus@marjon.ac.uk
  3. Line Managers do not have to complete a risk assessment but should manage the operational complexities of having covid in the team in the way they normally would with covering any illness. People can physically return to the campus five days after testing positive, but if you can manage it within the team, 10 days would be preferable to avoid more operational disruption from passing covid on.

  

Other expectations

1. At all times, as national or local guidance changes, we expect you to follow guidance.

2. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know. If you have a specific question about covid, on coronavirus@marjon.ac.uk.

Checklist for coming to campus

  1. Do not come to campus if you have symptoms. 
  2. Don't forget your face covering.
  3. Organise your vaccinations if you are not already fully vaccinated.