Returning to or arriving to study on the Liverpool campus in 2021

To prevent unnecessary travel and minimise the risk of transmission across the country, we ask that students do not return to campus unless asked to by their school or department or if you require access to study facilities because you do not have adequate provision where you live.

You must get a test before returning to Liverpool and to campus. Please see our get a test before returning webpage for more information.

When should I arrive/return?

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students

You may have read that the Government has recommended that universities prioritise re-opening face-to-face teaching for those students on practical and creative courses that require access to specialist equipment and facilities. This decision has been made to ensure studies can continue while preventing, as far as possible, the mass movement of students across the country, and subsequent potential transmission of the virus.

This means that all students who are currently receiving in-person teaching or taking part in placements, including mainly those on clinical courses and other programmes exempt from the current restrictions, will continue to do so as planned.

Furthermore, we are now finalising plans for students who are not currently receiving in-person teaching, but who need to undertake practical work on campus this academic year, to resume those elements of their studies from the week commencing Monday 12 April, following the Easter holiday period. You will receive further communications from your school/department shortly, if this applies to you. If you are asked to return, you should aim to do so in time for your first timetabled session, however we would recommend not making travel plans until you have heard from your school.

For now, however, all students who are currently studying wholly online will continue to do so until the end of term on Friday, 19 March.

The Government has said it will provide a further update before the end of the Easter holidays about the possibility of other students, who do not require access for practical elements of their studies, returning to campus during the current academic year. We are planning for this possibility and will give you as much advance notice as we can about how any further changes to Government guidance affect you.

Please be assured that if you have already been informed that you can continue to study online for the remainder of this academic year then your position has not changed and we will continue to support you remotely. There is no need for you to take any further action now.

We can also now confirm that we will not be running on campus written examinations in semester two and most assessments will be online.  If you are studying a clinical or practical subject which requires skills-based or other assessments you may be required to complete these on campus; your department will provide details about this. We will provide further information about assessments for all students in due course.

We would like to provide reassurance to you that we will continue to support your learning whatever your personal circumstances. Therefore:

  • If you started your studies in October 2020 but you are currently overseas and face difficulties travelling as a result of the current situation, you will be able to complete your studies for the remainder of this academic year online if necessary – unless in-person teaching is essential and can be delivered in line with Government guidance at some stage, in which case your department will be able to make arrangements for you to complete this later in the academic year. 
  • International students who wish to be eligible for the ‘Graduate route’ visa (previously referred to as post-study work) should ensure they arrive in the UK according to the dates the UK government have specified to be eligible for the Graduate route visa, regardless of your teaching arrangements. For further information about this please read the International Advice & Guidance webpage here and contact them if you have further questions regarding your own situation.
  • If you are in the UK but unable to resume any in-person teaching on your course at a later date because Government guidance indicates you should not do so at the time given your particular personal circumstances – for example, if Government guidance states that you should shield, even at a point when in-person teaching resumes – again please be assured that we will make arrangements for you to continue your studies with our full support. Please speak directly to someone in your academic department if you would like to talk about this at any stage, although there is no need to take action now.

Postgraduate research students

The Government has confirmed that researchers and research students should follow the same guidance as university staff. The staggered return arrangements announced for other students do not apply to our research community.

If you are able to work from home, you should continue to do so. However, COVID-secure access to facilities needed to complete your research (e.g. laboratories, fieldwork and specialised equipment) remains available. As before lockdown, this needs approval from the Head of Department in conjunction with your supervisor and building COVID Lead.

Supervision should remain online except where clearly necessary for student welfare. PGRs continue to have access to libraries and COVID secure study space on campus.

PGR Viva examinations are to remain mediated (online) following Liverpool Doctoral College guidance.

For further details, please see the PGR COVID Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Teaching webpage for more information about face-to-face and remote learning.

Staying safe on campus

Many of our student services and support are fully accessible via our digital channels. This includes among other things, support with your studies through KnowHow, help identifying and pursuing your chosen career, access to advice and guidance on everything from mental health to money issues, and a range of activities to help keep you occupied away from your studies. We’re always here for you, so please continue to take advantage of any support that may be beneficial to you.  We will also be increasing access to campus based services over the coming weeks in line with government guidance please check the web pages of the relevant services for up-to-date information.

From Monday, 1 March we will begin to re-introduce individual, bookable study spaces in the Sydney Jones Library. Read more about this update here. You can also still book spaces elsewhere on campus, again through the library website. Please, remember that many of our library resources are available online, and recently introduced services including Click and Collect and the Book and Copy Delivery Service will continue to operate.

On-campus safety measures and testing requirements

If you do visit campus, you must take personal responsibility for adhering to all public health measures including wearing a face covering, maintaining a distance from other people and washing your hands regularly.

Those of us studying or working on campus must take personal responsibility for helping to prevent infection.

Please adhere to the following essential steps:

  • It is mandatory to wear a face covering on campus (unless exempt), including during teaching sessions and when you move from one location to another. Additionally, while visors can continue to be worn in conjunction with face coverings, they should now not be worn as a sole means of protection.
  • If you are regularly working or studying on campus in Liverpool, including in our Halls of Residence, you are now required to take regular quick-results lateral flow tests. Any student who is on campus for three or more days in any week (Monday to Sunday) will need to access two ‘no symptoms’ lateral flow tests (approximately every three days). For students who attend campus for one or two days in any week (Monday to Sunday) they must access at least one ‘no symptoms’ lateral flow tests every seven days, aiming for two where circumstances allow. Our main ‘no symptoms’ test centre is currently located at the Sports Centre on campus. The centre is open seven days a week, and any students who are due to start face-to-face teaching are advised to get a test here prior to starting any activity to protect others.
  • If you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, it is vitally important that you obtain a test and isolate until the result is known. Tests for people with symptoms of COVID-19 can be booked here.

Returning to halls

Students returning to our Halls of Residence should visit the Returning to Halls information on Halls Life for detailed instructions about returning to Halls.

Mandatory Hotel Quarantine for returning students 

From Monday 15 February 2021, any third country nationals with residence rights in the UK travelling from (or transiting through) a country on the UK’s travel ban list in the last 10 days will be required to quarantine in a government-approved facility for a period of 10 days

You will have residence rights if you already have a Tier 4 or Student visa for the UK. If you are unsure about whether you have residence rights please contact International Advice and Guidance

Testing During Quarantine and the Test to Release Scheme

From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England from outside the Common Travel Area must:

  • quarantine for 10 days
  • Book and pay for a travel test package to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining (at a cost of £210)
  • follow the national lockdown rules

Find out more about the Test to Release scheme and how to book a test here

Mandatory Testing Before Travel 

The above regulations are in addition to all travellers having to provide a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test to travel to England. It is your responsibility to make sure that the test you take meets UK government requirements. You can find these here.  

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