This page contains the latest information to keep our students, staff, and our community safe. We are looking forward to an enjoyable year ahead, but our number one priority is to keep everyone safe as we continue to work through the challenges of Covid-19.
This page will be frequently updated with new information and guidance in line with any announcements from government. Following the government announcement on Monday 22 February 2021, we’re working through the implications for all our staff and students. We’ll provide a full update as soon as we can.
Important information for our current students:
The latest dedicated information for students is available on UDo through the Covid-19 tile (login required).
If you have symptoms (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or have seen a change or loss to your sense of taste and smell), or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19, you must:
- Self-isolate (please see the NHS website for the latest guidance)
- Inform the University -
- Take a Covid-19 test (please see the NHS website) if you have, or develop symptoms
In line with the latest government guidance, students should remain living where they currently are, either in their permanent home or university accommodation.
Teaching will be delivered online until at least mid-February for all courses other than Initial Teacher Training, Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work programmes, and those programmes regulated by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB), where there are assessments and/or mandatory activity.
Teaching and placements on these courses will continue as planned, and the University is working closely with placement providers to ensure a safe working environment for our students.
Students on these courses should take two Covid-19 lateral flow tests, three days apart, and receive two negative results before coming onto campus for teaching, to access facilities or to attend their placement. Students can find more information on UDo about this testing scheme, and how to book a test.
Staff are to work from home unless required for the delivery of teaching, core campus services or the University’s asymptomatic testing centre. Staff coming onto site are encouraged to undergo two tests, three days apart, and book an appointment via the link provided to all staff.
As has been the case throughout, all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure our campus is a Covid-secure environment for our staff and students.
On Monday 22 February 2021, the government announced their national roadmap for the next few months following the latest lockdown period.
Students on Initial Teacher Training, Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work programmes, and those programmes regulated by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB), continue with current blended learning.
Students on practical based programmes can return from Monday 8 March 2021. Please check the UDo Covid-19 tile for more information.
For other programmes, the government has said that they will review the situation over the next few weeks. By the end of the Easter break (27 March – 11 April) they will confirm the options and timings for students not studying practical based programmes. Therefore, in line with the government guidance, we can confirm that if you’re not studying a practical based programme your current digital learning model will continue until 12 April 2021.
Students and staff attending site for any reason (for teaching sessions on the above programmes, or those using on-campus facilities such as the library), should take two lateral flow tests, three or four days apart, every week. Anyone with symptoms should immediately book a test with the NHS, and self-isolate until they receive their results.
It is very important that all staff and students follow the national guidelines and regulations to reduce the risk of contracting the virus.
The wide range of University facilities on site will be operating in a Covid-secure way. Students will be able to access digital services via UDo and access on-campus services:
Our libraries are open. There have been several changes to how they operate to keep everyone safe. This includes an important safety measure where you will book a slot to access the library. You will be able to use our booking service which also shows the latest opening times.
College Student Centres
The College Student Centres are open and will be able to help you with lots of information around enrolment, your timetable and a range of general enquires. If you are a European or International student, you can also visit the College Student Centres for any advice on visas and your funding.
Due to Government guidance, the University Sports Centre gym facilities will be closed until further notice. All members will receive an email outlining how their membership fees will be dealt with. Members can visit the Nuffield Health website for access to lots of great workouts you can do at home.
There are a wide range of catering outlets across our campuses all of which are now open Monday to Friday. These are the latest opening times:
Starbucks: 8.00am - 3.00pm
Keddies: 8.00am - 3.00pm
All other sites have vending machine provision for hot drinks and snacks.
Please wear a face covering and follow the floor markings when using the catering outlets. All catering outlets take payment by card - which is preferred - but they will also accept cash. Please also note that unfortunately you will not be able to use your reusable cup due to cross-contamination risks.
Health and Safety
As well as the information at the top of this page, everyone must ensure that they are adhering to the latest Government and NHS guidance. This information is extremely important - we take our responsibility in this very seriously and so must you.
High risk categories
If you are a student and you believe that you are in a high-risk category, are shielding, or if you are facing Covid-19-related transport restrictions or associated financial issues, please inform us as soon as you can if are not already studying remotely.
Test and Trace
You may be contacted by the NHS via its Test and Trace scheme. If this happens please ensure you follow the guidance you are given. If, as a result of Test and Trace, you are told to self-isolate because of being in contact with someone with a positive case, please ensure you inform us immediately.
We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Students can find some helpful information and guidance on the Student Minds website. Staff members are able to access a confidential and impartial advice service, details of which are available on the Staff Intranet.
If you are a disabled student, you may need reasonable adjustments, due to the impact of COVID-19. If you would like to request a support plan or a review of an existing support plan, please contact Student Wellbeing.
If, as a result of shielding, you require reasonable adjustments, you are advised to contact Student Wellbeing to request a support plan or a review of an existing support plan.
Health and Social Care students currently on work placement
This guidance was last updated on Thursday 8th October 2020 at 4pm.
There is a case of suspected coronavirus on my work placement, should I still attend?
Clinical placements have very effective processes in place to manage patients with coronavirus. Please follow the guidance and policies in your work placement. Students who may be required to deliver clinical care to affected patients should have the necessary skills and knowledge, including infection prevention and control measures needed to work in such environments.
If you are a healthcare student in a work placement and have any concerns about your ability to provide care to patients affected by COVID-19, please speak with your practice supervisor/practice educator/clinical educator or the HSC College Student Centre placements team via email: HPSC@derby.ac.uk.
Will the University be providing any training in the use of PPE such as FFP3 masks which may be required when caring for patients with COVID-19?
All students who may be required to deliver clinical care to affected patients must be provided with training and information on any additional infection prevention and control measures needed to work in such environments by the work placement organisation.
This will include the safe donning and removal of personal protective equipment (PPE). Any special protective equipment personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by the work placement organisation.
If you are unsure of the local guidance, or have any concerns, please speak with your practice supervisor / clinical educator / practice educator.
I am a healthcare apprentice. Are there any different requirements?
As an apprentice you need to meet the requirements of your apprenticeship as well as those set by the University and your employer. We recognise that during this time you may need to be redeployed or you may not be able to participate in your apprenticeship in the same way as normal.
You can achieve your 20% off-the-job learning throughout your programme, and government guidance has been that apprenticeships should continue where possible. Therefore, it will be appropriate to take a flexible approach to practice and theory elements of your programme.
If you are not able to continue your apprenticeship at the current time you are able to take a break in learning.
Will the academic staff still support me on my placement?
Where these arrangements have been in place, due to current government guidance on non-essential staff entering the workplace, academic staff are unable to visit placement. Personal academic tutors will continue to support you virtually via phone/ Skype / email.
Please contact them with any placement support you may need, except for reporting sickness and absence, which should be reported to the HSC College student centre placements team using these details:
Email: email@example.com – for all programmes across HSC.
Tel: 01332 592099
What is the advice if I am a healthcare student and pregnant?
We understand that you may have some anxieties if you have a placement in a healthcare setting and you are pregnant. We would recommend that any student who is pregnant and feels vulnerable should remove themselves from placement. Please report this absence using the sickness and absence process.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - all programmes across HSC
Tel: 01332 592099
Current information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states:
- Pregnant women of any gestation are at no more risk of contracting the virus than any other non-pregnant person who is in similar health
- For those women who are 28 weeks pregnant and beyond, there is an increased risk of becoming severely ill should you contract COVID-19 (this is true of any viral illness contracted, such as flu)
For pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation, or with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease at any gestation, a more precautionary approach is advised. Women in this category are recommended to stay at home. You should therefore remove yourself from placement and report the absence using the process above. Please notify your placement lead when you learn of your pregnancy if this will impact on a future planned placement.
Last updated: Thursday 25 February 2021 16:49:49