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Update on your education and Covid-19 testing

On Friday 13 November, Student Communications emailed all taught and research students to share information on the Government’s new testing programme and other updates. You can read the email in full below.

Dear all students,

In this week’s email we share information with you on the Government’s new testing programme, that will enable students to travel home for the Winter vacation and festive season.

While there are lockdown restrictions in place until 2 December 2020, we also want to make sure you know about the activities available to you during this time and you can find more information below.

There are also some other important updates for you, so please do read this message to the end.

New testing programme for students

This week the Government announced plans for mass asymptomatic testing of university students for Covid-19 to enable them to return home for the winter vacation.

We are very supportive of these. As a first stage we have been sent further information and are now working through the next steps: we hope to hear that we have definitely been selected next week.  As soon as we have this confirmation we will be back in touch with you soon to set out the details of how we will proceed with this. Testing is expected to begin w/c 30 November.

We understand this is really important and that you will want to know more about what this means for you, your families, and your studies.

We also appreciate that not all of you will be able to return home and many students will be staying with us on campus during the winter break. We will of course make sure you have all the information you need on how we will be supporting you over the festive season and winter vacation period.

In the meantime, all students, on and off campus should follow the national restrictions in place from 5 November until 2 December 2020, meaning that students must stay in their current accommodation and not leave their term time address.

Things to do

There are plenty of activities you can get involved in at Sussex, wherever you are living, which you will hopefully find particularly useful at this time. From wellbeing check-ins, drop-in sessions, networking events, film nights, meditation, to album nights to expand your playlist, there are plenty of activities for you to get involved in on the Student Hub’s Things to do page.

Please also take a look at our Events pages plus the Students Union What’s On activities.

Our Res Life online events are for students both on and off campus and you can take a look at our calendar for 16-27 November [PDF, 552KB].

For students who are from overseas, there is a session on applying for jobs in the UK and overseas and an international networking night.

Mobile Testing Unit – returns to campus this weekend (14 – 15 Nov)

The Mobile Testing Unit will be back on campus this weekend (14 – 15 Nov) and will be in the Arts Carpark (no.7A).  This testing facility is for symptomatic testing only and those students concerned about having Covid-19 symptoms and requiring a test should book an appointment through the national booking system.

Home Covid-19 testing kits

The University has a supply of home testing kits and one will be offered to students living on campus once you have filled out the University’s reporting form. This is a really quick and convenient way to get a Covid-19 test and we have plenty of kits available.  
If you live off campus, tests should be booked through the national booking system.
Updated advice for students who are self-isolating in shared accommodation

Some students have asked us how long they need to self-isolate for if they are living in shared accommodation. This can be difficult to understand as it depends on the circumstances of other people you are living with.

So we have developed an easy to use guide which explains the length of time you need to self-isolate for, if you or your flatmates develop symptoms.

You can access this information by visiting the Health & Safety Covid-19 resources page under the drop down menu “isolations”. It outlines the length of time you need to need to self-isolate for if you or your flatmates develop symptoms.

Beware of shopping scams

We want to make you aware of scams while shopping online ahead of Black Friday on November 27 and the festive season.

This is a prime time for scammers to take advantage of shoppers by sending fraudulent emails, texts or DMs, or post fraudulent offers on social media and we want our students to protect themselves.

If you do think you have been affected by a scam, please contact the Student Life Centre for further advice and support.

Please also visit the University’s fraud advice page for students to find tips and guidance you keep you safe.

And finally…

It’s always so great to hear positive news and feedback about the University and we hope that you will be as proud as we are that Sussex has been named among the top 200 in the world for its research and teaching by leading academics from around the globe.

With best wishes,

Student Communications

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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 13 November 2020

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