The Government recognises the importance of not disrupting the education of young people and is prioritising keeping education settings open. The government expects education settings to remain open for face-to-face teaching as planned. However, if you need to self-isolate you must not attend campus. If you are not sure how to access your teaching and learning remotely, please contact your course tutors or your Faculty Office for more information.
If you do not need to self-isolate but have been told by the national Test and Trace system to ‘limit close contact with people outside your household, especially in crowded, enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces‘ you are still allowed and encouraged to attend campus as normal as long as you are following any instructions you have been given to take daily LFD (lateral flow) tests and have a negative result on that day. Whilst on campus you will need to follow the face covering and social distancing expectations (see lower down this page for more details).
How to report a positive Covid-19 test result
If you are a Newman staff member and you have received a positive LFD or PCR Covid test result, please report it on the Newman Staff Self-Reporting Form.
If you are a Newman student and you have received a positive LFD or PCR Covid test result, please report it on the Newman Student Self-Reporting Form.
On those forms you will also find relevant information about what to do next and where you can find support. If someone from the Newman community tells you they have a positive LFD or PCR test result you should direct them to complete the student / staff self-report form (see links above). If you are a member of staff and need further information about how a positive case report is handled, you should read the Newman Covid-19 Reporting Procedure.
As a student or member of staff you can find plenty of information on the intranet including:
Covid-19 Helpful Policies and Documents
Covid-19 FAQs for Students
Covid-19 Testing FAQs
Covid-19 Support for Staff – Health & Safety (staff only page)
Like many other universities, Newman University is operating a ‘1 metre plus’ set up on campus. This means you should stay at least one metre away from someone else and if you are unable to keep further apart than 1 metre, you must wear face coverings or keep behind a protective screen.
The safety and well-being of our students, staff and community is our priority. You are encouraged to follow this link to read the entire Face Coverings and Social Distancing Statement. You will find a summary of it at the bottom of this webpage. More information about teaching and learning arrangements on campus can be found on our studying at Newman page.
Students who are able to, are expected to take lateral flow (LFD) tests twice weekly on the week before they return to university and every week of September after that. This can be done at the on-campus ATS (asymptomatic test site), with free tests available for collection from the Newman University security office, supermarkets, train stations or pharmacies or sent to you from the NHS test ordering website.
Newman University Covid-19 Resilience Commitment Statement explains Newman University’s commitment to resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A full and detailed corporate University Risk Assessment is available on the Covid-19 Helpful Policies and Documents page of the University intranet. Local risk assessments have been undertaken by teams and business units.
The following is a summary:
Face Coverings and Social Distancing from December 2021
- People on the Newman University campus are expected to wear a face covering around people indoors and to keep 1 metre or more away from other people where possible. The exceptions are if you are eating or drinking, if you are in your own University accommodation or if you are exempt according to government criteria.
Please do not be offended if you are asked why you are not wearing a face covering.
- If you are unable to keep further apart than 1 metre, you must wear face coverings or keep behind a protective screen.
- Staff are expected to wear a transparent face covering* in teaching sessions, unless exempt, to enable clear, inclusive communication to all. The University will provide these (speak to your Faculty).
- Everyone needs to be mindful of the needs of others and be prepared to make reasonable individual adjustments that may be important for or requested by others. This might involve giving someone more space, wearing a face covering to make someone else feel safer, using a transparent face covering*, or temporarily removing your face covering in order to aid communication.
* N.B. Safety-wise the most effective face coverings are well-fitted, and prevent the dispersal of airborne particles, meaning a face-mask with a clear panel is the safest option. However, a full face visor / shield is acceptable in these circumstances as they are often considered to be more helpful to aid clear communication.