We are updating our plans, in line with the government guidelines, any changes and updates will appear on this webpage.

TEACHING ARRANGEMENTS AFTER EASTER

The University is waiting for the Government to review, by the end of Easter, the options and timings of the return of further students to on campus teaching. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps.

We understand that the University then has a week in which to inform staff and students of any updates and changes, though we will endeavour to give as much notice as possible.

We are hoping to be able to return to a wider blended-learning approach to teaching, but the possibility, and timing, of this really does depend on Government guidelines and advice.

Regular updates will be sent via the Student Bulletin.

When on campus we must all continue to adhere to the guidelines, and social distancing rules. We are working in an environment of rapid change where national, regional and sector requirements result in changes, which often need to be made quickly.  This will require understanding and cooperation from everyone at Newman and respect of the diversity of our community as we work together to keep each other, our family and friends safe and healthy.

As we continue to receive government updates, we will communicate these to you, if there are any changes to timetables or access to the campus . Communication updates will be delivered via the staff and student bulletins

You are bound to have a lot of questions, especially about how Coronavirus will affect your student experience, and what we are doing to ensure that you get the most out of your studies. We want you to start to feel part of the Newman community, and for new students to settle into your new course, get to know your lecturers, meet new friends, gain confidence in your subject and be ready to succeed.

A high-quality learning experience with on-campus activities and face-to-face online sessions:

Lectures and larger sessions will be delivered online, and we will offer teaching and learning activities on campus, such as seminars, workshops and practicals where it is safe to do so following UK government guidelines.

Your learning will be fully supported with timetabled activities to bring an important level of structure to your week. The online resources and materials will allow you to work at your own pace, wherever suits you. It will also bring opportunity for Q&A sessions and other interactions across different formats in timetabled slots.

Quality teaching:

We are committed to improving and extending your online learning materials and are supporting our excellent teaching staff to make these as engaging online as it would be on-campus. Through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) you will be able to access all key module materials and we will provide information and training so that you can study flexibly in a way that suits you best.

Your Questions answered:

Latest Government Information and Restrictions:

Students can visit gov.uk for more information about the National Lockdown, including what you can and cannot do under these restrictions.

Information regarding support bubbles and interacting with other households can be found on the rules and restrictions page of the government website.

Your Studies in Semester 2:

2020-21 NO DISADVANTAGE POLICY UPDATED

In light of the Government’s announcement and the continued uncertainty for students for the remainder of the academic year, updates have been made to the No Disadvantage Policy. It is important that all students familiarise themselves with this update. Read the updated No Disadvantage Policy.

Please see below the current list of University services and their availability during this period. Any changes to this information will be communicated in the student bulletin:

Catering services on campus

Starbucks will be open from 9am-4pm daily on weekdays to allow purchase of drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, wraps and toasties. There will also be hot meat and vegetarian food options available. Vending machines will continue to be available for those that have to come to site or are in Halls.

Halls students

More detailed information about accommodation will be sent to Halls students, via a direct email from the accommodation team. If you have queries, in the interim, please email accommodation@newman.ac.uk.

Student Support services

For issues with welfare, financial circumstances, housing, disability, dyslexia or mental health, visit Student Support’s dedicated page on the intranet.

Learning Development support

Learning Development can help you to improve your academic writing skills and other study skills.  Offering bookable Workshops, Writing Mentors, IT Mentors, one to one appointments and self-help guides you can find everything on the Learning Development and Academic Writing Moodle and find out more from the weekly emails during teaching weeks.

The ASA (Academic Support Advisers)

The ASAs can help you if you hit a bump in the road with your studies.  They can advise you on how to get more time for your studies through an Extension or Mitigating Circumstances. They can help you plan your time if you have a lot of work to complete and they can discuss or explain resits, retakes and university processes.  Email: asa@newman.ac.uk for any advice on how you can move forward in your academic journey.

Library

During the National Lockdown, universities have been asked by the government to reduce the numbers needing to access university facilities. The Library remains open if you are unable to study at home because of a lack of space or technology, but we’ve modified our services to support you more whilst you’re studying remotely, to reduce your need to travel to campus, and to keep you safe if you do need to make a Click & Visit or Click & Study booking and come to the Library.

To support you off-campus, we have:

  • Extended the hours of our Library Chat
  • Subscribed to Sage Research Methods, a fantastic set of resources including over 1,000 E-books (you can access all the E-books via our Library Catalogue) to help you master research methods and statistical analysis.
  • Increased the availability of bookable Zoom appointments with Academic Service Librarians.

To reduce your need to travel to campus, we have:

  • Suspended reservations of printed books (all existing reservations have been cancelled, and you won’t be able to place new reservations).
  • Stopped charging fines during the National Lockdown, meaning that you won’t incur any additional fines for this period.

To keep you safe if you still need to visit or study in the Library, we have:

  • Reduced the number of seats available to book (there is now a maximum of one person per desk or table). All study spaces in the Library are for individual study only: please don’t come to the Library to do any group-work.
  • Reintroduced the requirement to wear face coverings at all times (unless exempt), including when you are sat at an individual study space for Click & Study bookings.
  • Ensured that windows are kept open for good airflow and ventilation.

You must sign in and out at the Security Office in the Lower Atrium if you travel to campus to use the Library, and show the email confirmation of your Click & Visit or Click & Study booking. We’re still here to support you, whether you’re studying at home or in the Library, so please do get in touch with us via email or on Library Chat if you have any questions.

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy continues to be available, predominately online. To get in touch with Margaret email: m.holland@newman.ac.uk and with Dilwara email: d.begum@newman.ac.uk.

Registry

The Registry team will now be working remotely. However, they are still able to provide support to all of our students. The team are available by phone or email and in exceptional circumstances will be able to offer appointments if required. All information on these processes can be found on their page on the intranet.

Finance support

The finance department remains open, correspondence by email and telephone will be dealt with as quickly as possible during normal office opening hours. Please direct any email queries to finance@newman.ac.uk, or telephone 0121 483 2253. All finance team contact information, together with our opening times, can be found on the intranet.

IT support

The IT Service Desk will remain available, but only remotely. This means the team will be contactable by telephone (0121 483 2293) or email (support@newman.ac.uk) but not in person. This service will continue to operate from 8:30 until 16:30 Monday to Friday.  Don’t forget that you can reset your own password or unlock your own account by going to https://login.newman.ac.uk/pw or by clicking on “I can’t log in” on the MyNewman login page.

E-Learning

E-learning has a number of support pages on the intranet about using technology in your studies. Please see e-Learning Help for Students​.

Students’ Union support

All SU staff will be working from home and the SU Office (physical space) will be closed. This does not mean we are not working, and all of our services will continue to be available online. All physical activity (on site) is completely OFF or CANCELLED until further notice, but may be replaced with online alternatives in line with government guidelines. Students can contact Chris (su-preseident@newman.ac.uk) or Liam (su-vice-president@newman.ac.uk) for further support.

We understand that not all students have or want Social Media. However, if you DO have Social Media, please follow our Facebook Page to keep up to date with us. it would be really helpful if more of our students engaged with us digitally during this time where we can’t physically see them on Campus. Like our SU Facebook page.

Support for students studying on campus

  • changing entry and exit points of buildings to manage the flow of people accessing buildings
  • marking 2m intervals in heavily used thoroughfares
  • ensuring desks are spaced 2m apart
  • restricting the number of people on campus at any one time
  • Visible social distancing guidelines – signage and electronic screens
  • Perspex screening/ shielding barriers have been installed across the campus
  • One way systems around the campus
  • Socially distanced social spaces
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Socially distanced layouts of teaching rooms, and safe maximum capacities displayed

We have increased the frequency of cleaning key areas. High footfall and social areas show social distancing space, seating has been rearranged, and Perspex screens and shielding barriers have been installed across the campus. More images can be found on our transition back to campus page.

The University will ensure that shared spaces are cleaned thoroughly and regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes will be available, should students wish to clean any surfaces themselves prior to using them. These spaces will form part of the building risk assessment and the social distancing arrangements that are implemented before buildings reopen. Extra cleaning facilities and wipes will be available in all food areas. Wayfinding and one way systems allow the flow of people around the building, and all toilet facilities have been adapted to meet government guidelines.

Good personal hygiene is essential for you to look after your own health and that of fellow students and staff. Hand sanitising gel is available, and frequent handwashing is recommended.

There is a variety of (PPE) personal protective equipment used to control the transmission of infectious diseases. This ranges from sophisticated full-face respirators to simple disposable fluid repellent medical masks to a simple medical face mask covers the nose, mouth and chin. They prevent droplets from reaching these parts of the wearer’s face and reduce the spread of infectious droplets from the person wearing it. All types of medical face masks are designed to meet quality standards, however there are currently no UK product standards for face coverings.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face. Face coverings are not classified as PPE (personal protective equipment)

We want everyone to feel safe on campus, and to understand that a huge amount of work has been undertaken to protect students and staff. The new position is that we require members of the Newman community and visitors to campus to wear a face covering in all environments in and around campus – this now includes teaching environments. Read our face coverings position statement in full.

Face coverings do not need to be worn when eating or drinking (provided in all cases that 2m social distancing is consistently maintained). In addition, they do not need to worn by staff working in settings with protective screens in place such as reception areas, or in student accommodation where students are living in defined household groups. Or when communicating with someone who uses lip reading (when 2m social distancing should still be maintained). Wearing face coverings all day can be uncomfortable therefore if you are alone in a room, or outside and with plenty of space from others, it is useful to take breaks from wearing your face covering.

  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser before putting a face covering on, and after removing it
  • when wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands
  • change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • continue to wash your hands regularly
  • change and wash your face covering daily
  • if the material is washable, wash in line with manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s not washable, dispose of it carefully in your usual waste
  • practise social distancing wherever possible

We would ensure that people are informed about the prohibitive nature of face coverings. However, we are not able to force individuals to take off a face covering if they have made the personal choice to do this. Under such circumstances, we will put alternative methods in place (e.g. notetaking) so that no student is disadvantaged.

A close ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they’re infectious to others). This could be a person who:

  • spends significant time in the same household
  • is a sexual partner
  • has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), including:
    • being coughed on
    • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or
    • contact within one metre for one minute
  • has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
  • has travelled in a small vehicle, or in a large vehicle or plane

Students should report to their faculties (email: fasps@newman.ac.uk or fed@newman.ac.uk) where all the relevant information will be captured by a Faculty Office staff member. The protocol for reporting cases is also available on the student intranet. Please take some time to read about what you should do if you need to report a case.

You can get a free NHS test to check if you have COVID-19 by applying on the UK government website or by calling 119. You can only get a free NHS test if at least one of the following applies:

  • you have a high temperature
  • you have a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
  • you’ve been asked to by a local council
  • you’re taking part in a government pilot project.
  • you can also get a test for someone you live with if they have symptoms.

For information and support relating to testing and self-isolation, students can visit the Covid-19 FAQs page on the intranet.

Students should report to their faculties (email: fasps@newman.ac.uk or fed@newman.ac.uk) where all the relevant information will be captured by a Faculty Office staff member. You will be encouraged to follow NHS advice.

If someone you live with develops Covid-19 symptoms, or if you are advised to self-isolate by the NHS Track and Trace service, you will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days as per government guidance.

Your Questions about Halls of Residence answered:

From the 8th March, you are able to meet one other person outside and legally, sit on a bench for coffee or food.

Potentially from the 29th March a relaxation on meeting in groups of six outside or two households and we will be allowed to mix in private gardens- no indoor mixing will be allowed or overnight stays. Outdoor sport will be able to restart too.

If you are one of the subject groups who is due to return to blended learning, from 8th March 2021 you are eligible to return to Halls of Residence in line with Government guidance. Those returning to a blended learning approach from 8th March will include some (but not all) students in the following subject areas where practical assessments/elements are necessary. Course leaders will be communicating with students to provide further details:

  • Drama
  • Sports programmes
  • All Teacher Training courses

For all other courses we will continue to offer online learning as planned. The Government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of all other students. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. We understand that the University then has a week in which to inform staff and students of any further updates and changes.

Students returning to the campus should act responsibly before they travel and follow National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) on social contact. Where available, and where they fit with locally defined priorities, students should access local community testing programmes to get a lateral flow device (LFD) test before they travel to university. All students should access coronavirus (COVID-19) testing immediately on their return to university and on a twice weekly basis thereafter. This is also available on campus, more information and how to book a test can be found on our Covid-19 Testing FAQs page on the intranet. Please do test regularly to protect yourselves and our community. Those who are returning to placements should follow the testing guidance for their placement setting and undertake a test through their placement provider where offered, or through their university if advised by the placement provider.

The government is asking students not to travel home for the Spring break, it is strongly advising those students who only returned to university from 8 March to not travel wherever possible. This is in order to minimise transmission of COVID-19.

However it may be that some students may wish to travel home for the vacation, particularly those whose courses resumed in-person teaching from the beginning of term.

It is legally permissible for higher education students to travel home for the Spring break provided you do so only once before 29 April. You can travel back to term-time accommodation at any time.

You should also get tested before you travel home and then again before you travel back to university, where community testing facilities are available. If you test positive, you will be required by law to self-isolate for 10 days and should not travel.

If you have any queries about studying at Newman, please e-mail heretohelp@newman.ac.uk. We are regularly updating the website to keep you up to date with our plans.

Keep safe and stay well.