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

Regular updates will be sent via the Student Bulletin.

Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement, and many of the nationally required restrictions being lifted from the 19th July, the University is confirming that all of our existing measures around campus will remain until further notice.  This includes social distancing and the wearing of face coverings whilst moving around the campus. As ever, the safety and well-being of our students, staff and community is our priority. The University will be reviewing departmental risk assessments over the summer. We will continue to follow our Newman roadmap and principles as we continue our gradual and managed return to campus.

Further updates will be available through 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.

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

All programmes will start as planned in Semester One. The majority of teaching will be on campus, with some programme delivery taking place through online interactive sessions.

We are committed to supporting our students with their studies, and helping students build relationships with their cohort and tutors. The early weeks of teaching will be dedicated to improving social connectivity and helping you feel like you belong to the Newman community.

This is in line with government guidance which we will continue to monitor, and communicate any changes to our applicants as soon as we are able.

Your Questions answered:

Latest Government Information:

Students can visit gov.uk for more information about Coronavirus, including what you can and cannot do under recent restrictions.

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

Your Studies:

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

From Monday 19th July you no longer have to book a Click and Visit appointment to visit the Library – so if you only want to browse the shelves, borrow or return a book, use the printer, or borrow a laptop you don’t need to book.

If you want to sit at a study space or table, you still need to book a Click and Study appointment and ensure you sit in the correct seat when you’re here.

You can either book your seat before you travel, or book it when you arrive in the Library. Don’t forget we require you to wear a face covering in all environments in and around campus.

As part of the University’s Digital Access initiative, we also have a few laptops that you can borrow to keep at home until 14th August. Contact the Service Desk for a Home Loan Laptop if you are interested in this service – you can email us at library@newman.ac.uk or ring us on 0121 476 1181 ext.1208 as well as visiting us in person.

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​.

Support for students studying on campus

  • changing entry and exit points of buildings to manage the flow of people accessing buildings
  • ensuring desks are spaced at least 1m 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. If you would like to see what measures we have previously implemented around the campus, these 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 position is that people on the Newman University campus are required to wear a face covering when moving around campus and when seated closer than 2 metres from someone else. People should use their own judgement whether or not to wear a face covering when seated 2 metres or more apart from someone else.

We recognise that everyone’s circumstances will be different. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, noting that some people are less able or not able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Some individuals may wish to carry something (a sunflower lanyard or exemption card) to show others that they are not able to wear a face covering, however this is up to the individual and is not required.

Read our face coverings position statement in full.

People are not required to wear face coverings:

  • outdoors
  • when eating or drinking
  • when in University accommodation if they are residents of that accommodation
  • if people are exempt.
  • DO 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
  • DO limit how much you touch your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands
  • DO change your face covering if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it
  • DO continue to wash your hands regularly
  • DO change and wash your face covering daily, washing re-usable ones in line with manufacturers’ instructions or disposing of one-use only face covering in your usual waste
  • DO remember Covid-19 travels in air particles and practise social distancing wherever possible.

No, this is the responsibility of the individual to provide their own face covering.

We inform people about how face coverings can limit communication. If staff choose to wear a face covering in teaching sessions, it is recommended they wear a transparent face covering to enable clear communication to all. Tell the staff or student/s if you find the communication unclear (whether or not their face covering is transparent. They need to consider moving further away to create social distance and then remove their face covering when speaking. If that is not practical, the University will put alternative methods in place (e.g. notetaking) so that no student is disadvantaged.

You are welcome to make your own –here are some useful links to show how to make them:

The government website 

The BBC news website

Testing and support for those who are self-isolating:

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should use this PCR test website to find your nearest PCR test centre and book a test or to order a PCR test to be sent to your house.

If you do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms, you can order free LFD tests for you or your household from the NHS LFD ordering website.

You should immediately arrange to take a PCR test. This is because PCR tests are more accurate and will be able to confirm whether or not you have Covid-19. You should use this PCR test website to find your nearest PCR test centre and book a test or to order PCR tests to be sent to your house. You should self-isolate until you have the PCR test result.

If you have received a positive PCR test result you need to report that to the University by completing the student self-report form.

If you are on placement or due to start a placement, you should notify your placement (by emailing your key contact at your placement school) and also notify the F.Ed Office via fed@newman.ac.uk. They will arrange for you to be able to complete your placement, even if you need to pause your placement or start later than planned. Even if you do not hear back from either of those people before your first day / next day of placement, do not attend your placement. Wait until you have been allowed to do so by both your placement and the relevant Newman member of staff.

If you are self-isolating, please contact a member of staff, or the faculty office if you need support with your assignments or learning during your recovery. Please contact your Faculty Office (fed@newman.ac.uk or fasps@newman.ac.uk) if you are unsure who your course team contacts are. You can also contact Student Support.

If you have been told by the NHS to self-isolate, you should follow the NHS guidance for self-isolation. If you live in University owned accommodation you need to email accommodation@newman.ac.uk to say that you are self-isolating. Your halls of residence household will need to self-isolate too.

If you are on placement you should tell your placement and your Faculty Office that you are self-isolating.

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 from the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Accommodation Advice and Support:

 

Students returning to the campus should act responsibly before they travel or have social contact. Students who do NOT have Covid-19 symptoms can order free LFD tests to use before you travel from the NHS LFD ordering website.

Students who have Covid-19 symptoms, should use this PCR test website to find your nearest PCR test centre and book a test or to order a PCR test to be sent to your house. You should not travel or have social contact until you have received a negative PCR test result or have completed the self-isolation period after a positive PCR test result.

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.