Covid-19: what you need to know

Here's a summary of what the latest Government announcement regarding Covid-19 means for you and your studies at Kent.

Welcome back

A very warm welcome back to all of you returning to campus after a very challenging year. We've got some exciting events planned for Welcome Week and can't wait to get started. 

See our Welcome back site for more information and our additional information for international students.  

Test to travel - returning to campus

Arriving from within the UK

If you are returning to your term-time accommodation from the UK:

  • Please make sure you get lateral-flow tested and receive a negative result just before travelling back to your term-time accommodation
  • You will need to get lateral-flow tested again on arrival – once soon after you arrive and the second time within 3-5 days after.

Where do I get test kits from?

  • You can order test kits online or pick them up from local pharmacies
  • There will be test kits in the bedrooms for those of you staying in University accommodation
  • Otherwise you can pick them up from our on-campus test centres.

Arriving from abroad

If you are planning to return from another country, please see our international test to travel information.

Safety on campus

Whilst the majority of measures taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19 are now being relaxed according to the latest Government guidance, the virus is still with us and we all have a continued part to play in keeping our community safe, both on and off campus. 

Working together, we can continue to help minimise the spread and impact of Covid-19 by following the Government guidelines and NHS Covid-19 health advice.

  • Symptoms? Do the right thing!
    If you display any symptoms that could indicate Covid-19 or test positive, self-isolate immediately, get PCR tested, and let the right people know.
  • Pick up a kit and do your bit!
    As long as you are symptom-free, you are expected to get tested regularly throughout the term. Everyone coming on to campus should take a lateral flow test twice-a-week.
  • Get vaccinated!
    You can help keep yourself, your friends and family safe by making sure you’re vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Face coverings
    They may be optional but, in line with Government guidance, we strongly encourage and recommend that you wear face coverings in teaching/study spaces and other crowded indoor spaces and where you are mixing with people you don’t often meet.
  • Use the app
    Download the ‘NHS Covid 19’ app available for Android and iOS devices and enable contact tracing.

Find out more about Safety on campus and how you can help keep our community safe. 

Regular symptom-free testing

Students should be tested twice a week if living on-campus or accessing campus facilities.


Symptom-free testing is now available in the Sibson Building. No appointments necessary, just pop in. Find out more

Pick up the Covid-19 testing loyalty card scheme and earn great rewards for making symptom-free testing part of your weekly routine.

You can also collect home testing kits and record the result online using the University's site code BEQM.


Students are welcome to use the Medway Community Testing Centre. You will need to book in advance.


Student timetables are now available to view on KentVision. Please note, your timetable will be subject to change during the first few weeks, so please check back regularly.

There are some groups still to be allocated and these will appear over the next few days.

As well as your regular classes, the timetable also includes sessions starting at 08.00. These classes are recorded and can be viewed at any time in Moodle. They have just been placed on your timetable to help you pace your studies through the week with other taught content.

More information about timetables as well as student timetable FAQs.

Thanks for your patience with this as we take the steps we need to make sure you receive as much face-to-face teaching as possible while ensuring we keep everyone safe.


Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, family and community from Covid-19. Current programmes have already shown that it prevents hospitalisation and saves lives. 

All over 18s in the UK are now being offered the opportunity to book their two vaccine appointments which are provided free-of-charge.

You do not need to have both appointments in the same place. You are free to have one at your home address and one at your term-time address, whatever works best for your travel arrangements.

Walk-in vaccination clinics 

Around the UK there are walk-in vaccination facilities that do not require pre-booking and you don’t need to have registered with a GP. Please keep an eye on your local news websites and other media. 

Booking your vaccinations using the NHS booking service 

  • Use the NHS vaccination booking portal to book your first and second jabs at a vaccination centre. 
    You can use this service if you will be in different locations for your first and second jab. 
  • Call the NHS on 119 between 07.00 and 23.00, seven days a week (free of charge). 
    You can use this service if you will be in different locations for your first and second jab.

International students 

International students are welcome to take part in the UK vaccination programme free of charge.

The NHS student vaccination FAQs online include more details for international students including how to book and how it might relate to vaccines you may receive in your home country.


  • We have emergency short-term loans and other hardship funds available if you do find yourself in financial difficulty. 
  • You can find out more by visiting our financial support page
  • If you can’t find what you’re looking for easily, please contact and a member of our Student Finance Team will help you.  


Plans for Autumn Term 2021

We are looking forward to reopening our campuses for the new academic year in September, and are determined to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we can, while ensuring that the safety of our entire community remains at the heart of what we do. 

Following the recent updated Government Covid-19 guidance, we are reviewing our plans to see what additional changes we can make to continue to provide the best possible experience for all our students. In the Autumn term, everyone will benefit from in-person teaching. Weekly interactive face-to-face sessions will be supported by online lectures where these have proved to work well. In the 2022 Spring term, many more of our lectures will be scheduled as face-to-face sessions.

We are working hard to make sure that we can safely deliver as much in-person teaching as possible in the Autumn term. The precise details will vary and be specific to each course, but will be communicated to you as soon as further details become available.

For the academic year 2021/22, the vast majority of exams, in-class tests and assessments will be online.

There will a small number of exceptions, largely where the requirements of external professional, statutory and regulatory bodies need to be taken into account. Your academic staff will let you know should your subject be affected.

You can also read our FAQs about the Autumn Term to learn more about teaching and learning, student support and campus life. Find out about your options for studying or working abroad.

Covid contingency planning

Contingency plans are in place to ensure that the Divisions can adjust their teaching appropriately in response to staff illness or localised outbreaks of Covid-19.

To ensure that the quality of the student learning experience is maintained and that all learning outcomes and public, statutory and regulatory (PSRB) requirements can still be met, this may involve reassigning a teacher, rescheduling a session or placing certain teaching activities back to online delivery.

In the case of a widespread outbreak, advice will be sought from the local Health Protection Team and Directors of Public Health.

An example of possible outcomes is that practical activities may have to be postponed and re-scheduled. Any changes to teaching delivery will be communicated by your subject, Division or University depending on the level of the disruption.

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