Covid-19: what you need to know

Here's a summary of key information and support for students during the pandemic.

Safety on 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 and follow these steps
  • 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 at least 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
    Unless medically exempt, you should wear face coverings in teaching spaces, communal areas of our buildings and other areas where there are lots of people around. Face coverings are available free of charge from any student reception desk. You will also need to wear a face covering (if you can) on public transport and our Campus Shuttle.
  • 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. 

Test to travel - returning to campus

Arriving from within the UK

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

  • We strongly encourage you take a lateral flow test and receive a negative result just before travelling back to your term-time accommodation
  • You should take a lateral flow test 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
  • Otherwise you can pick them up from locations on campus.

Arriving from abroad

If you are planning to return from another country, please see the Government guidance on arriving in the UK.


Regular symptom-free testing

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

See our testing webpages for more information. 

Vaccination

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. 

Remote study - applying and considerations

Remote study is for students who are significantly impacted by the pandemic, and it is not possible for them to return to campus (e.g. travel restrictions or health concerns).

If you are currently studying remotely at Kent, we ask that you review your decision for the Spring term.

We fully understand that for some students remote study is the only option and whatever your decision we will continue to support you - we are committed to supporting remote study through to the end of the 2021/22 academic year. However there are important factors you must consider before deciding how you want to study with us.

Please note that we will not be reclassifying any student who wishes to continue with remote study as a distance learning student for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic session. This means that if you are going to continue to study remotely next term, any maintenance loans that you receive from the Student Loans Company should remain unaffected.

Take the time to consider the following FAQs.

Remote study FAQs

If you want to return to campus for study, please let us know by completing the form recently emailed to you.

The email was sent to your student email account. If you can't find it, please email covidsupport@kent.ac.uk

You will then be transferred to on campus status from January 2022.

If you’d like on-campus accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Office as soon as possible.

Remote study remains available to you for the remainder of the current academic year (where permitted by course delivery).

You will need to re-apply for remote study by completing the form recently emailed to you.

The email was sent to your student email account. If you can't find it, please email covidsupport@kent.ac.uk

Sponsored students are those who:

  • have had a CAS issued for the purpose of a Student visa application
  • have immigration permission as a Student
  • have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (General) Student

The current Home Office regulations are still under constant review but are summarised as follows:

Remote study approval is required for sponsored students who have commenced their studies in Autumn 2021 by distance learning from overseas. This is permitted until the students can transition to in-person learning but they must arrive in the UK before 6 April 2022. 

Should you have any queries about your sponsored visa status and circumstances, please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on visacompliance@kent.ac.uk.

The University will not be reclassifying any student who wishes to continue with remote study as a distance learning student for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic session.

This will mean that in any discussions that you have with the Student Loans Company (SLC) you can say that you are studying an on-campus course but that, as a consequence of the pandemic, you are studying remotely.

Under these circumstances, any maintenance loans that you receive from the SLC should remain unaffected.   

Sponsored postgraduate taught students who commenced a course of 12 months or less in Autumn 2021 remotely from overseas, must enter the UK no later than 6 April 2022.

They must complete their course of study in the UK with immigration permission as a student to remain eligible to apply for the Graduate Route upon successful completion of their programme

Students sponsored for a course lasting longer than 12 months will remain eligible for the Graduate Route provided they arrive in the UK by 6 April 2022. If a student’s current immigration permission expires prior to 6 April 2022, they must enter the UK prior to the expiry of their student permission.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Student Immigration Compliance Team on visacompliance@kent.ac.uk.

Yes on-campus accommodation is available for the Spring and Summer terms.

If you’d like on-campus accommodation, please contact the Accommodation Office as soon as possible. 

As things stand (and depending on any future Government guidance) we don’t intend to offer remote study as an option for the 2022/23 academic year. For the 2022/23 year, students who study their entire courses (all years of study) remotely may be reclassified as distance learners and maintenance loans may be affected as a consequence. We will provide more information on this nearer the time.

Finance

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 financialaid@kent.ac.uk and a member of our Student Finance Team will help you.  

      

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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