Plans for summer term
We are monitoring and adjusting our plans dependent on government advice related to COVID-19. We will continue to update this page with new information as and when we can, however please refer to the government website for the latest guidance.
Summer Term teaching and learning
- The government has advised that students should continue to study online until at least the 17 May (Step 3 on the Roadmap), unless they are undertaking a placement or practical and studio-based activities that cannot easily be replicated online.
- In the Spring Term, we identified those small numbers of students who could not study online and would need face-to-face teaching. We are managing this safely with measures are already in place, i.e. 2m social distancing, face masks, hand-sanitiser, additional cleaning of surfaces etc.
- We will continue with these arrangements throughout the Summer Term, with the majority of study remaining online only and the majority of exams held online. Students with online-only teaching are encouraged by government to remain at their current address.
- Students who travelled home for Easter but are returning for face-to-face activities or other essential reasons, can do so on one occasion between 8 March and 29 April (once to travel to a vacation address and once to return for the summer term). Once returned, students should not travel back and forth between addresses.
Staff and student testing
- The University has advised all staff to continue working from home unless in extenuating circumstances.
- Colleagues and students on campuses are strongly encouraged to take a free lateral flow test twice a week (the University has provided facilities).
- Students are advised to take a test before travelling back to the University. On their return they are recommended to take three lateral flow tests at an on-site testing facility (3-4 days apart). They are then advised to continue with twice weekly tests at the on-campus site or via home testing.
Facilities on campus
Following the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions, we are opening a number of facilities, from the start of term, Monday 19 April:
- Catering and bars - some of our catering facilities reopened for takeaway from Monday 12 April. Some outdoor tables are available, with pre-booking conditions. The University is following the new government rules for hospitality venues, in which all visitors (not just one per household) are required to check in with the NHS COVID-19 app, or by providing their name and contact details. Venues must refuse entry if visitors decline to do this. Find out more information on the University’s website.
- The Co-op – the store will be reopening from 14 April.
- SportsPark - reopened on Monday 12 April for individual exercise with precautions. Find out more information on the SportsPark website.
- Whiteknights campus library – the library will open under limited conditions for students, with safety measures in place.
- RUSU - shops and food outlets will reopen from 19 April. All RUSU advice services will continue to be provided online and the nursery remains open. For further information visit RUSU's website.
- University Halls of Accommodation – these remain open to students, although students have been reminded not to return unless under special circumstances. The University is extending the fee waiver to students.
- Student support services – the Student Services Reception in the Carrington Building will continue to be available for in-person student enquiries.
Campus recreation and organised events
The University is still planning how it will manage organised events, including walking groups and local school groups, following the latest government advice. Individuals can continue to enjoy using the campuses for recreation, following safety conditions set by government guidance. Further information to follow.
Support for the local community
- The Community Relations Team can provide advice if you have a neighbourhood complaint. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0118 378 6813 if you need advice.
- The University’s COVID-19 support hotline is available on 0118 214 7813.
- We are meeting with the local police, councils and town venues every week to coordinate plans. Please also see Reading Council’s updates, Wokingham Council’s updates and Thames Valley Police’s updates.