If you have not done so already, please download the NHS COVID app. You can find more information on the app, how it works and how to get it by clicking here.

During these continuing challenging times we have had to adapt our behaviour to keep ourselves, our friends, family and community safe; and to enable us all to benefit from and enjoy a positive BGU experience.

For 2021-22, following the legal easing of restrictions and in-line with Department for Education guidance, BGU are taking a measured approach with the relaxing of social distancing rules. This however means that we must all do our part in following our remaining controls which are: continuing to wear a face covering indoors, sanitise hands frequently, taking two COVID lateral flow tests per week and we encourage everyone to participate in the vaccine program.

5 simple things to remember:

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Hands – wash or sanitise your hands regularly

  • wash hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and warm water and avoid touching your face
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Face – wear a face covering

  • when on-campus indoors in communal and classrooms around the University,
  • you are advised to also wear coverings on public transport or where it becomes crowded
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Test – regular asymptomatic testing and if you have suspected symptoms

  • Twice a week self-test for asymptomatic infection using lateral-flow test kits which can be collected from the campus
  • If you suspect you have Covid-19 symptoms (new persistent cough / raised temperature / loss of taste or smell) or your lateral flow test is positive, then isolate, contact the NHS and book and take a PCR test.
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Tell – let us know what’s going on so we can help

  • if you have suspected symptoms, have tested positive or need to self-isolate use our Declaration Form so we can help support you and trace others;
  • if you have any other concerns about Covid-19 then email: covid19advice@bishopg.ac.uk.


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Vaccinate - If you are eligible, please book your double Covid-19 vaccination through the NHS app or by attending a walk in centre.

  • Vaccines help prevent infection by reducing the likelihood of catching and spreading the virus. They also reduce the more serious effects such should you be infected.

If you have any concerns about Covid-19 then email: covid19advice@bishopg.ac.uk

    I've had my COVID vaccination


    Safety

    BGU is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all of our students to engage and complete their studies this academic year. The University has followed Government and sector guidance to put in appropriate mitigations to create a Covid-secure campus and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

    The important effective mitigation is to maintain good hygiene:

    • Wash hand frequently
    • Use disposable tissues
    • Throw away used tissues
    • Cough into your sleeve
    • Avoid touching your face
    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

    As well as washing hands thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds we have also set-up hand-sanitisation stations around the campus.

    Our cleaning teams will daily clean touch-points e.g. door handles and classroom surfaces. Each classroom is provided with cleaning materials/ sanitiser to enable users to clean surfaces prior to use.

    Classrooms, study spaces, desks or tables in designated eating spaces are provided with paper towels and disinfectant so that users can clean surfaces themselves (as when you enter a supermarket).

    If you see a sanitiser dispenser or self-use disinfectant bottle needing to be refilled or a full paper towel bin please let us know by contacting our Reception (dial 0) and we will deal with it.

    Appropriate wearing of face-coverings can help to slow the transmission of Covid-19 as it reduces the range of expelled aerosols which carry the virus.

    As we relax social distancing rules which enable us to work more closely and collaboratively, we’re asking all students and staff continue to wear face covering to mitigate the risks.

    We are requiring all users of the campus to wear a face covering when:

    • indoors in communal areas including corridors; classrooms / workshops; social spaces; reception areas; library etc.;

    We understand that due to health reasons some people may be exempt from wearing a face-covering and, if they wish, may obtain a lanyard from Student Advice (at studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk) or use an NHS exemption / sunflower lanyard which they can show if asked or wear to avoid being reminded about wearing a face-covering.

    In classroom situations tutors will identify session breaks enabling students to step outside to take a break from wearing their face coverings.

    Face covering are not required:

    • When eating/ drinking in a designated eating space e.g. Refectory, Venue or Students’ Union Bar;
    • In communal kitchen areas
    • In shared household or work ‘bubbles’.

    Temporary disposable face coverings are available from reception.

    Another key mitigation measure is for everyone to conduct regular, twice weekly, asymptomatic testing using lateral flow self-administered test kits.

    The lateral flow test kits can be collected from the University’s Reception in Hardy building (for staff) and the Students’ Union reception (for students).

    If you should test positive using the lateral flow test then please isolate, contact the NHS on 119 to book a PCR test and complete our Declaration Form.

    The University has reviewed its teaching estate to ensure rooms have appropriate levels of ventilation sufficient to reduce the risk from airborne covid partials and contaminants. For some of our classrooms to enhance airflow we may need to:

    • keep windows open during teaching sessions;
    • sometimes require for learners to step-out of the classroom for 10 minutes.

    If you are eligible, please book your double Covid-19 vaccination through the NHS app or by attending a walk-in centre.

    • Vaccines help prevent infection by reducing the likelihood of catching and spreading the virus.
    • They also reduce the more serious effects should you be infected.
    • Being completely double-vaccinated will reduce the need for precautionary isolation if you receive a close-contact ping, enabling you to continue to engage in in-person class sessions.

    Please note, the UK Government (see the Government’s ‘stay at home guidance’) defines fully vaccinated as ‘. . . that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine’. This does mean that anyone who has been vaccinated outside of the UK are currently not not exempt from being required to isolate for 10 days if they have been in close contact with a positive COVID case.

    Attendance and Engagement

    It may be necessary for the University to trace who attended a class if a student should test positive for Covid-19. It is important that we maintain accurate records of who has attended classes on campus so please ensure that you register your attendance in classes.

    You’ll see card scanners in the corridors outside classrooms. Make sure to scan your card when you get to a session to log your attendance.

    We will be using attendance and engagement with our on-line learning software (Blackboard) to ensure that people are keeping pace with their studies. We will use the information to contact learners who have not recently engaged to provide support.

    If your circumstances mean you may not be able to attend classes or engage with the on-line learning due to COVID-related isolation or circumstances unrelated to Covid-19 then please talk to your personal tutor or programme leader or contact us at: engagement@bishopg.ac.uk.

    Covid-19 Testing and Suspected Symptoms

    All staff and students are expected to take two lateral flow (asymptomatic) tests per week.

    Lateral flow, Home Tests are available free of charge on campus and can provide results in less than 30 minutes. These can be collected from:

    • Staff – BGU Reception
    • Students – Students' Union

    For general advice on Covid-19 go to :  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Currently recognised symptoms of Coronavirus include:

    • A high temperature,
    • A new continuous cough
    • Loss or change of smell / taste

    Do you have COVID-19 symptoms? See https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Step 1

    As son as you think you may have even mild symptoms then you should:

    • Return to your household and self-isolate.
    • You should only leave your household to attend testing.

    Step 2

    Book a PCR test by calling 119, or using the NHS online booking service:

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

    • You can attend a local test centre, or will be sent a PCR Home Test kit
    • You must continue to isolate, even if you have been fully vaccinated, until you receive your results, normally within 24 hours.

    Step 3

    It’s really important that you let us know at the University as soon as you suspect you have Covid-19 symptoms - straight away, do not wait to be tested.

    This is so that we can support you and help you manage your studies.

    Please get in touch with us as soon as possible using the Declaration Form at https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/coronavirus-support;

    A member of the Registry Team will co-ordinate what needs to be done next. They will liaise with:

    • the Accommodation Services Team, if you are in BGU accommodation, to help you with the practicalities of getting food and other provisions, cleaning accommodation and advice on making arrangements with housemates for everyone to stay safe;
    • your Programme Leader to facilitate how, if you are able to continue to study, you can engage with learning remotely and advice on missed sessions and assessments;
    • Student Advice and the Students’ Union if you would like well-being support.

    Once you have your PCR test result please update the University through the person from Registry who has contacted you previously.

    Positive

    If you test positive for COVID-19 you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

    On testing positive for Covid-19, the NHS Test and Trace service will contact you. This service helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus. The NHS will work with you to help identify contacts who should be notified.

    Negative

    If your PCR test comes back negative, please update the University so that we can arrange for you to resume physical attendance in classes.

    To help protect your fellow residents you will need to remain in your room, and you will be unable to leave under any circumstances (except in an emergency) and follow guidance outlined in `What to do in self-isolation – Halls of Residence’. To protect your household further, you may also consider arranging for food to be delivered to your door. If you are not in an en-suite room, we will aim to move you to a suitable room on campus where you will be expected to remain for the duration of your isolation.

    If you live in shared accommodation or have been traced as a close contact with someone who has suspected symptoms or have tested positive then you should:

    If you have not been fully vaccinated*

    • self-isolate straight away
    • contact the NHS and arrange for a PCR test to determine if you have COVID too
    • complete the Declaration form and notify the University
    • Even if your PCR test comes back negative you will need to complete your 10 days of self-isolation

    If you have been fully vaccinated* (with the second jab at least 14 days earlier)

    • contact the NHS and arrange for a PCR test to determine if you have COVID too
    • you do not have to self-isolate, unless your PCR tests comes back positive, but you should:
      • take precautions in your house with your positive housemate,
      • regularly conduct lateral flow tests,
      • reduce social contact with higher risk people
    • If you choose not to self-isolate, you do not have to complete the Declaration form and notify the University unless your PCR test comes back positive or if subsequently you develop symptoms or have a positive lateral flow test.

    * Fully vaccinated is defined in the Government’s ‘stay at home guidance’ as ‘. . . that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine’.

    As a student at BGU you have access, should you ever need it, to a wide range of personal, academic and pastoral support including a number of 24/7 options.

    You can find more information on all of them, and how to utilise them, below and remember we are always here for you.

    Student Advice offers free, non-judgemental, confidential and professional advice to all students on any matter, for example, disability support, funding, housing, counselling and wellbeing. To book an appointment with an advisor:

    https://appointments.bishopg.ac.uk/index.php/book-to-see-student-advice/

    If you experience any financial implications as a result of the pandemic (e.g. loss of part-time work, no access to IT resources), please contact us as we may be able to offer financial support via the Learning Fund.

    e: studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583600

    Social Media: Follow us on Twitter - @BGstudentadvice

    If you are feeling anxious or depressed the University has a range of self-help resources available from Student Advice and Accommodation Service.

    The University provides free local counselling support via Park Practice – contact Student Advice to be referred to a counsellor.

    You can also access 24/7 online support, peer support and self-help materials via TogetherAll

    If you, or someone you live with is experiencing severe mental health difficulties and you are concerned from a welfare perspective, you can contact Student Advice during office hours, or our Night Warden for out of hours support on 07958 248653, and they will be able to access Mental Health Nursing support from Thornbury Nursing Services, who are working in partnership with BGU

    Students can apply to the BGU Learning Fund for financial support for hardship arising from the COVID-19 situation and for setting up internet access/IT equipment for remote learning.

    The BGU Learning Fund provides discretionary financial assistance to students to help them access and remain in higher education – particularly those students who need financial help to meet extra costs that cannot be met from other sources of support.

    The Fund can help to alleviate unexpected financial hardship. Students who may be considering leaving higher education because of financial problems are particularly encouraged to apply.

    You can apply to the Fund at any point throughout the academic year, including the long vacation. Any help you receive from the Fund is usually non repayable.

    You can download an application form by clicking here.

    In your application you’ll need to provide evidence of the hardship or IT requirements arising out of the COVID-19 situation. Alongside this applications should include:

    • 2020/21 Student Finance notification (available to download from your student finance account)
    • Previous 3 months’ bank statements for all accounts you hold
    • If not clearly shown on bank statements, proof of housing costs (rent/mortgage)

    Your form and supporting documents should be submitted electronically to: studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk

    Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity.

    ​They empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

    Their goal is to transform the state of student mental health so that all in higher education can thrive. Find out more about what they do.

    Student Minds have also produced an online platform called Student Space. There is a raft of wellbeing resources and advice to help you through the challenges of Coronavirus.

    It covers:

    • Studying during COVID
    • Friendships and social life
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Grief and loss

    You can get phone/webchat/text message/email support and they are developing their resources on an ongoing basis. Find out more https://studentspace.org.uk/

    This resource provides preventative support and immediate interventions. Student Space seeks to limit the mental health impact of the pandemic on students and deliver high quality support where it is most needed – for example, for those who have experienced distress or trauma resulting from the pandemic, through: offering immediate help for students in distress through therapeutic interventions providing educational resources to help students manage stress and maintain good mental health and wellbeing curating a range of quality-assured online resources, such as guidance, apps, peer support platforms, and volunteering opportunities. The platform is available to all 2.3 million students from OfS-registered providers in England and from regulated Welsh institutions.

    Click here for more information

    Self-isolation

    Your circumstances may require you to self-isolate even if you do not have symptoms or had a positive test result for Covid-19.

    In all the cases below, if self-isolation is required during term-time, please let us know using the Covid Support page Declaration Form and we will support you in engaging in your on-line learning and any assessments due to be submitted.

    Reasons to self-isolate may include:

    • Returning from foreign travel – as you are aware the UK Government is monitoring Covid transmission rates in other countries and at short notice advising on travel restrictions and the need to self-isolate for 10 days on return to the UK.
    • Being part of a self-isolation bubble – if someone in your household (fellow student or family member) has suspected symptoms or has tested positive then you too might need to self-isolate. For further information got to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

    We do not expect students to travel abroad during term-time but between terms this may be the case. You need to be aware that if you travel abroad you may be required to self-isolate on your return.

    How will the University respond to suspected or positive cases of Covid-19

    If you suspect you have Covid-19 symptoms you should:

    We want to know as soon as you suspect you have symptoms so that we can start supporting you.

    The Declaration Form asks basic questions about your circumstances so that we can better focus our response. The information you provide will be used to liaise with relevant University colleagues to provide assistance.

    University Registry will co-ordinate what needs to be done next. They will liaise with other colleagues to provide support and guidance:

    Accommodation Services Team if you are in BGU accommodation to help you with the practicalities of getting food and other provisions, cleaning accommodation and advice on making arrangements with housemates for everyone to stay safe;

    Programme Leader to facilitate how, if you are able to continue to study, you can engage with learning remotely and advice on missed assessments and assessments;

    Student Advice if you would like well-being support;

    Placements if relevant, the placement team will then contact your placement setting to advise them that you may not be able to attend the placement for a period of time.

    We would expect that if you need to self-isolate you do so in either your term-time household or, if you are a commuting student in your home household.

    You should inform your housemates that:

    • You have suspected symptoms;
    • They should self-isolate if they have not been fully vaccinated
    • And, if they are BGU students, they should complete the Declaration Form letting the University know they too are needing to self-isolate so we can support them too.

    If, your test is positive inform Registry who will offer further support.

    We will ask you where you have been on-campus in the 48 hours before you began self-isolation. This is to enable us to understand which other students and staff you may have been in contact with so we can, if appropriate:

    • Inform others of a higher transmission risk, and
    • Conduct additional cleaning of communal spaces.

    We will also check our attendance registers for classes and tracing records in our campus venues e.g. SU Bar, Refectory.

    As soon as we have a suspected case we will inform Public Health’s Local Protection Team (LPT) to work together to minimise the potential of higher transmission risks.

    BGU will monitor the number of suspected and positive cases reported to us through its Covid Outbreak Response Group (CORG) and which is planning for a number of scenarios.

    Scenario A:

    If a student with suspected symptoms / positive test is in a shared house with a number of other students from their programme.

    The student should self-isolate and arrange a PCR test via the NHS or by calling 119. If confirmed positive then the student would be expected to remain in isolation as advised by the NHS (normally 10 days).

    Students who have not been fully vaccinated and who have been in close contact should self-isolate for 10 days.

    Housemates who are fully vaccinated and not showing symptoms do not need to isolate but they should:

    • take a PCR test to confirm they do not have COVID,
    • take precautions in their house with their positive housemate,
    • conduct daily lateral flow tests,
    • reduce social contact with higher risk people.

    Self-isolating students should not attend the in-person classes but would be able to engage with their studies on-line if they are well enough or in precautionary isolation.

    The in-person classes would continue and would not move on-line for the cohort because:

    • The University has put in place mitigation within classes of ventilation, cleaning and the wearing of face coverings,
    • The current cases can be related to a single incident which is being isolated with support in a single household.
    Scenario B:

    If another one or more of the housemates in the above scenario then have suspected symptoms or test positive whilst self-isolating then:

    The University would report this to the LPT.

    The students who have now developed symptoms should get tested if necessary self-isolate as outlined above..

    They would not be able to attend the in-person classes but would be able to engage on-line if they are well enough or in precautionary isolation.

    The in-person classes would continue and would not move on-line for the cohort because:

    • The University has put in mitigation within classes of ventilation, cleaning and the wearing of face coverings,
    • The current cases can be related to a single incident which is being isolated with support in a single household
    Scenario C:

    If the University saw a large number of cases in the same module split group (academic bubble) involving students from more than one household then the University would:

    • Report this to the LPT,
    • Support the students with symptoms self-isolating as previously outlined,
    • Follow the advice of the LPT which may include suspending in-person delivery of the classes of the academic bubble and ask those students to learn remotely.
    Scenario D:

    If a student has a suspected symptoms / positive test and they are on a programme requiring them to go out to a placement setting.

    The student concerned should self-isolate for 10 days if a positive test.

    The University classmates of the student with suspected / actual symptoms will be told, if they have been in a class together in the last 48 hours and they have not been fully vaccinated, that they must self-isolate and NOT attend their placement settings.

    The University will contact the placement settings to explain the situation.

    The University classmates of the student with suspected / actual symptoms who are fully vaccinated will be recommended to take a PCR test, must monitor for symptoms, take daily lateral flow tests but will not be required to self-isolate so they will be able to continue to attend their placement setting.

    If the scenario escalates then the University will consider whether it is necessary for a specific period of time, to suspend in-person teaching and move to on-line learning for some or all programmes on-campus and / or suspend on-campus social activity.

    Challenging and responding to unsociable behaviour

    BGU is an “an inclusive community which fosters an ethos of mutual respect, trust and care”.

    To ensure that our community keeps safe and is able to have a successful and rewarding academic year we need to work together to overcome the challenges that Covid-19 presents. To do this we all need to take responsibility and ensure that we look after ourselves and each other.

    We ask everyone – students and staff, to model positive and responsible behaviour.

    We are in this together and so we need to be prepared to challenge and be challenged over behaviour that does not follow appropriate Covid-secure behaviours.

    It is OK to remind others, in a respectful way, to take a step back if too close or to wear a face covering indoors if not exempted.

    However, if unsociable behaviour by an individual is repeated and persistent then we have a Code of Conduct detailing the steps that will be taken to ensure the wider BGU community is protected from irresponsible behaviour.

    Remember that some members of our community may not be able to wear face masks due to medical reasons. If this applies to you please contact our Student Advice team at studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk

    If you are concerned about any person’s anti-social behaviour which you believe might be a risk to you or others email covid19advice@bishopg.ac.uk for advice on this matter. We will contact you and determine how best to resolve the situation.

    Learning and Teaching during COVID-19

    Based on the UK Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown restrictions in England as a result of the successful rollout of the vaccination programme, BGU intends to deliver its courses through in-person teaching and learning from the start of September 2021 without social-distancing restrictions.

    Whilst we plan to deliver our teaching in-person, we need to recognise that the COVID-19 situation can change and the Government has indicated that local authorities may need to reintroduce restrictions for short periods of time if required. This may include social distancing restrictions or bubbles having to be reintroduced; or the University is required to stop in-person delivery of teaching due to a lockdown situation.

    If either of these scenarios were to happen BGU would follow Government and local Health Protection Team advice. The University would liaise with its students and implement contingency plans developed in consultation with the Students’ Union representatives. If, at any stage, you have serious concerns about these plans we encourage you to contact your academic tutor or the Students’ Union to discuss and resolve your concerns.

    Contingency plans for imposition of social distancing or lockdown restrictions

    Activity

    Social distancing restrictions required on campus

    No in-person delivery due to reimposition of lockdown

    Scheduled classes

    Social distancing within classrooms and the need to ensure the safe flow of large student groups between classes restricts the capacity of our teaching rooms. This would prevent large whole-group lectures but our normal small group classes would continue.

    At least 50% of the normal scheduled learning hours would be delivered through the smaller group sessions with a tutor physically in-person in the room.

    The traditional whole group lectures will be replaced by scheduled on-line learning using a combination of live and recorded presentations, guided study tasks and live discussion sessions for the time-tabled slots.

    The programme would be delivered wholly through on-line learning. This would consist of using a combination of live and recorded presentations, guided study tasks and live discussion sessions for the time-tabled sessions. On-line tutorials and meetings would be used to provide further study support.

    Regardless of the style of learning, all our students can expect the high quality of teaching for which we are renowned, as well as delivered the required learning outcomes of modules.

    Timetables

    Timetables would need to be adjusted to deliver the scheduled on-line activity in combination with small group in-person class sessions. Most classes would happen between 9 am to 6 pm but we may need to occasionally use the early evenings for some in-person class delivery. When revising the time-table we will be mindful of the commitments and responsibilities that our students but programme classes on the revised timetable may be on different days and at different times.

    The timetable would be adjusted to schedule live on-line sessions and to provide a structured study schedule.

    Placements – Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

    We would plan to deliver as much of the designed programme of placements as possible asking schools/settings to sign up to the usual placement pattern if possible but recognising that we may have to adapt and change as circumstances unfold.

    Whatever changes might become necessary we would do everything we can to ensure that our ITE students are able to access the full curriculum, providing them with sufficient opportunity to meet the Teachers' Standards by the end of the course and therefore be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or for those undertaking the Education Training and Skills programme (Cert/pGD ETS) to develop the skills outlined in the Professional ‘Standards to allow students to undertake Professional Formation post-qualification and apply for QTLS.

    Support during placements across all ITE programmes would be of the usual high quality and with every trainee having both university and school-based mentors.

    This approach reflects guidance from Department for Education (DFE) that during 2020-21 eased some of the relevant criteria to allow adjustments to the delivery of the 'designed programme'. The DfE compliance criteria has returned to full expectations for 21/22 delivery, however, the DFE demonstrated considerable flexibility around QTS trajectory judgments to ensure that entry to the profession is not impacted for those undertaking ITE courses.

    Placements – non-ITE

    The provision of placements relies on businesses and placement settings to provide opportunities, which would likely be reduced if Covid-19 restrictions were reimposed.

    Programme teams would therefore, substitute placements with alternative learning activities which will ensure learning outcomes can still be met. We would plan to restore placements at the earliest opportunity as restrictions are eased and placement settings are able to offer placement opportunities again.

    In addition, we would continue to enhance our graduates’ employability through BGU’s Graduate Attributes framework which is embedded in all programmes, and through the careers and employability opportunities and support provided by our BG Futures careers, employability an enterprise service.

    Off campus trips and residential visits

    The delivery of these course elements would be subject to venue / site restrictions and guidance at the time from local Public Health teams and, for overseas trips, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and international travel restriction that might apply.

    The University would consult with students through the academic year if on-going restrictions mean that planned activities might not be possible. In these circumstances we will look to provide alternative activities to deliver the intended learning outcomes and an equivalent experience where reasonably possible.

    Assessments

    Most of the assessment practices used by BGU will remain unchanged as they are mostly coursework which can be completed and submitted remotely.

    Some practical assessments for placement activities or subject-based skills which cannot be tested due to social distancing or through on-line learning may have to be adapted e.g., performance and presentation activity can be assessed by being recorded and submitted on-line.

    For 2021-22 BGU formal examinations will be delivered by a 24 hour open book exam format that allows remote completion and submission. Exceptions to this might be required by subject regulatory bodies and you will be advised subject teams if this is the case.

    The Library

    The majority of learning resources provided by the Library and recommended by tutors can be accessed on-line via WorldCat, the Library’s A-Z Databases site, and My Reading. This allows you to search for resources and use them remotely.

    Social distancing would limit the number of users that can be in the Library at any one time and so we would put in place:

    • a click and collect service for students to order and receive physical books for loan;
    • a booking system to allow physical access to the Library for browsing resources and working in the study spaces.

    On-line only learning would be facilitated by on-line access to Library resources via WorldCat, the Library’s A-Z Databases site, and My Reading. The Library staff would provide on-line support to help students.

    Academic support services and wellbeing

    All our student support services – Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Student Advice, Chaplaincy, our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service (CEE), IT Services and our student administration team (SAO@bishopg.ac.uk) will be operating and providing support to all our students.

    If social distancing were to be reimposed, we would operate these services remotely on-line as well as enabling students to book an appointment if they require an in-person session.

    All our student support services – CELT, Student Advice, Chaplaincy, our Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service, IT Services and our student administration team (SAO@bishopg.ac.uk) would provide on-line support and appointments.

    Accommodation

    As during 2020-21 our Accommodation Service if required would manage the social distancing of shared space in the University’s accommodation as well as providing advice for students sharing in the private sector.

    Students living in University accommodation will be asked to socialise within their accommodation ‘bubbles’.

    BGU would support students if they needed to stay in their University accommodation during a lockdown.

    Students’ Union and sporting activities

    The Students’ Union would provide, a mix of on-line and in-person social, wellbeing and sporting activities in-line with any Government guidance on restrictions for bars, hospitality and catering. British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) association would provide guidance on sporting activity and the University Sports Centre would open following social distancing guidelines.

    Lockdown would close the SU bar and curtail sporting activity. The SU would provide well-being support and guidance to all students on-line.

    Shared accommodation - Living with Covid-19

    For students living in shared accommodation during term-time who are away from the family home the University is keen to share with you how you and your housemates can stay safe. Many of you will be in private accommodation as well as in University accommodation, some in self-contained suites, others with en suite bathrooms or sharing bathrooms and kitchens.

    Students have signed to conform to the Terms & Conditions of their Contractual Agreement which covers behaviour and the COVID-19 Appendix (click here to view it) also highlights:

    • To behave responsibly, with regard to treating staff and fellow students with dignity and respect as outlined in the Student Charter and in the specific Covid-19 Code of Conduct (Students),
    • You must only use your own crockery and cutlery, and not share it with others. You must always leave shared facilities clean after you have used them,
    • To provide a safe living environment and thus, to protect all residents against the possible spread of coronavirus (or any other epidemic or pandemic disease), and to adhere to the UK Government’s advice and BGU expectations on measures to contain and reducing the spread of infection.

    Within your accommodation:

    • Wear face coverings in communal stairs / corridors
    • Handwash / sanitise when you return to and before you leave your flat
    • Bathrooms:
      • for those with en suite facilities, please keep these clean
      • for shared bathroom users – only use your own towel(s), take-away your own toiletries and clean after use
    • Kitchen – Use your own crockery and cutlery, put away your own food and packets, clear and clean the facilities after use.

    We ask that you enjoy yourself responsibly and safely, protecting yourself, each other and the wider local community.

    • wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds
    • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
    • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
    • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
    • clean objects and surfaces you touch often (such as door handles, kettles and phones) using your regular cleaning products
    • consider wearing a face covering when in shared spaces
    • keep windows open in the room you're staying in and shared spaces as much as possible

    If you suspect you have symptoms or have tested positive you should see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ and follow the protocols outlined in the relevant sections of this web-page – you must self-isolate and inform the University using the Declaration Form enabling the University to contact you and provide specific support.

    If you or someone in your accommodation bubble / household suspects they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been tested positive then the whole bubble / household MUST self-isolate unless housemates have been fully vaccinated.

    If isolating, you must not leave your accommodation except in the case of an emergency (e.g. fire alarm or seeking medical help) and you should:

    • wear face covering when you are not in your student bedroom
    • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • do not share household items with other housemates
    • if you share a kitchen with others, if possible, avoid using it when other people are present (draw up a rota),
    • take your meals back to your room to eat,
    • wash crockery, cutlery etc. after use, using detergent and warm water and dry them thoroughly, using your own separate towel,
    • use a separate bathroom from others if possible, ideally your en-suite bathroom if available,
    • in the case of a shared bathroom, draw up a rota with your bubble for washing or bathing, with the person with suspected symptoms or who has tested positive using the bathroom last. Everyone in the self-isolation needs to thoroughly clean the bathroom after use and ensure you separate towels are used.
    • remain more than 2 metres away from other people in your shared corridor

    Further detail advice for those living in hall including how to arrange food delivery and dispose of waste is provided in the document: What to do in self-isolation – Halls of Residence & Crosstrend House.

    Travel to and from Campus

    Walking and Cycling

    If possible please walk and cycle to the campus, especially if your term or home address is in uphill Lincoln.

    Public Transport

    Please note, for those coming by train or bus that face coverings are advised to travel.

    Both the No7 and No8 bus services connect Lincoln bus / railway station with the BBC Radio Lincoln stop on Newport Road - with a bus every 15 mins during the day.

    Car

    Please note that BGU has restrictions on students parking on campus (see car-parking policy). You may wish to use the park-and-ride at Waitrose on Searby Road, Lincoln, LN2 4DS which is only a 15 minute walk away from campus. See:

    https://www.visitlincoln.com/travel-tools/travelling-to-lincoln-by-road/

    Lincon map

    Accessing Professional Support Services

    Whilst the intention for 2021-22 is for the campus to be fully accessible with our professional support services providing in person support, the teams can be contacted remotely so you do not have to come onto the campus unnecessarily. We have listed how you can contact each of the Professional Support Services teams to arrange appointments or to ask for support.

    Accommodation

    e: accommodation@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583795 / 583707

    Providing advice and guidance to prospective and existing students covering a variety of accommodation issues from accommodation options to contractual issues.

    Located: Estates & Accommodation Office

    Out of Hours: A Resident Warden will be available during term time from 10.30 pm to 7.30 am (7 days a week) for well-being issues and other concerns t: 07958 248653.

    BG Futures: Careers, Employability and Enterprise

    e: bgfutures@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583900

    The team will be providing careers, employability and enterprise support.

    To book an appointment with an advisor: https://bgfuturesonline.bishopg.ac.uk/

    Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

    e: celt@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 563866

    The Digital Learning and Learning Development teams will be providing one-to-one services, workshops and in-module sessions.

    For specific support with your academic skills you can email: learningdevelopment@bishopg.ac.uk and with using digital technology for learning, teaching and assessment you can email: digitallearning@bishopg.ac.uk

    You can book an appointment with either team at:

    https://appointments.bishopg.ac.uk/

    Chaplaincy

    e: chaplaincy@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583604

    The Chaplaincy is here for all members of our community – whether or not you have a religious affiliation. We’re one of a number of sources of help and support – more than anything else, we want you to feel safe and cared for.

    Covid Support

    For the latest information about how the University will deliver its learning and teaching in a Covid secure way go to our Working Together – Protecting Each Other webpage which has important links including for NHS Test and Trace.

    Please use the declaration form at https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/coronavirus-support if you:

    • Have suspected symptoms and either are awaiting to be tested or have been tested; OR
    • You are having to self-isolate for another reason e.g. returning from a country which requires travellers to self-isolate.

    For any other concerns or queries about our Covid-secure measures e.g. concerns about measures being adhered to, then email on: covid19advice@bishopg.ac.uk.

    Governance

    e: governance@bishopg.ac.uk

    International Office

    e: international@bishopg.ac.uk

    For our International and Erasmus+ students, continue accessing support from Wayne and Sophie directly:

    Wayne: + 44 1522 563806 (Outside UK) / 01522 563806 (UK)

    Sophie: + 44 1522 583632 (Outside UK) / 01522 583632 (UK)

    IT Services

    e: helpdesk@bishopg.ac.uk

    Or through the student portal

    Our IT team can help you with any technical queries you might have, such as problems with equipment or issues with technical support. Contact us online at https://helpdesk.bishopg.ac.uk

    Library

    e: library@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583790

    Phone or email the library, live chat with a member of the team, or contact your subject librarian directly. See how to do this are at https://libguides.bishopg.ac.uk/home/contact.

    For up-to-date information about the status and availability of all library services see https://libguides.bishopg.ac.uk/home.

    Placements

    e: placements@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583720

    Contact us if you have any queries or concerns regarding your upcoming placement. You will receive confirmation of your placement details around 2 weeks before your placement is due to commence.

    Security

    t: 01522 583699

    m: 07850 015713

    Providing onsite security provision and presence including first aid response out of hours. 24/7.

    Location: Security Office, Robert Hardy Building

    Sport and Fitness Centre

    e: sports@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583686

    Contact BGU Sports Centre team for any enquiries regarding membership, classes and facility hire.

    Student Administration

    For queries relating to extenuating circumstances, change of personal information / details and to change of courses, suspension of studies or withdrawal from a course please email: sao@bishopg.ac.uk

    For matters relating to attendance and engagement please email: engagement@bishopg.ac.uk

    If you wish to discuss making a complaint please contact: regulatorycompliance@bishopg.ac.uk

    Student Advice

    e: studentadvice@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583600


    Student Advice offers free, non-judgemental, confidential and professional advice to all students on any matter, for example, disability support, funding, housing, counselling and wellbeing. To book an appointment with an advisor:

    https://appointments.bishopg.ac.uk/index.php/book-to-see-student-advice/

    If you experience any financial implications as a result of the pandemic (e.g. loss of part-time work, no access to IT resources), please contact us as we may be able to offer financial support via the Learning Fund.

    Student Finance

    e:accounts@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 563811


    Contact us regarding Tuition Fee payments, accommodation payments and Postgraduate bursaries.

    Students’ Union

    e: su@bishopg.ac.uk

    t: 01522 583714

    The SU represents your interests within the University. As well as putting on social events and coordinating societies, the SU offer welfare services to support you and are an outlet for you to voice any issues, complaints, or compliments that you might have regarding your time at BGU.