We ask you to bear with us as we navigate and adapt our plans in response to this fast-moving situation.
We know that the national news is concerning, as is the regional position with Sunderland now being in Tier 4, the highest level of restrictions. However, it is reassuring to note that we are still seeing very low numbers of students and staff at the University testing positive for coronavirus.
For now, we are asking you to follow the guidance below. The Office for Students has also provided helpful guidance for students on returning to campus HERE.
From Monday 4 January 2021, your teaching will be online unless your programme leader advises you to come onto campus. This is in line with government guidance and will be reviewed during week beginning 18 January.
Face-to-face teaching will be restricted to the following subject areas but, again, please wait to be advised before coming back onto campus:
- Subjects allied to medicine/health
- Education (initial teacher training)
- Social work
Even if your course is continuing face to face teaching because it is in the list above, you should not attend campus unless you meet all of the following criteria:
- self-isolated for ten days, or received a negative lateral flow / PCR test (restricting social contact while awaiting the test results);
- no COVID-19 symptoms;
- not been told to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace
If you have been in halls over Christmas and wish to access support services on campus, you should get a test as soon as possible or have self-isolated for ten days prior to coming back onto campus. Students in Sunderland will be given the opportunity to access Lateral Flow COVID-19 tests on campus. Full details of how and where to book a test will be shared week beginning 4 January. This service is being provided by Sunderland City Council.
As stated above, all students (including those who live local to campus) must have received a negative COVID-19 test or self-isolated for ten days before attending the University. If you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days you should not seek an asymptomatic test.
Please remember that if you do have symptoms, you should self-isolate and seek a NHS test.
All buildings will open as planned on Monday 4 January, with study space available at both campuses, including in both libraries for students who have self-isolated for ten days or received a negative test result very recently.
CitySpace gym is required to close due to the region moving into highest level of restrictions.
If you are living in University accommodation or at The Forge, including self-isolating, you will continue to receive support from staff. All students, irrespective of where they are, can continue to access support from the Gateway team by submitting a query to go.sunderland.ac.uk/submitenquiry
If you are in touch with fellow students or staff, please share this guidance with them.
We will share more detailed information as soon as possible via email/AboutUS.