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Joining us on Campus

During the period of national lockdown the majority of our programmes will study online only until at least mid-February. Students who are not on the courses mentioned below have been told that they should remain where they are wherever possible, and start their term online until at least mid-February.

Here we set out guidance on what you should do if you are thinking about coming onto campus, whether that's for face-to-face teaching to use University facilities such as visiting our Library buildings.

Face-to-Face Teaching

During the period of national lockdown the majority of our programmes will study online only until at least mid-February. This includes students on other practical courses not in the list below.

We will continue to offer the best possible online learning experience and will review plans for the remaining part of this academic year to make sure we can provide all the studio, lab-based and other practical learning opportunities required for your course.

We do have select subject areas that are able to participate in face-to-face teaching under the government guidelines, these are:

  • Medicine
  • Subjects allied to medicine/health
  • Education (initial teacher training)
  • Social work

Students on these programmes will be emailed with further information. If you have any queries on your programme delivery, please contact your Programme Leader.

Coming onto Campus - Requirements for all students

The Government has defined that certain groups of students not on face-to-face teaching programmes, are eligible to visit campus in exceptional circumstances, if essential. 

Please check the ruling from the Department of Education to find out if you are eligible to come onto campus and use the facilities that are open.

CityStudio café remains open but CitySpace gym is now closed as required under the national regulations. The Murray Library and St Peter's Library buildings are open on a self-service basis from 11am. For the moment, all buildings are open on access control. This means you will need your campus card to open doors.

Requirements for all students
Before you join us on campus, whether it's for face-to-face teaching or if you belong to one of the groups the Government has defined as eligible to visit campus if essential, there are some requirements you must fulfil.

You must:

  • Check the ruling from the Department of Education for who is eligible to come onto campus and use facilities that are open. You can check the ruling here.
  • Have self-isolated for ten days, or received a negative lateral flow (LFD) / PCR test (ensuring to restrict social contact while awaiting the test results) &
  • Have no Covid19 symptoms &
  • Have not been told to self-isolate through NHS test and trace.

You should:

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Asymptomatic Testing on Campus

Asymptomatic testing is the process for testing those who do not present with symptoms of Covid19. The aim of the testing is to identify people who are infectious but are not showing symptoms to help reduce transmission. 

Sunderland City Council are managing asymptomatic testing and we are currently offering testing to students who require testing to be on campus for teaching or Placements. Tests carried out on campus are conducted using Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests.

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Covid Journal (eVision)

The Covid Journal on eVision is here to help you keep track of your covid tests, isolation and vaccinations records. Once you update your Covid Journal you will be able to see whether you meet the criteria to be able to attend on campus facilities.

The Covid Journal is here to support you and help keep the University community safe.

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Joining us on Campus FAQS

We have host of Frequently Asked Questions that we've answered in regards to our asymptomatic testing on campus plan as well as what this means for face-to-face teaching and placements.

These include general questions about what we're asking you to do before you come onto campus, the type of testing that's carried out as well as specific questions around the process and recording your results.

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