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Coronavirus

Canterbury – more asymptomatic Covid-19 testing slots available

Following the opening of the student booking window for the Asymptomatic Testing Site on the Canterbury campus, I would like to inform you that we have now increased the number of booking slots available. 

There are new booking slots available each weekday from 13.00 Tuesday 1 December until 17.00 Wednesday 9 December and they are available for booking now. 

We are also intending to extend the testing period to Tuesday 15 December. More information about the extended testing period and how to book will be available next week. 

Please remember that this test facility is only appropriate if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms (i.e., are asymptomatic) and you would like to be tested. 

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 infection, please follow our Self-Isolate, Test, Inform procedure and book a test via the NHS Coronavirus website 

Further information about asymptomatic testing is available on our Coronavirus webpages including:

If, having read the information provided, you are in need of further guidance, please email CovidSupport@kent.ac.uk. 

Best wishes 

Richard 

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience 

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Tier 3 announcement for Kent and Medway

I hope you are well, and looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the festive period once term finishes on 18 December 2020.

Some of you may have seen the Government’s latest announcement that places both Canterbury and Medway regions in the Tier 3 Covid restriction category. This means that when the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Tier 3 rules will come into force and will remain in place at least until the tier structure is reviewed on 11 December 2020.

A Covid-19 Tier 3 area is classed as very high risk. Please ensure you abide by the following regulations applying to our region:

  • No household mixing indoors or in private gardens – please do not socialise with those you do not live with. This means no visitors to your student accommodation.
  • The ‘rule of 6’ applies when meeting others outdoors in public areas such as parks. You can meet in a group of up to six people you do not live with, providing you abide by social distancing.
  • The Government is advising against travelling in and out of the area in which you live. Please be aware, however, that the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020) still applies. You can travel from your term-time to permanent address for the Winter vacation period. However, please do not make other non-essential journeys.

We are waiting for specific guidance from the Department for Education concerning how the new Tier structure will affect universities and will share this with you as soon as we can. For now, please continue to engage with all your teaching arrangements as you have been doing. We are committed to keeping as many campus services and provisions open as we can whilst we are in Tier 3.

I understand what a challenging term this has been for you all and appreciate the sacrifices you have had to make. With the end of term fast approaching, it is vital that we all work together to keep our community safe. Do please follow the Government guidelines set out above and ensure you follow Hands, Face, Space guidance.

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible.

I know many of you are planning to travel home during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020). If you do not have Covid-19 symptoms, i.e., are asymptomatic, and would like to be tested before you leave, this provision is available at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

When planning for your journey home, please ensure you review our Christmas vacation and travel advice and pre-book any tickets you need.

Lastly, I would like to remind you that although face-to-face teaching will stop by 4 December 2020, your teaching will continue online until term ends on 18 December 2020. You should continue to engage with all your teaching sessions to ensure you get the most from your studies this term.

Best wishes

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

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Canterbury booking now open for Asymptomatic Testing Site

Following my email on 24 November regarding the new Asymptomatic Testing Site on the Canterbury campus, I can confirm that the booking window is now open.

Please remember that this test facility is only appropriate if you do not have Covid-19 symptoms (ie are asymptomatic) and you would like to be tested.

Government advice is that you should ideally have two tests, 3-5 days apart (3 days is preferable) and then return home within 24 hrs of your second negative test result. Should you not be able to wait for the second test, one test is preferable to not being tested at all.

The Asymptomatic Testing Site (ATS) opens on Monday 30 November 2020 at 13.00. It will close on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

Please ensure you only use the ATS if you are not displaying Covid-19 symptoms. If you do have symptoms, please follow our Self-Isolate, Test, Inform procedure and book a test via the NHS Coronavirus website.

If you intend to travel home after testing, please ensure you review Covid-19 travel advice for UK and international travel. For those of you travelling internationally, please be aware that some countries require a high level of Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry. This is not available through our testing programmes on campus and you will need to be tested privately to meet this requirement. Please refer to the Government’s foreign travel advice and contact the UK-based embassy of the country you’re travelling to for further information.

Further information about asymptomatic testing is available on our Coronavirus Student webpages.

Best wishes

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

Please wear your face covering at all times in Templeman Library

Wear a face mask at all times in the Templeman Library

Following recent changes to Government guidance you must wear a face covering at all times when you are in the Templeman Library (unless you have a legitimate reason not to).

You will now have to wear a face covering when you are seated in a study space. Study on your own in the socially distanced study spaces – do not gather or work in groups or ‘bubbles’.

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority. We will continue to regularly review our guidelines and adjust as appropriate.

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Asymptomatic testing available at Medway

I am emailing to let you know the process to follow should you wish to be tested for Covid-19 on our campus prior to travelling during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020).

We have worked with the Public Health Team on a special scheme to provide asymptomatic testing at our Local Testing Site (LTS).

This scheme is specifically for asymptomatic students – those not displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

If you are not currently displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and would like to book a test, please complete our request form by 17:00 Thursday 26 November 2020Please note if you do have Covid-19 symptoms you should refer to our Isolate, Test, Inform procedure and use the NHS Coronavirus website to book a test.

If you decide to be tested, you will be given a PCR test and your test result will normally be available within 3 days. You will receive a text or email from the NHS confirming whether your test is positive or negative.

If your test is positive, please self-isolate and follow our reporting procedure. There is lots of support available to help you during self-isolation.

If your test is negative, you should travel home as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours.

Any requests for testing received after Thursday 26 November will be accepted however your appointment is likely to be during the latter part of w/c 7 December 2020.

The Medway LTS is in front of the Jellicoe Building in the car park accessed by North Road. It is open 08:00 – 20:00, seven days a week.

The Government is asking all students to travel from their termtime to permanent address during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020). Please do try to travel during this period if you are able and bear these dates in mind when booking a test appointment. We know that some of you have made alternative plans or may be intending on staying at University after the Student Travel Window has closed. We are here to support you whatever your plans and personal circumstances.

For those of you intending to travel internationally, please be aware that some countries require a high level of Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry. This is not available through the national testing programme and you will need to be tested privately to meet this requirement. Please refer to the Government’s foreign travel advice and contact the UK-based embassy of the country you’re travelling to for further information.

Additional information about Covid-19 testing can be found on our Coronavirus website.

Best wishes

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

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Asymptomatic testing available on the Canterbury campus

I want to let you know the process to follow should you wish to be tested for Covid-19 prior to travelling during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020).

As part of the Government’s testing programme, we are opening an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) on our Canterbury campus on 30 November 2020. The ATS will be open for 8 working days.

The ATS will offer Lateral Flow Tests which are different to the tests offered by NHS Local Testing Sites. Lateral Flow Tests are specifically for those who are asymptomatic, i.e not currently displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

Please note that if you do have symptoms of Covid-19, you should follow our Isolate, Test and Inform procedure and book a PCR test via the NHS Coronavirus site.

If you aren’t displaying symptoms and would like to know more about the ATS and the Lateral Flow Test, you can do so on our dedicated Coronavirus website. Our booking form for appointment will be available from Thursday 26 November 2020 and we will email to let you know that bookings are open. The test is voluntary, and it is entirely your choice to be tested.

Please note you will need to be tested twice within 3 days for your result to be valid.

The Government is asking all students to travel from their term time to permanent address during the Student Travel Window (3-9 December 2020). Please do try to travel during this period if you are able and bear these dates in mind when booking a test. We know that some of you have made alternative plans or may be intending to stay at University after the Student Travel Window has closed. We are here to support you whatever your plans and personal circumstances.

For those of you intending to travel internationally, please be aware that some countries require a high level of Covid-19 certification as a condition of entry. This is not available through the national testing programme and you will need to be tested privately to meet this requirement. Please refer to the Government’s foreign travel advice and contact the UK-based embassy of the country you’re travelling to for further information.

Additional information about Covid-19 testing can be found on our Coronavirus website.

Best wishes

Richard

Professor Richard Reece | Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

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Student advice: how to stay productive in lockdown

As lockdown continues, it can become increasingly difficult to stay productive and focused on your work. With deadlines looming, we’ve gathered some tips from current University of Kent students on how they stay productive in lockdown.

Here are their suggestions and tips!

Tanya Iyer (Stage 2 Law Student) – “Make to-do lists the night before and keep them small with specific tasks, rather than vague big ones…You feel more productive and motivated as you can tick things off quickly!”

Daniella Barnes (Stage 3 Law Student) – “Staying productive in lockdown only works if you have a positive mentality. I start each week with planning my prospective workload. I give myself aims and tasks to complete so at the end of the week I have a visual checklist of how productive I’ve been. Be kind to yourself, practice self-care and don’t overload yourself.”

Ismail Abdi (Stage 2 Marketing Student) – “I stay productive by using a schedule, essentially placing times on my calendar to do my university work and other things outside of my course. I also use a checklist so I can tick off and see what needs to be completed for the week.”

Sofia Howard (Stage 2 Law Student) – “I take short breaks, walk around, eat, and spend time away from my screen. If I feel like I’ve been in front of a screen for too long, I will have the day off and continue the next day. I feel like it refreshes my mind! I also work out in the mornings, which seems to give me more motivation throughout the day.”

Shanell Cornwall (Stage 3 Psychology Student) – “I personally stay motivated by setting 3 goals everyday – one big goal and two little ones. I think doing it this way really helps track progress which makes me feel more productive. It’s crucial to take time out and give yourself time to recharge between workloads.”

Faye Farhan (Stage 2 Law Student) – “If you have to tackle a lot of reading tasks, it’s best to allocate a particular time in the day for reading, and to overestimate how much time you need! Plan 5-10 minute breaks for every hour you read for.”

Lauren Whitfield (Stage 2 Marketing Student) – “I have been getting ahead on my work, watching lectures in advance and doing any further reading that could aid me in my studies. I also took this as an opportunity to start my reports in advance, giving me more time to conduct my research and form a thorough plan.”

Ellie House (Stage 2 Law Student) – “Making sure you take a break from work and set time aside for yourself is definitely important. I like to keep evenings away from work to spend time socialising or even just watching TV. I always find doing this helps me feel more productive the next day as I’ve had some time to refresh!”

Gemma Overy (Stage 2 Psychology Student) – “Set deadlines for yourself – not just the deadline for a project but when you want to achieve each smaller section by. Start revision early if you feel like you have nothing to do, even if it’s only a couple of hours a week.’

James Hulme (Stage 2 Biomedical Engineering Student) – “List your tasks and deadlines and try to prioritise them. Try to timetable your work so you have a structure, but still take regular breaks.”

Ayesha Shirgill (Stage 3 Law and Spanish Language Student) – “Set yourself deadlines of what time to work up until each day to ensure you can look forward to enjoying some free time.”

Dylan Thakker (Stage 2 Law Student) – “Take frequent breaks to reward work. Taking a break can be anything from having a call with your parents to having a quick walk – then I get back to work promptly. I break work down into smaller sections and reward myself with breaks when I get certain bits done.”

For more information on managing your studies during lockdown, and particularly how to stay motivated, take a look at Rowena and Megan’s Instagram Live.

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Applying for work opportunities during lockdown

As we begin a new week, our theme for lockdown focusses on applying for work opportunities. Whether you are in your first, second or final year, there are vacancies advertised for all stages! Below we have covered graduate schemes, internships and placements, sharing a few ways to find opportunities and help when applying.

Graduate Schemes
If you are in your final year, you might be applying to graduate schemes. Graduate schemes are structured training programmes, providing you with responsibility early on, skills development and hands-on experience. Opportunities for 2021 start, are still available to apply to, but deadlines are coming up soon!

  • Where to find graduate schemes? careers.kent.ac.uk, Prospects, Milkround, TARGETjobs, Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and Bright Network all advertise schemes!
  • Access our Finding a graduate job workshop on Moodle: DP4450 for advice when applying
  • Attend our skills workshops to prepare for the assessments (virtual assessment centres, application forms, interview workshops coming up!). Book online Target Connect

Internships
If you are in your first or second year, you maybe applying for summer internships. Although opportunities have been affected due to Covid-19, there are still internships advertised for next summer, particularly with large graduate employers.

  • Where to find summer internships? careers.kent.ac.uk, Prospects, e4s.co.uk, RateMyPlacement and Bright Network all advertise summer internships!
  • Which industries are offering internships? Finance, Law, Tech, Consulting, Retail and more!
  • Attend our skills workshops to prepare for the assessments (virtual assessment centres, application forms, interview workshops coming up!). Book online Target Connect

Industrial Placements
If you are looking to complete a year in industry, as part of your degree, placement providers are currently advertising! Below are a few starting points when searching for placements:

  • Where to find placements? careers.kent.ac.uk, Prospects, TARGETjobs, Milkround, RateMyPlacement all advertise placements!
  • Attend our skills workshops to prepare for the assessments (virtual assessment centres, application forms, interview workshops coming up!)

Search placements on our jobs portal.

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Student Travel Window Survey for Pier Quays Students

Following the Government’s announcement of a Student Travel Window running from 3-9 December 2020, if you live in Pier Quays accommodation we would like to understand your winter vacation plans so that we can ensure we have support in place for everyone.

Unite Students sent out an email yesterday to all in-house residents on behalf of the Accommodation Team, and if you haven’t already, please spare two minutes to complete the short survey included there.

Thank you to everyone who has already completed our survey! More information about the Student Travel Window is now available.

WebChat – Travel home and vacation arrangements, 20 November

Join us for the next student WebChat about travel and vacation arrangements, Friday 20 November 11.30-12.30.

The WebChat is open to all Kent students and is a chance to get further clarification about how you can travel home for the winter vacation, or what to expect if you are staying on campus.

Staff from across the University and Kent Union will update you on the most recent UK government regulations, in particular sharing information about travelling home and vacation arrangements.

In addition, we will be sharing information relevant to all students and locations regarding resources available to you, to help you make the most of your study and free time, over the next few weeks.

Sign up for the WebChat now.

We will email you the link before the event and remind you on the day. If you have any questions or queries please email: directorstudentservices@kent.ac.uk