Category Archives: Student covid

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Vaccine centre volunteers needed (Medway)

Lordswood Vaccination Centre are looking to expand their pool of fantastic volunteers to support the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine. Volunteers are required to welcome patients, ask some basic questions and direct patients through the vaccine centre ensuring the efficient and safe running of the process. Sessions run Monday – Saturday and are split into Morning sessions (08.30-13.30) and Afternoon sessions (14.30-19.30)There will be doctors, nurses and non-clinical staff on site to support you in your duties. The Vaccination Centre are offering unlimited hot drinks, snacks and regular breaks throughout the sessions and free on-site parking.

If you would like to register your interest or have any further questions please email: kmccg.medwaysouthandrochestercovidvaccine@nhs.net

Canterbury Covid-19 vaccination site

Walk-ins for the Covid-19 vaccination are currently running every week day, between 9.00-16.00 at:

Sea Cadets building
Vauxhall Road,
Canterbury
CT1 1ZN

You can find more walk-in Covid-19 vaccination sites in Kent and Medway online.

Students and staff can also book online via: national booking service, or by phoning 119.

The vaccine clinic is available for anyone who needs their first, second or booster vaccine.

Now is a great time to get your vaccine before Christmas. Helping to protect your friends and family.

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Updated Covid-19 guidance

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

Following Government guidance in response to the new Covid-19 variant, we are taking extra measures to ensure the continued safety of our students, staff and everyone in our University community.

From tomorrow (Tuesday 30 November), we will be expecting everyone on campus – unless they have medical exemptions – to wear face coverings in all teaching spaces and communal areas. This is to enable all of us to undertake planned activities as safely and securely as we can. Face coverings are available free of charge from any student reception desk.  

We are also stressing the importance of regular testing – everyone coming onto campus should continue to take a Covid lateral flow test regularly and at least twice a week. You can get walk-in tests or pick up take-home kits from the Old Bank on our Canterbury campus or the Old Sports Hall at Medway, or order them online.  If you’re using a home test kit, please remember to report your lateral flow test results to the NHS, using the postcode CT2 7FS, whether they are positive or negative.    

If you have symptoms or if you do test positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started and get a PCR test as quickly as possible. Please follow Government guidance at all times.

Don’t forget that from tomorrow, you will also need to take a PCR test, regardless of whether you have symptoms, if you are travelling to the UK from abroad. We are currently reviewing the new guidance and will be updating our coronavirus webpages shortly.

Vaccinations are also critical in national efforts to counter Covid-19. If you qualify for a booster jab, we would strongly encourage you to get one if you can.

As always, if you have any questions or need further support, please email covidsupport@kent.ac.uk.

The health and safety of our students, staff and University community is always at the front of our minds. By taking these extra measures, we can all work together to protect each other in the run-up to the Christmas festivities.

With all good wishes,

Richard

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

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Medway students: Take a Covid test on campus, and have a tea/coffee on us

It’s important that we all continue to get regular Covid tests – until 17 December, every time you get a Covid test on campus, you can claim a free tea/coffee on us.

Getting regular Covid tests on campus is quick and easy to do, and it’s a way of helping to keep everyone on campus and your friends and family safe.

Through our work with Medway Council and the universities at Medway we’re encouraging you to get regular Covid tests on campus, and we’ll offer you a free tea/coffee in exchange.

Simply take the registration card provided at the test centre on campus to the Deep End and have a tea/coffee on us. Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.

FAQs

When is the test site open? You can find opening times on the Medway Council website.

How do I claim my free drink? Simply take the registration card provided by the test site to the Deep End, and order your drink.  The card will be stamped and it can only be used once.

Can I claim a free drink for collecting home test kits? No, this is only for tests carried out on campus.  The home test kit collection service remains available.

Can I claim my free drink after 17 December? No this closes on 17 December 2021 and all free drinks must be claimed by that date.

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Covid-19: Working together to keep each other safe

As I am sure you are aware, recent weeks have seen a national rise in the number of Covid cases in the UK. While we do not currently have any major concerns locally, this is an important reminder to all of us that, unfortunately, Covid has not gone away, and we all need to continue to keep safety at the front of our minds, especially while on our campuses.

Face coverings and indoor spaces

We strongly encourage and recommend that you wear face coverings in crowded indoor spaces, including teaching and study spaces or while standing in queues. Face coverings are available free of charge at all student reception desks – wearing one can really help keep each other safe.

All of our rooms on campus have been assessed and adapted where necessary to meet Government ventilation guidelines. If you are meeting up with friends, then try to do this outside if you can – avoiding busy indoor spaces is a big part of stopping the spread.

Testing, reporting and vaccinations

Everyone coming onto campus should continue to take a Covid lateral flow test twice a week. You can get walk-in tests or pick up take-home kits from the Old Bank on our Canterbury campus or the Old Sports Hall at Medway, or order them online.

It also really helps us if you report the results of your tests to the NHS whenever you take them, whether they are positive or negative – instructions on how to do this should come with the testing kit itself. If you do have symptoms or test positive, you must self-isolate and get a PCR test as quickly as possible. Let us know that you are isolating so we can make sure you get the support you need – if your PCR test is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started.

Lastly, vaccinations continue to be key to minimising the impact of Covid –  if you haven’t already, we strongly recommend getting two jabs if you can. Watch out for the Government’s Grab a Jab campaign for local walk-in centres.

Keeping going

I have been hugely impressed by the way all of you have worked together to keep each other safe as you have come back onto campus, and am really pleased that we have managed to keep infection numbers low to date. All of us have a part to play in continuing to keep our campuses safely open, so let’s continue to be careful in crowded indoor spaces, taking regular tests and getting vaccinated if you can.

With all good wishes,

Richard

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

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Welcome to the Autumn Term

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

A warm welcome to all of you to the start of the 2021/22 academic year at Kent. I am delighted to see so many of you back on our campuses and to have so much more face-to-face teaching planned after a year and a half of so much uncertainty. You should all be enormously proud of your efforts in getting to this point, and I look forward to following your success with us across the year.

Along with ensuring you have the best possible experience with us, we will need to continue to focus on keeping our community safe as we return this term. Covid has sadly not gone away and we all have a part to play our part in keeping cases low. We are also fully prepared in the event that cases rise significantly.

Face coverings

We are strongly encouraging and recommending that everyone wears face masks in crowded indoor spaces, including teaching spaces or corridors. These are optional, but wearing one can help keep each other safe – we also need to be mindful that both fellow students and staff may be anxious about coming back together, so we need to think of each other in how we behave in crowded areas.

Testing

Remember to keep on testing twice a week as you come onto campus – find out more about how you can pick up a kit and do your bit.

Vaccinations

I am really pleased so many of you have already had your Covid vaccines – we have an NHS bus on our Medway campus today for those that would still like to get theirs, and hope to have one on our Canterbury campus shortly (unfortunately today’s visit has been cancelled). Do watch out for the Government’s Grab A Jab campaign for walk-in vaccine centres too.

Good luck this term

There is plenty to look forward to in the weeks ahead outside of your studies, including our Virtual Employability Fest from 11-22 October featuring the South East Virtual Careers Fair on 20 October. For more information on this and all our events, keep an eye on the Student Guide, our student events calendar and our Kent Uni Student app. I hope you all get a chance to explore the best of what Kent has to offer and wish you all the very best for the rest of the term.

With all best wishes,

Richard

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

Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic

#GrabAJab on campus this week from the vaccination bus

A walk-in vaccination bus is coming to our Canterbury and Medway campuses! Find the vaccination bus at the Gulbenkian or The Deep End during the first week of term.

You don’t need an appointment, just pop along and #GrabAJab. The vaccine offered is Pfizer and this can be your first or second jab. Your second jab needs to be 8 weeks after your first.

Canterbury campus #GrabAJab

  • *Due to unforeseen circumstances the vaccination bus is unable to come to Canterbury campus on Monday as planned. We will update when the bus is able to come to Canterbury hopefully later this week*
  • Tuesday 28 September 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian
  • Thursday 30 September 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian
  • Friday 1 October 10.00-19.00 outside the Gulbenkian

Medway campus #GrabAJab

  • Monday 27 September  10.00-19.00 –  bus outside The Deep End
  • Wednesday 29 September 10.00-15.00 – inside the Deep End

Should you get vaccinated?

Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, family and community from Covid-19. Current programmes have already shown that it prevents hospitalisation and saves lives. We recommend you get vaccinated against Covid-19.

More information about the UK Covid-19 vaccination programme is available online. You can also check out the NHS student vaccination FAQs.

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Covid-19 regular testing: where to get tested on campus

Students and staff who are not showing Covid-19 symptoms (ie are asymptomatic) should get tested twice a week. It’s easy to get tested on campus; our sites offer walk-in testing so you don’t need to book an appointment. Or you can pick up a self-test kit from the test centres to complete at home.

Canterbury test centre

The Canterbury Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) has moved from Sibson and is now located in The Old Bank, a building next to Security, formerly home to a branch of Santander Bank. The opening hours are 09.00 to 14.30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Medway test centre

The Medway Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) is located in the Old Sports Hall (next to the Student Hub) on the Medway Campus.

Opening times are:

  • Monday to Thursday: 08.30 to 16.00.
  • Sunday: 12.00 to 19.00.

Find the Old Sports Hall on Google maps

If you have Covid-19 symptoms

Don’t forget, if you do have symptoms of Covid-19 however mild, self isolate immediately, book a PCR test and let the right people know. Follow either our student procedure or our guide for members of staff.

 

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Returning to Kent: Welcome back!

From Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education and Student Experience

I hope you have enjoyed your summer vacation and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year. There is a packed programme of events planned for Welcome Week and colleagues from both the University and Kent Union cannot wait to see you again.

Test to travel

If you are returning to campus from the UK, please make sure you get lateral-flow tested and receive a negative result just before leaving home. You will need to get lateral-flow tested again on arrival at Kent – once soon after you arrive and the second time within 3-5 days after.

You can order test kits online or pick them up from local pharmacies, and there will be test kits in the bedrooms for those of you staying in accommodation on the Canterbury campus. Otherwise you can pick them up from our on-campus test centres.

If you are returning from outside the UK, please see our international test to travel information and make sure that you comply with all relevant government test to travel requirements

Vaccination

You can help keep yourself, your friends and family safe by making sure you are vaccinated against Covid-19. If you can, please ensure that you are fully vaccinated before you arrive – we know many of you have already done so.

  • You can book vaccinations at local centres across the UK using the NHS vaccination booking siteor by looking out for their ‘Grab a Jab’ campaign.
  • We will have a mobile vaccination facility on campus during the week beginning 27 September 2021 – more details to follow.
  • Remember you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose of the vaccine.

If you haven’t already, remember to register with a GP medical practice local to your term-time accommodation in order to access vaccinations and other free healthcare services.

Safety on campus

Whilst the majority of measures taken to restrict the spread of Covid-19 are now being relaxed in line with the latest Government guidance, the virus is still with us and we all have a continued part to play in keeping our community safe, both on- and off-campus. Most importantly:

Timetables

Our key priority in putting together this year’s timetable has been delivering as much face-to-face teaching as possible while ensuring we keep everybody safe. We want to make sure that everyone benefits from on-campus teaching every week where possible. We have been working with your subject leaders to ensure that on-campus teaching is allocated appropriately across different discipline areas.

You will begin to see your timetables appear on Kent Vision from next week, but these will be subject to change during the first few weeks, so please check regularly as your classes are confirmed. You will be able to find out more during Welcome Week about our teaching plans and activities for the Autumn term. Your full Spring timetable will follow later in the term, which will see the return of the majority of lectures on campus.

Our campuses are looking fantastic, and are more than ready to welcome you back. I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks as the next academic year begins.

Best wishes

Richard

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

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Supporting you with coming back from overseas

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

I hope you are well and have been enjoying the summer break. As we get closer to September, we are focusing more and more on our plans for next year and what we can do to ensure everyone gets the best possible experience with us as we re-open our campuses. With that in mind, I am pleased to confirm that the University has agreed to cover the costs of a managed quarantine hotel stay for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate students arriving from a red list country, whether you are starting with us this year or are returning to continue your studies. 

At present, under UK government restrictions, those of you who are based in a red list country will need to quarantine for a period upon arrival in the UK. If this affects you and you are required to pay to stay in a managed quarantine hotel, we will put a credit in your account equating to the amount of the stay fee (currently set at £2,285) upon receipt of proof of expenditure. Full details of how to arrange this will be available on our International Welcome pages shortly. 

We are looking forward to seeing as many as possible of you back on campus and I hope this goes some way to making that easier for those returning from overseas. Do contact us via covidsupport@kent.ac.uk if you have any questions about this – do also join us at our WebChat this Thursday (19th)* if you can, where I will go through our plans in more detail. 

With all best wishes, 

Richard

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

*Find more Student Webchats and how to catch up on ones you may have wished online here.