Covid-19 update -20 July 2021
England is now in stage 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown with most legal restrictions lifting. However, as cases are rising we must continue to act carefully and cautiously in order to remain safe.
The University is now operating at Institutional Tier 2 status. This means that timetabled teaching and learning will take place one day per week on-campus for all courses with the remainder of the timetable accessible via Track My Future. The university will review our tier status inline with government requirements and our institutional transmission data ahead of the new academic year and inform all students and staff of our expectations as we return to campus.
Keeping you safe
We encourage all students, staff and visitors are encouraged to take a test at least one day prior to their first visit back to campus and twice weekly subsequently. Even if you have been vaccinated already, regular testing helps to prevent outbreaks and protect others. Tests are available in local
Newham community testing centres or through home testing kits available for order here.
When on campus please follow our Covid-19 secure campus guidelines and our Covid-19 Healthy Behaviours which includes committing to our Community Pledge.
Teaching and learning
From September all our courses will be delivered through our innovative education framework – Dual Delivery 2.0 which allows students to benefit from a blended learning experience.
If you are unsure about how your course will be taught please contact your school or course leader or refer to the module checker on Track My Future.
All university services will continue to operate in person, as well as on-line. Please visit our services overview page on Track My Future to see how our services are operating and how you can engage with them. As a university community, we are committed to providing the best for our students and I encourage you to take full advantage of what is on offer.
The ongoing changes may cause some feelings of anxiety or nervousness amongst our student community and the University is dedicated to providing wellbeing support during these uncertain times. Our online wellbeing portal, #UELConnected, is regularly updated with the latest resources and our dedicated student wellbeing team are also on hand to provide confidential advice and support.
Government guidance for universities
The Government announced a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England on Monday 22 February. From Monday 19 July most legal restrictions have been lifted, including the need to maintain social distancing. However, it is important to remain cautious and we encourage our staff and students to continue to act responsibly.
Further guidance for universities will be released ahead of the new academic year soon and we will be guided by this as we prepare to return to campus in September. You can read the latest update from the Department of Education here.
All students and staff are strongly encouraged to take 3 supervised lateral flow devices (LFD) tests 3 to 4 days apart. You can easily order home testing kits from the government website. Everyone visiting campus will be expected to be tested two times a week throughout the rest of the summer term.
Students returning to their term time accommodation are encouraged to take a test either through home or community testing at least one day before they return.
England’s travel ban was lifted on 17 May and it has been replaced by a traffic light system. Visit this page for up to date advice from the UK government on travel restrictions.
We have worked hard to implement additional health and safety measures across the last year, and have created a Covid-19 secure campus environment. As more people return to campus, all of these measures will remain in place, and we ask that you familiarise yourself once more with the Covid-secure campus guidelines. Now is the time for us all to remember the importance and impact of our own behaviours and the expectations we have in this regard. Please:
- Commit to the (updated) University of East London Covid-19 Community Pledge
- Complete your daily Covid-19 Health Questionnaire for students or staff
- Rememberto test, tell and take care
- Anyone visiting campus is strongly encouraged
to take regular lateral flow tests. This should be done on 24 hours before
your first visit and twice weekly thereafter,
as a minimum.
You can order home testing kits from the government website or make use of the local Newham testing facilities.
The University is operating at institutional Tier 2 status: