11 May: DMU's response to the Step 3 lockdown review; all remaining student groups to return from 17 May; key safety information; a letter from the Universities Minister to all students
See all of DMU’s Covid-19 health and safety information and guidelines.
See list of previous updates.
Yesterday (10 May), the Prime Minister announced the outcome of the latest Government review of its phased release of lockdown restrictions (Step 3 of its roadmap).
We’re very pleased that the Government will now allow all remaining studentsto return to campuses and their term-time accommodation from Monday 17 May although we appreciate that sadly, for many of you, teaching has now finished for this academic year.
As the situation varies in each of your faculties and on each of your courses, and as indeed many students are already back on campus, please keep a look out for more specific updates via your faculty communications channels (including Blackboard) later in the week.
Here we will provide a general update on what the latest national guidance means for those of you who are or who will be back on campus. We also wanted to share a letter to all students from the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan and would encourage you to read the important advice and guidance it contains.
Crucially, here at DMU, your existing exams and assessments schedule will not change as a result of the new guidance – they will still remain online as previously communicated.
The other key points to note are:
- If you are returning to campus from 17 May you must undertake three supervised Covid-19 lateral flow tests at an on-campus asymptomatic testing site – the first immediately upon your return and then again three/four days and six/eight days later. Students will then need to continue to get tested twice weekly thereafter throughout the summer term. Before any students start their journeys to their term-time accommodation, the Government is also encouraging them to take a test either through home or community testing at least one day before they travel back.
- Testing is still available to book via MyDMU at The Watershed in Upperton Road. To make it easier for students to access lateral flow testing, we are running pop-up testing sites on campus at key times in the Eric Wood Learning Zone and the Portland Building. Students will also soon be able to collect home test kits from our testing site, and more details will follow. We will be increasing our signage across campus to remind students of the need for testing and our Covid marshals will also be on hand to offer support and answer any questions on testing.
Your DMU Safety
If you are able to return to campus from 17 May, please ensure you adhere to our safety guidance to keep yourselves, your loved ones and the wider community safe. We have recently updated the site to make it as easy and quick to access the information you need to follow including:
Please note that if you do test positive for Covid-19 and are asked to self-isolate you must report it to the university within 24 hours. By doing this we can give you the help and support you need and keep the wider university community safe. Visit Your DMU Safety to understand more about the benefits of reporting and the support you will be given.
Buildings and facilities on campus
Now that all students are able to be back on campus from 17 May, DMU will be opening up more university buildings and facilities, including the recently completed major extension to the Hugh Aston Building, The Yard. Please visit the campus facilities webpage for the latest information on building opening dates and times.
The Kimberlin Library and Eric Wood Learning Zone are open for individual (not group) study. For safety, please keep your distance from others when walking through and studying in both areas. Eating is also currently not permitted in the Library spaces. However, you can take a break and refuel in the Food Village, which is open weekdays between 8am and 4pm for both takeaways and socially distanced eating in.
We acknowledge that for those of you who have been unable to return until now, the past few months may have been trying and difficult. We want to pay tribute to your patience and resilience in what have been extraordinarily challenging times for the whole country. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming more of you back on campus from next week.
Please do check our FAQs page to find answers to any pressing questions and issues. Your Student Advice Centres are also available should you need help on matters not covered on the FAQs or in this update.
*The information provided in this email bulletin is for students studying a DMU programme that is being delivered at DMU. Students on programmes that are validated by DMU, but are delivered by academic partner institutions (such as DMUIC, Leicester College, etc.), should refer to their institution/college for confirmation of local arrangements.*
14 April: All students can return to university at Step 3 of the Government's roadmap. Read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP
6 April: DMU's response to the Government's planned roadmap out of lockdown
25 March: Exams guidance
15 March: Important safety information as you return to campus for in-person learning
24 February: DMU's response to the lockdown review; more student groups to return from 8 March and read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP to all students
18 February: student consultation results and examinations
11 February: Safety-net policy details announced
4 February: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, student consultation on teaching and exam periods and Your DMU Safety reminder
3 February: Warning about the consequences of holding gatherings and parties
28 January: Student consultation feedback results, exams/assessments and safety-net policy, financial and student support, health and wellbeing
15 January: Claiming rebate on accommodation, Government hardship fund, AV Loans reopening, IT Access Hardship Scheme, student consultation on academic calendar, exams and hardship fund
12 January: Accommodation, hardship fund, buildings and facilities, academic timetable, IT hardship fund and health and wellbeing support
6 January: The national lockdown: what it means for you
5 January: New national lockdown impact for universities and updated Covid-19 guidance
2 January: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities: Updated Covid-19 guidance (a message from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Katie Normington)
31 December: New Government Covid-19 guidance: What it means for DMU (a message from the Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop)