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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

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The Government has announced that students who have been learning online since December will be able to come back to campus at Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, at present set to be no earlier than 17 May.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP has written directly to all students to explain government decision-making and the continued need for a cautious approach to the easing of restrictions.

We recognise that this will be disappointing news for many of you who will have been hoping to come back to DMU this month. DMU will continue to work with Universities UK (UUK), the representative organisation for UK universities, to press the Government to prioritise the interests of students in the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Teaching and exams

We can confirm that your current teaching timetables and the online exams timetable will not change. Students who have already been allowed back on campus can continue to attend scheduled in-person learning as timetabled, while those students learning online should continue to do so until the Government rolls out Step 3 of the roadmap. If you have any questions about your modules, please contact your Student Advice Centre. Please see the exams webpage for full information.

Exemptions

If you feel that you have exceptional circumstances, such as inadequate study space and/or mental health and wellbeing issues, which mean you may need to return to campus earlier than 17 May, please contact your Student Advice Centre.

Those of you continuing to study online are encouraged to access all of the university provision available for this mode of learning. The Your DMU Future website offers lots of advice, resources and support, including access to:

Students who are back in term-time accommodation but are studying online are also still able to use the physical library and on-campus study spaces.

Mental health support

The Office for Students has launched an online mental health platform called Student Space, which all students can access. In addition, our HealthyDMU Hub provides you with information about staying well, and how to book appointments with the Student Welfare Team. All of DMU’s welfare services are available online should you need to access them. This includes counsellingmindfulnessmasterclasses and Single Point of Access (SPA) appointments. The HealthyDMU Hub also has lots of helpful resources to help support you, including information on how to stay active and connect with others.  

Any student who has an ongoing or significant health or disability-related concern which may affect their studies should contact disability@dmu.ac.uk or our Mental Health team on wellbeing@dmu.ac.uk, who will discuss the situation with you and consider what support or adjustments can be put in place.  

Hardship funding

The Minister’s letter notes the provision of additional funding to support students’ needs, and as soon as this is confirmed we will share more information on how and when this will be administered.

If you require assistance for non-Covid related hardship you can still apply to our DMU Support Fund. You can find out more information on what level of support you may be eligible for by visiting the Support Fund page.

Campus facilities

For those of you who are in Leicester, now we have entered into step two of the Government’s lockdown easing process, as of 12 April, more campus facilities are open, including the QEII Leisure Centre and Beaumont Park, which are now operating within government safety guidelines. This means students can gain access to the swimming pool and gym in the leisure centre. Find out more on the QEII web page. Follow DMUsport social media for details on free activities to get involved in Term 3, following all government guidelines.

Claiming rebate on accommodation

We can confirm that students in DMU halls (Bede Hall, Waterway Gardens and New Wharf Halls) who are currently unable to return to their university accommodation, will continue to receive a 100% rent rebate from 11 January (provided you had registered and met the eligibility criteria). Students who live in non-DMU owned accommodation should speak to their providers. We have already written to all private providers encouraging them to make similar provisions, but, please note, that we cannot force them to adopt such a policy, given that the contract is between the student and private provider.

Continued importance of testing

The Government continues to stress the importance of testing to identify asymptomatic infections and break chains of transmission. Therefore, all students eligible to come back to campus from 17 May at the earliest are instructed to get tested at a local community testing site before returning. All students currently on campus should continue to get tested twice a week at the Watershed or at local testing centre if more convenientLearn more on the testing process to follow and how to book a test.

Please note that if you test positive for Covid-19 and are asked to self-isolate you must report it to the university within 24 hours by completing our DMU Safe Trace positive case webform. By doing this we can give you the help and support you need and keep the wider university community safe.

A reminder that all the advice and guidance you need to follow to stay safe on campus (including our face coverings policy and DMU Safe Trace) is on the Your DMU Safety microsite

Thank you

In her letter, the Minister of State thanks all students for your continued patience, resilience and understanding throughout the pandemic, and we would like to echo the tribute she pays to you.

 

*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.*


Previous updates:

 

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)