Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Frequently Asked Questions - Students

Last Updated 02 April 2020 at 16:40

Bangor University is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and continues to follow the advice of the UK authorities.

We are doing everything possible to keep our staff and students informed during the current situation.

We understand that staff and students may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The World Health Organisation has produced a helpful introduction to the virus: WHO: Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

It is important that students keep the University informed of any changes to their contact details. Students should update their details on MyBangor.

LATEST UPDATES

Read the latest communication from the University - 30-3-20

Dear Students

As promised, I am following up on the email I sent on Saturday with more information about how we will approach assessing exams and coursework this year.

We acknowledge that your studies have been disrupted and that teaching and staff contact has been affected due to Covid-19. We are committed to ensuring that you are not disadvantaged and are currently working on a new set of assessment regulations to cover the current unusual circumstances. As we need to be sure that these take everything into consideration, we will take another week to consult with academic colleagues and the Students’ Union to get them fully drawn up and ratified. In the meantime, however, we want to reassure your that the following underlying principles will be central to those regulations:

  • Students should be able to graduate or progress from one stage of their degree programme to the next.
  • The usual academic rules will apply if there is no doubt about a student’s academic performance. This would include where a student has received all of their marks already, or if there are sufficient marks to make a judgement on the student’s overall performance.
  • Where marks are missing, and adjustments are considered essential, there must be consistency and fairness in the application of this regulation. This is so that no student misses out.
  • We understand that students will be concerned that the situation prevents them from performing as well on an assessment as they usually would. Therefore, we have decided that where a student’s assessment performance falls below their usual standard, this will be taken into account when finalising module marks.
  • If you are having major IT issues (e.g. no internet access at all or no computer access), please continue to report these via the Request Centre (Report of Special Circumstances) selecting IT problems (major) as the reason. We can then work to find a solution. In relation to coursework, you should also report minor IT issues (e.g. slow internet connectivity [if it impacts your studies]), via extension requests if you feel it is necessary.

    To reflect the widespread impact, all students will be classified as having Covid-19-related ‘Special Circumstances’. This will be applied automatically so there will be no need to submit further Reports of Special Circumstances for these. Any non-Covid-19-related Reports of Special Circumstances , should be submitted in the normal way.

    Subject-specific information will continue to be uploaded on Blackboard. Please get in touch with module organisers if you have any specific questions.

    We hope this will reassure you that you will benefit from a ‘Safety Net’ within the regulations, while also taking comfort that your degree will carry the same value as it would under normal circumstances.

    Best wishes

    Gwenan Hine, Head of Governance & Compliance


    Read the latest communication from the University - 28-3-20

    Dear Students

    We are aware that several you have been in contact recently, and are concerned that you may not perform as well as you might have done in the forthcoming assessments, due to the university having to transfer to online teaching.

    We acknowledge that this is a very stressful time for you all, where technology and quiet areas for study are not as easily accessible as if you were here at Bangor. We would like to reassure you that we are currently drafting emergency measures around assessment, grades and the running of Exam Boards, to compensate for these unprecedented times. There is a meeting of key members of staff on Monday, following which the emergency regulations will be agreed.

    We continue to work closely with your Students’ Union and with College Directors of Teaching and Learning to make sure that your results will not be unduly affected.

    If you remain here at Bangor can we remind you that computer rooms CR1 and CR2 in the New Arts Building remain open for you to use. Please make sure that you respect the need to social distance if you do use these facilities. We have provided advice in both rooms, in relation to good hygiene and also social distancing rules.

    We will contact you further during the week to provide further reassurance.

    Best wishes


    Read the latest communication from the University - Research - 25-3-20

    Dear staff and postgraduate research students,

    We realise that these are difficult times and we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to enable you to complete your research successfully. However, the appearance and spread of COVID-19 is an urgent and international public health challenge and we have a duty, as an institution, to consider and mitigate any risks of harm to you and the people and organisations you work with in your research.

    Below, we offer some general principles about research at Bangor University in the short to medium term. As you can imagine, there are many different types of research in Bangor University and assessing the implications for individual research projects will take some time.

    Here are some general principles:

    Bangor University is suspending its research activity.

    Given the risks of infection, restrictions on travel and access to materials, the University will suspend the data collection aspects of all ‘routine’ research activity. This involves activity that requires access to University buildings/facilities, face to face engagement, both for lab and fieldwork. This decision is consistent with a number of other Universities, and will be enforced until the end of April, when the situation will be reviewed.

    There are almost no exceptions to this suspension

    One clear exception are settings where plants and animals need to be kept alive. This moves the University to a setting similar to that which we employ over each Christmas. If pausing your research project would have important health implications (such as being in the midst of a drug trial), please discuss the issue with your line manager.

    Meetings should continue as normal where possible, but remotely.

    Using online platforms, meetings should continue where possible and appropriate. This includes lab-meetings, meeting with partner research organisations, student-supervisor meetings, Annual Research Reviews, and Viva voce examinations.

    Developing a forward plan

    Research teams should create a risk assessment of the challenges and mitigations relevant to each project, which form a research plan. The Principal Investigator of the project or Supervisor of the postgraduate study (PhD, MPhil, MRes) has the primary responsibility for devising this plan. Any plan should include whether any adjustments to your research procedures and protocols are necessary, and whether you need any permissions from (for example) research ethics committees (Bangor University's or externals), or any external funders or agencies who support your research.

    Plans should be co-ordinated by School and College Directors of Research. For research postgraduates, activity should be co-ordinated by PGR Leads, to the Dean of Postgraduate Studies. The Pro Vice Chancellor for Research can then liaise with the University Executive to highlight issues.

    We are aware that there are discipline-specific, project-specific, and building-specific issues that need to be co-ordinated to ensure continuity. We are also aware that there a need for prioritisation of our now more limited resources.

    A discussion within your research teams should be conducted (remotely) as soon as possible, and a plan put in place by the middle of April.

    Effects will be variable across the University

    Research activity across the University is hugely varied, not only across discipline but also across the normal cycle of a research project. A small number of projects can probably continue almost as normal (e.g. internet-based research, or those at the stage of analysing already collected data or write up).

    Unfortunately, many projects may well become impossible to continue as planned and may have to be suspended (e.g. research needing fieldwork, face-to-face meetings with the general public or contacts with medically vulnerable populations etc). Still other projects will continue in a modified form (e.g. with different ways and places of working, changes in the nature of fieldwork, modifications in research goals etc.). Your research project will not be unique in having to be modified in this way – and your experience is doubtless replicated across the UK and the world.

    Access to buildings and facilities will be limited, but may still be possible

    Government advice suggests that movement should be severely curtailed. If you do need to access University buildings, please discuss with your line manager about these arrangements.

    Changes may have implications for governance and ethics

    Some modifications of research protocols or the duration of data collection, may mean changes to your ethics approvals and possibly to the way that the University supports your project to ensure it can be completed safely. The University will seek to ensure that any modifications or changes to your projects can be completed as quickly as possible although we need to acknowledge that government and other advice may change in the coming weeks.

    Extensions may be possible, but we lack clarity

    Where necessary, the University will seek to provide extensions for projects. However, we are conscious of the lack of clarity on the question of funded extensions and Visa implications for both staff and students. We will provide more information when this is available from the relevant agencies. Exceptions to some Regulations may be necessary.

    We are doing everything we can to deal with the challenges of COVID-19, but please bear with us if things do not run as smoothly as we might like during this uncertain period. We appreciate your patience and assistance and are fully committed to supporting your research and the safe completion of your projects.

    Prof Oliver Turnbull, Deputy Vice Chancellor

    Prof David Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research & Impact

    Prof Andrew Hiscock, Dean of Postgraduate Studies

    Prof Nicola Callow, Dean of CHS

    Prof Paul Spencer, Dean of CoESE

    Prof Andrew Edwards, Dean of CAHB


    Read the latest communication from the University - 25-3-20

    Dear Students

    This is the first week of our on-line provision so I just wanted to set out a few things. Please read this carefully.

    On-line provision and assessment

    By now, all current modules should have been transferred on-line in Blackboard in a way that enables you to complete them over the coming weeks. There will also be initial information on how your assessment will be adapted to suit the current situation. You will know whether you will still have an examination (which will now be on-line), or whether the assessment method has changed to an essay or something else.

    We are currently looking at our regulations for assessment and examinations to ensure that these take into account the current situation. We will make sure no one is disadvantaged and that all students who complete the year successfully will be able to progress or complete their degree as normal.

    Reporting potential issues

    As this is the first week, there may be some teething problems. Please bear with us and make sure you let us know about any issues you might be experiencing. Here is some information about how best to do so:

    Issues relating to on-line content or module information:

    Please contact the Module Organiser in the first instance. Your Personal Tutor or Head of School may also be able to help. You can also raise any issues with the Students Union: studentvoice@undebbangor.com

    Computing issues in relation to coursework:

    If you are having problems accessing computing facilities due to Covid-19, please use the Request Centre to request an extension for that assignment (Covid-19 is one of the selectable reasons within the Request Centre). If you are having problems in accessing the Request Centre, please e-mail student-admin@bangor.ac.uk or call 01248 388400. The Request Centre Helpline will be open from 10-12 and 2-4 every week day (excluding 9-14 April).

    We will be keeping Computer Rooms 1 and 2 in News Arts open for those who have problems accessing IT facilities. We would ask that you use these in line with social distancing protocols and vacate the computers as soon as you have finished your work so that others can use them.

    Computing issues in relation to online exams:

    If you feel that you will have difficulty accessing a computer and/or internet connection to complete an online exam, then please use the Request Centre (via request for first sit/alternative arrangements) to report this. (If you are having problems in accessing the Request Centre, please e-mail student-admin@bangor.ac.uk or call 01248 388400) We will then be able to make alternative arrangements, depending on the nature of the exam, for example you may complete a handwritten document and post it to us. The address for all assignments is: Student Administration, Main Arts Hub, College Road, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2AS

    Libraries:

    In line with government advice, all libraries will now be closed. If you are unable to access hard-copy material for assessments, please contact your Module Organiser for advice on on-line resources.

    Placements:

    A number of you may have placements planned over the summer up to September. Unless these can be carried out remotely (on-line or by phone), they will have to be cancelled. Where the placement is linked to a module, your school will be in touch to arrange an alternative.

    Placements due to take place from September onwards will be reviewed in June to decide whether or not they should go ahead.

    Postgraduate Taught (Masters) Projects:

    Your College will be in touch about these. Please look out for the email.

    Pastoral Support:

    You can still contact your Personal Tutor, Student Services, International Student Support and other services on-line so is you are having any issues, please make sure you do so. Everyone is still here to help.

    You can also still contact your Course Reps or the Students Union if you have any feedback or general issues you want to raise.

    We will be keeping you updated regularly so please keep an eye out for emails.

    Best wishes and stay safe,

    Professor Carol Tully, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education & Student Experience)


    Read the latest communication from the University - 22-3-20

    Dear Students

    In these times of continuing uncertainty we would like to remind you to follow all NHS and Public Health advice in relation to social distancing.

    In particular we would urge you to take notice of the following advice:

  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family, beyond those you share a house with. Keep in touch by using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together
  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

  • Whether you remain in Bangor or have chosen to go home, consider your own health, safety and wellbeing, and that of the wider community by making informed choices about socialising at the current time. Please stay at home as much as possible.

    With many thanks


    Read the latest communication from the University - Graduation - 20-3-20

    Dear Students

    The University has had to make the hard decision to postpone the Graduation Ceremonies due to be held during week commencing 13th July 2020. We appreciate this news will be disappointing but we can assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. However, we wanted to give as much notice as possible to help students plan ahead.

    In these unprecedented times, our primary concern is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, their guests, our staff, and the wider community.

    Given the current uncertainties, we are not in a position to say when the postponed ceremonies will take place. As soon as we do, we will update our Graduation Website and contact all students who were eligible to attend July’s ceremonies with the new arrangements. All students, their families and guests will have the opportunity to celebrate with us on a future occasion.

    It is important to stress that our decision does not impact on the University awarding degrees. Provided students meet the requirements of their course we will confer their degree. Degree certificates will be posted to the permanent home address that we have on record , as soon as possible after receiving results from Examination Boards. Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEAR) will be available in the normal way - online here, within 28 days of the Examination Boards being held. It is essential that all students check the home, and personal e-mail address, that we have on record (MyBangor -> For Students -> Your details -> Contacts) to ensure that they are correct, and update if necessary.

    Vice Chancellor’s Statement to Staff and Students - 18-3-20

    Read the latest communication from the University - 17-3-20

    The University Executive met this morning to discuss the Covid-19 situation. Following yesterday’s government advice a further staff email will be sent shortly from HR in relation to working from home.

    However we would like to inform you that the following services will close for the time being:

    - Pontio arts programme with immediate effect (however the Pontio building – including Cegin - will remain open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.);

    - Canolfan Brailsford, Treborth sports facilities, Normal site sports facilities and St Mary’s gym – will close at 5 p.m. on Friday 20th March;

    - A number of catering outlets will also close over the coming days, however the catering provision will continue in Teras Restaurant and Teras Café at the moment. We should remember that the University remains open and that some of our colleagues across the university, including in halls, libraries, technical and professional services may not be able to work remotely, or are essential to keeping university operations running.

    In an ever changing environment we will continue to communicate with you as and when things change, and we would like to reassure you that the University Executive is continuing to monitor government and public health advice.

    Read the latest communication from the University - 15-3-20

    Due to the fast changing situation regarding Covid-19, and in line with many other universities, the University Executive has taken the decision to suspend all face to face teaching with immediate effect, until the end of the academic year. Instead, from Monday 23rd March all teaching and other learning materials will be delivered online to enable you to continue with your studies. This applies to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.

    The University is taking these steps for the health, safety and wellbeing of staff, students and the wider community. Whilst there is no expectation for students to leave the university, this transition week from face to face to online teaching provides an opportunity for you to return home should you wish, especially due to the ever changing travel situation. Students who return home will not be disadvantaged. This transition week also allows for staff to further prepare for online teaching.

    Postgraduate research students should contact their supervisor to discuss their studies.

    In line with national regulatory bodies, students whose course involves professional placements (e.g. those in the College of Human Sciences) should attend placements as normal. You will receive further advice from your School shortly.

    The summer examination period is likely to be affected. Wherever possible end of year assessment will be conducted through alternative means. This may include essays or open book exams, but please be assured that you will only be assessed in a way your studies have prepared you for. Further information will be available in the next two to three weeks.

    The University remains open as usual, including Halls and Libraries, and staff will be available to provide advice and pastoral care to students.

    Finally, I would like to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to support you during this difficult time.

    Professor Iwan Davies, Vice-Chancellor

    UNIVERSITY Q&A

    Which advice/guidance/information is the University following?

    There are a number of sources that the University is using to inform our approach, including:

    The University has established a Working Group to monitor and respond to the ongoing outbreak. The Governance and Compliance Office is co-ordinating general advice and guidance on this outbreak.

    How will I receive the most up‐to‐date information?

    Please follow the UK Government’s website for regular updates. In addition, this page will be updated regularly and if there are any significant updates then we will send an email to your Bangor University email account.

    There have been reports of individuals being avoided or harassed

    We have a zero tolerance approach to any reports of behaviour likely to cause harassment or intimidation. Anyone with concerns should report them to the Student Equality and Diversity Officer – Helen Munro, email: h.munro@bangor.ac.uk / Tel: 01248 388021, the International Student Support Office, E-mail internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk / Tel: 01248 38 8430, or the Students Union on 01248 38800.

    What is happening with expiring visas for those unable to return to their home country?

    The Home Office have now updated their guidance on allowing all individuals who can’t leave the UK by their visa expiry date to stay here up to 31 May 2020, in the first instance, without any penalty.

    If this applies to you then you are required to e-mail the UK Visas and Immigration Office explaining why you can’t leave. The e-mail address is: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk but only e-mail them closer to your actual expected leave date. You must provide specific details as per their website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents.

    Students who are affected by this must inform the University to let them know, on the email below, that they have contacted the UK Visas and Immigration Office. If you also have any further questions or need immigration support please contact covid19@bangor.ac.uk


    How will online teaching be presented?

    Each module will, as a minimum, have materials available on Blackboard and Panopto recordings. Additional activities / materials will be added as required depending on the subject area.

    What about Assessments and Examinations?

    The University acknowledges that studies have been disrupted and that teaching and staff contact has been affected due to Covid-19. We are committed to ensuring that students are not disadvantaged and are currently working on a new set of assessment regulations – these will be ready by the 8th April 2020. We are currently working on the following key principles:

  • Students should be able to graduate or progress from one stage of their degree programme to the next.
  • The usual academic rules will apply if there is no doubt about a student’s academic performance. This would include where a student has received all of their marks already, or if there are sufficient marks to make a judgement on the student’s overall performance.
  • Where marks are missing, and adjustments are considered essential, there must be consistency and fairness in the application of this regulation. This is so that no student misses out.
  • We understand that students will be concerned that the situation prevents them from performing as well on an assessment as they usually would. Therefore, we have decided that where a student’s assessment performance falls below their usual standard, this will be taken into account when finalising module marks.

  • Do I need to submit a special circumstances report?

    If you are having major IT issues (e.g. no internet access at all or no computer access), please continue to report these via the Request Centre (Report of Special Circumstances) selecting IT problems (major) as the reason. We can then work to find a solution. In relation to coursework, you should also report minor IT issues (e.g. slow internet connectivity [if it impacts your studies]), via extension requests if you feel it is necessary.

    To reflect the widespread impact, all students will be classified as having Covid-19-related ‘Special Circumstances’. This will be applied automatically so there will be no need to submit further Reports of Special Circumstances for these. Any non-Covid-19-related Reports of Special Circumstances , should be submitted in the normal way.

    What should I do if my academic performance has been impacted?

    We recognise that this will be a worrying time for many with friends and family in the affected regions. If you feel your academic performance has been impacted, for example due to illness or bereavement affecting someone close to you, you should make a note on MyBangor, as well as speaking to your Personal Tutor.

    Can I access services to support my studies?

    Student Services and the Students Union are available using the email contacts on their websites. Please see below for further details on Library contacts.

    How can I access Library Services?

    Within constraints to manage the spread of Coronavirus, the Library and Archives service is doing everything it can to support you in your continuing studies, however some changes to services are necessary:

    Loans and Recalled Books

    Please be assured that during this time, you do not need to worry about returning any books that are currently on loan or have been recalled. You will not incur any overdue charges. Please keep hold of your Library books and be alert for any further communications from the Library in due course.

    Inter-Library Loans

    The Inter-Library Loan service continues but can only supply items available that can be delivered electronically.

    Archives and Special Collections

    The Archives and Special Collections is closed until further notice. However, we will still be operating a limited enquiry service via email. You can contact us on archives@bangor.ac.uk.

    Online Resources

    Don’t forget! Our Library website offers access to our extensive range of electronic resources. We will be accelerating our efforts to purchase additional e-books and other online resources to support you.

    Contacting Us

    For library enquiries, including any queries regarding access cards, please email library@bangor.ac.uk use our Library Chat service or visit our website for up to date information.


    Subject Support Enquiries

  • School of Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering
  • School of Natural Sciences
  • School of Ocean Sciences
  • Beth Hall: b.hall@bangor.ac.uk
  • School of History and Philosophy
  • School of Music and Media
  • School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
  • Jenny Greene: j.greene@bangor.ac.uk
  • School of Law
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Human Development
  • Social Sciences
  • Mairwen Owen: mairwen.owen@bangor.ac.uk
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Yasmin Noorani: y.noorani@bangor.ac.uk
  • Repository and Research Data Manager
  • Michelle Walker: m.walker@bangor.ac.uk

  • Will staff be available?

    We can reassure you that schools and professional service staff will be available to answer any queries you might have going forward through electronic means.

    What if I need IT Support?

    If you are having difficulty connecting to the online provision please email helpdesk@bangor.ac.uk

    Can I speak to someone if the situation has caused me financial difficulties?

    The Money Support Unit can provide advice, information and guidance on all aspects of student funding.

    What about Graduation?

    The University has had to make the hard decision to postpone the Graduation Ceremonies due to be held during week commencing 13th July 2020. We appreciate this news will be disappointing but we can assure you that this decision has not been taken lightly. However, we wanted to give as much notice as possible to help students plan ahead.

    In these unprecedented times, our primary concern is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, their guests, our staff, and the wider community.

    Given the current uncertainties, we are not in a position to say when the postponed ceremonies will take place. As soon as we do, we will update our Graduation Website and contact all students who were eligible to attend July’s ceremonies with the new arrangements. All students, their families and guests will have the opportunity to celebrate with us on a future occasion.

    It is important to stress that our decision does not impact on the University awarding degrees. Provided students meet the requirements of their course we will confer their degree. Degree certificates will be posted to the permanent home address that we have on record , as soon as possible after receiving results from Examination Boards. Higher Education Achievement Reports (HEAR) will be available in the normal way - online here, within 28 days of the Examination Boards being held. It is essential that all students check the home, and personal e-mail address, that we have on record (MyBangor -> For Students -> Your details -> Contacts) to ensure that they are correct, and update if necessary.

    What about Professional Placements?

    Your Schools are already in discussions with the relevant regulatory bodies in relation to your professional placements. Further information on these will be forthcoming from your school.

    Can I remain on my work placement?

    Students on work placements (including internships) should follow the advice of their employer. It you have any concerns, please liaise with your personal tutor.

    What about research projects / dissertations? – Undergraduate / Masters

    Please liaise with your project / dissertation supervisors by email to discuss how best to take things forward.

    What about PhD Students?

    Please liaise with your supervisors to discuss how to work going forward.

    I have a PLSP in place - what next?

    If you have a PLSP we encourage you to contact your personal tutor if you have any concerns that you will be disadvantaged now that your teaching will be online.

    VOLUNTEERING

    Local Volunteering Opportunities

    Bangor Emergency Resources for Self-Isolators (BERSI) is a new student volunteer group. The students have started collecting donations to drop-off to people self-isolating, and they are also offering friendly phone calls for self-isolators. Like their Facebook page!

    For those of you who have some free time and would like to help and volunteer in the local community please see a number of local contacts below. Opportunities could be being a Driver, Delivering Shopping or Prescriptions, Dog Walking or becoming a Telephone Befriender, amongst just a few.

  • Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the largest health organisation in Wales, has a range of volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in volunteering with them, please email BCUHB.PublicVolunteers@wales.nhs.uk and include your full name, telephone number, e-mail address and the nearest hospital to you along with a brief description of skills and experience - https://www.bcugetinvolved.wales/volunteers

  • Gwynedd Council is seeking individuals who are available to work (in an employed or in a voluntary capacity) to help maintain services for vulnerable people requiring care. Email gofalu@gwynedd.llyw.cymru or phone 01286 679577 / 07384 876908.

  • Isle of Anglesey County Council, Medrwn Môn and Menter Môn are working in partnership to support the island’s most vulnerable during to Coronavirus outbreak. If you would like further information please get in touch on 01248 725 700 or email enquiries@mentermon.com - https://www.mentermon.com/en/covid-19

  • Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand? - https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/gwyneddamon/get-involved/volunteer

  • Find further volunteering opportunities to support with the Coronavirus pandemic here - https://volunteering-wales.net/vk/volunteers/index.htm

  • CVSC (Community & Voluntary Support Conwy) is encouraging people to register so they can match your skills, interests and experience to the COVID 19 community need as it develops - https://www.cvsc.org.uk/en/volunteering/your-community-needs-you

  • Covid Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the covid-19 outbreak in the UK. Search to see if there's a group near you - https://covidmutualaid.org/get-involved

  • COVID-19 HEALTH Q&A

    What advice should I follow if I have symptoms of coronavirus?

    Please follow the Government's advice on COVID-19:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

    What can I do to protect myself from the virus?

    The primary preventative measure is to follow the Government Advice.

    More generally, to reduce the risk of spreading this or other conditions with similar symptoms, such as flu:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. The soap in all University toilets is anti-bacterial and anti-viral soap.
      Hand-washing Steps Using the WHO Technique
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.

    The following article in The Guardian also has excellent information on how to protect yourself and others.

    Is the University providing hand gels?

    Yes, hand gels will be located in every teaching and administrative building. If you wish to purchase your own hand gel please see if you can purchase one which is both anti-viral as well as anti-bacterial. However, anti-bacterial alcohol gels alone will offer a good level of protection.

    Hand Rubbing Steps Using the WHO Technique

    How do I self-isolate if I need to?

    The UK Government has provided advice on this.

    You should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

    • a high temperature

    • a new continuous cough

    Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

    Please be aware that you should only contact 111 if:

    • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home

    • your condition gets worse

    • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

    If you are in a University Hall of Residence please call the Halls Office: Phone: 01248 382667 Email: halls@bangor.ac.uk to advise them if you decide that you need to self-isolate. Please do not ‘turn-up’ at the Halls Office or at any medical facility. If you are in private Hall of Residence please notify the Hall management as soon as you can.

    The Government has also provided further guidance on self-isolating for students living in Halls.

    Should I wear a facemask?

    It is a personal choice whether you wear one or not.

    A member of my close family/one of my friends/flat mates is currently unwell with coronavirus‐like symptoms, what should we do?

    if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

    if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill

    it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

    for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

    if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

    if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

    For people living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, please follow the Government advice here.

    The Government has also provided further guidance on self-isolating for students living in Halls.

    What if I have an underlying health condition which may be severely impacted by this virus?

    Please discuss with your doctor to identify precautions that may apply in relation to your health condition whilst at the University. If there is a need to alter your study pattern please discuss this with your Personal Tutor, the School’s Senior Tutor, or if they are unavailable, please contact engagement@bangor.ac.uk.

    What if I am aware of someone who has a confirmed case?

    Contact the Governance and Compliance Office (info-compliance@bangor.ac.uk) to keep the University updated, once they have sought medical advice.

    TRAVEL Q&A

    Travelling on University business

    No overseas or UK travel is currently permitted on University business.

    What about future travel?

    It is impossible to know the long-term situation regarding coronavirus (Covid-19) at the moment.  The Executive is monitoring the situation and will inform staff and students when anything changes.

    What about students who are currently abroad for study?

    We encourage all students who are currently abroad for study to return home to the UK. For students who choose to stay abroad, or who are unable to return due to travel restrictions please make sure that you inform your tutor of your situation, so that we can provide support.

    What if I wish to return home?

    Whilst there is no expectation for any students to return home we acknowledge that a number of you will wish to do so. Those who do return home will not be disadvantaged in any way.

    For Home/EU Students please make sure that you let your personal tutor know that you are returning home.

    For international students please make sure that you email covid19@bangor.ac.uk to let our Immigration Team know that you are returning home.

    We are aware that many of you will already have travelled home, however others will still be in your accommodation here in Bangor and may be feeling especially vulnerable. Can we please remind you to observe current Government restrictions on travel and outdoor activity. Please also note the advice that has been issued by Public Health Wales (https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19