Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information for students

General questions about the University

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you test positive for Covid-19 following a test at our Asymptomatic Test Site, and are a Bangor student, you may access the Bangor University student covid-19 testing arrangement at:  https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/covid/

 

If you have received a positive test result for Covid-19 please notify the University as soon as possible here https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/covid/

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from around 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms (this is when they are infectious to others). For example, a contact can be:

  • people who spend significant time in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • sexual partners
  • a person who has had face-to-face contact (within one metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:
  • being coughed on
  • having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
  • having skin-to-skin physical contact, or contact within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
  • a person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes
  • a person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you have been identified as a close contact you must self-isolate. In most cases you will be contacted by Test, Trace and Protect and advised to self-isolate for 14 days from your last contact with a covid-19 positive person.

 

If you have been informed that you are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19, you must self-isolate at your place of residence  for 14 days from the date of your last contact with them. You could be fined if you do not stay at home and self-isolate if you are contacted by Test, Trace and Protect and instructed to do so.

If you have been identified as a close contact please advise your Tutor that you are self-isolating and are unable to attend in-person groups and lectures but are able to study remotely and request on-line learning on MyBangor.

Stay at your place of residence for 14 days and follow the self-isolation guidance below. Do not go to shops, any other University building, work, or any public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.

You are at risk of developing COVID-19 for the next 14 days. Since we now know that people can become infectious up to 2 or 3 days before symptoms begin, you could spread the disease to others if you do not go into self-isolation.

Even if you never develop symptoms, you can still be infected and pass the virus on without knowing it.

You should not arrange for testing unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19. The most important symptoms are a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, other people in your household do not need to self-isolate at home with you.

Take steps to reduce the possible spread of infection in your residence: for example, wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.

If anyone you live with is clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable stay away from them as much as possible.

Practise good hand and respiratory hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, dry thoroughly or use hand sanitiser. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover coughs and sneezes.

Many people who are self-isolating find it helpful to remind themselves why what they are doing is so important. Some people are badly affected by COVID-19, particularly the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable. By staying home, you are protecting the lives of others; your friends, family and the wider community, as well as making sure the NHS does not get overwhelmed.

 

You should only get tested if you develop symptoms. If you are a contact to a case a negative test result will not exempt you from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days.  

If you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms, other people living with you do not need to self-isolate and should follow the general guidance. You should practice good hygiene and seek to reduce contact as much as possible.

If you do develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19. If you live with other people, they will need to begin self-isolation at home/residence while you wait for your test result. Follow the Stay at Home: Guidance for households with possible or confirmed COVID-19.

Self-isolating at home for the 14-day period will help protect your family, friends and the NHS. Self-isolating at home in this way can also protect the most vulnerable in society, by reducing the chance of a second wave of COVID-19 in the wider community.

 

To make sure students can access support wherever they are, all of Student Services will be available online to support students. In addition, students on campus will be able to book face-to-face appointments with Disability Advisers, Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and a range of other Student Support staff. 

Study spaces will remain open for students who do not have access to suitable study spaces in their accommodation. More information can be found on MyBangor.
 
University catering outlets will remain open for students throughout the lockdown period. Copa will be open 10-4 and Bar Uno will be open for takeaway and delivery. For further information please see the Eat Drink Bangor website.

  • Universities can continue to provide blended learning. 
  • The government is asking students not to travel between university and home. Students should only move between their term-time address and home address if absolutely necessary – e.g. for work, to provide or receive care or because of concerns about their wellbeing. 
     

We are providing a Blended Learning experience. This is what you can expect:

  • On-campus live sessions such as seminars, practicals and tutorials will be delivered in small groups so that you are able to socially distance. The size of the groups will depend on the social distancing measures in place at the time.
  • In subject areas where it is appropriate, staff are also working on delivering practicals online, including the use of cutting-edge laboratory-based software.
  • You will receive “normal” lecture sessions online. These may be recorded or may be live. In addition staff are working on new innovative and exciting ways of delivery, such as short recorded sessions which would include interactive activities to develop learning communities with fellow students and high quality learning experiences.
  • Your own self-directed learning will also be part of your programme as is usually the case. (e.g., reading, preparing for assignments, watching other video resources, working with your fellow students on learning activities).

The amount of your programme that will be on-campus live or online depends upon a number of things.

Firstly, how much of your specific course is made up of large lectures, seminars, practicals and field work. Secondly on the rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 which we have to comply with as we go through the academic year. We are trying to ensure that we have the flexibility to increase the amount of on-campus live teaching as and when we can.

The University is working closely with Public Health Wales and the local health board to monitor reported positive tests for Covid 19 amongst students and staff. We have robust plans in place to respond to any concerning rise in cases. Covid 19 is present in all communities and this is why we ask all students and staff to comply with the rules and to play your part in helping to minimise the spread.

The University is aware that some areas are subject to Covid 19 related travel restrictions. With respect to the delivery mode for the forthcoming academic year, it is highlighted that all courses will be provided through blended learning and most will involve on-campus attendance at seminars or practical skills sessions, in addition to online teaching and seminars. The amount of on-campus in-person activity will be dependent on your specific course and year of study. 
 
If you live in the UK and do not want to travel to the University during a period of travel restrictions stipulated by the Government, you are advised to contact your academic School to discuss your options. For those who wish to travel, the University will support your decision, and, if you are due to take up Halls of Residence in the new academic year, we can offer accommodation at a Hall of Residence early if you wish to self-isolate. For all students who do travel you are asked to be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and to not travel and to seek a test if you are concerned. 
 

In accordance with Welsh Government policy all staff, students and visitors must
wear face coverings within university buildings.

Reasons for not wearing a face covering are set out in the Welsh Government
guidance and would include:

  • Those who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness / disability-related reasons
  • Those who will be caused severe distress by putting on, wearing or removing a face covering
  • Providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others to avoidinjury, or to escape a risk of harm
  • To eat or drink
  • To take medication

There is no requirement for people to provide proof that they are exempt from
wearing a face covering but they may wish to download an e-card from Gov.uk which
can be used from their phone.

During lectures and seminars, students are required to wear face coverings whilst
lecturers and instructors may not need to as other mitigation measures are in place,
such as presenting from over 2m distancing or from behind Perspex shield. Staff
within single-occupancy offices and similar spaces are not required to wear a face
covering. Students within their own residential household are not expected to wear
face coverings. Also, the wearing of face coverings may not be required for some
scientific activities where these would pose a greater risk, requirements will be
specified within laboratory procedures.

All students and members of staff are strongly encouraged to be considerate towards
others who may have health conditions and to wear face coverings within University
buildings.

If you need to self-isolate you will be able to use the online resources to continue your course until you are able to participate in face to face activities again.

Existing students will already be familiar with the Check-in App https://checkin.bangor.ac.uk which the University normally uses to monitor attendance at lectures for the purposes of improving engagement and fulfilling legal obligations. We’ve made some improvements to this App so that we can quickly identify your close contacts if you or a fellow student that you have had close contact with have a Covid-19 positive result.

In order to support the contact tracing processes we will be collecting data through the App, and where asked to do so we will be  sharing data with the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace and Protect system based on the attendance check-ins you give us when you are present at our events and other information requested by the tracing team at the time.

Please note that not only will we be using this in lectures but for the period of the pandemic we’ll also be using it at other times in both academic and non-academic settings. Be ready to enter the PIN code into the above URL whenever you’re asked to do so – it’ll keep you and your fellow students safe.

Based on the data you supply we’ll be able to quickly see who you’ve been in contact with at our lectures and organised events. When asked to do so by Public Health Wales under the Track, Trace and Protect system we will share this data, along with your name, address and contact details.

We plan to make online content available for the whole year so if you are unable to be on campus due to Covid-19 you will still be able to continue your studies.

However, you will be expected to commit to participating fully in all aspects of your course, including on campus.

No we are sorry, this is not an option. We are aiming to make all of the core content available on line to be used where students are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19.

This is to protect students from missing elements of their programme if they are unable to attend campus for a short period or if parts of the programme, such as large lectures, can’t be delivered on site because of social distancing.

The key strengths of Bangor University are around our community and the broad range of activity and support that we offer.

We will therefore expect you to make yourself available to participate in as much of the on campus support, delivery and activities as possible.

Yes. We will be making the most of the outdoor space on our doorstep to provide a programme of socially-distanced sports club and general activities, as well as an online offering.

A means tested Digital Hardship Fund is available for new and returning students. This fund can provide means tested support for unexpected costs that students are unable to cover. Contact moneysupport@bangor.ac.uk for information.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings are two different items. The University will provide PPE for those activities which require their use, such as close interactions and laboratory work. The need for PPE will be specified in individual risk assessments or protocols. In line with Welsh Government recommendations, the use of (washable) three-ply face coverings is recommended.

When the firebreak ended on 9 November, a new set of national measures were put in place.

The main points to remember are:

  • Education is one of the reasons for which people are permitted to travel from Wales into England, or from England into Wales.
  • Stay out of each other’s homes, except in very limited circumstances
  • Limit the times you leave your home, and the distance you travel
  • When you do leave home, please try and be restrained in how many different people you see. It is better to see the same one or two people regularly than to see lots of different people occasionally
  • maintain social distancing, including outdoors
  • meet people outdoors rather than indoors where possible, even in circumstances where the law allows you to meet indoors
  • Wash your hands regularly and follow other advice on hygiene
  • Self-isolate if you show symptoms of coronavirus

Living in University Accommodation

Yes, it is. 

If the campus has to lock down and you are unable to use your accommodation, you won’t be charged.

You are allocated a room within a flat, your other flat mates will become your ‘household’ so you won’t need to socially distance from your flat mates. You will have your own en-suite facilities but will share kitchen facilities with your other flat mates.

You will be free to travel, provided such travel is in-line with Government advice. The University won’t impose any restrictions.

Halls Campus Life are planning an online programme of social activities. You will of course be able to organise your own social activities face to face with the other students in your flat as they will be part of your ‘household’.

You will self-isolate in your room. You should let the Halls staff know straight away by emailing covidcare@bangor.ac.uk and then we will support you to ensure that you get all the help you need including supplies of food. This support will also be offered for Bangor students in Snowdon Hall, Wrexham