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The Prime Minister has confirmed that ‘Plan B’ measures will remain in place for the next three weeks, ensuring that education settings and businesses can remain open. 

As a responsible employer and education provider we have a continuing duty of care to ensure that all those who work, learn or visit our campus Stay Safe at St Mary’s. With this in mind we have updated our guidance in response to the Goverments announcement. 

Advice for international students

Learning and teaching safely at St Mary’s

In June we communicated to academic colleagues and students the plans for learning and teaching next academic year.

At a high level the aim is to adopt a face-to-face plus model. This means that face-to-face on campus contact is at the heart of the student experience while the 'plus' reflects the enhanced use of complementary online elements, such as pre-recorded lectures, live Zoom sessions, recorded lectures using Panopto, online ‘drop-in’ Q&A sessions.

To support this approach and still ensure that we are mindful of our duty of care we are operating a one-metre distancing approach in all our teaching spaces.

Both these elements (face-to-face plus and one-metre distancing) have already been incorporated into our timetabling for semester 1 which is due to be released in the coming weeks.

Sports and events

We recognise the importance of sport and physical activity to our University community. We've taken every step possible to ensure our sport and physical activity provision resumes as normal and continues to operate safely.

Our Sport St Mary's sports facilities and clubs have all resumed and further information is available here.

COVID-19 safety measures

While the majority of COVID restrictions have been removed across the UK, we have kept a number of safety measures in place to help you Stay Safe at St Mary’s which we strongly encourage all students, staff and visitors to follow;

  • take up the opportunity to get a COVID-19 vaccine
  • wear a face covering in all communal areas (including teaching spaces) and when moving around univeristy buildings
  • wash or sanitise hands frequently
  • keep left in corridors
  • open windows to keep occupied spaces well ventilated
  • undertake regular asymptomatic testing either by using a home test kit (available to collect from St Mary’s main reception desk, the main library, the Student Union reception and the Sport St Mary’s reception desk) your local walk- test kit (available from any test centre, pharmacy or via NHS online) - even if you are fully vaccinated
    • If you show any symptoms, are contacted by track and trace or test positive requiring self-isolation, please follow the NHS guidance and notify the university via the self-reporting form
  • use outdoor spaces for meetings or socialising if possible

COVID-19 guidance (7 January 2022)

In line with the latest government advice, staff and students must:

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor public areas including the Refectory (unless eating or drinking), all teaching spaces, the Library, study rooms, and hallways. 
  • Test before returning to campus in January, and then twice weekly there after
  • Continue practising good hygiene

Areminder of the importance of regular testing

Regular, asymptomatic testing is a quick and easy way to find out if you have coronavirus and helps to protect your loved ones and the St Mary’s community. We have at home test kits available to collect from locations across campus.

Following Covid safety guidance off campus

Transport for London has advised that face coverings must be worn for the full duration of your journey. This guidance applies on the Tube, bus, tram, DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail networks. From 4am Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers. Please note, under the new guidance, fines of £200 will be handed out to those who fail to wear a mask in shops, banks and post offices or on public transport

Accessing mental health and wellbeing support

Please remember that should you need any mental health or wellbeing support our Student Services team has put together a full list of resources that are available for common wellbeing concerns, including stress, and anxiety, and worries caused by COVID-19.

Thank you once again for your continued support throughout what has been a challenging time for everyone.


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