On Wednesday 2nd December England’s National Lockdown comes to an end and the new Tiers start on the same day. Nottinghamshire is in Tier 3, you can find the rules for your location here. The Tiers are different than those in force before the National Lockdown.
The global pandemic has affected people's lives in many ways, and student life is no exception. While NTSU has adapted its venues and services to ensure students' safety, you also have a part to play as a NTU student and a member of the local community.
A full breakdown of what the new Tiers means for England can be found on the following Government webpage and a breakdown for HE students in particular can be found here. You can also read what these restrictions mean in several different languages.
Across all tiers you should remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’. In Tier 3 specifically;
Breaching the rules in the Tiers may result in increased infection risk, police action including fines of up to £10,000, criminal proceedings in addition to disciplinary action by NTU. This disciplinary action, if a case is proven, can result in anything from fines right through to an expulsion from the university.
If you or anyone you live with shows symptoms of COVID-19, all members of your household should self-isolate in line with Government guidance. This is normally 10 days for the individual showing symptoms and 14 days for the rest of the household. NHS Test and Trace will let you know when you no longer need to isolate. If you fail is isolate when legally required to, you could be fined £1000-£10,000.
You should also complete NTU's tracking form to let the University know your situation. This will cover you for non-attendance of classes and help NTU to support you. If you show symptoms, you should also get tested through the NHS. You can book a test here.
If you are self-isolating, you will need to fill in the NTU Tracker form. This is different from the NHS Test & Trace system. It helps you get support from NTU and can be used as evidence if you need to submit a Notice of Exceptional circumstances (NEC).
You can access your course and the library remotely to continue your studies. There are online events and activities you can access too. If you are not self-isolating but know people who are, do what you can to support them without putting yourself at risk.
Face coverings should be used when you’re in communal areas, corridors and lifts on NTU campus to help keep you and others safe. This includes building foyers and libraries. So long as social distancing is in place students can remove them when seated in dedicated study spaces which are COVID-19 secure. NTU is now encouraging students to wear face coverings during face to face teaching sessions, especially when requested to do so by your tutors. You do not need to wear a face covering if you are exempt.
You must also wear a mask in any essential shops that are open throughout the lockdown.
You do not currently have to wear a mask in NTSU buildings (except in those areas where you are legally required to including our shops) but you must adhere to social distancing rules and follow signposted routes around our buildings.
Signage is in place around the NTU estate to make it clear when and where you should wear a face covering. Some people are exempt from wearing a mask. You can find more information about exemptions here.
Following these guidelines benefits you and everybody around you. Ignoring them could result in you facing penalties including:
If you're considering going back home, please be aware that you are legally bound by any accommodation contracts you have signed.
To no longer have any financial obligations regarding your accommodation, you may need to find a replacement tenant. While our Information & Advice Service cannot help you find replacement tenants, we can discuss your tenancy agreement and advise on how to negotiate with your landlord.
For latest, detailed guidance, information, and support, please see these resources: