What will returning to campus look like next term?

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In accordance with government guidance, there will be a staggered return to campus in the spring term.

Most facilities, including libraries and study spaces, will be available from 4 January.

When journeying back to campus, students are encouraged to refer to the government’s guidance for safe travel.

For Exeter students, teaching will be mostly online at first, and exams from 4 January will be conducted remotely. The return to the existing model of “blended learning” will gradually take place between 11 January and the week commencing 1 February.

The university advises students not to return to campus until their in-person classes begin, as per government advice.

The staggering of the return to campus for Exeter students is described as follows:

4 January — postgraduate research students

w/c 11 January — new postgraduate taught students and “courses with placement or practical elements which cannot be delivered online […] However, students should refer to their programme for individual arrangements”

w/c 25 January — final year undergraduate students and returning postgraduate taught students

w/c 1 February — remaining undergraduate students

Students are advised to look closely at their timetables to confirm when they may return to campus.

Falmouth students can return from 4 January because of “the practical nature of the courses offered at Falmouth University”.

Update: As of 31 December, Exeter students, apart from those studying dentistry, medicine-related subjects, veterinary science, education, social work, and courses involving “Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and or mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled”, will not begin in-person teaching until the week commencing 25 January at the earliest. Falmouth University has also paused the return to campus until 25 January at the earliest.

Update 2: As of 5 January, a third national lockdown has begun in England, meaning that students should not return to campus, and teaching will resume remotely. Exemptions include “future critical worker” courses and those requiring professional (PSRB) accreditation.

Update 3: As of 22 February, some students, including those requiring practical teaching, specialist facilities, or on-site assessments, may return to university from 8 March. All other students must continue online learning, and the government will make further announcements after the Easter break.

International students are advised to stay up to date on the various restrictions applicable to them. International arrivals must complete a passenger locator form on arrival and self-isolate if not on the “travel corridor” list.

Students returning to campus in January and February are advised to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as they arrive at their accommodation, allowing enough time for two tests, three days apart, before doing in-person activities at campus. Tests will be available at Penryn Campus Sports Centre as before and can be booked online.

Students returning from higher alert areas in England may not need tests upon returning to campus if they can get tested at an NHS test site beforehand.

As of 26 December, Cornwall has entered tier two. The new restrictions include rules that people cannot meet indoors with someone outside their household or bubble (though the rule of six still applies outdoors), people should work from home if possible, and alcohol can only be served with a “substantial meal” in hospitality settings (which will stop taking orders at 10pm, closing at 11pm).

Update: As of 31 December, Cornwall has entered tier three. New restrictions outline that people may not meet socially indoors or outdoors with someone outside their household or bubble, apart from some public places, and hospitality settings must close, except for delivery, takeaway, and click and collect.

Update 2: As of 5 January, a third national lockdown has begun in England, and people are required to stay at home, except for specific reasons, including shopping for essentials, work (if you cannot work from home), exercise, medical assistance, or to escape domestic abuse.

Update 3: As of 22 February, lockdown restrictions will begin to change on 8 March, including plans to allow people to meet one other person outside for recreation. Further changes will come into effect after the end of the spring term.