Covid and campus life information

Working together to keep our campus and Winchester safe

The continued health, welfare and safety of our students, staff and global community is our number one priority as we all continue to tackles the challenges brought about by Covid-19. The Following the announcement by the UK Government that the legal requirement to self-isolate will end on 24 February and the universal free testing for those with Covid-19 symptoms will be removed on 1 April, the University is moving into an endemic transition period between 24 February and 1 April 2022. Our priority remains the protection of our students, staff and community, alongside our on-going ability to deliver face-to-face teaching. 

Page last updated: 25 February 2022

Covid and campus life information

Covid information

University of Winchester Covid-19 Endemic Transition Period: 

Prior to 1 April, the following mitigations are being retained to avoid an outbreak of Covid-19 on campus. These measures support actions each of us can take to keep ourselves and each other safe whilst face-to-face teaching and assessments continue throughout the Spring semester:  

Face coverings 

  • In line with guidance from Department for Health and Social Care, the UK Government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may encounter other people you do not normally meet   
  • For those who wish to wear a face covering we will continue to provide face covering dispensers
  • The University also continues to encourage residents living in Halls to wear a face covering when using lifts, stairwells and any communal space outside of their designated house, flat or specific corridor or cluster of study bedrooms which constitutes their Household  
  • Students on placement should also observe any requirements set by the placement provider 

Self-isolation 

  • UKHSA guidance states that if you test positive for Covid-19 you should stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and/or until you have received two negative test results on consecutive days. In line with this the University’s expectation is that students who have Covid-19 symptoms should undertake a test and if a positive result is received students should follow the UKHSA guidance  
  • Students are reminded of the Extenuating Circumstances procedures.  
  • In line with our recording of teaching sessions policy students can access any recordings of teaching sessions after the scheduled session. 

Continuing to report positive results 

  • Students are asked to continue to inform the University of any confirmation of a positive case for the University to highlight possible outbreaks of Covid-19 in line with its Notifiable Diseases Policy* and Pandemic Policies using the pre-existing form.   
  • We will continue to publish data on these reported cases of Covid-19 until 1 April

 On-going review of mitigations 

  • The University will review current mitigations on an on-going basis and will respond appropriately and proportionately to any emerging risks of outbreaks or a new variant, relying on the most up-to-date guidance and information available  
  • Where a threshold is met in line with the University Health and Safety policies to determine an outbreak of Covid-19 being declared in a specific location or cohort on campus, the University may reintroduce a mandate to wear coverings and implement other preventative measures whenever possible on University property where it is in the best interest of protecting students, staff and face-to-face teaching 

Continuing good practice 

  • Hand sanitisation stations and mask dispensing on campus will continue to be provided until 1 April and will be reviewed again after this date. Materials for self-cleaning of spaces in high-traffic areas will remain 
  • The University will continue to encourage best practice in personal hygiene, including the promotion of the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign and encouragement for people to regularly wash their hands to prevent the spread of illnesses  
  • The University continues to encourage students to take up the offer of both doses of the coronavirus vaccine and the booster jabs as soon as they are eligible and to consider the flu vaccination 
  • The University will continue to encourage good ventilation across its estate whilst aiming to maintain a comfortable temperature 

Additional points to note 

  • After 24 February all meetings will be either face-to-face, hybrid or fully-online at the discretion of the chair/organiser until the end of the 2022 academic year and will be reviewed no later than July 2022
  • Visitors will be asked to stay away if unwell and encouraged to wear a face covering on campus in line with guidance  

Get in touch

If you can't find the information you are looking for, or you would like some more clarity, you can contact us in the following ways:

  • Call our Reception team on 01962 841515
  • Email health@winchester.ac.uk
  • Contact your Faculty if you are a student or a member of staff
  • Reply to the weekly University Roundup email if you are a student or a member of staff