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 information below is designed to provide information to our current and future students, staff, and the wider community.

We are continuing to work closely with NHS Test and Trace, Public Health England and our local authority partners.

The University is continuing to respond to the Government’s latest guidance and therefore information and guidelines are subject to change. 

Page last updated: 15 September 2021

Covid information

Covid cases

As at 11am on Thursday 16 September 2021:

  • There are three current cases of Covid-19 linked to the University.
  • Two of the individuals had been on campus in the period before testing positive.
  • When a student or staff member tests positive who has been on campus, we complete an internal Track and Trace process.
  • Since September 2021, seven cases have completed their self-isolation and have recovered.
  • Between September 2020 and August 2021, 243 previous cases completed their self-isolation and recovered.

Report symptoms and self-isolation or quarantining

If you are a student or staff member experiencing any Covid symptoms, or are required to self-isolate because someone you live with has symptoms, or you have been instructed to self-isolate by the University or NHS Track and Trace:

  1. Please immediately self-isolate
  2. Report your symptoms to us using this form
  3. Get a test
If you are a quarantining student: 
 
So that we can best manage your arrival on campus for your quarantine period, please email us at housing@winchester.ac.uk to confirm your flight booking. Please ensure your full name and Winchester Student ID Number are included in your email.
 
International students

It is our intention that all students should be on campus for face-to-face teaching from the start of the 2021/22 academic year.[1]

International students should make all reasonable efforts to get to the UK for the start of the academic year. We recognise that there might be circumstances preventing students being able to attend campus temporarily. These include:

(i) international students unable to attend campus at the beginning of semester (due to travel restrictions or other Covid-related short delays); and

(ii) those students in the UK temporarily unable to attend campus due to having to self-isolate at any point in the academic year, according to the government guidance at the time.

The following principles will help to shape what we deliver for students who find themselves unable to attend campus for the reasons above:

  1. Our aim is to have all students on campus for the 2021/22 academic year
  2. We look forward to welcoming all international students onto campus for Semester 1 whatever status their country is (red, amber, green)
  3. Wherever possible, we will accommodate and support international students to quarantine on campus ahead of the semester starting so they are able to start face-to-face (the UK Government is currently considering whether students travelling from red list countries can quarantine in university accommodation rather than prescribed hotels).
  4. We will provide recordings of teaching sessions and access to online tutorials for those students who are unable to attend campus for the reasons above. Unless we are teaching in a hybrid format, with some students online and some on campus, self-isolating students will have access to recordings only.
  5. As a temporary arrangement, where we can create a cohort experience, we will run online seminars where there are large numbers of students self-isolating or quarantining

[1] With the exception of students enrolled on Distance Learning courses.

Vaccinations

We strongly encourage all staff and students to get your Covid vaccines as soon as possible to protect yourself and others. The vaccine is the best protection against serious illness, hospitalisation and death.

You can book your vaccines on the NHS national booking system here. You may find it helpful to look at the NHS FAQs on vaccinations for students. We will also have a pop-up vaccination centre in The Food Hall on 13 September.

Do I need to self-isolate if I've been vaccinated?

Close contacts of a positive Covid-case who are double jabbed (or those who are under 18 and not eligible for a vaccination) are not required to self-isolate. The requirement to self-isolate remains for those who have only had one vaccination or had their second jab within less than 14 days. The government recommends PCR testing if you are eligible to not self-isolate. If you are a close contact and able to not self-self isolate we recommend you take a PCR test without delay. All students and staff who have a positive Covid test result must self-isolate and report this self-isolation to the University.

Face coverings

Face coverings are no longer legally required to be worn in teaching and learning environments or in communal areas.

However, we ask that all students, staff and visitors continue to wear face coverings when in University buildings in any crowded areas, where ventilation is poor or when moving around buildings where social distancing cannot be maintained.

The University recognises that for certain reasons some people are unable to wear face coverings. Where students and staff are unable to wear face coverings they are encouraged to demonstrate this by carrying an exemption card or downloading one to their mobile phone (available here).

Please see the 'face covering' guidance under 'Teaching' for more information about the expectations in lecture rooms.

Track and Trace

We are continuing to work closely with NHS Test and Trace, Public Health England and our local authority partners.

We are communicating directly with those who need to change their actions in relation to potential contact with confirmed Covid cases. If you do not hear from the University or from NHS Track and Trace there is no need to change your behaviour at this stage.

If you are contacted through the NHS Track and Trace scheme, please do follow any and all guidance that you are given. We encourage everyone to download the NHS COVID-19 app to assist with the national contact tracing scheme.

If you need to self-isolate based on the guidance of Track and Trace, please do complete the forms above as appropriate in order to inform the University.

What is the University’s duty to provide Track and Trace support to NHS and other national bodies?

The University is required to be in a position to provide contact tracing support to Public Health England, NHS or local authority bodies dealing with cases of Covid-19 within our community. As the University campus is large and to ensure comprehensive coverage the University is using data collected by our network of WiFi beacons.

  • As one of your devices connects to Eduroam your email address, date/time stamp and beacon ID is collected. This data is encrypted and held in a secure database which can only be accessed by two people, the Network Team Leader and the Senior Systems Specialist.
  • The data, to comply with other requirements including PREVENT, is held for 180 days but only accessed for specific purposes.
  • If a request or advice from PHE (or other relevant authority) is made the Health, Safety and Business Continuity Manager will require that the Track and Trace process is initiated.
  • The search looks at the location of the wireless logins for the period of 48 hours before symptoms were first recoded (the period of time someone can be contagious). It will extract the email addresses of all others who were also using that wireless beacon at the same time.

Information collected will be limited to user email addresses and times and dates connecting to the Eduroam network. It will only be used as part of the University’s efforts to tackle the spread of COVID-19 and will only be retained for as long as is necessary The University is collecting this data under the lawful basis of public task as defined under Article 6(1)(e) of the GDPR where processing is being carried out in the public interest. 

If you have any technical questions regarding how the system works, please contact Fiona Greig, Director of Library and IT Services Fiona.Greig@winchester.ac.uk.  If you have any questions regarding data compliance, please contact Stephen Dowell, Compliance Officer Stephen.Dowell@winchester.ac.uk.

Higher-risk categories

If you are a student and you believe you are in a potentially higher-risk category and are concerned or anxious about this, please contact our Student Services team directly on studentservices@winchester.ac.uk   

All staff who are in categories that may mean they are at higher risk should complete a Covid-19 Risk Assessment for Staff in Higher Risk Categories ahead of any return to on campus working.

What is the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable staff and students?

Please see the relevant 'Staff support' or 'Student support' section below for more information.

What is the guidance for pregnant staff and students?

The NHS has specific information on pregnancy and coronavirus.

Women of childbearing age, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding may like to also read Public Health England's guide on Covid-19 vaccination.

Lateral flow tests

Testing will be an important part of the next academic year. The Government expects students to get tested before travelling back to their university town and then to test once they are back. We expect students and staff to get regularly tested, twice a week.

Where can I collect free tests from?

From Monday 6 September, you can collect Covid lateral flow test kits from the following locations on campus – please remember to report your results via the NHS Covid app:

  • King Alfred Centre Main Reception, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

  • West Downs Centre Main Reception, 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

  • Martial Rose Library, 8am to midnight Monday to Thursday, 8am to 8pm Friday, 12 noon to 6pm Saturday and 12 noon to 11pm Sunday

Anyone in the UK can order free home test kits via the Government website.

Once you have your test kits, you should take a test twice a week at home. You should get a result in 30 minutes which you then report online.

What do I do if I have a positive test result?

  • You and your household should self-isolate for 10 days. From 16 August, you may not be required to self-isolate if you are notified that you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, for example if you are fully vaccinated. There is further information on when you may not be required to self-isolate later in this guidance.
  • Please report to us that you are self-isolating using this form, so we can support you.
  • You should book a free confirmatory PCR test through the NHSas soon as possible to confirm your positive test result. You may leave your house for this test. If your PCR is negative you and your household can stop self-isolating providing no one has symptoms of Covid. If the PCR test is positive, you and your household should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the positive lateral flow test on campus (unless exempt).

Teaching

Business as usual

The University is planning for courses to be delivered primarily in person, face-to-face on the University campus or associated facilities for the 2021/22 academic year.[1]

If the government require us to do so for public health reasons, we are ready to convert to a combination of face-to-face and online teaching or online teaching only.

All students are now expected back on campus. We know that for some of you returning to campus may be a daunting experience. We are continuing our enhanced touchpoint cleaning regime next year, and support all students and staff who wish to continue wearing a mask in communal spaces. We continue to encourage all students and staff to get tested regularly, and we will support you both academically and pastorally if you have to self-isolate. We encourage all students and staff to ensure they are vaccinated.

The previous scheme that allowed the University to consider cases of online teaching only on medical grounds no longer stands. There may be particular short-term arrangements for international students who have arrived here from amber or red-list countries, and these students will be advised separately. For some students, Interruption of Study may be the most appropriate action.

Students who are pregnant will be supported on an individual basis through the  Pregnancy, Adoption and Becoming a Parent While Studying Guidelines. Such students are strongly advised to consult with their GP and to liaise with the Student Life Team in Student Support and Success.

Please keep an eye on this page for further updates and, as ever, seek support from staff within Student Support and Success, your Student Support and Success Adviser in your Faculty, or the Student Union Advice Centre if you feel you need it.

[1] With the exception of those courses that are validated as Distance Learning. Our Distance Learning courses are: MRes Sport and Exercise, MRes Health Science, MSc Global Health, MA Death, Religion and Culture, MA Mission, MA Reconciliation, MA Reconciliation and Peacebuilding, MA Philosophy of Education, and Doctor of Theology and Practice.

Self-isolating students and staff

What happens if my lecturer has to self-isolate?

To continue to provide you with teaching, your sessions will be online in the event of staff self-isolation.

What happens if I have to self-isolate?

If you are required to self-isolate please inform us using this form.

When you complete one of the Covid related forms for testing positive or self-isolating, your Programme Administrator will be informed.

Recorded lectures and seminars

All tutor-led teaching sessions will be recorded and will be available to all students on Canvas after each session. This is to support your learning, not to replace your experience. You are still required to attend face-to-face (unless you're on a distance learning course) and record your attendance via the University app.

Attendance

Attendance will be monitored via the usual attendance software so that we can support you if needed. Please continue to register your attendance via the University app.

Meetings and tutorials

Students can choose whether meetings and tutorials are online or face-to-face.

Ventilation of teaching spaces

Good ventilation is a key element of helping to keep us all safe. We have reviewed the ventilation of all spaces on campus and have made adjustments where necessary. The opening of windows is key to ventilation so please do if there are open windows in a room, please keep them open. You may want to bring along an extra layer so you're able to stay comfortable while letting the fresh air in. We are producing more guidance on this and will be releasing this soon.

Timetables

Teaching timetables will be available in early September.

Group working

While there are no social distancing measures in place, you can work in groups and use equipment collaboratively. Please continue to use hand sanitiser and wash hands regularly.

Placements, field trips and study abroad

Can I still go on my field trip?

If you are going on a UK field trip, subject to the usual health and safety requirements, your field trip should be able to go ahead. Individual cases may vary, please check with your lecturer.

Can I study abroad this year?

Given the changing restrictions and complexities around international travel we have unfortunately decided to pause all international study abroad options for this year (2021/22).

Is my placement going ahead?

Please contact your programme to ensure you have the relevant placement information.

Face coverings

Lecturers are not required to wear any face covering but may make a personal choice to wear a clear plastic face visor. To enable accessibility, your lecturer will not be wearing a face mask.

We encourage everyone to wear a face covering when in University buildings in any crowded areas, where ventilation is poor or when moving around buildings where social distancing cannot be maintained.

We encourage everyone to respect everyone else's views and space.

Student support

Wellbeing

Our Student Support and Success team is here to support you with all aspects of your welfare and general wellbeing both on campus and online, including through individual appointments and a huge range of resources. You can see the support available and how to book an appointment on winchester.ac.uk/ask

All teams are offering scheduled appointments, both in person and online. Do reach out if you feel we can support you with your mental wellbeing, academic skills development, or other specialist support. If you are in Winchester you can book an appointment by dropping into the Zone between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday, or the team can be contacted by calling 01962 827341. If you know what service you would like an appointment with you can complete our request an appointment form. Appointments can be either online or face-to-face.

We know that many of you are delighted that the country is out of lockdown, but we also know that for some of you this may be causing you some anxiety. As well as support from our Student Support and Success team, don’t forget you can access the Fika Mental Fitness app, free of charge, to support you in developing the 7 skills of Mental Fitness. The app can be downloaded from Google Play, or the App Store. You can also access support via Togetherall, which provides a safe community to support your mental health, 24/7.

Following research and consultation, a new team of Student Support and Success Advisers have been appointed to replace the Faculty Wellbeing and Engagement Tutors.

Financial support

Our Student Support Fund exists to support students who find themselves in unexpected financial hardship. 

Email studentsandmoney@winchester.ac.uk for more information about our Student Support Fund.

No detriment measures 2020/21

We have developed a package of no detriment measures for the 2020/21 academic year, designed to help students by ensuring our assessment and progression processes are as fair as possible against the difficult and complex context of Covid. 

Students and staff can find more information on our package of no detriment measures, including self-certification of Extenuating Circumstances for Covid-related reasons and a safety net, by viewing this intranet page. 

No detriment measures 2021/22

We want to be clear upfront: we are committing to put in place a safety net for this 2021/22 academic year. We will give more information on how this will work during Semester 1.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable students

The previous scheme that allowed the University to consider cases of online teaching only on medical grounds has been replaced and updated to comply with current NHS guidance. If you are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) click here to see the guidance. There may be particular short-term arrangements for international students who have arrived here from amber or red-list countries, and these students will be advised separately. 

If you are not designated as CEV but have an illness which is impacting your study please speak with your GP and the Student Support and Success team in order to ensure that you receive appropriate support to allow you to engage in standard on-campus studies.

Students temporarily unable to attend campus

It is our intention to have all students on campus for face-to-face teaching from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. International students should make all reasonable efforts to get to the UK for the start of the academic year. We recognise there may be circumstances temporarily preventing students being able to attend campus. This includes:

  • international students unable to attend campus at the beginning of semester (due to travel restrictions or other Covid-related short delays); and
  • those students in the UK temporarily unable to attend campus due to having to self-isolate at any point in the academic year.

The following principles will help to shape what we deliver for students who find themselves unable to attend campus for the reasons above:  

  1. Our aim is to have all students on campus for the 2021/22 academic year
  2. We look forward to welcoming all international students onto campus for Semester 1 whatever status their country is (red, amber, green)
  3. Wherever possible, we will accommodate and support international students to quarantine on campus ahead of the semester starting so they are able to start face-to-face (the UK Government is currently considering whether students travelling from red list countries can quarantine in university accommodation rather than prescribed hotels).
  4. We will provide recordings of teaching sessions and access to online (or face to face, once safely back on campus) tutorials for those students who are unable to attend campus for the reasons above.
  5. As a temporary arrangement, where we can create a cohort experience, we will run online seminars where there are large numbers of students self-isolating or quarantining

Staff support

Wellbeing

Employee support offered by the University includes the employee assistance programme, Care first, which is available 24/7 and offers a confidential service of specialist support and information about a range of areas, such as life management, personal support and health.

Nikki Bellerby is our Staff Wellbeing Officer and you can speak to her about any wellbeing issue, contact her at nikki.bellerby@winchester.ac.uk

The significant contribution, commitment and creativity of staff enables us to continually grow and achieve. One of our core values is 'individuals matter' and we are committed to your wellbeing and development. 

We have a range of free benefits, discounts, sources of support, development and wellbeing events available to you, to support you both within and outside of our University. Examples of previous workshops include; Relaxation, Mindfulness and Nutrition,  Supporting Colleagues with Cancer, Coping with the Menopause, Laughing Yoga, Art Workshops, and Resilience. All the activities are advertised on the staff intranet noticeboard. 

Meetings

Please click here to view the newly approved Meetings Policy which sets out whether meetings should be held online or face-to-face.

We are currently in Tier 1, Step 4.

Research seminars can continue to be offered online.

Testing equipment

Staff are able to test equipment in teaching rooms and can book a room by contacting the Room Bookings team.

TEACHING ROOM REFRESHER TRAINING, 10 SEPTEMBER

On the afternoon of Friday 10 September, staff are encouraged to drop-in to familiarise yourself with the use of our teaching rooms. Herbert Jarman Building 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 28, 210 and 212 have been booked.

Many of these rooms will have a colleague available to provide help and support, such as refresher training on connecting a laptop, using teaching desk controls and audio equipment, and recording teaching sessions. The remaining rooms will be empty so you can practice in peace.

Guides containing simple instructions on how to connect your laptop (an additional cable this year) and how to start recording will be available at the training.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable staff

As we enter academic year 2021/22 the University’s intention is for teaching and normal University business to return to being campus based. Our commitment to our students is to provide teaching and services on campus.  

The University’s requirement is that academic staff will teach on campus.  The same requirement to attend campus applies to professional services staff, subject to the operation of the Hybrid Working Framework. 

The advent of vaccination against COVID has led to the ending of the previous shielding requirements, enabling those staff classified as clinically extremely vulnerable to work from campus as required - putting any mitigations in place as advised. The University is following government guidance and is supporting all staff back to campus. We recognise that some clinically extremely vulnerable colleagues may feel anxious about returning to work on campus. Line managers are expected to have supportive conversations with these colleagues. Advice can be found here Protect vulnerable workers - Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (hse.gov.uk) and from HR. Support in the case of any risk assessments that need to be carried out is available from Health & Safety. 

The University will not agree to requests to work solely from home from clinically extremely vulnerable staff on a self-declared basis. Where a member of staff believes they have exceptional medical circumstances that could prevent their return to campus it is their responsibility to raise this with their Dean or Director as soon as possible and no later than Friday, 27 August. This will normally lead to a referral to the University’s Occupational Health Physician for advice.  

Staff are reminded of the strenuous efforts that the University has made to ensure that the campus is a safe working environment. 

Please note that this guidance only relates to employees of the University who are classified as clinically extremely vulnerable. Regrettably the University cannot consider representations relating to the health situation of other members of an employee’s household. 

Travel and International Guidance

Welcoming international students from 27 August

We are really looking forward to our international students joining us here at the University of Winchester.

As the effects of Covid continue to influence travel plans and the latest guidance on travel, there may be changes to Government guidance which impacts your plans. Our advice to all our students is to regularly check the latest UK Government Covid guidance on red, amber and green list rules for entering England.

Please bear in mind that what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad depends on where you have been in the 10 days before you arrive.

It is our intention to have all students on campus for face-to-face teaching from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. We are continuing our enhanced cleaning regime next year, and support all students and staff who wish to continue wearing a mask in communal spaces on campus. We continue to encourage all students and staff to get regularly tested, and we will support both academically and pastorally you if you must self-isolate. We encourage all students and staff to ensure they are vaccinated if possible.

It is our intention to have all students on campus for face-to-face teaching from the start of the 2021/22 academic year. International students should make all reasonable efforts to get to the UK for the start of the academic year. We recognise there may be circumstances temporarily preventing students being able to attend campus. This includes international students unable to attend campus at the beginning of semester (due to travel restrictions or other Covid-related short delays.

The following principles will help to shape what we deliver for students who find themselves unable to attend campus for the reasons above:  

  1. Our aim is to have all students on campus for the 2021/22 academic year
  2. We look forward to welcoming all international students onto campus for Semester 1 whatever status their country is (red, amber, green)
  3. Wherever possible, we will accommodate and support international students to quarantine on campus ahead of the semester starting so they are able to start face-to-face (the UK Government is currently considering whether students travelling from red list countries can quarantine in university accommodation rather than prescribed hotels).
  4. We will provide recordings of teaching sessions and access to online (or face to face, once safely back on campus) tutorials for those students who are unable to attend campus for the reasons above.
  5. As a temporary arrangement, where we can create a cohort experience, we will run online seminars where there are large numbers of students self-isolating or quarantining

Please continue to check the latest Government information on arriving into England. This information can change at any time and you are responsible for following the latest advice relevant to you. If you have any questions, please contact student.advice@winchester.ac.uk - we will be happy to help.

All arrivals into England

Regardless of where you are arriving from, all arrivals from abroad will need to:

Arriving from a country with quarantine requirements

If you will be arriving from a country with quarantine requirements (red list countries and amber list countries unless you are exempt, for example you have been fully vaccinated in the USA), we encourage you to arrive in the UK from 27 August. Arriving at this time will allow you to complete your full 10 day quarantine period before Welcome Week (13-17 September).

Red list country

If you will be arriving from a red list country, the UK Government has stricter requirements on arrival and quarantine.

Before you travel to England you must take a test in the 3 days beforehand and complete a passenger locator form.

You will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel for 10 days. During this time you will need to take a Covid test on day 2 and day 8. The full stay in the quarantine hotel, including all meals and the tests, will cost you £2,285. There is lots of information on the Government website about quarantine hotels. Please book your hotel at least 14 days ahead of your arrival.

Following your quarantine you can then travel to Winchester and move into your accommodation.

Amber list country

Unless you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme or in Europe or the USA, you will need to quarantine for 10 days in your accommodation. If you are exempt from quarantine, please follow the guidance for Green list countries.

Before you travel to England you must take a test in the 3 days beforehand and complete a passenger locator form.

If you are living in University Managed Accommodation, the University will cover the cost of your University Managed housing from 27 August – 11 September to enable you to quarantine. You will not be charged for your accommodation until 11 September.

During your quarantine in your accommodation you will need to take a Covid test on day 2 and day 8 (just day 2 if you are fully vaccinated). You will need to book and pay for your tests before you travel. Find out more about Covid testing during quarantine here.

If you need to quarantine, you may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private COVID-19 test through the Test to Release scheme.

If you are a new student arriving from an amber list country who needs to quarantine, we are pleased to offer you free transportation to campus from London Heathrow airport and we will also provide taxis from Gatwick. We will not provide transportation from any other airport. You should fill in the online airport transfer form giving arrival details and we will email about arranging your airport transportation.

Green list country

Unless you are fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme or in Europe or the USA, you will need to quarantine for 10 days in your accommodation. If you are exempt from quarantine, please follow the guidance for Green list countries.

Before you travel to England you must take a test in the 3 days beforehand and complete a passenger locator form.

If you are living in University Managed Accommodation, the University will cover the cost of your University Managed housing from 27 August – 11 September to enable you to quarantine. You will not be charged for your accommodation until 11 September.

During your quarantine in your accommodation you will need to take a Covid test on day 2. You will need to book and pay for your tests before you travel. Find out more about Covid testing during quarantine here.

 

Supporting our international arrivals

We understand quarantining can be a challenge. To help keep you entertained and connected, we are pleased to offer a special programme of online activities for all of our students who are in quarantine, regardless of where you are staying. Look out for more detail on how to access activities and support.

The University of Winchester is a vibrant community, filled with lots of opportunities to get involved and try new things, and we hope you enjoy a flavour of this from our programme of free activities and events. Get involved with as many activities as you’d like over your quarantine period to get to know fellow students, your Student Union and staff.

Campus life

Facilities

All of our campus facilities will be fully open this academic year. Please follow any guidance relevant to individual spaces.

Screens will remain at catering outlets in place of face coverings and individuals can request that staff lower face coverings when having a discussion.

The Careers and Opportunities team will continue to offer webinars.

Safety measures

We continue to follow the latest Public Health England and government guidelines. While restrictions have been lifted, many of our safety measures are still in place across our campus, including:

  • Enhanced cleaning systems
  • Widespread hand sanitiser and cleaning stations
  • Face covering guidance

It is really important that all staff and students take all safety measures seriously. In order to protect us all, ignoring or refusing to follow government guidelines and regulations will result in disciplinary action, including potential suspension of studies for students.

We all need to:

  • Follow all government, NHS and University guidance and regulations. All University guidance is subject to change in line with the latest government advice. Visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice.
  • Get regularly tested, twice a week
  • Wear a face covering when in University buildings in any crowded areas, where ventilation is poor or when moving around buildings. 
  • Wash our hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes
  • Remember that socialising and having a fun and safe student experience is still important. Visit the Winchester Student Union events calendar and explore a range of extra-curricular opportunities

Personal space lanyards

Yellow lanyards are available to collect from main reception, West Downs reception and the Faculty offices.

These are to indicate that you would appreciate people respecting your personal space and prefer not to have physical contact.

Winchester Student Union

Events

Do I need proof of a negative test or double vaccination to attend an SU event?

Whilst you do not currently need proof of a negative Covid lateral flow test to attend Student Union events it is the Union’s expectation that you will have complied with the request to test yourself twice weekly. As such the Union may request to see proof of such from time to time. You will also be asked to ‘check in’ at our venues using the NHS Covid-19 app. You must not attend any events if you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms. When the national Covid passport scheme comes into effect from 30 September, proof of a negative test or double vaccination will be required for club nights and events. We strongly recommend taking advantage of the University’s pop-up vaccination clinic in the Food Hall on 13 September, in addition to continuing to get yourself tested twice a week on campus. Further information about Covid-19 and our venues can be found on the Union’s website.

Can I get a refund if I have to self-isolate?

If you test positive and are unable to attend a Student Union event that you have a ticket for, a refund will be issued. Please contact the Student Union via su_comms@winchester.ac.uk in advance of the event.

I'm a second year student, can I attend Freshers events?

Due to the restrictions on what we were safely able to deliver last September, we are opening up advance ticket sales to returning second year students, alongside incoming first years. Any remaining tickets on the door will be available to all current University of Winchester students. Full event listings and tickets are available via www.winchesterstudent.co.uk/events 

Sports teams, societies and representation networks

We are delighted to be returning to a normal delivery of all our fantastic activity groups this September. BUCS sporting fixtures will be returning from Wednesday 13 October. We’d recommend attending our Freshers Fayre on Saturday 18 September (11am-3pm) to meet all our Activity groups and experience the wide range of opportunities available to you. We are also hosting ‘Give it a Go’ Week from Monday 20 September.

Advice Centre appointments

Appointments are available in person or via MS Teams. Advice and support can also be provided by phone and by email. The Advice Centre offers free, independent and impartial support and guidance on a range of issues that may be impacting upon your overall University experience. Specialising in supporting students through academic processes, the Advice Centre can also provide support on issues covering wellbeing, housing, and money. Visit www.winchesterstudents.co.uk/advice to find out more.

Our Community

Working together to protect Winchester

We are proud to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic. We provided campus accommodation this spring and summer to frontline staff who were unable to stay in their own homes and car parking spaces to those working at our neighbouring Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

We also donated acetate sheets to the Hospital which were used to make single-use face guards for HHFT staff. Read more about our support for the NHS here.

We are working closely with our community partners, including Winchester City Council and the Police the city to ensure that we have a coordinated approach to our students and staff following all public safety guidance, including social distancing.

We are in regular communication with our students and have outlined that ignoring or refusing to follow government guidelines and regulations will result in disciplinary action, including potential suspension from studies.

Public events are continuing to happen online and we would love for members of the community to attend.  Please keep an eye on the events page of our website for the latest events listings.

 

Get in touch

Contact information

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 ask@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