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Returning to campus in the new year: Return dates and testing

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You will be aware of our plans for delivery of teaching and learning in Semester 2, and also whether you have the option to study remotely next semester or are required on-campus, based on the communication you received from your programme team in the week of 16 November.

If you are returning to campus in the new year, you will no doubt have seen the government’s guidance regarding the return of students to their university, following the Christmas break. This sets out that return dates should be staggered over five weeks, with students who are required on campus (eg: for practice-based teaching and/or on-campus examinations) returning in the first weeks. Students who wish to return to campus for wellbeing reasons or to access study space will also have the flexibility to do so. Testing will be offered to all students.

We have planned for a staggered return to ensure that  students are able to access testing slots, at the right time. Recommended return dates will vary between programmes and your programme team will be in touch with you to confirm this.

For Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) the campus will be open and available to continue research activities under current guidelines from the 4 January 2021. PGR students are therefore able to return from this date and should arrange to take tests in-line with their return.

If you are an international student and have already booked your return flights to Manchester, we can be flexible with your planned return date.

Before you travel

Before heading back to campus, you should continue to follow the local Tier guidance on social contact in your area, or other COVID-19 guidance as relevant to your country.

If you are required to self-isolate at your current location and cannot return to campus on the date specified, you should notify the University through our eForm. Your School will then be notified and can make further arrangements with you.

How to travel

We encourage you to use private modes of travel where possible. If you need to use public transport, then please follow the government’s safer travel guidance.

If you are returning to University accommodation, there are some key things to remember:

  • If you are new to Manchester and will require, under UK government restrictions, to quarantine on your arrival you must let us know when you are planning to arrive. Read more on how to book quarantine accomodation.
  • If you are moving in to your hall for the first time, be sure to read about how to collect your keys
  • When you arrive or return to halls, please remember that only yourself and one other person to help you are permitted
  • If you are returning – don’t forget to bring your key back with you!
  • Please also take a moment to read about our expectations of your behaviour in halls

Testing on your return

We will be continuing to offer testing to our students in 2021. This testing is for students without symptoms. The tests are available to all students, including those living at home who may not have travelled over the Christmas break.

We’ve also agreed with public health authorities that you can take a test through NHS Test and Trace while you’re at home.  Please get a test while you’re home, 3-4 days before returning and we recommend you take two tests, three days apart when you come back to Manchester.

There’s more information on all the testing options on our website.

We look forward to welcoming you back to your studies in the new year. Don’t forget that we have a number of services available to you over the Christmas break and you can find out more about these on our Christmas support webpage.

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