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COVID-19 Advice, Guidance and FAQs

Updated 27.03.2020

Please be aware that the situation around the covid-19 outbreak is fast-moving and this page will be updated regularly with the latest advice and information - please continue to check this page on a regular basis. 

We want to reassure everyone that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is of the highest priority, and we are continuing to closely review the situation. We are continuing to follow all advice given by Public Health England (PHE), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the NHS, Universities UK, and Travel Health Pro.

PHE have raised the risk to the UK to high. The UK government have now moved into the ‘delay’ phase of their COVID-19 action plan - please read the latest government guidance here

We would advise anyone with concerns to check this page regularly, or go directly to PHE, FCO or NHS websites. PHE have also published some FAQs on COVID-19.

For the University's general FAQs, please see below. We also have specific FAQs for:

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email (lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm weekends):

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk

We understand that people may be concerned about friends and family in affected areas across the globe. Students can contact Student Services if they have concerns on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk. All UEA staff and students have 24/7 access to Health Assured’s Employee Assistance Programme – their 24/7 helpline number is 0800 030 5182.

UEA is proud to be an international university and we strive to maintain a safe, inclusive and welcoming culture on campus. UEA has zero tolerance to any form of abuse or harassment, and we would encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses inappropriate behaviour to report it to us via our Report and Support website, or report it to the Police directly. We would ask all members of our university community to continue to support and respect each other especially during this time.

The UEA University of Sanctuary and Changing the Culture initiatives have issued a statement against racism - please read on their website

Government and NHS Advice

The government recently announced new measures to prevent the spread of covid-19 - please read their new guidance here

If you have symptoms, please follow the NHS guidance below:

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, you'll need to self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with someone who has symptoms, you'll need to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. This is because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Find more advice on how to self-isolate on the NHS website

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 when you cannot get help online. 

Preventing spread of infection

Public Health England recommend that everyone should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene. The NHS have guidelines on maintaining good hand hygiene, as well as advice on preventing the spread of germs on their dedicated COVID-19 page.

The government have also announced new guidance on social distancing measures in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please read the guidance on their website

 

University Medical Centre

Please note that due to the ongoing situation around COVID-19, all appointments at the University Medical Centre (including urgent, same day appointments) will be conducted by telephone with a clinician in the first instance. An appointment in the surgery will then be arranged if needed. 

If you need a prescription but are no longer in the area, the Medical Centre can arrange for prescriptions to be sent electronically to any pharmacy in England - please have the postcode and name of pharmacy to hand. Please order online or over the phone rather than going into the surgery. 

For the latest information, please check the University Medical Centre's website

 

Travel

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions. All countries may restrict travel without notice. Please check the FCO's website for more information. 

The FCO was already advising against all but essential travel or all travel to some areas or countries due to risks that do not relate to COVID-19. This advice remains in place. Check FCO travel advice pages for the latest information.

If you now need to change or cancel your travel plans, follow these steps:

  • contact your airline, travel company, cruise line or other transport and accommodation providers
  • get in touch with your insurance provider
  • continue to follow the NHS coronavirus guidance

The FCO are also advising British people travelling abroad to return to the UK - please visit their website for more information. 

The Home Office have recently changed their guidance around immigration implications of covid-19. If you’re in the UK and your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 30 May 2020, then your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk  to update your records if your visa is expiring. Please visit their website for more information. 

If you would like further advice, staff can contact staff.visacompliance@uea.ac.uk and students can contact student.life@uea.ac.uk

 

General FAQs General FAQs

Are there any cases of coronavirus at UEA?

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus at UEA.

What is the University doing about coronavirus?

A dedicated working group, led by the Chief Resource Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, are meeting daily to co-ordinate the University’s response. The University is in frequent contact with Public Health England, NHS Services and other key partners.

The health and wellbeing of staff and students is our highest priority and the University is working on plans in conjunction with other HEIs and partners to quickly co-ordinate and implement any control measures required by Public Health England. We have been regularly issuing Public Health England and Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidance to all of our staff and students.

Additional cleaning is being put in place across campus as a precautionary measure, and extra hand washing stations have also been installed throughout the University to promote good hygiene practice.


I’ve recently arrived in the UK from overseas – what do I need to do?

 


What should I do if I’ve been harassed because of my nationality or travel history?

The University is committed to fostering a welcoming culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our diverse University community, where everyone can feel safe, valued and supported.

We take any allegations of abuse or harassment extremely seriously and if you have any concerns, please report these to your line manager or HR, or through Report and Support.


What is the procedure if a case is confirmed on campus?

If a student or member of staff contracts COVID-19 Public Health England will notify the University and co-ordinate the identification and tracing of close contacts, which may include colleagues, students and visitors.  A member of the HR team will work closely with Public Health England to support this process.  A close contact is defined as:

  • living in the same house as the infected person
  • coming into contact with their body fluids
  • face-to-face contact, for example talking for more than a few minutes
  • being within 2 metres of the person for more than 15 minutes

Someone in my house/flat has been advised to self-isolate - what should I do?

The government have issued guidance for self-isolation, which includes information on living with someone who is self-isolating. 


Is the University open and operating as normal?

The University remains open. 

Teaching is now being delivered online through Blackboard and work is continuing to support all our students in progressing in their studies. Students should continue to participate in learning activities online through Blackboard.

All summative assessment, including examinations, will be carried out online through Blackboard as far as possible. 

We will be providing further details as soon as possible about how online assessments will operate.

UEA has taken the decision to cancel or postpone public events until after the University’s Easter break. This means that events programmed up to Sunday 19 April will not now take place.


What actions can I take to minimise the spread of infection?

Maintain good hygiene practices:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and hot water for 20 seconds;
  • Use sanitiser gel if soap and water is unavailable;
  • Cover nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and bin the tissue;
  • Use your elbow and sleeve to catch coughs and sneezes if you don’t have a tissue;
  • Clean surfaces regularly;
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Keep up to date with current advice and guidance – this is subject to frequent change:


What is happening to Library services at this time?


I’m an international visitor/student/member of staff whose stay is coming to end but I’m subject to travel restrictions – what happens if I can’t return to my home country before my visa end date?

The Home Office have recently changed their guidance around immigration implications of covid-19. If you’re in the UK and your visa expires between 24 January 2020 and 30 May 2020, then your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). You must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) on CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk to update your records if your visa is expiring. Please visit their website for more information. 

If you would like further advice, staff can contact staff.visacompliance@uea.ac.uk and students can contact student.life@uea.ac.uk


I’ve been advised by the NHS to self-isolate – what do I need to do?

The NHS have issued guidance on how to self-isolate. If you need to self-isolate, students should contact Student Services on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk. If you are an employee, please contact your line manager.


I think I may have symptoms – what should I do?

 Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read the NHS advice on self-isolation and symptoms. .

If you need to self-isolate, students should contact Student Services on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk. If you are an employee, please contact your line manager.

 


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