COVID-19 ADVICE

Advice, guidance and frequently asked questions

Updated 23 February 2022

This page will be updated regularly with the latest advice and information - please continue to check on a regular basis.

The government has recently announced [Monday 21 February] that all COVID-19 restrictions in England will soon be lifted  - you can find out more on their website

UEA staff and students have been emailed on Wednesday 23 February with revised guidance on what this means for them - you can read the message to staff and postgraduate researchers, as well as the message to taught students, on My UEA (login required). 

LATEST COVID-19 FIGURES

UEA daily update on COVID-19 cases – Last updated: Tuesday 24 May 2022

 

Students

Staff

Date

No. of daily positive COVID-19 cases (last 24 hours)

Cumulative positive COVID-19 cases (last seven days)

No. of daily positive COVID-19 cases (last 24 hours)

Cumulative positive COVID-19 cases (last seven days)

Monday 23 May 0 0 0 0
Sunday 22 May 0 0 0 0
Saturday 21 May 0 0 0 0
Friday 20 May 0 0 0 0
Thursday 19 May 0 0 0 0
Wednesday 18 May 0 0 0 0
Tuesday 17 May 0 0 0 0


The information in the table above relates to a daily period from midnight to midnight which is reported to DfE by 2pm on the next day. We are required by DfE to provide a rolling seven-day total of cases (split by staff and students).

UEA, along with other universities, is required to provide a daily update on COVID-19 cases to the Department for Education (DfE). We will be making this information publicly available. (Please note: daily updates will be made Monday-Friday) 

Information for Students

For more information, please see our FAQs for:

Information for Staff

The Government announcement on Wednesday 19 January confirmed that there is no longer a requirement to work from home. This means that staff who were working from home should start to come back to campus. Hybrid working arrangements are obviously in place in many areas so these staff will have a mix of on and off campus working.

If you have any questions or concerns about how these changes may affect you or about returning to campus working, please raise these with your line manager.

For more information, please view our staff guidance (My UEA login required), which includes information and support on working from home, working on campus, returning to campus FAQs and HR guidance.

Here to Support You

We understand that this may be a worrying time. Students can contact Student Services if they would like support on studentsupport@uea.ac.uk, and all UEA staff and students have 24/7 access to Health Assured’s Employee Assistance Programme – their 24/7 helpline number is 0800 028 0199. 

An international University

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. We 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 community to continue to support and respect each other during this time.

Government guidance

Government advice and guidance is constantly under review, and staff and students are encouraged to check their website for up-to-date information. Please note this only applies in England, and there is slightly different guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Vaccination

Please visit the NHS website for more information on COVID-19 vaccines and how to get vaccinated. 

NHS guidance – symptoms and self-isolation

Please visit the NHS COVID-19 website for up-to-date guidance and information.

University Medical Centre

Please check the University Medical Centre's website for up-to-date guidance on their services.  

Travel

Please see the Government's website for the latest information regarding international travel. 

General FAQs

What measures have the University put in place to keep students, staff and the local community safe?

 

Following the Government announcement on Monday 21 February, the University has updated its guidance:  

  • Vaccination: Vaccination remains a vital part of reducing transmission, so we continue to encourage all students and staff to get fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccinations will be available on campus on Monday 7 March, inside the LCR from 10am until 5pm for first, second and booster jabs, and no booking is required. 
     
  • Testing: For more information on testing, including how to order lateral flow tests, please visit the NHS website

  • Cleaning, sanitisation, ventilation and preventative measures: You are encouraged to continue to use hand sanitiser and wipes in shared spaces around campus. Perspex screens in reception areas (or elsewhere where they have been specifically requested) will remain in place until after Easter. Good ventilation remains important, and windows should be opened where possible.  

    The University will continue with enhanced touch point cleaning routines across campus. 

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    Self-isolation: Although the legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19 will be removed from Thursday 24 February, the University strongly recommends that anyone who tests positive stays at home and does not come on to campus for at least five days after a positive test. If you’re a student living on campus, it is recommended that you remain in your accommodation for at least five days after a positive test. This is in line with Government guidance.

    If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you’re also strongly advised to stay at home and not to come to campus for five days from your symptoms starting. 

    If you have a negative test result, but are feeling unwell, we ask you to be considerate to others and exercise personal responsibility about coming on to campus.

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I’m a UEA staff member – where can I find out more information about working arrangements?

 

Please see our staff guidance which includes information and support on working from home, working on campus, returning to campus FAQs and HR guidance. 

I'm a UEA student/staff member - how do I get a rapid lateral flow test?

 
For more information on testing, including how to order lateral flow tests, please visit the NHS website

I think I might have coronavirus symptoms – what should I do?

 

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you’re strongly advised to stay at home and not to come to campus for five days from your symptoms starting. 
 

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.

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

 

Please see the UK Government's website for details on what to do when entering or returning to the UK.