Updated 23 February 2022
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.
All students have been emailed on Wednesday 23 February with details of revised University guidance - you can read the message to taught students and postgraduate researchers on My UEA (login required).
What does the lifting of COVID restrictions mean for UEA students?
All students have been emailed on Wednesday 23 February with UEA’s revised guidance following the latest Government announcement – this can be read on My UEA.
If you have any queries or concerns, please get in touch with the Student Information Zone - you can contact them in person or by email or live chat, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also leave feedback anonymously through the ‘We’re Listening’ platform.
Do I need to wear a face covering at UEA?
Face coverings will no longer be required in University buildings, but we know some staff and students may wish to continue to wear them. Please be respectful of an individual’s choice on this matter.
Staff and students operating in other professional environments (including the NHS) must follow the face covering guidance for those settings.
What are the rules around 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 should stay at home or in their UEA accommodation if living on campus for at least five days after a positive test. This is in line with Government guidance.
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.
Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms is also strongly advised to stay at home or in their UEA accommodation for at least five days from the beginning of symptoms. Please contact your module organiser or academic adviser if this means you cannot attend any in-person teaching.
Do I need to test for COVID-19? Where can I get lateral flow testing kits?
The Government has announced they have removed the guidance for staff and students in higher education settings to undertake twice weekly testing from Monday 21 February. While free testing kits will be harder to come by, we would encourage those who have access to test kits to continue testing regularly and to stay at home for 5 days if you test positive.
Government regulations also stipulate that the University will no longer be able to distribute lateral flow test kits on campus. For the latest information on ordering lateral flow tests, please visit the Government website.
I've not had my COVID-19 vaccine yet - how do I arrange this?
Vaccination remains a vital part of reducing transmission, so we continue to encourage all students and staff to get fully vaccinated. You can book a COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website or calling 119, or there are various walk-in clinics across the country offering the vaccine. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the NHS website.
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.
Will I need to be registered with a GP to a COVID vaccine?
You don’t need to be registered with a GP to get a COVID vaccine – you can go to a walk-in clinic. However, all students are required to register with a GP during their time at university.
I'm travelling overseas soon - what do I need to do?
You can find a step-by-step guide on travelling abroad and returning to England on the UK Government’s website.
I'm an international student - is there specific information for me?
Yes – please see our International Student FAQs for further information.
What financial support is available for students?
Students worried about their finances can access support via Student Services, who will be able to advise on support available.
Students whose financial circumstances have changed may be eligible for financial support through Student Finance England – you can apply for help within an academic year up to nine months after it starts.