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Coronavirus

The Government announced new national lockdown restrictions from 5 November. Universities remain open and the safety and wellbeing of our University community remains our priority. From 30 November we are offering free, easy and quick Covid-19 testing to our students, as part of a national testing programme.

Keeping you safe Book a test Return to campus FAQs

COVID-19 testing for students

We are taking part in a new national testing programme - giving students who do not have symptoms the chance to have COVID-19 tests before returning home for the Christmas break.

Book a test

Keeping you safe

Reporting Coronavirus symptoms

It is vital that staff and students report any symptoms of coronavirus to help keep our University community safe. We are also committed to sharing numbers on any cases on campus and any action being taken.

Students: Email studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk
Staff: Please inform your line manager.

Campus Community Pledge

We all have a critical role to play in reducing the spread of Covid-19 and we have put measures in place to prioritise the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone on our campus. Our Campus Community Pledge sets out the behaviours we must all adopt to protect and support each other.

Read our Campus Community Pledge

Check in and out of campus using SafeZone

We are encouraging everybody to use the SafeZone app to check in and out of campus. It is free to download and will help us with any necessary contact tracing and minimise potential coronavirus transmissions within our community.

In certain buildings, such as MIMA, the library and catering outlets, QR codes will also be on display where people can check in using the NHS Test and Trace app.

Download Safezone

Return to campus

New National Restrictions

National lockdown announced

The Government has announced new national lockdown restrictions from 5 November. In line with Government guidance, we will be moving teaching online from 9 December. A travel window has been put in place from 3 to 9 December and is the period of time when students are advised to travel home. This immediately follows the current four-week national lockdown and is the safest period to travel while minimising any potential spread of COVID-19.

Read our latest student update

More about the new national restrictions


Phased approach

We are implementing a phased approach for a return to campus, with the safety and wellbeing of our University community our priority. This plan is subject to change if government guidance is revised.

We are currently at Phase 2 - Hybrid Operations

Phase 5
Phase 4
Phase 3
Phase 2
Phase 1

More about our phased approach


Student experience

Since September, we have been operating a hybrid model for teaching, meaning students spend some time learning online and some time learning on campus. From 9 December, in line with Government guidance, we will be moving teaching online. We hope to be able to welcome students back as normal in January. Read our student experience guide below to find out more about what you can expect at university in 2020-21.

Student experience guide

Read our latest student update Read our latest update for international students

Information for PGR students


Request for Support

Request for Support - Self-Isolating / Quarantining Students

We appreciate that self-isolating / quarantining can be a challenge and we are here to support you. If you are self-isolating, please report this to Studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk to receive your Essentials Pack from us. And, if you require urgent support, and no other members of your household or friends can help, we are providing additional help for quarantining student households in University accommodation and private rented term time accommodation in central Middlesbrough.

Request for support


Procedures and guidance

We have carried out a comprehensive risk assessment as a key part of our recovery planning and have also implemented strict social distancing guidance to keep our campus safe. Read the full documents below, along with additional safety procedures and guidance.
More information for staff on the HR Unity pages


We will continue to keep this website updated with the latest information and notify students and staff of any key developments.

The University has followed guidance from local health teams and Government as we implement our return to campus plans for the new academic year. The information presented on this page is therefore subject to change and we recommend that you regularly check back for the most up to date information.

Page last updated: 23/11/2020

Support for staff and students

#TeamTeesside

As a University #TeamTeesside is proud to be supporting the national effort to tackle Coronavirus (Covid-19) and help our University community to stay positive.

See what our students and staff have been doing and access our health and well-being advice and guidance.

More about #TeamTeesside

Symptoms and advice

Symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Advice

We continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the World Health Organisation and would encourage you to refer to these websites for the most up to date information.

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk, or for medical advice contact NHS 111.

Additional information

Staff

If you have any concerns about your health and wellbeing, or questions and concerns relating to your work, please contact your line manager.

If you have any concerns about a student who may be exhibiting symptoms, please report this to studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk.

Digital support and advice about working from home

To support agile working and staff working from home, Information and Digital Services (ITDS) and Learning Environment Technology Services (LETS) have been working to increase the options available for video conferencing

All staff PCs and Laptops should have the Skype for Business Client.
How to access Skype for home

Use the VC category to quickly find video conferencing clients.

iPads can be used for Skype, Skype for Business and Teams video calls.

iPad Instructions

Both Skype and Teams are available for University Managed iPads and iPhones in the Self Service App.

Email, Skype for Business and Teams may be used on personal devices if they have Active Sync follow the link to check or apply

Skype can only call to Landlines if the user has a Lync phone.

LTE digital resources

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement (LTE) team provides a variety of support materials online, via LTE Online plus face-to-face drop-in sessions.

Academic colleagues can also obtain specific guidance on digital learning.

How to use Microsoft Teams

LTE has provided hints and tips on how to make the most of Microsoft Teams to help you work remotely.

Microsoft Teams features Chat (instant message individuals or groups), Online Meetings (text, audio or video) and integrated Office 365 apps.

Find out more about Microsoft Teams

For any further information, contact ITDS or LETS

Working from home

Our Working Safely at Home Guidance to support staff is available on the University's Health and Safety page. We have also made the Public Health England presentation Working from Home - Display Screen Equipment - Quick Fixes available.

Download a guide on how to increase your internet speed & avoiding problems whilst working from home

Student & Library Services support

Student & Library Services has plenty of electronic resources and online support for staff and students - including help and information on working effectively off campus, virtual activities and workshops, and more.
Find out more

Other concerns

We understand that our students may have concerns for themselves or for friends and family at this time. Our student support teams are here to help and can be contacted via studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk.

Students

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk and for medical advice contact NHS 111

If you need to contact your Academic School, you can do so at the following email addresses:

If you have any concerns about your visa please contact international.compliance@tees.ac.uk

Assessment information

Postgraduate research studies

Please read the following information for postgraduate research (PGR) students and supervisors about PGR studies.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about PGR studies and examinations
Process for remote viva examinations

Help for business from Teesside University

Through this challenging time, Teesside University is here to help your organisation make the most of the special package of support that we have put in place.
Find out more about our support

Frequently asked questions

Further information

If you have any concerns, please contact studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk and for medical advice contact NHS 111