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As the unprecedented situation with Coronavirus (Covid-19) develops, we know you may have questions about how this will impact you and your education.

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: 12/10/2021

How does teaching work?

Following the lifting of restrictions, all on-campus teaching is now able to resume. Students will be informed about their timetables for the 2021/22 academic year in due course.

Can I access Covid-19 testing at university?

With more people returning to campus, it is more important than ever to continue to access regular COVID-19 testing.

One in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing.

If you are travelling back to Teesside University from another area, you should take a test in advance, either via your local community testing programme, or by ordering a home test online.

Once back at University, you should take three COVID-19 tests, 3 to 4 days apart at our on-site testing centre, before accessing home-testing, which should be done twice a week.

We will soon be making home testing Lateral Flow Devices available from the University and more details will be available shortly.

What if I can't attend an on-campus class?

We recognise that you will all have different circumstances, and guidance is changing all the time. We are here to support you and help make sure that you have the best experience possible during your studies.

If you are not able to attend class please contact your Academic School to inform them of your absence. If your absence is Covid-related, please inform your School and studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk.

Information for UKVI Sponsored Students

If you are a UKVI Sponsored student in the UK, you must attend all on-campus classes in accordance with UKVI regulations. There are certain circumstances where you may not be able to attend:

  • Quarantine: If you have just arrived in the UK and must undergo a period of quarantine, then you should follow quarantine guidance and inform your School of the end of your period of quarantine.
  • Self-isolation: Where you are contacted and advised that you must self-isolate, you should follow the guidance on self-isolation and inform your School of the date that your isolation ends.
  • Other reasons: If you are absent for other reasons, e.g. due to illness, please discuss with your Academic School

Academic schools

What is the University doing to keep students safe?

We continue to prioritise the safety and well-being of our University community.

All members of our University community should continue to play their part by wearing face-coverings in communal indoor spaces, accessing testing, practicing good hygiene measures, and taking up the opportunity to be vaccinated when this is offered. Students are also asked to continue to follow the values and behaviours set out in our Campus Community Pledge.

Do I need to wear a face covering?

Unless exempt, whilst at the University you must continue to wear a face covering in indoor places where social distancing cannot be maintained, in circulation areas and in places where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

How do I report symptoms?

If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, you must report it to us by emailing studentwellbeing@tees.ac.uk.

Am I still expected to attend my clinical placement?

Yes, please continue to attend your planned placement as normal, unless you have been advised otherwise by your placement provider or the University. We are working closely with our placement providers, Health Education England and Public Health England to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Clinical placements are a critical part of health professional courses and completion of these placements is required by the professional body regulations. The current situation is unprecedented and our priority is to ensure continuity of learning, along with the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. We are continuing to support clinical placements so that we do not jeopardise the ability for our students to successfully complete their course or conditions of professional registration.

More information

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

The University continues to heed government advice and we're regularly updating our own guidance.

View our guidance on Coronavirus