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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: 14/05/2021

How does teaching work?

The Government has confirmed that from 17 May, students on all courses are permitted to return to campus. Many students on practical courses, or those who have needed access to specialist facilities, have already been permitted to return to University as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. We are now able to extend this access to all students.

Due to the timing of the latest announcement towards the end of the academic year, there will be limited changes to the current arrangements. Schools will contact students directly if there are any changes to teaching arrangements.

We have introduced a No Detriment Approach to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19. Find out more about the assessment, progression and award arrangements 2021

Can I return to my term time accommodation?

The Government guidance has been that students should not return to campus, or to term-time residential accommodation, unless their course has resumed on-campus teaching. From 17 May, the Government confirmed that students on all courses are permitted to return to campus and will once again be able to return to their term time accommodation.

Will my assessment be online?

All assessments have been approved for the semester. Please check the Module Blackboard sites or contact your Module Leader for more information.

Will I be able to access campus facilities or the Library to support my learning?

Our Central Middlesbrough Library remains open and you can continue to book dedicated study spaces. The Student Life building is also now open for students.

We were also pleased to re-open The Gym earlier this month. Students must have a valid gym membership to use The Gym and you can make bookings here.

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. If you can't attend on-campus classes for various reasons, then you need to let us know using the contact details below.

If you can't make it to campus, our hybrid teaching model is flexible enough that you will still be able to engage in your learning online. We are here to support you and help make sure that you have the best experience possible during your studies.

If you are going to be absent, please report it to the relevant School team below:

What is the University doing to keep students safe?

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

There is limited capacity in buildings, one-way systems in place and, whilst at University, unless exempt, 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. 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.

I live in halls and have been told to self-isolate; what should I do?

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