It is up to each individual to decide what the best course of action is for their own personal circumstances, but under the new national restrictions that came into force from 5 November, the Government requires everyone to stay at their current home, except for specific purposes. This means you should not leave your term-time address to return home between 5 November and 2 December. This will allow all students who are able to, to benefit from face-to-face teaching, Covid-secure educational facilities, and prevent the increased risk of spreading Covid-19 around the country.
As is the case for the rest of the population, students may only leave home for specific reasons, including:
- for education
- for work, for example if you cannot work from home
- for exercise and recreation outdoors, with your household, or on your own with one person from another household
- for medical reasons or appointments
- to escape injury or harm (including mental health crises)
- to shop for food and essentials
- to provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
The national restrictions are for 4 weeks. We are expecting further guidance from the Government soon on how students can return home safely at the end of term.
A number of students commute from their family home to a HE provider. Students can still travel to their HE provider for educational purposes but should make sure that they take account of all public health guidance on safer travel, so that they and their fellow passengers stay as safe as possible.
We understand that many of you may want to return home to be with family during this difficult time, however we do encourage you to stay where you are in line with Government guidance. As always, we continue to prioritise the education, health and well-being of our students throughout the pandemic.