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General and campus FAQs

Following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on 24 February 2022, the University has relaxed protocols, but still encourages the wearing of face-coverings, use of hand sanitisation stations and we will continue to ventilate our buildings.

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You can also view our outbreak control plan, which outlines the measures we are taking to prevent, contain and manage the pandemic at Solent, as well as how we will react to outbreaks in the city.

As of Tuesday 21 February 2022, the Government announced that testing is no longer required if you’re coming onto campus. 

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The Government has amended the legal agreement that enables universities to issue Covid-19 rapid LFD test kits. Universities are now only able to issue test kits when there is a recognised Covid-19 outbreak, as determined by the local director of Public Health. Therefore, from Saturday 26 February, test kits will no longer be available from the Spark reception, the distribution bins across the campus, or from St Marys and Warsash campuses.

Students and staff can still utilise LFD test kits they have collected before Saturday 26 February and are encouraged to report the outcome of their test via the NHS website.

LFD test kits are still available from pharmacies, community collection points, or online. PCR test kits are also available online.

There is plenty of information and advice on the NHS and Government websites.

Students should speak to the Student Hub and staff should speak to their manager about any worries or queries.

If you have specific health concerns, please contact NHS 111.

If you feel you are vulnerable or at higher risk from Covid-19 because of a medical condition or any other factor, please get in touch as soon as possible so we can provide any advice and support you may need.

Students, please contact the Student Hub by email: student.hub@solent.ac.uk.

Staff, please speak to your manager in the first instance, who should contact People and Development for further advice if necessary.

We strongly encourage students to be vaccinated as soon as possible. You can book your vaccination slot or find a walk-in centre on the NHS website.

Please visit the portal for information on where you can get advice for health and wellbeing support, funding advice, learning support, and much more.  

If staff have any queries, they should speak to their manager or People and Development business partner, or visit our Ways of Working portal pages.

Travel guidance - December 2021

  • Staff and students should consider the need for international travel and explore acceptable alternatives before commencing a travel booking process.
  • It is likely that Covid-19 travel restrictions will continue to affect international mobility, and therefore will affect planned student placements and Turing Scheme projects and participants during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • To reduce any financial burden on participants, tutors should consider, where appropriate, delaying the start of student placements until later in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
  • At present, Turing Scheme placements and student course placements cannot take place in red list countries, in line with the UK government guidance: “The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to red listed countries based on the current assessment of Covid-19 risks.” Travel for educational purposes including student placements and that under the Turing Scheme is not considered to be essential travel and is therefore not exempt from this restriction.
  • Participants who travel to a country that is on the ‘rest of the world’ list at the time of travel, but is subsequently added to the red list during their placement, must follow the current FCDO guidance for the destination country. Those who remain in their destination country in this situation will continue to be eligible for financial support under the Turing scheme.
  • Students should delay or rearrange placements in countries requiring hotel quarantine because:
    • it would place a financial burden on participants
    • it will not be possible to effectively safeguard participants within the restrictions of a quarantine hotel environment

Travellers must check the FCDO (Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office) for travel advice before making any bookings.

  • All international student travel must have a risk assessment (or risk profile in the case of applications via the placement app) completed by the traveller and signed off by the tutor or member of the International team for each case. 
  • If travel is for an assessed part of a student’s course then students will need to fill out the placement app in full, including a risk profile. This will then be reviewed and, if suitable, approved by the placement tutor.  Placements as part of a course can only go ahead when the placement app has been fully approved by both the placement tutor and the placement employer.
  • For the duration of any international travel, student international placement or Turing exchange students are expected to follow FCDO guidance and may be required to return at short notice as the situation can change rapidly
  • Where the FCDO information is ‘advise against all but essential travel’ or advise against all travel’ at the time of booking then travel will not be approved by the University and no bookings should be made. There will be no insurance cover in place for any trips booked under these circumstances.
  • Where the FCDO changes advice to ‘against all but essential travel’ or against all travel’ after booking but before travel, then the travel should be postponed or cancelled. An insurance claim for costs would be considered, but reimbursement from the travel provider should be sought first.
  • If changes are made by the UK government to the traffic light system whilst a traveller is abroad, cost of an earlier return journey may not be covered. An amendment to transport tickets should be discussed with the travel provider.
  • Students traveling overseas will be required to comply with any local isolation, testing or quarantine requirements in their destination country, and will need to rely on the local health system. Medical insurance will be in place providing that the above steps in relation to FCDO advice have been taken.
  • If a traveller becomes ill and needs to quarantine during their trip an insurance claim will be considered.  However, changes to testing expectations or entering a governmental facility for quarantine on return to the UK are unlikely to be reimbursed.
  • If a placement is an assessed part of a student’s course tutors must ensure that a student has fully completed the placement app information before authorisation is given or travel is booked.  Placements can only go ahead when the placement app has been fully approved by both the placement tutor and the placement employer.
  • A record should be kept of all student international travel to include, name, destination, duration.
  • Destination countries may set additional restrictions while participants are already there. Tutors must ensure their participants are aware of these and are still able to travel to undertake their placement and comply with all relevant advice and restrictions in their destination country.
  • If there is no travel advisory in place at the time off booking and at the time of travel then full insurance cover applies for unexpected events. This will not include testing or quarantine if required.
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