We are all looking forward to our campuses returning to their full vibrancy and creativity, with our places and people inspiring and supporting us to achieve our best. However, we are still in a global pandemic and we need to make sure that we all work to reduce the risk of disruption to our activities in the coming academic year.
Key University messages regarding COVID-19 and the impact of government guidelines on your studies can be found on our Coronavirus guidance for students page.
Check the term dates for academic year 2021/22.
Travelling and testing
Travelling to university from abroad?
More information for about travel restrictions and requirements for both current and new international students can be found on our Coronavirus guidance for students page.
Travelling to university from within the UK?
You are encouraged to test before you travel to university.
When you arrive, you should take three tests (three or four days apart) and then test twice a week. Test kits can be picked up from locations across our campuses.
It is very important that, when testing at home, test results are reported online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void. Reporting results helps the NHS monitor the spread of the virus, combat the virus and save lives.
Have you had your vaccination?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19. As a student, you are expected to be double-vaccinated against coronavirus.
A booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone aged 18 and over, and some people aged 16 and over, who have had two doses of the vaccine at least three months ago. You are expected to engage with the booster programme.
You can book an appointment or drop into a walk-in clinic. There are walk-in clinics across the UK, many opening early and closing late.
You won’t be excluded from any timetabled academic activities if you're not fully vaccinated, but government guidelines may mean you’re excluded from social activities such as nightclubs and large indoor events.
If you’re travelling from abroad to study with us and aren’t able to be vaccinated where you’re currently living, there will be opportunities for you to have the vaccine when you arrive.
Regular testing to keep us all safe
As part of returning to on-campus teaching, you are expected to have asymptomatic COVID-19 tests regularly. In the first week that you are back on campus, please have two tests, three days apart, then weekly thereafter.
Reducing the spread of coronavirus
Please continue to follow safety guidance when on campus and self-isolate when you need to.
Wash your hands
- Frequently, with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser, if you can’t wash your hands. There are gel stations across campus. Get in the habit of using it when you pass one.
Cover your face
- It is mandatory to wear a face covering anywhere on campus, unless you are medically exempt. This includes teaching, laboratory, skills, library and IT labs, and social settings. Face coverings can be removed in cafés and food outlets when seated at a table to eat or drink.
- Remember to be mindful and respectful of others, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Be nice and make space.
You must make sure you read our COVID-19 expectations for students. These include expected behaviour, reporting symptoms, self-isolation and living in UWE Bristol accommodation.
Assessing your COVID-19 risk level
If you're nervous about returning to campus, we've put together this form to help you understand your risk level and the support you might need before returning to campus.
UWE Bristol has worked hard to make studying with us as safe as possible during the current pandemic.
It is important that you consider your personal situation and ask for support if you have any concerns.
In addition to the normal cleaning programme, a higher frequency of cleaning has been implemented.
All hand contact points will be cleaned throughout the day (e.g. door furniture, hand rails, food preparation areas, toilets, flush plates, taps, dispensers etc.).
Using study spaces
Sanitising wipes or sanitising spray and cloths will be available. After visiting a study space, please consider wiping down surfaces for the next person to use. To maintain the safe use of our spaces, the numbers of occupants using an area may be ‘capped’.
Read our coronavirus updates for library users for information about which services are available and which are not currently running.
"We must remember that we can reduce the risk as much as possible, but personal responsibility and the actions of every individual will be the biggest factor in reducing the transmission of coronavirus.
We all need to follow the guidance and measures that will be in place. We are the agents of spread and we can significantly reduce or accelerate spread by our own actions. We need to ensure we work together to reduce risks."
Steve West Vice-Chancellor