A message for students from Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), about managing COVID risk and examinations and assessment.

Dear students,

The Colleges and the University are all looking forward to welcoming you back for Easter Term.  We hope very much to see a term as close to 'normal' as possible, following the lifting of the remaining COVID restrictions in the UK on 1 April.

Managing COVID risk

The UK Government has issued new guidance on living safely with COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. It now advises everyone to manage COVID in the same way as other respiratory infections. This means that if you have respiratory symptoms and a high temperature, or do not feel well enough to carry out your normal activities, you should stay at home, avoid contact with others, and take sensible precautions.

There is no longer any requirement to test regularly for COVID, and the symptomatic testing pod on Fen Causeway will cease operation on Thursday 14 April 2022. These facilities have been key in keeping members of the University and the wider community safe during the pandemic and I want to thank all those involved in their operation.

If you have respiratory symptoms you no longer need to let the University know. However, if you need help to avoid contact with others, you should let your College know. The COVID Helpdesk, now renamed the Communicable Disease Helpdesk, will remain open to advise students and staff.

Examinations and assessment

The full examination timetables have been published on our website. If you are unwell on the day of your examination, you must contact your College tutorial office without delay. The Guide to Examinations offers further details on all examinations, in-person and online, and will be updated before the start of the Easter Term. You should ensure that you have familiarised yourself with the details relevant to your examinations. Where Faculties and Departments have selected in-person examinations as their mode of assessment in the Easter term 2022, students are required to attend the examination venue.

This term will be the final one for many students who have seen their education impacted by the extraordinary events of the past two years. I want to thank you all for your responsible approach and your resilience, and to wish you well for Easter Term and for any examinations and assessments you have.

With best wishes,

Professor Graham Virgo 

Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)