Plymouth College of Art is planning for a return to face-to-face teaching across all campuses for the 2021/22 academic year.
Plymouth College of Art has introduced a wide range of measures since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to maintain a safe working environment for students and staff, minimising transmission on campus, supporting the progress of students during incidents of national lockdown and maintaining as much access as possible to our world-leading resources and creative spaces.
We are planning for a return to face-to-face teaching across all Plymouth College of Art campuses for the 2021/22 academic year, with an end to most social distancing measures unless needed but retaining a few ongoing precautionary measures to keep everyone in our community as safe as possible. These measures are listed below, along with our guidelines around regular COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and what to do if you or somebody in your household becomes ill. If you have any questions about this guidance or plans for the coming year, please get in touch with our support team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not come onto campus if you are experiencing any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
Book a PCR test if you start getting symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Advise us of any positive results as soon as possible.
Self-isolate for 10 days if you have been in close contact with anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and you haven’t had two vaccinations. Our health team will ask for evidence of vaccination or exemption if you are identified as a close contact but plan not to self-isolate.
Please consider wearing face coverings in communal areas - in some areas, where you’ll work in close proximity with other students and staff members, we will strongly encourage the use of face coverings to protect our community.
Swipe your card on all door readers at entrances and exits when moving around our campus. Just as students did before COVID-19, you will also be required to register your attendance for each face-to-face session using our attendance monitoring system - please tap into your classroom, basework or workshop.
Wash your hands with soap and water and regularly use the provided hand sanitizer on campus.
Book study spaces in advance and clean shared equipment.
We strongly advise you to consider taking up the offer of vaccination, which is the best way to offer protection against COVID-19 for you and other members of our community.
Please download and use the NHS Covid App and check into Plymouth College of Art if you are able. This helps us to identify who has been on site and assists the national Test and Trace program.
There are two types of tests for COVID:
Rapid lateral flow tests (LFD - lateral flow device)
Rapid lateral flow tests will give you a result within 30 minutes and are designed to be used when you have no COVID-19 symptoms. You can take these tests yourself at home and they are widely available from pharmacies, by ordering online or from our main receptions in Tavistock Place and Palace Court.
We ask all students and staff members to use LFD tests twice weekly, before coming onto campus. Positive test results should be reported to the NHS online, indicating that you are a student or staff member of Plymouth College of Art by selecting “Plymouth College of Art” from the drop-down list of institutions (please be careful not to accidentally log your results as “Plymouth College”).
If you get a positive result from an LFD test you must self-isolate and book a PCR test within 2 days to confirm the result. You can book a PCR test online or arrange for one to be sent to your home address. You will receive your results by text or email, normally within 48 hours.
The latest government guidance states that students should take a lateral flow test before travelling to Plymouth College of Art, take a test after arrival in your student accommodation and then aim to take a lateral flow test every 3 to 4 days.
Please note that if you have had a positive PCR COVID-19 test from the NHS within the last 90 days, you do not need to be tested again during this 90-day period if you have no symptoms. This is because you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are still required to self-isolate if you experience COVID-19 symptoms or if you are instructed to do so by Test and Trace, even if this is within the 90-day window.
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are designed to be used if you are experiencing symptoms any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) or if you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Unlike LFD tests, PCR tests are sent to a lab to be processed. You can book a test online or arrange for one to be sent to your home address. You will receive your results by text or email, normally within 48 hours.
Please note that if you have had a positive PCR COVID-19 test from the NHS within the last 90 days, you do not need to be tested again during this 90-day period if you have no symptoms. This is because you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are still required to self-isolate if you experience Covid-19 symptoms or if you are instructed to do so by Test and Trace, even if this is within the 90-day window.
Getting vaccinated is an important part of protecting ourselves, our friends, families and community from COVID-19, helping to prevent hospitalisation and save lives.
All over 18s in the UK (or anybody aged 17 and within 3 months of your 18th birthday) are now being offered the opportunity to book their two vaccine appointments, which are provided free-of-charge.
You do not need to have both appointments in the same place. You are free to have one at your home address and one at your term-time address, whatever works best for your travel arrangements.
We strongly advise that you register with a local GP Surgery. If you are not already registered, check the national online site to find out how.
Walk-in vaccination clinics
Around the UK there are walk-in vaccination facilities that do not require pre-booking, and you don’t need to have registered with a GP. Please keep an eye on your local news websites and other media.
Booking your vaccinations
Use the NHS vaccination booking portal to book your first and second jabs at a vaccination centre. You can use this service if you will be in different locations for your first and second jab.
Call the NHS on 119 between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week (free of charge). You can use this service if you will be in different locations for your first and second jab.
An NHS student vaccination FAQ is also now available to answer any questions you may have.
International students are welcome to take part in the UK vaccination programme free of charge.
The NHS student vaccination FAQs online includes more details for international students, from how to book to how it might relate to vaccines you may receive in your home country.
We encourage students and staff to consider taking up the offer of vaccination, which offers protection against COVID-19 for you and other members of our community, meaning that you have less chance of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 or passing it on to others. Being double-vaccinated means that you will not have to self-isolate if you have come into close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
However, being vaccinated does not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Even if you are vaccinated, you must still get tested and isolate if you start to have symptoms.
We have collated below the main information that you might need to know about being asked to self isolate. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with us by email at email@example.com.
We ask all staff and students to download the NHS COVID-19 App and use it to check into Plymouth College of Art by scanning the displayed QR codes when you come onto campus. This helps our internal team and NHS Test and Trace to identify and inform close contacts.
YOU WILL NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS IF:
You tested positive for COVID-19
You have symptoms of COVID-19
You have had a positive LFD test (you should confirm this result by getting a PCR test)
You are waiting for the results of a PCR test
YOU WILL NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS AS A CLOSE CONTACT OF A POSITIVE COVID CASE IF:
You have been told to do so by NHS Test and Trace
You have not been vaccinated or have only had one vaccination
It is less than 14 days since your second vaccination
YOU WILL NOT NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE IF YOU ARE A CLOSE CONTACT OF A PERSON WHO HAS SYMPTOMS OR IS POSITIVE FOR COVID IF:
You are under 18 years old and six months of age
You have had both vaccinations and can demonstrate this to us - if this is the case, we will ask to see proof before allowing you back onto campus.You are under 18 years old and six months of age
You book a PCR test and stay off campus until receiving a negative test result.
If you need to self-isolate we can offer you various forms of support in terms of your welfare and wellbeing, mental health and student finance. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need help with food or other essentials then please contact your Students’ Union to ask about the Student Union Food Bank. You can email them at email@example.com to find out more.
Your Student Union President, Harriet Moore, has been working hard to create and develop online communities for you to keep in touch if you need to isolate. Please feel free to browse the groups here and join via Facebook.
If you need support outside of our opening hours (Mon-Thurs 8.30-17.00, Friday 8.30-16.30) please refer to the information below:
If you’re joining Plymouth College of Art from overseas, you should check whether the country you are coming from is on the red, amber or green travel list. For those arriving from red list countries, you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel on arrival, which is an important measure to prevent the spread of potentially harmful Covid-19 variants in the UK.
If you are arriving from an amber list country, you may be asked to complete a period of self-isolation in your university accommodation. This will depend on whether you have been vaccinated or not before you arrive, and the type of vaccine you have had. More information is available on gov.uk.
Students don’t need to have been vaccinated in order to come to study in England, but if you are offered a vaccine in your home country, we would highly encourage you to take it. If you require a second dose, you will be eligible to receive it once you are in the UK. The NHS has established procedure on ensuring individuals are fully vaccinated even if their first dose is from a vaccine that is not offered in the UK.
All students enrolled on UK courses are eligible to register for medical services with a General Practitioner (GP), which we encourage you to do as soon as you arrive. You will be entitled to receive a COVID-19 vaccination while here, in the same way as domestic students, and registration with your local GP services is the quickest and smoothest way of doing this.
If you have further questions regarding vaccines, you should consult the COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions which has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information. Students can also read about being an international student in England during the pandemic.
If you have other questions, please contact our International Manager Miao Judge on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please get in touch with us through our Absence Reporting Form if you become unwell. Any absences should be reported promptly, particularly if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
If you cannot attend lectures or even if you are unwell and not due to be on site, let us know as soon as possible. Please inform your course tutors, who can often arrange for work to be accessed online.
We plan to retain some ‘live’ online lectures where this has proved beneficial to date, including as part of Extended BA entry year and as part of undergraduate second and third years contextual teaching. For BA (Hons) Year 1 students, we will be using both face-to-face lectures as well as “flipped-lectures” (recorded lecture content online supplemented with structured learning). Otherwise teaching will be on campus and face-to-face unless changes in Covid cases/risks or government regulations dictate otherwise.
Access to facilities, including the library, IT suites, base rooms and workshops, are all planned as on-campus activities, some of which may need to be booked in advance. All students will have access to the full range of our supporting services, including academic support, career guidance, IT support, Library services, student support and registry, using a mixture of online and face-to-face delivery.
We’re retaining one-way systems in our corridors and communal areas (but not in workshops, studios or classrooms), so that we’re well prepared to adapt if circumstances change later in the year. We’ll be asking students, staff and visitors to consider wearing face coverings in communal areas, but we’ll also be clearly signposting a small number of rooms and areas where we strongly encourage the use of face coverings to help protect our community.
If we are required to adopt further precautionary measures to manage COVID-19 in the 2021/22 academic year, we will maintain our planned contact hours, but in some cases this may need to be through a mix of online and physical attendance on campus. Based on previous experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be instances where we need to re-introduce social distancing and/or further measures to limit numbers of staff and students on campus at any one time.
On-campus work will always be prioritised for activities such as studio practice, practical projects, creative experimentation and development of production work, and technical workshops, although elements of all these activities can be achieved through online delivery as well. Under such circumstances, online (‘live’) delivery could therefore include lectures and seminars, tutorials, group critiques, studio briefs, technical workshops and demonstrations, should restrictions due to COVID-19 be required.
- Book a COVID vaccination
- Check the main symptoms of COVID
- What to do if you are asked to isolate by NHS
- How to book a PCR test
- NHS Test and Trace, How it Works
- Self Isolation for vaccinated
- COVID Vaccination Information
- NHS Student Vaccination FAQ
- NHS Test and Trace app
- Report your LFD test results
- Staying Well When Isolating