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Student Update: Covid-19 Reporting Procedures, Wolverhampton Test Centre and Support for Students

08/10/2020
Student Update: Covid-19 Reporting Procedures, Wolverhampton Test Centre and Support for Students

In our efforts to minimise the spread of coronavirus and support the NHS Test and Trace programme, a standard University-wide process has now been agreed for all reports of suspected and confirmed Covid-19 cases for both students and staff at the University of Wolverhampton.

Staff across the University continue to work hard to embed the best possible safety measures, and we have successfully returned some of our staff and students to campus already. However, everyone has a role to play, and the process outlined below is an essential part of this.

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms or have received a positive test result:

Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

  • If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and/or you have received a positive test result, you will need to email covid-19help@wlv.ac.uk stating; your name, student number and a contact telephone number.
  • Anyone who experiences coronavirus symptoms must not come on to campus or must leave campus immediately, avoid touching anything and return to their home or residence.
  • Once you have sent your email, you will receive a response which contains a link to complete our online reporting form.
  • Students should also contact their Personal Tutor or Academic Coach to let them know that they cannot return to campus; this enables the University to ensure that there is support in place to complete learning activities at home if appropriate.
  • Once you have submitted the online reporting form, the University will work with the local Health Protection Team (HPT) to contact you, to advise you on your next steps and to complete a risk assessment. This will help us to protect other students and staff.

All data collected will be processed in accordance with the University's Track and Trace privacy notice.

Completing the online reporting form will notify your Faculty Student Services, the Student Support and Wellbeing team and the Library. This enables the University to ensure the right support is in place for you whilst you are required to self-isolate.

You can find more information about what to do if someone in your household has symptoms or if you have been identified by Test and Trace on our website:https://www.wlv.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus/covid-reporting-procedure-/ 

Wolverhampton Testing Centre – Faulkland Street

A new walk-through Covid-19 test centre has opened on Faulkland Street Car Park in the centre of Wolverhampton.

If you have symptoms, you should get a test as soon as possible. Coronavirus symptoms are a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. You should call 119 or visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to arrange a free NHS test at your nearest test centre.

Support for students

Whether you are a new or returning student, things will no doubt feel very different as you commence your studies this year, but we are here to help you find your way and settle in.  The University has a vast range of support services available to you, and we understand that identifying the right support channel may not always be easy. 

If you're not sure what support service you need, you should visit www.wlv.ac.uk/support where you can find more information and contact the student support and wellbeing team directly.

There might be times when you need a bit of extra support - whether that's with your studies, finding information, developing your skills or something more personal - we'll be here. Our flexible approach ensures that you have the information, support and advice you need from your first days at the University through to your graduation and beyond.

Visit: wlv.ac.uk/support 

Students' Union

We recognise that these are incredibly unusual times to be a student, and we want to reassure you that there are still opportunities to meet people and make friends. The Students' Union is hosting a range of virtual events, and we would encourage you to join in and find out more: www.wolvesunion.org/ents/eventlist/ 

Request a Welfare Check

If you're struggling with any aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic, or adjusting to your studies and would like someone from University to contact you- you can request a Welfare Check.

Complete this form to request your welfare check: https://www.wlv.ac.uk/current-students/student-support/student-support-and-wellbeing-ssw/welfare-checks/

Staying Safe

As you will appreciate, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic means that working and studying on-campus will be somewhat different from previously. We remain committed to ensuring that you have the best learning experience possible, but we need to place the safety of students and staff at the heart of everything we do.

This means that we expect all staff and students to adhere to the social distancing measures and other controls, such as wearing face coverings and following local restrictions. It is your responsibility as a member of the University community to be aware and abide by these so that we are all safe. 

10 things students should do to stop the spread of Covid-19

  1. Don't invite visitors to your student flat, house or garden (or you visit theirs)*
  2. Wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds
  3. Wear a face covering when required
  4. Stay 2m apart, or 1m+ when not possible
  5. Download the NHS Covid-19 app
  6. Complete assignments from your home or residence if you can
  7. Adhere to the 10 pm hospitality curfew
  8. Support businesses that are Covid-secure
  9. Self isolate and get a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19
  10. Share your contact details for NHS Test and Trace

*You can only invite people into your accommodation or garden for specific purposes set out in law or if they are in your support or care bubble. 

View this flyer, which includes a map with the location of the new Faulkland Street test centre and top tips for students here: Covid-19 Walk-Through Test Locations A5 - Students (002).

For more information please contact the Corporate Communications Team.

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