Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information for students

General questions about the University

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 and are a Bangor student, you may access the Bangor University student covid-19 testing arrangement at https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/covid/

If you have received a positive test result for Covid-19 please notify the University as soon as possible here https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/covid/

You should only get tested if you develop symptoms. If you are a contact to a case a negative test result will not exempt you from the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days.  

The Welsh Government has announced that the Bangor City area is subject to a ‘Health Protection Zone’ from Saturday 8th October. This means that there are additional legal restrictions which must be followed. The area included in the Zone can be seen on this map.

In particular the new rules mean that:

1. You are not allowed to travel out of the Bangor City area unless it is for work or study. This means that you can’t travel back to your family home at this time (unless you are a daily commuting student), even if you are well and not self-isolating.

2. As per the guidelines, you are not permitted to form an extended household. This means you can only mix with your own household when indoors, which if you live in University Halls will be the other students in your flat. You must not enter anyone else’s accommodation, on or off campus.

3. If you are self-isolating then you must stay in your accommodation, you are not permitted to go out.

4. When going on to campus to study please follow all of the instructions around face coverings and maintain 2 meters distance from others.

More information can be found here

As you will be aware the rules and regulations have been changing quickly, also the rules in Wales are not always the same as the rules in England. The University constantly monitors the rules and guidance that come out from both central Government and the devolved Welsh Government. At this point, you are not allowed to travel out of the Bangor City area unless it is for work or study. This means that you can’t travel back to your family home at this time (unless you are a daily commuting student), even if you are well and not self-isolating.

We are providing a Blended Learning experience. This is what you can expect:

  • On-campus live sessions such as seminars, practicals and tutorials will be delivered in small groups so that you are able to socially distance. The size of the groups will depend on the social distancing measures in place at the time.
  • In subject areas where it is appropriate, staff are also working on delivering practicals online, including the use of cutting-edge laboratory-based software.
  • You will receive “normal” lecture sessions online. These may be recorded or may be live. In addition staff are working on new innovative and exciting ways of delivery, such as short recorded sessions which would include interactive activities to develop learning communities with fellow students and high quality learning experiences.
  • Your own self-directed learning will also be part of your programme as is usually the case. (e.g., reading, preparing for assignments, watching other video resources, working with your fellow students on learning activities).

The amount of your programme that will be on-campus live or online depends upon a number of things.

Firstly, how much of your specific course is made up of large lectures, seminars, practicals and field work. Secondly on the rules and guidelines related to Covid-19 which we have to comply with as we go through the academic year. We are trying to ensure that we have the flexibility to increase the amount of on-campus live teaching as and when we can.

The University is working closely with Public Health Wales and the local health board to monitor reported positive tests for Covid 19 amongst students and staff. We have robust plans in place to respond to any concerning rise in cases. Covid 19 is present in all communities and this is why we ask all students and staff to comply with the rules and to play your part in helping to minimise the spread.

The University is aware that some areas are subject to Covid 19 related travel restrictions. With respect to the delivery mode for the forthcoming academic year, it is highlighted that all courses will be provided through blended learning and most will involve on-campus attendance at seminars or practical skills sessions, in addition to online teaching and seminars. The amount of on-campus in-person activity will be dependent on your specific course and year of study. 
 
If you live in the UK and do not want to travel to the University during a period of travel restrictions stipulated by the Government, you are advised to contact your academic School to discuss your options. For those who wish to travel, the University will support your decision, and, if you are due to take up Halls of Residence in the new academic year, we can offer accommodation at a Hall of Residence early if you wish to self-isolate. For all students who do travel you are asked to be aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and to not travel and to seek a test if you are concerned. 
 

In accordance with Welsh Government policy all staff, students and visitors must
wear face coverings within university buildings.

Reasons for not wearing a face covering are set out in the Welsh Government
guidance and would include:

  • Those who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness / disability-related reasons
  • Those who will be caused severe distress by putting on, wearing or removing a face covering
  • Providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others to avoidinjury, or to escape a risk of harm
  • To eat or drink
  • To take medication

There is no requirement for people to provide proof that they are exempt from
wearing a face covering but they may wish to download an e-card from Gov.uk which
can be used from their phone.

During lectures and seminars, students are required to wear face coverings whilst
lecturers and instructors may not need to as other mitigation measures are in place,
such as presenting from over 2m distancing or from behind Perspex shield. Staff
within single-occupancy offices and similar spaces are not required to wear a face
covering. Students within their own residential household are not expected to wear
face coverings. Also, the wearing of face coverings may not be required for some
scientific activities where these would pose a greater risk, requirements will be
specified within laboratory procedures.

All students and members of staff are strongly encouraged to be considerate towards
others who may have health conditions and to wear face coverings within University
buildings.

If you need to self-isolate you will be able to use the online resources to continue your course until you are able to participate in face to face activities again.

Existing students will already be familiar with the Check-in App https://checkin.bangor.ac.uk which the University normally uses to monitor attendance at lectures for the purposes of improving engagement and fulfilling legal obligations. We’ve made some improvements to this App so that we can quickly identify your close contacts if you or a fellow student that you have had close contact with have a Covid-19 positive result.

In order to support the contact tracing processes we will be collecting data through the App, and where asked to do so we will be  sharing data with the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace and Protect system based on the attendance check-ins you give us when you are present at our events and other information requested by the tracing team at the time.

Please note that not only will we be using this in lectures but for the period of the pandemic we’ll also be using it at other times in both academic and non-academic settings. Be ready to enter the PIN code into the above URL whenever you’re asked to do so – it’ll keep you and your fellow students safe.

Based on the data you supply we’ll be able to quickly see who you’ve been in contact with at our lectures and organised events. When asked to do so by Public Health Wales under the Track, Trace and Protect system we will share this data, along with your name, address and contact details.

We plan to make online content available for the whole year so if you are unable to be on campus due to Covid-19 you will still be able to continue your studies.

However, you will be expected to commit to participating fully in all aspects of your course, including on campus.

No we are sorry, this is not an option. We are aiming to make all of the core content available on line to be used where students are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19.

This is to protect students from missing elements of their programme if they are unable to attend campus for a short period or if parts of the programme, such as large lectures, can’t be delivered on site because of social distancing.

The key strengths of Bangor University are around our community and the broad range of activity and support that we offer.

We will therefore expect you to make yourself available to participate in as much of the on campus support, delivery and activities as possible.

Yes. We will be making the most of the outdoor space on our doorstep to provide a programme of socially-distanced sports club and general activities, as well as an online offering.

A means tested Digital Hardship Fund is available for new and returning students. This fund can provide means tested support for unexpected costs that students are unable to cover. Contact moneysupport@bangor.ac.uk for information.

To make sure students can access support wherever they are, all of Student Services will be available online to support students. In addition, students on campus will be able to book face-to-face appointments with Disability Advisers, Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and a range of other Student Support staff. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and face coverings are two different items. The University will provide PPE for those activities which require their use, such as close interactions and laboratory work. The need for PPE will be specified in individual risk assessments or protocols. In line with Welsh Government recommendations, the use of (washable) three-ply face coverings is recommended.

Living in University Accommodation

Yes, it is. 

If the campus has to lock down and you are unable to use your accommodation, you won’t be charged.

You are allocated a room within a flat, your other flat mates will become your ‘household’ so you won’t need to socially distance from your flat mates. You will have your own en-suite facilities but will share kitchen facilities with your other flat mates.

You will be free to travel, provided such travel is in-line with Government advice. The University won’t impose any restrictions.

Halls Campus Life are planning an online programme of social activities. You will of course be able to organise your own social activities face to face with the other students in your flat as they will be part of your ‘household’.

You will self-isolate in your room. You should let the Halls staff know straight away by emailing covidcare@bangor.ac.uk and then we will support you to ensure that you get all the help you need including supplies of food. This support will also be offered for Bangor students in Snowdon Hall, Wrexham