Stay safe

This page contains some essential induction information to keep you, our campus and our wider communities safe.

Important changes to January return

Summary of changes

Following the Government’s announcement regarding infection rates on Wednesday 30 December 2020, we need to make some changes to the start of the year as per Government requirements.

For those of you on healthcare or social work courses and/or attending a placement or University Clinics, please continue with your existing plans. There are no changes to your teaching and placement arrangements – you can travel to campus to study and for teaching. For those of you who stayed elsewhere over the Christmas vacation, you may also return to your term-time accommodation. If you are returning to term-time accommodation, please book a Covid-19 test prior to travelling if you can. In addition, our on-campus rapid testing facility will open on Friday 8 January 2021 in the Sports Centre and we’ll send more information about how to book a test there at the start of next week.

Currently, all other students are asked not to return to campus until at least 22 February 2021 and not to move back to your term-time accommodation until then. You can read further information about this in this letter from Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan from 31 December 2020. Your safety and that of our wider community is our priority and whilst a delayed return to campus will be disappointing for many of you, we ask that you do please follow the advice given.

This page sets out the safety measures that are in place across campus, what they mean for you and what is expected in terms of behaviour; both on campus and when you’re out and about.

We’ve undertaken a comprehensive programme of work in order to provide the conditions for us to study, live and work safely on campus. You can see more details about this in the guide and video below.

Even though we have put excellent precautions in place, we cannot reduce the risk of catching Covid-19 to zero. Some people will have a higher risk of becoming more seriously ill if they do catch Covid-19, or may live with or care for someone who has a higher than average risk. Based on current knowledge of the illness, the NHS is advising that these groups are likely to be at a moderate or high additional risk compared to the average if they catch Covid-19.

You will need to make your own assessment of whether you have any additional factors to consider to keep yourself and others as safe as possible. We have produced a guide to help you with this which you will find on this page below the video.

Please take the time to read through this Covid-19 safety information carefully, complete the risk assessment and talk through any concerns that you have with your Student Progression Administrator.

Finally, the safety of everybody will also depend on each of us playing our part and you can do your bit by signing up to our Community Pledge at the bottom of the page.

Stay safe message to all students

Read the guide

Being on Campus: Information for Students

Please read the guide below:

Watch the video

University safety guidance video

Your safety on campus

Thanks for watching the video!

Now please read the self-assessment info below.

Complete the self-assessment

Self-assessment

Important: read this self-assessment information

To assess your own risk you should take the following steps:

  1. Please look at the NHS list here:
    • Do you, or a member of your family fall into one of the categories listed?
  2. If you fall into any risk category higher than average, look at the advice about how to manage your risk here.
  3. Consider this in relation to the University’s safety planning – will the steps we have taken enable you to social distance as you need to?
    • For example: throughout the campus in all activities we are working to either 2 metres distance or 1 metre with a face covering as standard indoors, and there may be additional requirements for particular activities based on a specific risk assessment of that activity.
  4. Think about any additional steps you can take to keep yourself safe:
    1. Do you have any options around how you travel or ways to lower the risk at home?
    2. What arrangements will you make for refreshments while on campus?
    3. What steps will you take if you cannot wear a face covering and are exempt from the requirement to do so?
  5. Consider if you need further advice to answer any questions you may have – this can be from government web pages, your doctor or specialist or from the University Covid-19 FAQs.
  6. Consider making a practice journey on to campus to get familiar with how it will work and to make sure you have no concerns.

Need any advice?

After self-assessment

If - having taken the steps to complete your self-assessment - you need to:

  • Discuss how your course is delivered, how you will need to access teaching and learning, and any practical arrangements as a result of Covid-19, please speak to your School Progression Administrator in the first instance using the contact details below.
  • Discuss worries regarding your mental health, please contact our Counselling & Wellbeing advisers in askUS.
  • Discuss Inclusive and Accessible teaching, or additional disability related adjustments that may need a Reasonable Adjustment Plan (RAP), please speak to our Disability and Learner Support service in askUS.
  • Access our support services more generally for practical matters such as finance and accommodation, contact our askUS team.

Student Progression Administrators

FAMILY AND FRIENDS HUB

INFORMATION FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

We know that you’ll be concerned about students whilst they’re away or commuting to university. We’ve put together this page to help provide you with some reassurance and keep you informed. 

Take the community pledge

Community Pledge form

Download the app

NHS CONTACT TRACING

Developed by the NHS to help identify cases of Covid-19, and alert you if you my have come into contact with it, the NHS Contact Tracing app is the fastest way of knowing when you're at risk of coronavirus. You can also find advice, check your symptoms, arrange a test, and avoid contact tracing forms using the QR scanner at public venues. 

To help keep you and everyone else on campus safe and informed, we ask that you please download and use the free app, available from the App Store and Google Play. 

INFORMATION FOR SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS

HELP AND ADVICE IF YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING

First steps – let us know you are self-isolating

Let us know if you are self-isolating. Please complete this form to disclose to the University of Salford and the University of Salford Students' Union that you have tested positive for Covid-19 and/or are self-isolating due to Covid-19. The information you provide will be used to ensure that you have the support you need during this challenging period, to give you the opportunity to ask any questions and give us your feedback.

Once you have let us know you are self-isolating you will receive a friendly call from one of our Track and Trace Team (this may come from an 020 number, or a mobile number, but it’s one of our University staff, or student volunteers from the Students' Union's peer support service, Rafiki.

Please remember, if you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should also book a test.

We can offer practical support with things like food, medicine and deliveries

We’re offering a food orders service for students in self-isolation. You can also get a delivery from any of the supermarkets if you’d prefer.

Ordered a delivery? If you are in student halls your accommodation providers will make sure these get to you in your flat, we know you are keen to get your delivery as quickly as possible and the accommodation teams are working hard to make sure you don’t have to wait too long - please be aware though that in places like PPQ, some 400-500 deliveries arrive every day. Contact your accommodation teams directly to check the process for your particular halls.

Your parents may want to drop items off for you – they can be dropped off at reception if you’re isolating. If they will be dropping off food, please let reception know so that they can prioritise getting this to you.

If you haven’t yet registered with a GP you can do so at the on-campus health centre. If you are registered with a GP you should then be able to arrange a home delivery service for your medication.

We can offer emotional support and peer support through our student support services and our Students Union

askUS Student Support services available virtually

Rafiki, the Students Union peer support service is also available virtually

Your School is on hand to help you with any questions about your study or missing classes

Contact your tutor and check Blackboard for any updates or online learning facilities. If you’re unsure who to contact, you can reach out to your School Student Progression Administrators who will be able to help: 

Feeling bored or isolated? We are running virtual events every week!

Get involved and Give It A Go with exciting activities for all Salford students and staff.  Try something for the first time, meet new people, and gain experiences with activities from social sport, creative craft workshops, wellbeing and mindfulness, and lots more. All our sessions are led by qualified coaches/instructors along with our wonderful team of volunteers, the Team Salford Activators. A new timetable of activities will be available every week throughout the academic year, so why not come and join us.

You can also connect with us online

USSU:

@salfordsu

University of Salford:

Twitter: @uos_students

Facebook: UosStudents

Instagram: @uos_students

Order your meals

Food orders for self-isolating students

If you’re self-isolating in Peel Park Quarter, John Lester, Eddie Colman, Tramways or IQ, you can now order food boxes of pre-prepared meals from Salfood to your accommodation.

You can order vegetarian or meat options to last either a day or a week, with next day delivery if ordered before 12pm.