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Current students and graduates

If you are one of our current or graduating students, don’t forget that we post regular updates to the MyStaffsUni app with the latest advice and guidance. You can also find details of support available to student parents, as well as advice on keeping well and staying connected, under the  COVID-19: Return to Campus tile on MyStaffsUni. Remember to use your University IT login details to access the app.

Government Three-Tier System and what this means for the University

Earlier this week, the UK Government introduced a new three-tier system of restrictions in England in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. Stricter regulations have also been introduced in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

At the time of writing (Friday 16 October 2020), Staffordshire University’s facilities in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Shrewsbury and Lichfield are located in areas with ‘medium’ local COVID alert levels – the least severe of the three tiers, which currently covers most of the country. Further details of the three-tier system introduced in England can be found on the gov.uk website.

The London Borough of Hackney, where the Staffordshire University London Digital Institute is located, is expected to move to a ‘high’ local COVID alert level from Saturday 17 October 2020. This change will not prevent students from travelling to our Digital Institute to engage in face-to-face teaching sessions. All individuals studying at our London campus should have received a separate email from our University containing additional information.

The UK Government advises that you should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to ‘very high’ local COVID alert levels.

To help maintain a COVID-secure environment for our students, staff and local communities, we also ask that students living in University-managed residences or private student accommodation avoid travelling beyond the local areas in which their term-time addresses are situated – especially if their intended destinations are subject to ‘high’ or ‘very high’ local COVID alert levels.

Students may continue to travel to access education within both ‘medium’ and ‘high’ local COVID alert level areas, according to the latest government advice. Please follow the guidance below when travelling:

  • Avoid busy times and routes on public transport where possible
  • Ensure you practise social distancing while travelling
  • Avoid travelling with individuals from outside your household or support bubble
  • If you need to use public transport, please follow the UK Government’s safer travel guidance

It is also important that you respect the rules in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Do not travel to different parts of the UK if your intended activities are prohibited by legislation passed by the devolved administration in question.

If you or someone you live with develop symptoms of COVID-19, don’t delay. Request a test and follow the steps outlined on our website.

Staffordshire University has created a dedicated COVID-19 Support and Response Team to provide advice and support to students affected by coronavirus. To contact our team, call 01782 298 500 or email covid-19@staffs.ac.uk.

To learn more about the COVID-secure measures implemented by Staffordshire University, as well as the support available to our students, check out the link below.

Learn more

GradEX20

Co-located with the Art and Design Degree Show, GradEX represents an opportunity for our final-year students to exhibit the exciting and innovative work they have completed during their time at Staffordshire University.

To protect the safety and wellbeing of our University community, we took the difficult decision to cancel the physical editions of these exhibitions in 2020. However, we appreciate the extent to which these events benefit both our University community and external partners alike, which is why we have created opportunities for our students to showcase their talents and expertise, and make connections with prospective employers, through our virtual platforms.

To learn more about our first ever digital editions of GradEX20 and the Art and Design Degree Show, visit the GradEX20 website.

Online enrolment

Whether you’re a new or returning student, you must complete online enrolment. This will start you on the process to becoming an official Staffordshire University student.

Once you have received your email providing you with a username and password, you need to visit e:VisionStaffs (our student portal) and follow the steps to complete online enrolment. Don’t worry, it only takes about 15 minutes.

If you haven't received this email yet, please contact our Enquiries team by writing to enquiries@staffs.ac.uk or calling +44(0)1782 294400. If you are struggling with online enrolment, you can find our online enrolment FAQs for new and returning students on the welcome website. 

Course changes 2020/21

We are changing the way we deliver our courses from September 2020 to ensure a great student experience within a COVID-secure environment.

 If you are a current Staffordshire University student, you can find out more about the approach that each of our departments is taking by visiting the ‘Course Changes’ tile on the MyStaffsUni app.

Face Coverings

Staffordshire University is following the latest government guidance regarding the use of face coverings on our campuses. Find out more about the use of face coverings on campus by visiting our Face Coverings information webpage.

What to do if you or those you live with have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you need to self-isolate

If you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19, tests positive for COVID-19 or, if you have been contacted by NHS Track and Trace and need to self-isolate, you can access support and guidance on the steps you need to follow to help the University maintain a covid-secure environment via the link below. 

Our response and support processes are designed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students. By understanding these, keeping informed and taking action when it’s necessary, we will be able to offer information advice and support.

See our guidance and support page 

Self-Isolation Guidance

Stay at home and follow the self-isolation guidance if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste);
  • you're waiting for a coronavirus test result;
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus;
  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive; or
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

If you are self-isolating:

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can;
  • do not go on public transport or use taxis;
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home;
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care; and
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Detailed self-isolation guidance can be found on the NHS website.

If you are self-isolating and are a Student at the University, please ensure you fill out Self-Isolation Declaration form for students.  

See additional guidance on COVID-19

Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre

Staffordshire University Sport

We’re delighted to say that we’re ready to open our doors again this September. 

It has been so inspiring to see how the UK population has embraced exercise during lockdown and I very much hope that you’ve been able to stay active from home.

We can't wait to welcome you to the sports centre so that we can support your health and fitness journey. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create a safe environment for you to visit and we’ve made some changes to how we usually do things.

Our changes have been guided by the experts at UK Active, the UK government and  Public Health England. Please read this information carefully — we know it’s a lot to take in, but it’s important that we all work together to keep our centre safe.

Gym Reopening Dates and Times

Current Gym Members (access available from Monday 7 September 2020):
Current students who are members of the gym can access facilities from Monday 7 September 2020. The facilities will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 7pm.

You will be able to reactivate your membership by coming into the Sports centre. The centre will also be open to come and have a look round and to show the safety measures we have in place.

Full Sports Centre Reopening Hours (from Monday 14 September 2020):
Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 10pm
Saturday - CLOSED
Sunday - Midday to 9pm

How to join the gym

Online sign up will be available from Monday 14 September for new and returning members at https://www.staffs.ac.uk/about/facilities/sports-centre/gym-membership 

If you are living in University accommodation at our Stafford campus, we will be in touch shortly through our residence teams about how you activate your membership at Beacon Sports and Fitness Centre.

How we're ensuring a COVID-secure Sports Centre:

We’re going to keep you safe:

  • We’ll be screening all members on arrival to ensure your safety (we may implement temperature checks if required)
  • We’ll be cleaning and disinfecting our centre more than ever with an enhanced two-stage cleaning process, using detergent and disinfectant to sanitise all gym equipment.
  • We’ll have plastic shields at our reception desks
  • We’ll be supplying even more self-cleaning equipment, so members can clean down equipment before and after use
  • There will be multiple hand sanitising stations available throughout the club for members to use

How our sports sessions will work

  • We will have a full program of sports sessions for you to take part in, these will be guided by each sport’s governing body guidelines and you will be able to access these through the Welcome information you will be receiving.
  •  As you may expect, we’re reducing the number of people in our sessions, and placing ‘stand here’ markers on the floor to help our members maintain the 2m distance rule
  • Sessions may be shorter than usual (30 - 50 minutes) to make sure we have enough time to clean and help members leave safely            

Maintaining Social Distancing at the Sports Centre

  • It’s really important that we all keep 2m apart at all times – including all sports sessions or in line with National Governing Body Guidelines for individual sports. Where we can, we’ll implement a one-way system, with signs to show you which way to go
  • We won’t have as many lockers available as usual, so please consider how many bags you bring
  • Unfortunately, changing facilities will not available at this moment in time so please come ready to work out. Storage will be available for coats. We will continually review this and make changes when suitable.
  • A booking system may be implemented if the gym becomes busy and details will be shared on social media if this comes into place.

What to do when visiting the Sports Centre

To make this work, we need to work together. Here’s how you can help:       

  • If you feel sick or experience COVID-19 symptoms, please don’t come to the centre
  • Arrive dressed and ready to workout
  • Use our hand sanitising stations when you enter a new area (and again when you leave)
  • Use our cleaning materials to clean your equipment and mats before and after you use them, disposable paper towels will be available for your use
  • Don’t share equipment, and don’t move weights or benches to other parts of the club
  • Bring a full water bottle as our water fountains won’t be available
  • We’re cashless, so bring a debit or credit card if you’d like to buy something
  • It’s unlikely the centre will become full. But if it does, we might need you to wait before you enter the gym floor (and stick to the social distancing markers)
  • Exercise for only an hour — that way, every member gets the chance to use our facilities

Social and Team Sports

Our social and team sports will be running and guided by each sport's national governing body. We are currently working with the University and the British Universities & College Sport (BUCS) closely to develop a ‘return to play’. Advice is evolving as restrictions change, so we'll continue to monitor and update our plans to ensure it's in line with the what the government is advising. To keep up with the latest information on our team sports follow our social media channels.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sportatstaffs/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sportatstaffs/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SportAtStaffs

Our central teams have been working really hard preparing for your return and our centre teams have been patiently waiting to return and welcome you. Your cooperation and support with our changes will help our teams put them into practice effectively.

We can't wait to welcome you in September! 

This page was last updated on Friday 16 October 2020 at 3.13pm. Please check back for the latest guidance.