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New students and applicants

Staffordshire University is doing everything in its power to ensure that you have all the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision about the next stage in your education, helping you to identify the course and route that is right for you.

We will continue to follow the latest guidance issued by the Office for Students (OfS) and other relevant bodies in relation to our applications and admissions during and following on from the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that our institution’s position is clearly set out and we are communicating any necessary changes to our operations and courses transparently and openly.

Clearing 2020

Staffordshire University’s Clearing website, which includes our online offer generator and details of the exciting courses we have on offer, is now live. For further information, please visit staffs.ac.uk/clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is also fully operational, with lines open Monday to Thursday from 8.45am to 5.00pm and Friday from 8.45am to 4.30pm.

Our Clearing hotline will be operating extended hours on A-Level results day (Thursday 13 August 2020), from 8.00am to 9.00pm.

Open Days

Our on-campus Open Days have been postponed until further notice due to the pandemic. However, because we’re committed to your future, we're giving you the option to attend these events virtually. If you are scheduled to attend one of our upcoming Open Days, please check the email address that you used when making your booking for the latest information.

Offer holders

We can’t wait to welcome our new cohort of students in September 2020. We have a wealth of digitally enabled resources for Offer Holders, which we will continue to share with you via email to ensure you have the time you need to prepare for your journey with Staffordshire University. We hope that you, your family and friends are safe and well, and we look forward to meeting you in September 2020.

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 new student or applicant, you can find out more about the approach that each of our departments is taking by visiting our Welcome webpage.

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 studying 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 on Monday 14 September 2020.

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

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

From Monday 14 September 2020 you will be able to join the gym by visiting - 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 for the Sports Centre may be implemented if the gym becomes busy. 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! 

Additional information

To learn more about studying and living at Staffordshire University, check out our teaching and learning and COVID-secure accommodation pages.

If you are a Staffordshire University student studying with one of our Collaborative Academic Partners, please contact the institution in question for information about local arrangements. 

This page was last updated on Friday 16 October 2020 at 3.04pm. Please check back for the latest guidance.