Returning to Campus

From 8 March universities can resume in-person teaching and learning for students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities. This is the first step in the Government’s four-stage process to ease lockdown in England.

We are looking forward to getting our University community together once again and we encourage you to do your bit to keep our University community safe by taking a free asymptomatic test if you are back at your term time address. We’ll donate £1 to the Students’ Union’s RAG charities for the first 1,000 tests taken by our students. You can book a test and read the FAQs here.

Please take a look at some of your FAQs about returning to campus below.

Your Learning

For general Learning FAQs, click here

Your course leader should have already contacted you about where your course falls within the Government guidance and what your teaching will look like from 8 March onwards. If you are already studying on a future critical worker course, your teaching arrangements will remain unchanged.

If your course is not considered practical, you should remain at home and continue your studies online. However, there are some circumstances where you can return to campus or term time address, for example:

  • If you do not have access to appropriate study space or require material from the library
  • If you need to return for health or safety reasons, or require additional support such as for your mental health and wellbeing
  • If you need to travel please print and carry this letter (make sure you are logged into Blackboard before clicking link) with you, along with your Bucks ID.

Your health, safety and wellbeing are so important to us, and we want to keep everyone at Bucks safe and well. We all need to keep doing our bit to control the pandemic on campus by wearing appropriate face coverings, including in corridors, and any environment where you can’t maintain 2m social distancing. All students coming onto campus are encouraged to:

There is guidance about what you can and can’t do when you are returning to, and living in, Halls of Residence. Please read all the FAQs here.

Yes, if you need to travel please print and carry this letter (make sure you are logged into Blackboard before clicking link) with you, along with your Bucks ID.

We have produced a handy at-a-glance guide to the facilities and services you can access. Please click here to view.

We have put together specific FAQs to help you including information about financial help with mandatory tests. Click here for full details.

Accommodation

Please see our general Accommodation FAQs here.

Following the easing of lockdown, the rebates for student accommodation stop on 7 March. However, we realise that some of you won’t be returning to campus for hybrid teaching yet, in line with the Government’s guidance. If that’s you, please contact accommodation@bucks.ac.uk with your details to let them know you wish to apply for a further rebate.

All students who have chosen to return to our halls for personal reasons, including their mental health and the need for a study space, will be charged for the room they are using from 8 March, even if their learning continues to be online for now.

We have just launched the The Everyday Living Allowance (up to £400) to support students living in private accommodation impacted by COVID-19 to cover ‘everyday’ costs such as food, toiletries, utilities, bills and medicine. For more details, eligibility, and how to apply please visit our financial support pages.

The Vice-Chancellor has also written an open letter to local landlords asking them to consider how they can help our students facing financial hardship at this time which you can read here. We know you’re busy with your studies, and so we’ve worked with Bucks Students’ Union to create a template letter to save you time if you want to write to your landlord.

Your wellbeing

These are tough financial times for many of you because of the limited opportunities for part-time work to support your studies. Last year we introduced the Bucks Emergency Allowance, and now we are pleased to announce two new financial support packages:

  • The Everyday Living Allowance (up to £400) to support students living in private accommodation impacted by COVID-19 to cover ‘everyday’ costs such as food, toiletries, utilities, bills and medicine.
  • The Learning Technology Grant (up to £500) to support all students who encounter a financial emergency and require support for costs for technology and software to enhance their learning.

For more details, eligibility, and how to apply please visit our financial support pages.

This can be a stressful time for many different reasons and all elements of your wellbeing is our priority. All students have access to online support 24/7 from TogetherAll, or the The Multifaith Chaplaincy is available for chats and support, or our counselling service can help, please email counselling@bucks.ac.uk.