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COVID-19 safety measures

Last updated: 31/03/2022 13:19

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for the start of the academic year.

As you're aware, guidance around COVID-19 safety measures can change regularly. At the time of writing, Wales is at alert level 0, and the safety measures below reflect this.

Knowing alert levels can go up as well as down, we may introduce additional safety measures in response to changing Welsh Government guidance. Any changes to our safety measures, and how they affect you, will be communicated to you via messages from our Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, Student News, and where changes are urgent, via our Student App.

The safety measures we have introduced will allow us to keep the campus open for all and deliver the best student experience possible. Our screening service will provide Cardiff University students and staff with additional reassurance.

  • In line with Welsh Government guidance, face coverings must be worn in all areas of the campus accessible to the public – and are encouraged in other areas. Remember – face coverings are also still required (or advised) in many other public places in Wales.
  • Regular cleaning of all our buildings, including touch points like door handles, continues.
  • Staggered timetables and extra teaching spaces will reduce the number of people moving around campus.
  • If you are a UK student who has had only one COVID-19 vaccination OR if you’ve received one vaccination authorised by the European Medicines Agency (for Europe), Swissmedic (for Switzerland) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA) please follow this guidance to receive your second vaccination.
  • If you are an international student who has only received one COVID-19 vaccination not from the bodies above, you will need to register with a Doctor/General Practitioner (GP) before receiving a second vaccination.
  • If you are UK/international student who has not received any COVID-19 vaccination shots, follow this vaccination guidance.
  • Vaccinated or not, we encourage all students to make regular use of our screening service if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms – whether or not you have had one or two COVID-19 vaccinations
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should take an NHS test. You should also make sure that you register with a GP so you can access care and advice on other healthcare issues.
  • You can report a positive COVID-19 test result via SIMS online.
  • When you enrol you will also be asked to agree to our COVID-19 Community Commitment which outlines the expectations of everyone on campus to work together to minimise the spread of COVID-19.
  • We will continue to work closely with local partners including the Welsh Government, Public Health Wales and South Wales Police.

A face covering principally acts to protect others by reducing airborne transmission of COVID-19.

Students and staff are strongly recommended to wear face coverings in:

  • teaching spaces
  • publicly accessible areas
  • anywhere physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Students are also strongly recommended to wear a face covering in teaching settings. You can remove it when asking a question or contributing to a discussion. When teaching, academic staff may remove their face covering to ensure all students can understand what is being taught (including those that may lipread).

While the wearing of a face covering is now strongly recommended rather than required, it is still important to be aware that those exempt from wearing a face covering include:

  • those who already cover their face owing to religious beliefs
  • people unable to put on or wear a face covering due to an age, health or disability reason
  • those for who wearing a face covering would cause severe distress.

In the case of 2 and 3, you can download an exemption card to indicate your legitimate reason for not wearing a face covering, although the wearing of face coverings will no longer be enforced as previously.

Knowing who has COVID-19 is vital to stopping its spread. Our strategy is to offer a continuous screening programme for COVID-19 to all our students and staff.

The test is very safe and nothing to worry about. We will guide you through the process and there will be dedicated staff on hand to answer any questions and queries you may have.

Taking a COVID-19 test is voluntary however, we would strongly urge you to participate and help to protect our Cardiff community. The greater the engagement from you and your fellow students, the greater the impact the testing service will have in terms of keeping us all safe during these strange times.

In the event that any student or member of staff should test positive, they will be required to self-isolate and follow the latest Welsh Government Guidelines. If they live with others, they will also need to follow current Welsh Government Guidance. We are working closely with the NHS to provide additional support should it be required.

How will the screening process work?

Once enrolled, you can book an appointment directly at any time. During the booking process you will have the opportunity to select a convenient date, time and location to be tested.

Even if you only spend one hour per week on campus, we will consider you eligible for a test. If you are unable to attend an appointment, you should try and book a further appointment immediately to ensure you are testing

How long will results take

You should receive the results of your COVID-19 test within 48 hours.

If you test positive

Should you return a positive COVID-19 test, you will need to self-isolate and follow the latest Welsh Government Guidelines, even if you don’t have any symptoms. If you live with others, they will also need to follow current Welsh Government Guidance.

Additional guidance will be provided via email and we will support you and those you live with to get a confirmatory test via the NHS.

What happens if I test negative?

If you return a negative test you will be informed via email within 48 hours. Please remember that although your test is negative, you still have a responsibility to protect others within our community. It is important that you continue to adhere to social distancing measures, where required, and take all necessary precautions to keep both you and others around you safe.

Opening times of the service

The testing stations will be open Monday to Thursday. During the booking process you will have the opportunity to select a convenient date, time and location to be tested. However, you will need an appointment to receive a test. Please do not attend a testing station without an appointment.

Providing a saliva sample for a coronavirus (COVID-19) test

Please take some time to review this information. It will help you to understand the process and provide clear step-by-step instructions. There will also be opportunity to contact support staff should you have any questions or queries.

  1. Please clean your hands using the hand sanitiser provided at the testing station.
  2. Unscrew the lid of the collection tube.
  3. Remove the straw from its packaging and place it into the collection tube.
  4. To help you create enough saliva for the test, imagine you are eating and move your mouth as if you are chewing. This will help to build up saliva.
  5. Tilt your head forward to allow saliva to collect in the front of your mouth.
  6. Transfer the saliva from your mouth, down into the straw. It may take a little time for the saliva to travel through the straw and into the collection tube so please be patient. Be careful as you spit in to the straw.
  7. We need just over 1ml to do the test, so please try to provide at least that amount.
  8. Carefully remove the straw from the collection tube and dispose of it safely in the waste bin provided.
  9. Screw the lid securely back on to the collection tube.
  10. Use the wipe provided to gently clean the outside of the collection tube and then dispose of the wipe in the waste bin provided.
  11. Clean your hands using the hand sanitiser provided.
  12. As you leave the testing station, drop your sample off at the collection point.

The NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace App tracks the number of COVID-19 cases across England and Wales to limit the spread of the virus, and to alert anyone who has come into someone with the virus.

The app has a number of features:

  • Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR code scanner. No more form filling.
  • Symptoms: check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a test.
  • Test: helps you order a test if you need to.
  • Isolate: keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

The app is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Welsh
  • Bengali
  • Urdu
  • Gujarati
  • Punjabi (Gurmukhi script)
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Romanian
  • Turkish
  • Arabic (Modern Standard)

To download the Track and Trace App, head to the App Store and Google Play