Aston has a team who is closely monitoring and managing the implications of the pandemic, working closely with Birmingham City Council, and acting on advice of Public Health England, Universities UK and the NHS. We will be updating this advice as new Government and Public Health England guidance emerges COVID-19 - here's how we're handling it.
We have been working with Birmingham City Council to provide testing facilities on our campus since August 2020. This means in the event of a student or colleague displaying symptoms, they can book their test on campus and would not need to travel a long distance to a testing centre when feeling unwell.
For students who are self-isolating, support is available through our Student Services Team members, who also check in with students on a regular basis to see if they need anything.
For students staying in Unite accommodation, information on how they are working to keep everyone safe can be found at the Unite Students website. Students staying in other shared accommodation need to follow the instructions as outlined by their accommodation provider. For further information on what to do when self-isolating is available at NHS self-isolation advice and we have also shared this easy to follow graphic with students.
Students staying on in Aston Student Village and the Old Fire Station can order a food parcel or a meal package through Aston Catering Team ‘Nourish’ (order online at the Nourish webpage).
We have made sure extra safety measures are in place including sanitisers at key points across campus; clear signage; one-way systems; following guidelines around social distancing in taught sessions; prioritisation of touch points for cleaning throughout the day and wearing face coverings on campus.
If your son or daughter tests positive for Covid-19 this needs to be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org and our Health and Safety Team will provide information on what to do next. Our Student Services Team will then automatically contact any student who tests positive, so that they can provide them with the right level of support.