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Coronavirus: Arrangements for Autumn Term 2022

We are very much looking forward to welcoming new and returning staff and students to our Hull and York campuses and our NHS sites in Autumn 2021.

We are planning to offer in-person on campus teaching across all of our programmes this year, and expect that all students who are able to travel to Hull or York will join us for the start of term (see term dates).

We appreciate that you may have questions about what will happen in the next academic year. We'd like to reassure all students that we'll be here to support you.

We will be keeping students updated about our plans for the Autumn Term 2021 through these web pages and via regular communications and announcements on Blackboard. We also ask that students visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages.

The safety and wellbeing of students and staff is our priority.

Our plans for the Autumn Term 2021

Teaching

Our Academic Year 2021-22 will commence on the term dates previously publicised and planned, and we are preparing for in-person teaching on campus and at our clinical sites across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

If you have questions about your programme please contact your Phase Lead, Programme Director or the Programme Delivery team.

MB BS

Medicine and Medicine with a Gateway Year teaching will be delivered in-person on campus and at our clinical sites. We will be carefully considering those elements which we are currently delivering online as a result of Covid-19 to see if we can resume in person delivery from September 2021.

Students on these programmes will need to be on campus/at their clinical placement accommodation ready to commence their in-person teaching and/or clinical placement at the start of term so should make arrangements to ensure they are here in time for their teaching to start (see term dates). We would ask that those students contact us as soon as possible if they are not able to arrive by this date. Current students should email the Programme Delivery Team. Prospective students should email the Admissions Team at further.enquiries@hyms.ac.uk

Postgraduate taught

MSc Physician Associate Studies

Teaching will be delivered in-person on campus and at our clinical sites. We will be carefully considering those elements which we are currently delivering online as a result of Covid-19 to see if we can resume in-person on campus delivery from September 2021.

Students on these programmes will need to be on campus ready to commence their in-person teaching and/or clinical placement at the start of term so should make arrangements to ensure they are here in time for their teaching to start (see term dates). We would ask that those students contact us as soon as possible if they are not able to arrive by this date. Current students should email the Programme Delivery Team. Prospective students should email the Admissions Team at pgtadmissions@hyms.ac.uk

MSc Clinical Anatomy/Clinical Anatomy and Education

We are planning for teaching to be delivered in-person on campus. We will be carefully considering those elements which we are currently delivering online as a result of Covid-19 to see if we can resume in-person delivery from September 2021.

If students are unable to return to return to campus for the start of term, we may be able to offer some online provision where the need arises, but would urge students to contact Lauren Clunie, Programme Director at lauren.clunie@hyms.ac.uk in the first instance.

MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development

We are planning for teaching to be delivered in-person on-campus. We will be carefully considering those elements which we are currently delivering online as a result of Covid-19 to see if we can resume in-person delivery from September 2021.

If students are unable to return to return to campus for the start of term, we may be able to offer some online provision where the need arises but would urge students to contact Simon Calaminus, Programme Director at simon.calaminus@hyms.ac.uk in the first instance.

MSc Pharmacology and Education

We are planning for teaching to be delivered in person on campus.

If students are unable to join us on campus for the start of term, we may be able to offer some online provision where the need arises but would urge you to contact Laura Sadofsky, Programme Director at laura.sadofsky@hyms.ac.uk in the first instance.

PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc Health Professions Education

Health Professions Education is an online programme so students will continue to access their learning online. We will provide a further update as to the study days which are generally held in-person on campus in due course.

What if I am unable to return to campus?

We appreciate that the travel situation remains complex and challenging. Students joining our MB BS Medicine/MB BS Medicine with a Gateway Year and MSc Physician Associate programmes will need to be on campus ready to commence their in-person teaching and/or clinical placement at the start of term so should make arrangements to ensure they are here in time for their teaching to start (see term dates). We would ask that those students contact us as soon as possible if they are not able to arrive by this date. Please email Admissions Team at further.enquiries@hyms.ac.uk

For those students joining our MSc Clinical Anatomy/Clinical Anatomy and Education; MSc Human Anatomy and Evolution, and MSc Pharmacology and Drug Development programmes we may be able to offer some online learning provision where the need arises but would urge you to contact us via the Programme Director for your programme as soon as possible, then they can discuss options with you.

What if I am clinically vulnerable?

Coronavirus (Covid-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher. There are two levels of higher risk for people: high risk - clinically extremely vulnerable - and moderate risk - clinically vulnerable. Definitions of each can be checked on the NHS website.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you are strongly encouraged to contact Student Support via email at student.support@hyms.ac.uk in the first instance. Student Support can offer guidance and signposting to ensure your teaching and learning is as unaffected as possible.

What facilities and services will be open on campus at Hull and York?

Our universities are focused on providing a vibrant campus experience, whilst ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the community without social distancing. For details of what facilities and services will be available from the start of term as well as key safety measures on campus visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus web pages. 

What safety measures will be in place?

Hand sanitiser, protective screens and increased ventilation will remain present on our campuses. It’s important to stay at home if you feel ill (whether covid or something else like a cold) to prevent transmission to others and participate in the government’s Test, Trace and Isolate scheme. We’ll confirm arrangements for the future of the covid testing centre on-campus in due course.

Our clinical placement sites will continue to follow infection prevention and control measures from Public Health England.

Will I need to wear a face covering?

Although the wearing of face coverings is not compulsory, we strongly recommend that you wear one on our campuses while moving around inside buildings, including in communal spaces. We also recommend you wear one in busy areas, where there are either high numbers or concentrations of people. In line with our values we expect everyone to be supportive and respectful of others’ preferences and anxieties.

We ask that students on clinical placement, adhere to local infection prevention and control measures at their individual NHS sites, which may differ from our campus sites.

Covid-19 vaccine

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is, and always will be our top priority. Getting vaccinated against Covid-19 is one of the best ways we can look after ourselves and each other. That’s why we are currently asking out students to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

If you're eligible, we'd strongly encourage you to get an NHS Covid-19 vaccination before you start at Hull York Medical School in September. This will help to protect you and your new university friends and support us to keep campus open.

If you’re not eligible for your vaccination before September, don’t worry. It’s not essential to your offer.

Our universities will be providing further updates to all offer holders about testing and vaccinations as we approach the start of the academic year. In the meantime, NHS England has produced a Frequently Asked Questions document for students, which you might find useful.

What if Government guidance changes?

We are working closely with our Universities and NHS Trusts to plan our teaching for Autumn 2021. Should there be any change in Government guidance, we may need to amend our plans, but will keep students and staff updated.

Where can I find out more information?

We, together with our universities, are working hard to provide students and staff with as much information as possible. Please visit the University of Hull and University of York coronavirus pages for the latest updates and remember to check your medical school and university emails for latest information.

Thank you

The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remain our priority. Our aim is to provide you with access to clear and timely information. Please remember we are here to help and are committed to supporting you during what we know is an uncertain time.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.