“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
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Statement from the President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton
I am writing to you to provide clarification following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening about new, stricter, lockdown rules.
Before I outline how these new restrictions affect you and the extensive support offered by the University, I want to assure you that the University of Bolton will:
This will remain online (probably until mid-February) for all except future critical worker courses, which includes health and teacher education.
Until any further announcements, this means that students should only attend campus:
Covid tests before visiting campus
If possible, students should seek a Covid test local to where they are currently living, if available, prior to returning to campus.
We would encourage you to use the asymptomatic testing facility at Bolton One on your arrival at the University and before accessing any facilities or classes, via the online booking system. Students are strongly encouraged to take two tests ideally three days apart; if you choose not to take a test then government guidance is that you should self-isolate for 10 days prior to returning to campus.
If you are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable you MUST stay at home.
I would reiterate that no students, including those who have to shield at home, will be academically disadvantaged by this lockdown.
The government has advised international students that are currently outside of the UK to stay where they are until this stricter lockdown is relaxed. International students, wherever you are in the world, should join online learning for your courses in the same way as those in the UK.
We will shortly write to all new and continuing international students separately to provide further details of arriving back to the UK.
The University of Bolton will be as flexible as it is possible to be with students throughout lockdown and this extends to arrangements about assessments.
The Student Centre is open for essential purposes only between 8:45am and 5pm, Monday to Friday with reduced staffing.
Students unable to come to the campus can contact members of Student Services staff using the online chat facility AskUs - Ask Us (bolton.ac.uk), or you can telephone 01204 903733 or email email@example.com
Services available to students include:
Visit https://libguides.bolton.ac.uk/studentservices for useful information on Student Services.
If you are self-isolating or have tested positive for COVID-19 the University has a number of support packages to help you. These include food parcels, food vouchers and care packages.
To find out more, please email the Student Advisors firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01204 903733.
Support specifically for International Students
The University has recruited two International Student Champions to support other international students. If you are an international student and require support you can contact either the Student Advisors using the details above or either of the International Student Champions via email: M.Vyas@bolton.ac.uk or S.Yasmeen@ bolton.ac.uk.
Mental Health support
Life Lounge: The Life Lounge is open between 8:45am and 5pm Monday to Friday with reduced staffing for essential purposes only and for students who have a pre-booked appointment. Students who are unable to come to campus can contact members of Life Lounge staff by email email@example.com or by telephone 01204 903566.
Life Lounge staff have also developed online mental health and wellbeing resources including self-help materials that can be accessed at: Home - Mental Health and Wellbeing - Subject Guides at The University of Bolton
Life Lounge services include: Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mental Health Assessments undertaken by the Mental Health Advisors.
To register for the Life Lounge please use the following link: Life Lounge - Student Support (bolton.ac.uk)
In addition, the University of Bolton works with a number of external partners who are there to support you these include:
Umii: a social platform for University of Bolton students to talk to peers. Download the Umii app onto your smart phone.
It is exclusive to the University of Bolton student population and will allow you to match with other students who have similar interests to you. This could be really useful to keep in touch with other students.
(How to Download: Head to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for UMII and then create an account using your @bolton.ac.uk email address.)
TogetherAll: a free and confidential mental health and wellbeing support platform that students can access through Togetherall; an online community available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Togetherall | A safe community to support your mental health, 24/7
SHOUT – a confidential and free crisis text service. Text SHOUT to 85258 and you will be contacted by a specially trained volunteer who will give you support through text. They are accessible 24/7 and will be support you through your time of crisis. Text Shout to 85258 - (it is confidential and free for all UK major networks)
Or you can contact the Samaritans who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phoning 116 123
The Library remains open for essential purposes only. Individual study spaces remain available:
Where possible students are advised to study at home and make use of online learning resources (see below for details).
The Library will be open 9am-5pm with a limited staffing base. Controlled click and collect and browse services remain available.
All visits to the Library must be booked online in advance and all social distancing and one-way measures must be observed.
The Library continues to develop its online resources and support.
Careers and Employment Support, remains accessible in person for essential purposes only via the help desk in the Careers Office, located within the Student Centre. It is open from 8:45am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
If any student wants to book a full guidance interview, speak to a member of the team, have a CV or application form checked, or attend any careers workshops, these are being delivered online, and can be accessed via Student Hub at: https://studenthub.bolton.ac.uk
The University of Bolton campus will be open from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
For full details of the new lockdown restrictions announced by the Prime Minister, please visit www.gov.uk.
Thank you and stay safe.
Professor George E Holmes DL
President and Vice Chancellor
University of Bolton