Welcome to Surrey, Freshers ’21!
Hope you all are having fun in the fresher’s week!
Make the most out of the events happening around the campus and get the latest information about these events from these official Instagram pages of the University-
@uniofsurrey, @surreyunion, @surreylib, @surreystudent, @isasurrey, @surreypostgrads, @surreycareers, @thisisguildford etc.
Students who are pursuing masters can become a part of the Post Graduate society from the students’ union website- ussu.co.uk
It is the best time to mingle with people and make friends. All the activities are designed and organized to help you settle down in the University and make you feel at home.
To keep all of us safe, University has come up with some rules and regulation on campus and there are signages all over the campus to educate/remind us about them. It is important to follow the rules of the University with respect to the ongoing pandemic to keep everyone safe.
First and foremost, if you are arriving from India, which is currently on Amber list, I would highly recommend you to follow the government guidelines strictly and isolate for 10 days (if you are jabbed with the vaccines which are not yet approved by the UK Govt.). Before arriving to the campus, fill up the self-isolation form on Microsoft Forms
There is a test-to-release scheme which you can take up on the 5th day of your isolation and roam freely. However, please don’t step out on the 5th day, wait for your negative result and then move out.
Large number of students have signed up to volunteer for Self isolation buddies to make your life easier while you are isolating. However, it comes with some rules which are included by the coronavirus/self isolation team on campus when they assign you with a buddy. Please read the email carefully before reaching out to your buddies for any help.
To get yourself a buddy, email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
To become a buddy, register on https://www.surreyvolunteering.com/ and apply for the position.
Follow the University bulletin which is released every week on Thursday and contains all the important information about the rules/regulations related to Covid-19.
It is advised to take a lateral flow test twice a week (every three to four days) even if you are vaccinated. Regular testing will help control infection rates. These tests can either be taken at home or at the centre opened by the University. For testing at home, the test kits can either be ordered by going on – Order Covid test online , or can be collected from the test centre at the University or any of the pharmacies in the town for free. To book the test at the testing site of the University, site of the University, book your test here.
Please make sure to register the test online if you are testing at home (NO MATTER WHAT THE RESULT IS).
Let’s unite, follow the rules and make our University a safe place to be. Let’s wear a mask if you are at a public place/indoor spaces. Let’s sanitize our chairs/tables/Computer before and after the use. Let’s follow the rules mentioned on signage and report if you find someone not adhering to the rules.
As your Student Ambassador, I highly encourage you all to get vaccinated if you are not. There are a number of easy options for the ones who wish to be vaccinated in Guildford, including:
1. An on-campus pop-up vaccination centre this Sunday (26 September)
2. Free bus transport from the Stag Hill campus to the local vaccination centre at Artington Park and Ride, available 7 days a week, and with a student vaccination day this Saturday.
3. Easy to access options in Guildford town centre
Lastly, If you have symptoms, test positive, or are asked to isolate – If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must isolate and take a PCR test.
If you test positive for Covid-19 it is critically important that you self-isolate and report your positive test to our Rapid Response Team, so we can support you and others in our community. If you have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 and are asked to self-isolate, you must do so unless you are exempt.