The Covid-19 lockdown measures put in place by the government have affected many postgraduate students in the UK.
Since March 2021, in-person learning has only been eligible to students who are undertaking certain creative and practical courses. Other students have been attending online learning throughout their semester. However, in-person teaching mostly resumed in mid-May as the UK government achieved ‘Step 3’ of their Road Map, which also included more indoor mixing and the lifting of other social contact restrictions.
But as you find yourself back on campus, what is the best way to manage your postgraduate studies effectively after this prolonged period of home learning?
1. Create a schedule
You’ve probably been working remotely for a long time now, and with the return to campus study you may need to manage your time. For a postgraduate student to succeed knowing when to work, visiting friends, rest, studying, and having family time is essential. By creating a schedule, you will be able to work well with your current activities and won’t feel overwhelmed by this return to ‘normal life’.
2. Know the support service available
Covid-19 has changed many aspects of life, including the financial wellbeing of many students. If you are a student who has been badly affected financially, the government has set aside a hardship fund of £15 million to support any student who is struggling to pay their accommodation cost due to the pandemic. Postgraduate students will be eligible for this funding.
3. Contact your professor
It’s always a good idea to make contact with your professor if you have any worries or concerns – either academically or personally – especially if you are feeling anxious following this enforced period of absence. Relay these concerns to your professor or supervisor and put forward any reasonable requests.
4. Connect with your classmates
It is essential to maintain your social life and it’s a good idea to make contact with your university friends as soon as you can. Your classmates could be your future employers, service providers, employees or partners. Spending some time with them might build future career progress.
Rules & restrictions
Once you have returned to university campus, either as an undergraduate or postgraduate student it is vital that you observe Covid-19 rules and restrictions and adhere to the following guidelines and measures to limit your risk of acquiring the virus.
1. Free Covid-19 tests
Upon your return to campus you will have access to a home testing kit throughout the summer term. In case you discover you are positive, you will need a ten days’ self-isolation unless you receive a negative report from the PCR test within two days.
2. Wear a face mask
When you are in communal inside areas with poor ventilation – for example the university corridors and in teaching rooms if necessary or requested –make sure you wear your face mask to help halt the spread of Covid-19.
3. Good hand hygiene
Continue to follow good hand hygiene, washing hands regularly and making good use of hand santisation points around campus.
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