Self-isolating

See the Welsh Government webpage that provides all the details about how and when you and your household need to self-isolate if you have symptoms, tested positive, or have been in contact with somebody who has COVID-19.

Within your household:

  • Stay away from people you live with as much as possible
  • Don't use shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room
  • Keep your room well ventilated to the outside by opening your window
  • Face coverings must be worn in all communal areas in your house/flat at all times
  • Don't go to your academic department or any public places
  • Don't go on public transport or use taxis
  • Order food and medicine online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Don't have visitors in your home, including friends and family
  • Don't go outside to exercise – exercise in your room. The University has provided free access to students who are Sports Centre members to Wexer – which is an online exercise platform and includes over 500 workouts to follow.
  • If you live with others, stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed, and
  • Use a separate bathroom - or, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched.
  • If you need to smoke, you are allowed outside. If you do this, wear your face covering until you are outside, and please stay well away from others, including other smokers.

Self isolation support 

If you’re self-isolating at the moment, thank you for following the guidance to protect everyone in our community.

We know that self-isolating can be hard, so we’ve put together a package of support to help you.

  • We have a dedicated Covid-19 helpline and will be in contact with students who have told us they are self-isolating.
  • We can help with food or medical prescription deliveries.
  • Support with laundry and clothing can also be provided.
  • Student Support are also on hand to offer advice on issues such as health and wellbeing, disability advice and budgeting skills as well as access to Togetherall.

Please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk or call 01970 622483 to speak to one of the team.

Learning support during self-isolation

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.

Online health and wellbeing support during self-isolation

Health and Wellbeing support offered by the University and the Students’ Union is available via the following links:

The Help &Advice web page also features a number of useful link for assistance on academic support, student finance, library and it support, advice on studying and accommodation.

Frequently asked questions

How can I get food deliveries if I’m self-isolating

For students who are self-isolating and unable to leave their (private or University) accommodation to get shopping, the following options are available: 

  • Aberystwyth University’s Vine service for groceries is open Monday – Saturday
  • Aberystwyth University’s Nosh Da service offers take away meals, with free delivery on orders over £5.00
  • Some local supermarkets offer a delivery service – please check individual websites. 
  • Morrisons offer a next day delivery service for those in self-isolation with a £2.50 delivery charge for students.  Please see details on their webpage here

If you have any difficulty accessing these services, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk

How can I get medicine deliveries if I’m self-isolating?

In the first instance please aim to use a local pharmacy which offers a delivery service.  If this is not possible, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk to arrange a click and collect service. 

How do I do the laundry if I’m self-isolating?

Whilst you are self-isolating, you are not permitted to leave your home and therefore you will not be able to use the on-site laundry facilities.  

During the self-isolation period, should you require a spare set of bed linen or towels, please contact accommodation@aber.ac.uk with ‘self-isolation assistance’ in the subject header, detailing your request for bed linen and/or towels. Please advise whether you have a double or single duvet in order for us to provide you with the correct sized bedding. We will then arrange for the item(s) to be delivered to outside your flat door as soon as possible between Monday – Friday.

What do I do with my waste if I'm self-isolating?

Waste - For students living in Pentre Jane Morgan:

  • Ensure that all waste is in the appropriate waste bag (Food, Dry Mixed Recycling or General Waste), or container provided for Glass.
  • Double bag the waste (i.e put your full bag into another bag of the same type), and place your waste in an area of your flat where it can be safely left for a minimum of 72 hours without causing an obstruction (remember to wash your hands before and after).
  • After the 72 hour period, take your waste to your nearest bin store.  Remember to wash your hands before and after.  Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose and eyes. Maintain 2m social distance at all times.

For all other Residences, the University is able to help take your waste to the bins stores.  All you need to do is:

  • Ensure that all waste is in the appropriate waste bag (Food, Dry Mixed Recycling or General Waste), or container provided for Glass.
  • Double bag the waste (i.e put your full bag into another bag of the same type), and place your waste in an area of your flat where it can be safely left for a minimum of 72 hours without causing an obstruction (remember to wash your hands before and after).
  • After the 72-hour period, place the bags, or container for Glass outside your flat door (Monday to Friday only).  Remember to wash your hands before and after.
  • Please place as neatly as possible avoiding an obstruction directly outside the door, to ensure you can leave safely in an emergency.
  • Please request for the waste to be removed via the Online Report a Fault Form and our teams will remove as soon as possible.

If you are living in private sector accommodation please follow Ceredigion County Council guidance on disposing of general household waste.

Can I go out for a cigarette if I’m self-isolating?

All University buildings are non-smoking areas, which includes the use of e-cigarettes. You will be allowed to smoke outside your residence but should minimise the time spent outdoors. Please stay close to your accommodation block and ensure that the smoke cannot travel indoors through open windows and doors. Ensure you wear your face covering whilst indoors before leaving your room; wash your hands before leaving your room, maintain 2m social distance at all times, do not cross with others on the stairwells; hand sanitise on entry to the building.

If I am self-isolating, what should I do in the event of the fire alarm sounding in my accommodation?

If there is a fire alarm you will need to:

  • Leave the room, remembering to take your accommodation key with you.
  • Make sure that you have suitable clothing readily available to keep warm and dry.
  • Try to avoid touching handrails and door handles as much as possible, and avoid close contact with others – the general guidance is to ensure that you try to keep at a distance of a least 6 feet.
  • Make contact with the fire marshal to let them know that you are in self-isolation.
  • Once you’ve made contact with the fire marshal, keep your distance from others, however do not stand any closer to your accommodation than the assembly point.

How can I exercise if I am self-isolating?

Exercise is a great way to help you to relax and use up any energy that you might have.  Whilst you won’t be able to go outside for the next 10 days, there are many workouts that you can follow online. 

The University has provided a free online platform for any student who is a Sports Centre member or living in University accommodation.  To get access – log in with your Aber email to wexer.aber.ac.uk.  There are over 500 workouts available - including some relaxation and mindfulness sessions if you just want to relax. 

 

Can I collect my post if I’m self-isolating?

The delivery of post can vary depending on where you are living, with some areas having items delivered directly to their flat doors, and others to the block entrance.

You will be allowed to go outside your flat to collect mail, but should minimise the time spent outside your flat as far as possible. Please ensure you wear your face covering whilst indoors (including communal landing, stairwells and foyers); wash or sanitise your hands before leaving and entering your flat, maintain 2m social distance at all times, and do not cross with others on the stairwells.

Should you have any questions or require any further information please contact postroom@aber.ac.uk

I am self-isolating and I need help. Who can I contact?

If you are self-isolating and need help, please e-mail coronavirus@aber.ac.uk and we will do our very best to help.

If I have to self-isolate during term, what teaching support will be offered?

As with any short term illness, students are advised to catch up with their work and seek support from their academic department. While no additional online teaching will be provided, students who are unable to attend for a limited period will be able to access Panopto recordings and other online resources via the module pages on Blackboard, which are available to all students.