Following recent government guidelines, courses with essential face to face teaching returned to campus on the 8th of March. These courses had significant practical elements, such as medicine or performing arts courses.
The government will reassess the return to campus for other courses on the 12th of April, in line with government guidelines which will see non-essential shops and pub beer gardens reopening. So hopefully, with the shops reopened, you won’t have to return to campus in those trackies you’ve been living in for 6 months, and you can get a well-deserved pint to celebrate a slight return to normal uni life.
However, many students are still at home and are unable to return to campus. The university has advised such students to continue their learning online and remain within government travel restrictions.
Although face to face teaching is limited, the libraries are open to all students, and from the 15th of March, some of the campus cafes reopened to fuel your study sessions. The cafes will reopen in the building currently used for studying, such as the Medical School Café, Café 1828 and Grill & Go. in the Student’s Union.
As Easter approaches, the university has recognised that travel is permitted but students are advised to obtain two negative tests before travel. Tests are free from the university and take place in the Octagon building. The university has asked students to take these tests as soon as possible upon return to Sheffield, and within 3 days of each other. Students should restrict social contact with others whilst awaiting results. If you don’t want to be tested, you must isolate for 10 days. To book a test, go through the university’s portal here.
There’s more good news with a return to university sport after the Easter holidays, due to changes to restrictions on the 27th of March.
By May, SU outlets such as Bar One, Coffee Revolution and The University Arms should reopen so you can finally taste a Bar One burger again.
But, students must remember that all change is based on data, not dates, and so although we expect to return to campus in April, this may not be possible. Whatever happens, we only hope that it is safe to reopen bars and clubs by the 21st of June, so we can have the night out we’ve dreamed of all year.