Your September start at Hull

The warmest welcome in the safest way

How are you feeling about starting uni: excited, nervous, unsure? That’s okay. Actually, it’s more than okay.

It’s completely normal to feel how you’re feeling right now. But we’re going to make sure your first taste of the university experience is as rich, fun and safe as it can be.

Our brilliant staff, gifted academics and student ambassadors are here for you whenever you need us. And that starts now.

Let’s get you settled in.

12 things to remember about your September start

  1. Complete your e-Induction before you arrive
  2. Move in from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 September
  3. WelcomeFest starts on Sunday 19 September
  4. Department welcome week and induction
  5. Teaching starts on Monday 27 September
  6. Teaching is on campus
  7. One-to-one academic support
  8. Library and study space is open and accessible
  9. Social spaces and catering available
  10. Our Allam Sports Centre is open all year round
  11. Student support available online and in-person
  12. Health and safety measures in-place across campus

As you know, our approach to teaching and learning will be campus based and digitally enhanced, and the majority of your teaching will be delivered in person.

We will also incorporate the best use of technology into our teaching and learning. We will keep the benefits we saw and students valued as we adapted to Covid, and there are a number of improvements that we have introduced to enhance your experience.

Don’t forget to check your timetable from 6 September for more detail on your learning and teaching activities.

e-Induction modules available before you arrive

You can work through our online e-Induction modules at your own pace, allowing you to find out what’s new and learn more about our services and support before you start your new academic year.

Welcome week and induction

To get your new academic year off to the best possible start, your department will have an induction programme of academic and social activities, including opportunities to meet with your teaching staff, your personal supervisor, and to catch up with peers.

Find out more on Canvas.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching starts on Monday 27 September

You will receive your timetable on Monday 6 September. You will have both time-tabled activity with your class, and directed learning in your own time.

For international students who are unable to arrive by the start of term/teaching - you can apply for permission for remote learning until you can arrive - via the arrivals process.

Wednesday afternoons remain free to allow you to pursue sports, social and voluntary activities.

One-to-one support from your Personal Supervisor

Make sure to check in with your Personal Supervisor as part of Welcome Week and Induction, and regularly across the year as your key point of contact. They are here to encourage and support you, and are on hand to signpost you to additional support if you need it.

Your Personal Supervisor will be in touch with you during welcome week and induction, so please check your emails for more information.

Library and study space

The Brynmor Jones Library will be open and accessible, and you can book a seat or space online. Study skills support is also available.

Health and safety measures

We continue to work hard to ensure your health and safety, with measures on campus including

  • ventilation of teaching and learning spaces
  • timetabling to mitigate against overcrowding
  • regular and thorough cleaning throughout campus
  • hand sanitisers in place at entrances, exits and throughout buildings

The wearing of face coverings will be expected and recommended on entry to, and when moving around, buildings.

We are actively encouraging all students and staff to have two vaccines and to regularly take part in Covid-testing, and are working with local authorities to help facilitate this. We are also advocating that our community acts considerately and with empathy in relation to personal space, respecting that some people will feel more comfortable maintaining a wider distance from others.

We will continue to monitor and adapt to changes in Government guidance to ensure the safety of our university community.

We’ll send you details on how to book your slot to move into our on campus accommodation, along with all of the information you need to make your moving day a breeze!

When can I move in to my accommodation?

You can move into University accommodation from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 September.

We’ll send you details on how to book your slot to move into our on campus accommodation, along with all of the information you need to make your moving day a breeze!

Welcome week and induction

To get your new academic year off to the best possible start, your department will have an induction programme of academic and social activities, including opportunities to meet with your teaching staff, your personal supervisor, and to catch up with peers.

International students

If you are an international student and unable to travel because of restrictions, and/or if you need to self-isolate on arrival, we will keep in touch with further details on support available. Check our arrivals page for guidance on planning your journey to Hull and read about our remote study policy.

WelcomeFest is packed full of in person and online events to help you meet friends old and new, and find out what’s on offer at Hull University Students’ Union. Activities range from participating in a craft event, mini golf, karaoke, our Big Quiz, a WelcomeFest Party and more.

When does WelcomeFest start?

WelcomeFest starts on Sunday 19 September.

Find out more on the WelcomeFest website.

Social activities and catering

You’ll be able to meet with friends and enjoy our catering and social spaces, including our canteen in Canham Turner, coffee bars, the Sanctuary pub, and Spar mini-supermarket in the Student Central building. Plus we have lots of outdoor social spaces for you to enjoy. You can also explore the bars, cafes and restaurants open in our nearby student quarter and in the city centre.

Sports, clubs and societies

Our Allam Sports Centre is open all year round, and you will be able to take part in a wide range of sports and fitness activities. You’ll also be able to join a wide range of sports clubs, societies and other activities through Hull University Students’ Union.

The safety and wellbeing of everyone on campus is our highest priority and we continue to encourage all members of our community to take the opportunity to be vaccinated.

For those who still require a vaccination we will be offering vaccines on campus at the Dennison Centre on Cottingham Road and more information, and how to book, will be available in September.

Covid-19 vaccines have saved an estimated 84,600 lives, 23.4 million infections and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented up to 6 August. It is the best way to protect yourself and others from serious infection, and it’s important that you get your first and second dose for maximum protection.

Over two thirds of 18-30 year olds have already had their first Covid jab and we would like to thank all of you who have already had your first vaccination for helping to play your part in keeping our community safe.

Key information on vaccinations

If you haven’t had your first dose yet, you can book now at a centre or find your nearest walk-in clinic here. It’s easy to get vaccinated quickly at a time that suits you.

You don’t need to have both doses in the same place. You can arrange your second dose through the booking service, or by going to a local walk-in clinic 8 weeks after your first dose.

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated ahead of arrival. However for those who haven’t we are offering vaccines on campus at the Dennison Centre on Cottingham Road. Further information about booking a vaccination on campus will be available on your arrival.

If you aren’t registered with a GP anywhere, it’s definitely a good idea to do this as soon as possible, but you can still access a vaccine by finding your nearest walk-in clinic. You do not need to bring any ID.

Vaccinations are available to international students studying in England, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

Testing: before you arrive at University

Before you travel to University we strongly encourage you to get a Lateral Flow test for Covid-19, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a test online.

Testing: on arrival and at University

On arrival at university, you should take two Lateral Flow tests using home test kits (3-4 days apart). Students who are staying in on campus accommodation will be given a Lateral Flow Test on arrival.

You should then test twice a week through September, using home testing kits. These are available to collect from the Brynmor Jones Library or to order online.

It is very important that you report your test results online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void.

If you have had a confirmed PCR test for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to take a test within that time period if you are asymptomatic. You are still required to follow the national guidance for adults who have been identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case, even if this is within the 90-day window.

If you are on a placement and not attending university facilities, you should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at your placement. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement, unless this is advised by the placement provider.

International Students who have arrived from overseas and have completed a period of quarantine – either in a hotel or in their own accommodation should follow instructions on ongoing Lateral Flow testing as above.

Test results

Upon notification of a positive Lateral Flow test result, students and staff should follow the national guidance for people who have received a positive Covid-19 test result. It is also important that on receiving a positive test result students and staff should notify the University on the reporting tool via the support portal.

You may not be required to self-isolate if you are notified that you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, for example if you are fully vaccinated. You should follow the national guidance on self--isolation where this applies.


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