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Nexus ICA is monitoring the situation with regard to the Coronavirus. Below is some information on what precautions we are currently taking, what we are encouraging students, staff and other building users to do, and what we anticipate happening in future weeks and months. 


Updated 3rd March 2021
Please note: as the situation is regularly changing, this blog will likely be updated as guidance changes. Please check back regularly to stay up-to-date on the steps Nexus ICA are taking to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and those that use our building.

Ongoing Guidance

Return to Face-to-face Teaching

Now that the Government has published the roadmap out of lockdown, we can share with you our timeline below for returning to face-to-face teaching for those modules with a practical element. These dates are dependent on the practical requirements of your course and the latest Government guidance.

We will provide you with specific information about when face-to-face teaching will resume– so please check your Nexus ICA emails regularly. If you are unable or do not wish to travel to undertake practical elements of your course, please contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

Report Covid-19 Symptoms

Please inform us as soon as possible if you have Covid-19 symptoms, have a positive test or if you are self-isolating, by filling in the student absence form. You must follow government guidance on self-isolation

Testing Before Coming Onsite

If you are coming into the building you should get a lateral flow test before you arrive. If you are coming into the building regularly you will need to get a test twice a week. You can find out about Coventry’s testing services here.

For Applicants

Following the announcement that exams including GCSEs, AS levels and A levels will not go ahead this summer, we would like to reassure all applicants that we are committed to providing the necessary support and guidance to ensure admission into Nexus ICA. This will involve being flexible in our admissions processes, with every effort being made to ensure that nobody is disadvantaged by the decision. Further information will be provided shortly.

We would encourage all applicants and those interested in our courses to continue signing up to our Open Days, which will now be running virtually.

Staying Safe

As the situation changes on a daily basis, we will be doing our best to provide you with the most up to date information

See the latest information from the official sources about how to keep yourself and others safe

Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that this is an anxious time for many in our community, but we are committed to enabling you to continue your studies and to provide students and staff with the help, support and guidance needed during this difficult time. Remember that your Personal Tutors are available to discuss any concerns you have during this time, including academic and pastoral.

Please see answers to frequently asked questions below.

Student Health & Wellbeing

What do I do if I think I have symptoms?

If you are feeling unwell, you should stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly.
  • You should also stay at home for 14 days if you live with someone who has the above symptoms and you should do this from the first day they have symptoms.

If this affects you, you should read the government’s advice on staying at home.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home, you can though use the 111 online coronavirus service to get more advice.

What should I do if I think I might be part of a vulnerable group?

The Government advises that you should self-isolate if you are:

  • Pregnant
  • Elderly
  • Have a pre-existing medical condition which affects your immune system or respiratory system

Please read the Government’s guidance on vulnerable groups.

Is Nexus ICA still open?

From Monday 8th March the building will be open 9am-8pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-4:30pm on Fridays. Students are able to come in for face-to-face teaching sessions, and also for personal practice, band practices and use of resources such as the library or Mac Lab.

If you are coming into the building you should get a lateral flow test before you arrive. If you are coming into the building regularly you will need to get a test twice a week. You can find out about Coventry’s testing services here.

Who should I contact at Nexus ICA with concerns?

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus, you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance, or phone Nexus ICA on 02476713209 where you will be able to access further support.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Some teaching delivery and learning support has moved online, what does that mean?

This means that students will be attending some lectures via Microsoft Teams rather than attending in person. The online timetable contains calendar events for all Microsoft Teams lectures taking place, and will be taking place at their normal timetabled time, unless otherwise noted.

Moving to remote learning can be a different experience, but it is one in which we are confident our students will excel if they embrace it.

How can I access learning support guidance and information?

Guidance and information will be communicated to students through their emails, and resources made available via Microsoft Teams. If you have any concerns you should contact your Personal Tutor in the first instance.

What should I do if I can’t access a lecture?

You can call us on 02476713209 and someone will be available to help you.

If you are unwell and unable to attend a lecture, please complete the Absence Form found in the weekly announcements email.

What about my assignments?

If you are too unwell to continue with your assignments and you will need more time, then please see our information on extensions and mitigations.

What next?

We anticipate that in the coming weeks further guidance will be issued by the UK Government, and we will be monitoring this carefully and making adjustments accordingly. We will keep you updated with any changes that we implement during this time, and will do our best to answer any questions you may have. 

Key Links

NHS Guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Government guidance on travel: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Advice for staying at home: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Looking after your mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

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