October 8, 2020 4.59 pm This story is over 37 months old

Six University of Lincoln students test positive for COVID-19

The new term starts next week

Six students at the University of Lincoln have tested positive for coronavirus, but the cases are from off campus.

It is understood that at least one of the students was on a history course.

Most teaching on campus does not start until Monday, October 12 and there are no cases for students living on campus at this time.

The news of the six cases comes in the same week that a new coronavirus testing centre opened at the Joseph Banks Laboratories car park at the University of Lincoln.

A spokesperson, said: “The University of Lincoln has been working closely with public health officials for many months in preparation for the return of our students and there are a range of measures in place to protect our community including our own test and trace system.

“Most teaching on campus does not commence until October 12, with a mix of online and face-to-face sessions with social distancing and other safety measures, based on the latest government guidance.

“There are no cases in students living on campus at this time.

“Any student with a positive test is required to self-isolate with their household, in line with the current regulations. We are in touch and are providing support as needed to a small number of students who have let the University know about their position.

“We have processes in place to provide support from our team at the University. The student experience is at the heart of everything that we do at Lincoln and, by staggering our start date bringing students on to campus over a number of weeks we have had the opportunity to learn from others and implement best practice.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, paid a virtual visit to the Brayford Pool Campus, during which she heard from the university’s leadership team and members of the Students’ Union, as well as seeing the Lincoln Medical School.

She said: “Student mental health is a key priority of mine, so I was pleased to hear about the University of Lincoln’s focus on support and services available to students. Lincoln also shows just how a university can play a vital role in its community and local economy.

“I also saw how the university has adapted ahead of students returning to campus, with extensive safety measures in place while still ensuring a meaningful student experience.”