In light of the recent developments related to the Novel Coronavirus in Cyprus it is highly important that we all work together to protect ourselves, our families and our University.
It is essential that we all continue to
Comply with government and ministry of health orders and measures.
Make sure you practice and encourage good, basic hygiene. Remember to wash your hands often and thoroughly with warm water and soap, for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitisers when needed. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect regularly used surfaces (handles, doorknobs, counters, tables).
Practice social distancing and self-isolation. Avoid in-person interactions, crowded and confined spaces and respect vulnerable populations by avoiding close contact with them.
If you develop Coronavirus-related symptoms
General malaise/ weakness, and/or
Temperature >37.3°C, and/or
Dry Cough, and/or
Contact the epidemiology centre on 1420, or the emergencies (via the phone) of the nearest hospital to you and inform them of your situation and then act as per their instructions
Practice self-isolation at home, self-monitor every 24-48 hours and follow advise from personal doctor
Article by Dr. Vasiliki Christodoulou, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Studying at University during the Pandemic?
With the international health crisis currently affecting our world, many university students have seen their routines, goals and plans change suddenly. During this stressful and challenging period, students are expected to spend more time with family than usual, others are required to remain away from loved ones, whilst most are faced with adjustments to new ways of living and learning. Although all these challenges are probably acknowledged by your academic institution and academic support can be provided, as individuals we can also take into consideration specific steps to further support ourselves.
Please see below some suggestions for your attention:
Acknowledge and validate the experience
It is important to validate and acknowledge that this period reflects significant loses (e.g. physical contact with your peer group, social events, living environments, sporting events, among others) as well as stressors. You may show kindness towards yourself by acknowledging that this period is not a vacation, but a rather challenging emotional time in which you are likely expected to keep going with several tasks and expectations (e.g. attending online classes and working on assignments). Make sure that this realisation is also shared with family and peers, so that additional expectations are not placed upon you during this time. In this respect, families can acknowledge and make space for students’ feelings and maintain good quality communication about what is challenging or new during this time.
Plan to have easy access to support
Access to psychological support at a time of crisis is essential. Although in-person psychological support may not be on offer right now, your university may be able to provide distance support, either over the telephone or via video conferencing. Tele-health is a type of service that has been sufficiently studied and seems to be helpful, especially under the current circumstances. It is important to note that even if you had not experienced psychological challenges prior to this time, the stressful messages from the media and the general climate of uncertainty may trigger a stress reaction. A brief and focused supportive intervention may give you the necessary skills to better-manage during this unstable time. You can receive support in this time of crisis at our UCLan, Cyprus designated helpline 24 69 4015, using the keyword ‘Covid-19 psychological support’. Matters of confidentiality will be maintained and a confidentiality agreement will be obtained prior to your online session.
In case of Emergency please contact your personal doctor or 112.
Maintain/ Cultivate a good routine
The introduction of online classes has meant that the structure of the day and students’ usual routines have disappeared. This may disrupt sleep/wake cycles as well as eating habits or even connections with other people. Although routine is easily lost, it is essential to maintaining our mental health, during stressful times. Making sure that you sleep at a regular time, eat a well-balanced died, have an exercise regime and home-based self-care activities can be helpful. For example, increasing your time in front of a computer screen or a television set may contribute to a feeling of overstimulation and added stress. Keep your screen time within reasonable levels and find relaxation and self-soothing activities that do not involve use of electronics (e.g. meditation, prayer, cooking, bath, exercise, book reading).
Curb your appetite for news messages on the pandemic
The news is fast moving and changing daily. This creates a temptation to keep watching the updates or constantly checking your social media newsfeed. This means that you may end up feeling constantly and continually in a state of hypervigilance and alertness. Therefore, it is essential that you create opportunities for mental distancing from the stressful news. You may achieve this in two ways: Firstly, you can focus on watching the news only once or twice a day at specific pre-chosen time, so that your mind has time to recover from the stress reaction in-between. Secondly, you may choose your media sources more carefully, so that you are informed from sources that are not scaremongering and are willing to publish positive news.
Cultivate social connections.
The World Health Organisation has updated the term social distancing to physical distancing. This was an important update, in that, physical isolation does not necessarily need to lead to psychological distancing from peers and loved ones. A great opportunity for maintaining connections is to set up video conference meet-ups with group of friends. It is important to move beyond texting to actual vocal or video communication which enhances the feeling of connection. Consider engaging in shared projects with friends using technology (e.g. meet up online to exercise together, have a coffee together, study together or even create something together).
Let’s ignore physical distance and connect emotionally
Some of the most challenging aspects of this period of self-isolation include the uncertainty of knowing when we can again meet up with our friends, hug our loved ones, gather for a dinner with our family members, celebrate together an important day (i.e. Birthday). Up to this point, we learned to deal with obstacles, natural or manmade disasters, psychological falls with social gathering and physical connection. This was our way to help prepare for and then heal from the emotional ravages of the event. However, this time around, we will need to stand alone to stand together. This is a different arena of unity and connection, but we must remember that we are only standing alone physically, while we are standing together psychologically and spiritually.
Let’s remember that together we will make it through this challenge!
Dr Vasiliki Christodoulou
Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
Date: March 2020
UCLan Cyprus Student Support Services
During an emergency or any form of crisis, it is common to feel desolate, unhappy, confused, frightened or even angry. Especially in the given circumstances where self-isolation and social distance is mandatory, the anxiety of keeping well and healthy but also the uncertainty on how the outbreak will affect us academically, socially and economically may increase the high level of stress.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.
Need help? Do you know someone who does?
If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed, please contact
Constantly hearing and reading about the Covid-19 can be upsetting. Take breaks from joining social media and from watching, reading, or listening to news.
Exercise; Stretch your body; Meditate; Take care of your mental and physical state. Make sure you maintain a balanced dietary by eating healthy, avoiding alcohol and substances. Get plenty of sleep and workout regularly. Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
Don’t forget to use technology and social media to your benefit. While practicing self-isolation and social distancing, make sure you connect with your friends and loved ones. Hey, it could be a chance to reconnect with old friends and classmates!
Remember; you are not alone.
Remote Teaching and Learning
Date: 16th March 2020
In line with further measures announced by the Government and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth, Public and Private Schools and Universities will continue with online teaching for the rest of the academic year.
The delivery of classes online, as per timetable is operated through the Microsoft teams. It is vital for those who have not done so to downloadMicrosoft Teams (link: https://teams.microsoft.com/download) on your personal computer / laptops / tablets. You must use your UCLan credentials (username and password) to log into Microsoft Teams and follow directions as per emails from your module/course leaders.
Please also note that your participation on the online platform is mandatory andattendance is monitored by the course leaders and lecturers, in line with Cyprus Quality Assurance Agency requirements.
For further information and access to IT support, please email the IT helpline firstname.lastname@example.org or your personal advisor, copying your course leader and the School Administration/ Student Support Services as perceived relevant.
Please check your Blackboard and UCLan emails daily, as you will be receiving relevant information, updates and guidance notes from your course leaders and modules tutors.
We are thrilled that day one of online education has been well received and we are grateful for your cooperation with our hard-working faculty and support staff.
Your safety and progress with your studies are of paramount importance to the University. Stay home, stay safe and let’s continue to work together, so that we can responsibly do our part on the COVID-19 front.
Professor Panikkos Poutziouris, Rector
Date: 16th March 2020
We hope everyone is safe and healthy.
We would like to inform you that we will renew all your books until 27th April to avoid any fines.
If you have any issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For your Confirmation letters (βεβαίωσηφοίτησης), please submit a request online through your Timetable. [How? : Timetable => Student Letter Requests => STUDENT GRANT]
* Due to the current circumstances, the letters will only be available as pdf via email. Student Support officers will send the letters to your UCLan email address. You will be able to collect the original hard copy once the University re-opens and we return to our normal procedures.
For and on Behalf of UCLan Cyprus Student Support Services
Travel: Government Decrees and Public Announcements
Date: 2nd April 2020
Please visit the PIO website (Press and Information Office) for updates and public announcements on Covid-19
Decree by the Minister of Communications on the prohibition of flights as of 4th April 2020 at 12.00 am Cyprus time
The Minister of Communications and Works, Mr Yiannis Karousos, issued today, 4th April 2020, a Decree concerning the prohibition of flights as of 12.00 am Cyprus time, 4th April 2020 and for a 14-day period, except for those related to the transport of cargo, departure of passengers from the Republic of Cyprus and flights for humanitarian purposes. https://www.pio.gov.cy/coronavirus/en/press/2042020_9.pdf
Restrictions to the movements of citizens for the prevention of spreading the coronavirus as of 1st April 2020
Movements of citizens for serving needs which cannot be covered in alternative ways, are only allowed for:
Travelling to and from the workplace during working hours
The following eight categories regarding the purpose of movement:
Visit to a pharmacy, blood donation center or a doctor
Visit to a store to buy essential goods / services
Visit to a bank, provided that electronic transactions are not possible
Absolutely necessary visits to government services or services of the wider public sector and local government
Movement with the purpose of assisting people who are unable to serve or protect themselves or who are in self-confinement and / or compulsory confinement (quarantine)
Movement for physical activity or for the needs of a pet, alone or in a group of no more than two persons and in areas adjacent to their homes
Movement with the purpose of attending a ceremony (e.g. funeral, wedding, christening) of first- and second-degree relatives, not exceeding 10 persons
Movement for any other purpose which may be justified under the prohibition of movement measures
The purpose of movement as regards the above-mentioned eight categories for persons under the age of 65 can be granted Onlyby sending an SMS to the number 8998, written in the correct format:
X space Identification proof number space postal code of residence
Movements between 9.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. are prohibited, except for those citizens holding a Confirmation of Movement of an Employee (Form A) and provided that the form allows them to be moving within that timeframe.
European citizens and third country nationals: registration confirmation or residence permit respectively. For those who justifiably do not have the above documents a registration, then, by way of exception, another identification document will be accepted, e.g. international passport, international ID card, diplomatic passport. Violators will receive on the spot fines of €300 part any other legal action.
Note: the following retailers will remain closed every Sunday:
All food and beverage retailers (e.g. supermarkets, grocery stores, butchers, fish markets, bakeries, confectioneries, fruit shops, liquor stores).
In addition, the following measures have been decided by the Interministerial Committee:
The Civil Registry and Migration Department, in line with the Decision of the Council of Ministers, dated 15 March 2020, concerning the operation of the Public Sector, announces that the Department is operating with limited personnel. Therefore, no applications for the issue or renewal of residence permits are accepted for submission, except in cases of extreme urgency.
The Department reassures the public that, for third-country nationals who possess residence permits or tourist visas, whose validity has expired within a reasonable period of time and cannot be renewed or extended or for the third-country nationals who cannot be repatriated, no measures will be taken against them.
Moreover, concerning the Orders issued by the Minister of Health, in relation to restrictions on the right of entry into the Republic of Cyprus, under the present circumstances, the issuance of all entry permits is suspended.
The Public can contact the Department through the following telephone numbers:
General Employment and Visitors: 22 403930 | 22 403945
Companies of Foreign Interest: 22 804445 | 22 403946