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Important information for students

In order to minimise the spread of COVID–19 infection and to help protect students and staff, from 8th January 2021, all education courses will continue with remote delivery for a five week period. Course managers will be in contact with all students with further information.

For further details see the COVID-19 Student Protocol

In order to fully participate in your course you require access to our Virtual Learning Environment, CAFRE Online. Details of the IT requirements needed to access CAFRE Online can be found at Computing requirements.

Every precaution is being taken to protect your health. It remains vital that you follow the Public Health Agency guidelines and advice on social distancing and hand sanitising to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The CAFRE points of contact for all COVID-19 student related issues are as follows:

Track, Trace and Protect

The Department of Health has implemented a contact tracing programme called Test, Trace and Protect designed to control the spread of COVID-19.

You are encouraged to download the StopCOVID NI Mobile App onto your mobile device.

During course induction you will be provided with instructions on what you should do if:

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19;
  • You test positive for COVID-19;
  • You live in a household with someone who has symptoms or, or has tested positive for, COVID-19;
  • You have been advised by the PHA that you are a high risk contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19; and
  • You test negative for COVID-19.

As a general rule if you exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19, or have been identified as a close contact of an individual with symptoms of or has received a positive test for COVID-19, you should not attend College until permitted to do so in accordance with the Test, Trace and Protect programme. You should inform your Course Manager that you are exhibiting symptoms, or have been identified as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19, at the earliest opportunity.

You should also inform your Course Manager of the outcome of any COVID-19 test you have had at the earliest opportunity. Further details will be provided by your Course Manager during induction.

COVID-19 disruption payments to students

All full-time undergraduate and postgraduate UK and EU students attending CAFRE are eligible to receive the £500 payment through the COVID-19 Disruption Payment that is being provided by the Department for the Economy (see below). Only full-time students enrolled on Foundation Degrees, Honours Degrees and Master’s Degrees at CAFRE are eligible to receive this payment.

Dodds announces students to receive £500 Covid Disruption Payment | Department for the Economy (

We will update this notification as soon as we have further details.