Safety on campus

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The health and safety of our community is our highest priority, and we will all need to make adjustments to the way we live and work.

The information below contains general rules and information for keeping staff, students and visitors safe across our campuses. However, in some areas local rules may be needed to manage specific risks. 

To keep everyone safe, the university strongly recommends that you: 

1. Get Vaccinated 

  • We actively support the roll out of Covid-19 vaccines and strongly encourage those that can to be fully immunised.
  • There are a number of ways to get your vaccination. You can book your Covid-19 vaccine via the National Booking Service. You will need to be registered with a GP and have an NHS number.
  • UK residents can request to book Covid-19 vaccination appointments as an unregistered patient through a local GP practice. You can find out more about GP registration at 



2. Get tested at least once a week

  • The university’s testing service detects the coronavirus through a simple saliva sample.
  • We expect all staff and students not showing symptoms of the coronavirus to test regularly. This offers reassurance, reduces onwards transmission of the virus, and helps to keep everyone safe.
  • Book your test and find out more on the testing pages.



3. Don't come on to campus if you feel unwell

  • If you feel unwell or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms, do not come on to campus
  • Isolate immediately, Notify the university, and take a confirmatory Test
  • If you have symptoms you must isolate- that means staying at home or in your room. You can get support during this period. (People who have had both of their Covid vaccinations will not need to self-isolate following close contact with someone who has Covid-19. You’ll still need to take a PCR test and self-isolate if it’s positive).

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4. Face coverings and social distancing 

  • In line with government guidelines social distancing measures are no longer mandatory, however the government expects and recommends that you wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces.

  • Please remember to be respectful of others' choices and do give people space where it is sensible or requested. Do be aware that some people may be exempt from wearing a face covering and may choose to wear a sunflower lanyard to demonstrate this. Find out more about the scheme here.
Further clarification on face coverings

Face Coverings

Restrictions might have gone but Covid certainly hasn’t. In line with government policy, the University expects and recommends that staff and students wear face coverings in enclosed spaces, communal areas and busy parts of the University.

When should I wear a face covering?

By ‘busy’ we mean rooms and spaces where any form of social distancing would be difficult. This might be a teaching space, a library or a social area. There may be signs up in these places (like the ones below) advising that face coverings are expected and recommended.

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Does this mean coverings are mandatory?

The government has removed the requirement for face coverings to be mandatory but the University is asking everyone to keep each other safe by continuing to use them in busy areas.

What if people aren’t wearing one?

We also have to respectful of each other. We will be regularly reminding people that face coverings help you to reduce your risk to others and help others to reduce their risk to you.

If you feel comfortable to do so why not ask those around you to wear one and equally if someone asks you to wear one please do so if you can.


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5. Follow hygiene procedures

  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds - there will be signs directing you to the nearest handwashing stations
  • Clean work and study stations before and after use - this includes mice and keyboards; cleaning equipment will be provided
  • Avoid sharing equipment and stationery - including pens and pencils - with other staff and students

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Room ventilation and monitoring

Guidance published by the Universities Safety and Health Association (USHA) states that teaching, studying, and research are considered to be low risk activities and that conventional levels of ventilation are sufficient to maintain healthy indoor environments where the maximum room occupancy is not exceeded.

Our Estates team has produced a summary of how they ensure that rooms have a plentiful supply of fresh air, how we monitor air quality, and the simple steps that colleagues can take to ventilate rooms.

View the summary

Key resources 

The resources provided are designed for staff to help with sharing the message on the general rules and information for keeping staff, students and visitors safe across our campuses. 

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Find my space

You can now plan your visit to our campuses and check how busy study spaces are using our tracker. Find space where you can social-distance safely.

See our building occupancy tracker

University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666
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