Safety on campus

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 people safe across our campuses. However, in some areas local rules may be needed to manage specific risks. 

Please ensure you adhere to the following on our campuses and ensure you are aware of and follow specific local rules, such as in halls or libraries, where these are displayed.

Checking what to do if you might be exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19? See our isolate, notify, test page.

We have more detailed guidance for thos using our Library buildings. Find out how we can all help to keep our libraries safe.

1. Face coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn inside all University buildings and temporary structures, including marquees
  • This includes in lecture theatres, laboratories, libraries (including study spaces), corridors and teaching rooms
  • You may wish to bring your own, but additional face coverings will be available at key points across our campuses for those who don't have one
  • Exceptions may apply, such as to those with personal health requirements and hidden conditions such as anxiety
  • You should wash your hands before and after touching your covering and you should store it in a sealable plastic bag when not in use
  • You may want to bring multiple coverings to use across the course of the day. Once a covering becomes damp it should not be worn

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2. 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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3. Follow campus signage 

  • Signs and instructions are in place around our campuses to keep you - and those around you - safe; make sure you follow them
  • This includes one-way systems, limited occupation areas, closed work stations and facilities, and designated passing places
  • Look out for 'Study Here' signs around our campuses - these clearly indicate areas that have been put aside specifically for individual study between timetabled teaching

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4. Maintain social distancing 

  • Please maintain social distancing at all times on our campuses - we are currently complying with government guidelines of maintaining a two-metre distance from people outside of our households, or a one-metre distance with extra precautions in place (face coverings, increased ventilation indoors)
  • This means that you may have to book some services online in advance, rather than just dropping in as you may have done previously

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5. Follow isolation and reporting advice

  • If you feel unwell or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms, do not come on to campus
  • If you or anyone in your household has Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate - this means staying at home if you live in private accommodation, and staying in your room if you live in halls
  • If you start to feel ill or develop symptoms please notify the University using our reporting mechanisms

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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

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