The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. The guidelines below contain general expectations and information for keeping staff, students and visitors safe across our campuses.
To keep everyone safe, the university expects and strongly recommends that you:
1. Get Vaccinated
- 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 nhs.uk/register.
2. Get tested at least once a week
- The university’s testing service detects coronavirus through a simple saliva sample.
- We expect all staff and students not showing symptoms of 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 still have access to testing, although there is no longer a legal requirement to do so, we expect and strongly recommend that staff and students who test positive for Covid-19 continue to isolate for at least five days or, if you are continuing to test, for as long as you test positive.
- If you do not have access to testing and you feel unwell or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms (including having a high temperature plus at least one other symptom from the updated list on the NHS website), do not come on to campus. Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. You should return to campus when your temperature has returned to normal and you are otherwise well enough to do so.
- For staff who are ill and cannot work, you should report your sickness absence in line with the sickness absence reporting procedures.
- For staff who test positive, or experience a high temperature plus one other symptom but are well enough to and can work from home, you should agree working from home with your manager.
- Students who test positive – or experience a temperature plus one other symptom – are expected to isolate, and should not attend teaching sessions or assessments on campus.
Students should contact their module convenors to let them know that they are unable to attend teaching sessions in person. Module convenors will help students to access the materials they may have missed.
Students who are unable to attend exams should contact their school to report their absence. They should then submit a claim of extenuating circumstances.
Where students live in university halls of residence, colleagues will support self-isolation, including delivering meals to rooms.
4. Face coverings and social distancing
- The wearing of face coverings is strongly encouraged in all indoor areas on campus. This includes corridors and communal spaces; teaching settings, including lecture halls, workshops, laboratories and seminar rooms; libraries and offices.
- 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.
- Staff around the university can request disposable medical face masks and FFP2 masks from the University Testing Service by completing this form.
Further clarification on face coverings
When should I wear a face covering?
'All indoor areas on campus' includes classrooms, lecture theatres, laboratories, libraries, social spaces and hopper buses. There may be signs up in these places advising that face coverings are encouraged.
What if people aren’t wearing one?
We also have to be respectful of each other. We will regularly be reminding people that face coverings help you to reduce your risk to others and help others 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.
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.
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
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.
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