Phased campus reopening

Since June 2020, the University commenced a phased approach to reopening campus, guided by a set of principles and safe working measures informed by government guidance and medical advice. The new Academic Year began with with a bimodal approach to teaching and blended approach to working on campus and at home. However, December’s National Lockdown has meant that we’ve had to retighten access to campus.

The University is open only to support students already resident, to facilitate teaching, including face-to-face teaching for those on a defined number of exempt programmes (medicine, allied health, teacher training and social care), and to sustain research (including for PGR students) requiring specialist facilities, including libraries. With the exemption of the programmes listed above, teaching will be online only until at least 8 March. 

The government guidance is that everyone who can work from home must do so. For those who need to be on campus, here are the range of measures that we have in place to help keep our community safe:

  • Test, Trace and Protect
  • Social distancing
  • Risk assessments
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Local and national restrictions

Test, Trace and Protect

Particularly important in keeping our community safe is the University's own Test, Trace and Protect process. The Test, Trace, Protect process complements the NHS and Public Health England process and includes measures to ensure that students and staff understand the symptoms and when and how to get tested alongside a proactive programme of identifying and contacting anyone who might have come into ‘close contact’ with a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus.

Asymptomatic home test collection 

If you need to be on campus then you can regularly make use of free, rapid Covid-19 tests. Testing kits are available to collect to do at home.

You don’t need to book but please ensure you have your staff ID with you when collecting. 



Bramall Music Building

Monday – Thursday:  0900 – 1630.

Sport & Fitness

Monday - Friday:  0600 – 1430

Medical School reception

Monday - Friday:  0800 – 1800

Business School reception

Monday - Friday:  1000 – 1600

School of Engineering [Stores:  Room G20]

Monday - Friday:  0900 – 1230 / 1330 - 1500

Student accommodation sites  (reception areas)

Jarratt Hall

Monday - Friday:  0900 - 1700

Pritchatts Park  

Monday - Friday: 0800 – 1600

Metal Works

Monday - Friday: 0900 – 1700

Battery Park

Monday - Friday: 0900 – 1800

Oak Brook Park

Monday - Friday: 0900 – 1800

The Vale (reception)

Monday - Friday: 0900 – 1700

Social distancing measures

We have implemented a wide range of social distancing measures across campus, including one way systems around parts of campus and buildings, distancing signage, changes to the way in which you enter and leave buildings and spaces, seating restrictions, new capacity limits for every room, lab and lecture theatre, as well as more hand sanitising stations throughout buildings. The video below will give you a flavour of what has changed.

Returning to campus

Risk Assessments

As part of this approach all buildings must have a COVID Risk Assessment and all mitigations must be in place before the building is allowed to open. Copies of all the Risk Assessments are available to view. You can also find copies of the building reopening plans below.

In addition, all staff should have a conversation with their line manager about returning to work on campus.

Wearing face coverings

The University has mandated the wearing of face coverings on campus wherever it is not possible to maintain at two metre distance from other people. All staff and students will be provided with a free, branded washable face covering at the start of Semester one. For staff and students who are exempt from wearing face coverings we have signed up to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower scheme. All staff and students are also expected to wear their ID at all times when on campus.

Local and National Restrictions

We recognise that the national and local restrictions to contain COVID-19 may change and we have plans in place to enable us to respond quickly, safely and effectively to any changes that may affect staff, students and campus more generally. You can find all the latest information along with some FAQs for staff and students on our National Restrictions webpage.

If you have further questions about the phased campus reopening, please visit our FAQs

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