Phased campus reopening
We have taken a gradual, phased approach to reopening campus since June, guided by a set of principles and safe working measures informed by government guidance and medical advice. As we begin the new academic year with a bimodal approach to teaching and blended approach to working on campus and at home, we want to highlight some of the measures that we have put in place:
- 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.
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.
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 Local Restrictions webpage.
If you have further questions about the phased campus reopening, please visit our FAQs