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Campus safety

The Government has announced the easing of a number of restrictions as part of the roadmap out of lockdown, which is positive news. But we still need to remain vigilant. In particular, we all need to remember the following points:

  • Social distancing,
  • Hands, Face, Space
  • Wear a face covering inside all buildings at all times
  • Wear and have visible student/staff ID
  • Get tested twice weekly
  • Be courteous and give way in busy corridors
Black bollards with red tape outside the entrance of the shop in the Ricmond building atrium
A member of staff dispensing hand sanitiser from a pump bottle at the entrance to the Richmond building

Test and Trace

We are operating a Test and Trace Procedure for students, staff and visitors. The Test and Trace scheme is a key part of the UK’s ongoing response to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 symptoms section sets out what you need to do if:

  • You experience COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • You receive a positive test confirming that you have COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • You are notified by NHS Test and Trace or by the University that you are a contact of someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

These measures are necessary to limit the risk of COVID-19 spreading on campus, should anyone test positive for the virus. They will also help us to support you if you are unwell or need to self-isolate.

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Your responsibilities on campus

Each and every one of us has a responsibility to keep each other safe whilst we are on campus. We have worked hard to make sure our campus is COVID-secure, but we also need your help.

Social distancing

Social distancing is an important way in which we can reduce the risk of infection transmission within our community. Make sure you follow one-way walking routes around campus and adhere to new rules set out for physical teaching sessions and laboratories.

Two students wearing face masks are seated at a table in the Richmond building atrium


One of the biggest contributions you can make to your safety and that of others is to follow guidelines on best hygiene practice. Wash your hands regularly and make use of the hand sanitisers that have been installed across the campus.

A person dispensing hand sanitiser from a wall mounted unit

Face coverings

We do expect you to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus, including shops, communal areas, corridors, and teaching spaces. It’s for your own and everyone else’s safety.

We’ll provide all staff and students with one reusable face covering when you arrive on campus and we’ll be providing face shields to teaching staff to use in student-facing sessions.

Of course, you’ll still need to follow other health and safety practices, such as being tested when displaying symptoms, self-isolating when unwell or advised to, and washing your hands regularly.

Student wearing a facemask

We know that some staff and students are not able to wear a face covering. They may have a (possibly hidden) disability or wearing one could cause severe distress to the individual. The University is signed up to the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme. Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyard discreetly indicates to people around the wearer that they may need additional support, help or a little more time. It can also alert others as to why someone may not be wearing a face covering.

If you would like a Sunflower lanyard (a limited amount of badges, pins and wrist bands are also available) or have any questions, please email for more information.