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What we’re doing to keep us all safe in a Covid-secure campus

We’ve been working hard to make our campus as safe as possible for you. Like everyone, we’ve had to make some changes to the way we use and move around the campus.

A member of staff cleaning the inside of a lift with antibacterial spray
A gloved hand cleaning a wall mounted hand sanitiser dispenser

All these changes are for your safety and that of our University community. We have introduced:

  • A mix of online and offline learning and teaching
  • Social distancing measures across campus
  • Our teaching schedule means fewer people will be moving around campus at the same time
  • One-way systems with clear signage to help you navigate your way around
  • Hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes widely available across campus, as well as disposable face masks in some areas
  • Protective screens where appropriate
  • An enhanced cleaning programme in all our buildings to ensure the highest levels of hygiene
  • We are also working closely with Public Health England and the local authority to ensure we have a clear test and trace process in place
  • At the start of the semester, we’ll be giving all students and staff a University-branded reusable face covering.

Most of our buildings are open, including libraries, the sports centre, Student Central and outlets to buy food and drink. You can use all outdoor spaces on campus.

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

As part of our preparations to keep you safe on campus, we have introduced 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.

Most of our buildings are open, including libraries, the sports centre, Student Central and outlets to buy food and drink. You can use all outdoor spaces on campus.

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.