How we’re keeping our community safe

We're closely following the latest government guidelines to keep our community safe.

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What to expect on campus

In line with government guidance, many of the controls that were previously required have now been removed, enabling us to return to a much more familiar campus environment. 

However, while ongoing safety measures and in particular the successful vaccine rollout enable us to remove some of the previous restrictions, the safety and wellbeing of our community remains our utmost priority. 

Here are the safety measures in place to keep our community safe:

Vaccinations

Most fundamentally we strongly encourage all staff and students who are able to, to take up the offer of both doses of the vaccine. We also continue to support local vaccination efforts, to facilitate access to vaccinations for our community, including hosting pop-up vaccination clinics on campus.

You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We encourage all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We’re encouraging all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

How to book a covid-19 vaccineNHS England has published a document containing FAQs about student covid-19 vaccinations in England, including questions about international student vaccinations.  


Face coverings

To keep us all safe, it's vital to wear a face covering in all communal indoor settings where you are in close proximity to other people. This is expected of all staff and students unless exempt.

Face coverings are easy to use and effective at stopping the spread of infections.

Collect a face covering on campus 


Testing

Regular testing is an important measure to mitigate against the spread of the virus and staff and students are strongly advised to take regular lateral flow device tests by booking a slot at our on campus covid-19 test centre, collecting a test kit from sites across campus or ordering testing kits to be delivered to your home.

If you receive a positive test result from a lateral flow device test, you should book a PCR test through the government website, self-isolate until you get the results. Members of staff should notify their line manager as soon as possible.

If you receive a positive PCR test result, you must continue to self-isolate. The self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. Please also update your line manager.


Contact tracing

If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK or if you are under 18 years 6 months, you no longer need to self-isolate after being in contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19. Despite this change, contact tracing remains another vital step in mitigating against the spread of covid-19.

In addition to and separate from the NHS Track and Trace programme, the University’s contact tracing team will continue to contact trace for all reported confirmed cases of covid-19 on campus. 

Please note that government guidance does state that even if you have been double vaccinated you should arrange a PCR test as soon as possible, reduce your social contact in the 10 days following your contact with the infected person and carry out twice-weekly lateral flow device tests.


Ventilation

The EFM Engineering team has undertaken an assessment of all the spaces where mechanical ventilation and natural ventilation is located. Mechanical ventilation is maintained throughout the University to current national standards.

Thanks to the changes that have been programmed for air handling units across campus, ventilation systems are now supplying the maximum amount of fresh air possible to the buildings.

Where windows can be opened, we encourage staff and students to do so to enable natural ventilation. Doors can also be held open to facilitate natural ventilation. The exception to this is fire doors, which must remain closed, unless they have proprietary hold-open devices, to enable them to automatically close in the event of a fire alarm activation.


Signage and guidance documents

We are in the process of updating all necessary signage on campus and will ensure that staff and students are reminded to follow the safety guidance across campus. Perspex screens and one-way signage at pinch points will also remain in place.


Support

Throughout the past year, our community has demonstrated its commitment and ability to come together as One University to overcome the challenges of the pandemic. As we start to adjust to this different, yet familiar, way of working we would ask that you remain mindful and respectful, acknowledging that everyone’s circumstances and experiences will differ.

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.