Following the lifting of Covid legal restrictions in England by the UK Government, the health and safety of all members of our community remains of the utmost importance in the University’s operations. The information below outlines how we are currently operating; we will keep this under review in relation to public health advice. The UK Government has issued advice about how to live with Covid and other respiratory infections.
We thank all members of our community for the consideration and kindness they continue to show each other in this extraordinary period we are navigating together.
Safe spaces to work and study
We will keep public health mitigations under review, but for the time being:
- You are still advised to keep windows open for good ventilation wherever possible.
- Hand sanitiser stations will remain in place.
- Perspex screens will stay in situ where these have been installed.
- Published office occupancy limits remain the same. These limits apply to those using the room all day, but these do not prevent visits, meetings or tutorials being held in office or similar spaces.
While we don't have social distancing restrictions in place across campus, please be respectful of each other’s personal space.
If you have any issues with the temperature or air flow in rooms please contact the Campus Infrastructure Department (formerly known as Estates) for advice.
In England, face coverings are no longer required by law.
The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
In a University setting, this may include the following situations:
- When moving around in indoor public spaces, such as corridors
- In study spaces and the Library
- In retail and hospitality outlets, unless seated to eat/drink
- For students during lectures and seminars. Teaching staff can choose whether or not to wear face coverings and/or visors out of personal choice.
We recommend that members of our community keep a reusable face covering with them. Public Health advice is that three ply face coverings are most effective. These need to be put on and taken off carefully, correctly worn and stored properly when not in use in order to be effective.
Hand hygiene and infection control
We ask that members of our community remember the basics of good infection control including covering your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze, putting used tissues in a bin and immediately washing your hands or using hand sanitiser. You can find good advice on the Germ Defence website.
One important way we can help protect ourselves and each other is to wash our hands thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, every time you arrive at the University or get home, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, use the toilet, or eat or handle food.
Please use the hand sanitisers at the entrances and exits to buildings.
Getting fully vaccinated gives you the best protection against coronavirus (Covid-19). The University encourages all members of our student and staff community to get vaccinated and boosted, in line with World Health Organisation and UK Government.
Detailed information about Covid-19 vaccinations can be found here.
Sources of support
There are a number of sources of support for members of our community. These can provide practical advice or support your wellbeing.
If you're a student, you can contact:
- your tutor or supervisor
- the Wellbeing Service
- the Be Well, Talk Now service
- the student union (SU) Advice & Support Centre
- the Chaplaincy
- your Student Living Ambassador if you live in University accommodation by emailing email@example.com
If you're a member of staff, you can: