As we continue to navigate our way through the pandemic, we must all continue to work together, support each other, be mindful of our personal and collective responsibilities and challenges, and strive to behave with respect, consideration, and compassion.
This means following rules on our campuses that protect our community and enable us to provide as full a campus experience as possible, ensuring our unique environments (including teaching and research spaces) remain safe.
Your commitment to your community
We ask you to demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour, thoughtfulness, and consideration while on our campuses. We expect you to:
- Act inclusively and in line with university dignity and respect policies
- Show empathy and be respectful and kind to other community members, recognising that individuals may have different needs and a different response to the COVID-19 risk
- Follow the latest government guidance and the university’s COVID-19 policies and procedures on campus
- Participate in the COVID-19 vaccination programme
- If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, self-isolate, request a PCR test and notify your university in accordance with relevant policies and guidance
- Use Lateral Flow Device tests twice a week, every week, to help stop the spread of COVID-19
- Self-isolate when asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace, or when contacted by the NHS Covid-19 app
- Take every reasonable effort to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 – regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering in accordance with university guidance
- Follow any special procedures which may be required in the event of a lockdown or outbreak of cases
- Follow any reasonable instructions given by a member of staff relating to how to practice social distancing, prevention measures or self-isolation
Our commitment to you
We will adapt our learning and teaching to respond to the evolving situation and maintain a quality student experience.
We will continue to adapt and maintain a system of controls to mitigate the risk posed by the spread of COVID-19 including:
- Building management and operating systems
- Enhanced cleaning
- Monitoring occupancy in rooms, including teaching rooms and study spaces
- Making sure there are hand sanitising stations across our campuses
- Active engagement with test and trace systems
- Through regular and clear communications, take reasonable efforts to ensure members of our community are aware of the latest guidance and our policies and procedures as these adapt
- Regularly assess the risk of the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses
- Take appropriate steps to contain any outbreak on our campuses, acting in conjunction with public health authorities
Extensive work has been undertaken to ensure we are able to operate and make best use of our campuses in a safe and secure manner whilst also providing the widest possible range of academic, support and social opportunities, in-person or virtually. This means keeping things constantly under review, enabling us to adapt and respond to changing and potentially challenging scenarios including a potential COVID-19 outbreak or local/national lockdown/restrictions.