Safety on campus

Updated 30 July 2020 6pm

Until September 2020 it is expected that the majority of staff will continue to work from home unless notified that they can come onto campus.

For staff notified that they can come on to campus the following safety measures are in place.

Before coming to campus

  • You must be on the approved staff list for ongoing work or for one-off visits. One-off visits are authorised via Heads of School/Service and follow a carefully-managed procedure.
  • Please talk to your line manager if you or your household are in more vulnerable groups.
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, do not come to campus. Follow NHS advice and inform your line manager.
  • Please read information about accessing and safe use of the building you will be visiting, not all areas may be open and you may not be able to access your usual desk/space.
  • Plan to limit your time on campus, for example consider if writing up experiments can be done at home.
  • Children cannot be bought onto campus unless you are dropping off at Bright Beginnings (more on the nursery reopening plans are on the Bright Beginnings website) but please talk to your line manager if you need to discuss how to balance caring responsibilities.
  • Bring food, snacks and drinks as campus services are currently limited.

On campus

Social distancing

  • Please follow signage and one-way routes, and minimise movement around buildings.
  • Take stairs where possible and avoid lifts.
  • Follow the current Government social distancing guidance.
  • Avoid face-to-face meetings wherever possible and use Microsoft Teams, email or phone.

Face coverings and masks

  • From 24 July and in line with Government policy, face masks or coverings must be worn to enter the Refectory and all other University catering outlets.
  • From 3 August, staff and students must wear a face mask or covering in all indoor communal areas, for example, corridors and communal toilets. Usual places of work and / or study will be exempt from this, provided two metre social distancing is enforced, unless a local risk assessment identifies otherwise.
  • Whilst it is not mandatory, we encourage the use of face coverings outdoors where social distancing of at least two metres cannot be maintained.

Washable face coverings are currently available from Security.

Visors will be available for teaching colleagues engaged in face-to-face teaching, if required from September.

Please help us to keep our community safe by ensuring that you always carry a mask if on campus.


  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Sanitiser is also available on campus and at entry points to all buildings.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.


  • Changes have been made to improve ventilation. Room temperatures may be lower than normally experienced, and drafts may be more noticeable, due to adjustments to the air conditioning units.
  • Don’t cover up ventilation supply and extract grilles.
  • Do open windows to improve ventilation where there is no air conditioning.


  • Thorough cleaning is part of the building re-opening process and you will see increased cleaning for open buildings.
  • Materials are provided at the cleaning stations to clean your own work surfaces / workstations before and after use. Laboratories have specific cleaning requirements to follow.
  • Report any cleaning or estates issues to Estates Helpdesk (e.g. disposable wipes, sanitiser needs refilling) via

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