Health and safety measures for returning to campus

Information about hand sanitisers, face coverings, and other health and safety measures in place when staff and students return to campus

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Hygiene and hand sanitisation

Everyone should maintain high levels of hygiene, especially hand hygiene. It is recommended that you wash your hands: 

  • at least six times throughout the day
  • for at least 20 seconds each time
  • before eating
  • after using a toilet
  • before touching any part of your face

Hand sanitiser dispensers will be located at the entrances to all buildings on campus. In large and complex buildings, additional hand sanitiser dispensers will be available at key locations within the buildings.

We strongly recommend that you wash your hands or use hand sanitiser every time you enter or leave a building.

Facial coverings

At this time, when you are undertaking general tasks or moving around campus it is up to you to use your judgement and preferences on the use of non-surgical face coverings. You should review the online Public Health guidance to help you make your own choices.

Facial coverings are not classed as PPE, but can provide some protection to the individual and also help prevent the wearer from spreading droplets exhaled in breath or sneezed or coughed. Facial coverings therefore can be beneficial when worn in situations with reduced ventilation (inside spaces).

The University strongly recommends the use of face coverings inside buildings where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed.

The University will provide non-surgical disposable face coverings to staff and students in dispenser stations.

These masks can be worn until they become damp with breathing and should then be disposed of responsibly.  If you do take a mask, please only take one at a time so others can have access to the supply as well.

We do however understand that face coverings are a concern for those who are hearing impaired or are deaf and use facial expressions to determine what is being communicated through lip reading or sign language. Face masks could not be used for either signers or the hearing person communicating. 

They may also pose difficulties for those with respiratory conditions and those who experience anxiety related to their health condition, particularly those who are neurodiverse. You should be aware that not all people are able to wear masks.

Toilet facilities

Many toilet facilities on campus will become single occupancy with a “knock and enter” system operating and queuing locations where this is possible.

Some larger facilities (those with three or more toilet units) may be designated multiple occupancy (with the occupancy clearly displayed on the door) where physical distancing allows.

Disabled access toilets should be kept available for those with disabilities.


The University will implement a cleaning regime that concentrates on cleaning of communal areas, with priority given to high-use touch points and toilets.

Additional cleaning activity during the day will take place across the campus with a focus on high traffic areas. However, cleaning between individual uses of areas cannot be undertaken by Estates staff alone. Cleaning materials will be provided to allow self-service cleaning of shared and personal workstations, equipment, and table tops. This will typically include disinfectant wipes provided at key locations.

For staff this means a “clear desk” policy should be put in place to ensure areas are easy to clean and disinfect between uses. This should also apply to personal desks as the cleaners cannot move belongings to carry out a proper clean.

The University is developing specific protocols to deal with incidents of staff or students presenting a Covid-19 risk:

  • Specialist cleaning in the event of someone becoming ill or infectious while on campus will be undertaken by Estates, following government guidance.
  • Areas could be out of use for up to 72 hours, followed by a thorough clean.
  • Specialist external cleaning agencies may be used.
Returning to campus

This page is part of a collection of guides which explain the steps we are taking to keep staff and students safe as they return to our campuses from September 2020

Learn more about returning to campus

Last updated

29 June 2020


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