Health and safety measures for returning to campus

Updated on 8 September 2020

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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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

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.

Face coverings

How staff and students should use face coverings on campus to stay safe

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.