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Keeping each other COVID safe in the new academic year, the latest guidance.

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Keeping each other COVID safe in the new academic year, the latest guidance.

The University continues to prioritise the health, safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff and as we look forward to returning to campus we want everyone to play their part in keeping us COVID safe.

Reflecting the latest government advice and the measures in place in wider society, we want to remind you of the following:

1.Keep COVID away from our campuses – if you have any symptoms or test positive, let us know and stay at home.

2. Get tested – students should test before they travel back to university, by ordering a free test online or collection from their local pharmacy. On arrival at university, students should take 2 lateral flow tests (3 to 4 days apart) using home test kits.  Once you have arrived the government is recommending that students should take a lateral flow test twice a week.

3. Get fully vaccinated – it is safe and effective, and provides the best protection against coronavirus. Remember it takes two weeks after your second jab to be fully vaccinated, so to be safe when you return to campus, you do not want to delay getting both vaccinations.

4. Use the NHS COVID app – download the app and check in to spaces where you see a QR code.

5. Keep it breezy – meet outside where you can, open windows when inside and keep to the room occupancies. The University has reviewed room ventilation quality when seated, and maximum room occupancies are now based on these ventilation assessments, in line with Health and Safety Executive guidance.

6. Keep your distance and respect each other’s space – social distancing is no longer required across our campus network, unless advised for specific activities or spaces.

7. Face coverings – are no longer mandatory, except where required in specific areas or for certain activities, but remain highly recommended when moving through University buildings, especially in busy areas. Face coverings help protect you and others.

8. Keep it clean – wash and sanitise your hands regularly and use the available wipes to clean down any shared equipment before and after use. Housekeeping will continue to clean frequently touched surfaces during the day and buildings overnight.

After such a challenging time, we appreciate many of you will be excited about September whilst others may feel anxious.  We will be providing a range of academic and wellbeing support to help you settle back into university life after the summer holidays.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable and are concerned about returning to campus please liaise with the Disability Team so they can work with your course to facilitate your safe return.

It is up to all of us to protect ourselves, our friends, our colleagues and the wider university community. Please keep being careful and considerate – so together we can help keep COVID out.

We will keep this guidance under regular review and update should circumstances or government/ public health advice change. For the latest information click here.