Face coverings are mandatory when you are moving around on campus, and at all other times where 2m social distancing is not possible, unless you have an exemption.
Make sure your face covering:
- is multi-layered,
- fits snugly over the nose and mouth,
- is washed regularly, and
- is kept in a plastic bag when not in use.
You should wear face coverings in study spaces and during taught sessions, unless you can clearly maintain a 2m distance from everyone.
Lecturers will teach from within a 2m teaching zone, which is identified in every teaching space. They may also choose to wear a face visor and face covering, and will do so if they move out of the marked 2m teaching zone.
Face coverings may be required in some teaching and specialist technical spaces. There will be signs to advise you. Please use face visors, PPE and screens as instructed.
Help points and service desks
Staff at help points and service desks are not required to wear face coverings if there is a perspex screen. Where a screen is not in place, our teams will wear a face covering or visor.
Students on placement
Students working with the NHS or other employers should follow local policy regarding face coverings and PPE.
If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we recommend that you use a face visor instead. Supplies are available from either of our libraries.
You can also download optional face covering exemption cards from the government website.
Staff and students can remove face coverings to communicate with anyone who needs to lip read. In these instances you should adhere to 2m social distance guidelines.
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Start and finish times
Please keep to your staggered start and finish times when on campus. These follow the room number pattern below. They will also be outlined on your timetable.
Rooms ending 1, 3, 5, 7, 9: Start on the hour and finish at 10 minutes to the hour. For example, 9am – 9.50am.
Rooms ending 0, 2, 4, 6, 8: Start at 5 past the hour and finish at 5 minutes to the hour. For example, 9.05am – 9.55am.
Entering and exiting rooms
Fill rooms up from the back to the front when entering, and exit rooms from the front to the back. Signage in classrooms will show you which routes to take and which desks can be used.
In classrooms and study areas, wipe down your desk and equipment before and after use.
Wash and sanitise your hands thoroughly and regularly during the day.
Keep left around campus, and keep your distance from anyone not in your household.
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Many of our buildings have mechanical ventilation systems. These circulate 100% fresh air and are set to the highest air flow rates. They come on an hour before the buildings open and stay on until an hour after they close.
If you are in an older building without mechanical ventilation:
- open windows as frequently and as widely as comfort allows,
- pay particular attention to ventilation in busy rooms, and
- open the windows at the end of your session.
Open windows could make rooms colder than usual, so we recommend bringing an extra layer on cold days.
Our windows and ventilation systems are regularly inspected and maintained. Our ventilation page tells you more about how we are managing and maintaining our systems during the pandemic.
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