Campus safety

We've made some changes to our campus - adapting our libraries, study spaces, sports centre and social hubs in line with social distancing guidelines, so you can still enjoy the experiences of campus life.

Stay safe

  1. Stay in your Living Circle (if you are in halls) or household and,
  2. Follow social distancing when outside your group.

If you do, you can:

  • Enjoy face-to-face teaching
  • Get to know Bristol better and avoid a local lockdown
  • Keep our community safe
  • Make the most of your student experience

Meet people and make connections at virtual events hosted by the Students' Union and on our events hub.

Enhanced hygiene measures

Re-usable face coverings will be issued to all staff and students to use while on campus.

Face coverings are intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission.

Face coverings are not considered as 'personal protective equipment' (PPE). They will be worn as a sign of respect, kindness and sensitivity to each other, our communities and those more vulnerable or at higher risk. You can find more guidance on face coverings on GOV.UK.

Find out where students collect masks and when to wear them.

Sanitising stations have been set up at all buildings entrances and all buildings will be certified COVID-19 Secure to government guidelines for the return to campus.

Increased cleaning

We have revised our cleaning specification in line with coronavirus guidelines, Public Health England guidance and advice from the suppliers and manufacturers of our cleaning supplies, to include:

  • Protected time for cleaning.
  • Increased cleaning throughout the day of high use areas such as study areas, toilets, door handles and other touch points - reducing the opportunity for contact transmission.
  • Sanitising stations located at each building entrance, which students and staff will be encouraged to use alongside frequent hand washing.
  • You are responsible for cleaning study spaces by wiping down desks before you leave.

When to come on campus

We recommend you only come onto campus when you have:
  • scheduled face-to-face teaching sessions
  • scheduled time in the laboratory or other specialist research facility
  • pre-booked a study space or other pre-arranged activity such as a sport or society

Arrive for your class 5 minutes or less before it begins. This allows the class before you to have left the room safely.

Find out how we adapted our spaces.

Emergency situations

Get help in an emergency

There may be occasions where emergency situations arise and need managing.

Responses to emergency situations should be considerate of social distancing measures where possible.

With reduced numbers of staff on campus, some emergency responses (for example, first aiders or Security Services) may take longer to respond than usual.

  • Security Services continue to provide a 24/7 response service.
  • University staff will be on site from Monday to Friday, but in reduced numbers. 
  • In the event of a building evacuation, you must use the nearest safe exit point, regardless of any COVID-19 specific signage or routes.
  • Prompt evacuation must take priority over social distancing considerations.
  • If you see someone having difficulty leaving the building, offer to help if you are not in danger. Otherwise notify a staff member who can arrange to get assistance. Some halls have rooms that are specially adapted for people with disabilities so, although there will be an escape plan in place, offering assistance in the early stages can be very helpful. Remember, do not put yourself at risk.
  • At assembly points you should take every care to maintain social distancing, while being within sight of fire wardens.
  • No one should prop open fire doors under any circumstances.
  • If you feel unwell with COVID-19 symptoms while on campus, you should follow Government advice:
  • For minor injuries such as small cuts, staff will be aware of the local first aid facilities and be ready to self-administer if necessary.

What will happen if there is a second wave or local lockdown

Any action we take will be made with your safety in mind. Plans are in place to ensure that we can support you whatever the circumstances.

We are building in flexibility and resilience to our courses so we can either:

  • increase the face-to-face components during the year if the pandemic resolves more quickly than expected, or
  • increase the online components if subsequent waves occur and lead to further restrictions.

We will constantly review this approach in line with the evolving public health situation and government advice.

Given the changing nature of the pandemic, our commitments are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time. For example, if restrictions are increased/eased in the future then facilities and services may not be delivered as described.

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