6 Oct 2020: Updated guidance about face coverings on-campus

Issued: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 10:17:30 BST


From tomorrow (Wednesday 7 October), face coverings will be required at all times and in all buildings on campus, including teaching and study spaces, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering for a medical reason;
  • Individuals who are working alone in offices;
  • Staff and students working in specialist facilities such as laboratories where a bespoke risk assessment has been undertaken.

For specialist facilities, risk assessments should be carried out in line with the guidance on the SEPS Covid Resource page, with input from the Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing and SEPS staff as appropriate.

Students in our residences are not required to wear face coverings in the communal spaces within their household.  However, they should be worn in shared public spaces, such as stairwells.

Staff, students and visitors are also asked to wear face coverings in outdoor settings where they are likely to be in close proximity with others.

Members of the University community are asked to continue to treat others with kindness and respect; if an individual is not wearing a face covering, you should assume they have a medical reason for not doing so.

The University’s Estates team will engage with contractors on the policies that will apply on our building sites.

We will keep this policy under constant review and may amend it in the light of public health guidance over the coming weeks. If anyone is concerned about their wellbeing on-campus, we have resources available on our health, safety and wellbeing webpages.


David Duncan

Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary