We've made changes right across our campuses, including one-way systems, smaller class sizes and enhanced cleaning routines to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.
New safety points staffed by student ambassadors and facilities staff are here to help navigate the changes on both campuses. These safety teams are the first point of contact for reusable face coverings, campus maps, advice on safety, and any other questions that arise on site.
We're asking everybody to maintain social distancing in classes and keep face coverings on at all times when social distancing isn't possible. This might be uncomfortable, but it really will help keep us all safe. If due to health reasons, individuals are unable to wear a face covering for long periods of time, then sunflower lanyards are available from one of our safety teams. These lanyards let others know students or staff are OK not to wear a face covering and reminds them to maintain social distancing. Rooms across our campuses are well ventilated, and some rooms might be cooler than others, so we're asking people to come prepared for colder days than usual.
Our Library and IT facilities are open, and resources can be pre-ordered to make trips to campus a little easier. Our library services, student services and employability teams are also available digitally, and we are encouraging students to use these services to help make the first few weeks easier to navigate.
Our food outlets are cashless using contactless payments whenever possible. Some are takeaway only, and additional seating is available outdoors in sheltered spaces to enjoy breaks in new surroundings.
We expect there to be more queues at times (such as when classes finish, at lunchtime and as we all move around campus) and we're asking people to be patient with staff and each other – and be prepared to queue a little longer than normal. As we get used to things the queues will become shorter and quicker.
Students, staff, and visitors are as welcome as ever on our campuses, but we ask that people plan visits carefully to help make it enjoyable and safe for us all. By working together we can help keep our University community, and our city safe.