Reducing the spread of coronavirus

Wash your hands

  • Frequently, with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser, if you can’t wash your hands. There are gel stations across campus. Get in the habit of using it when you pass one.

Cover your face

  • You should wear a face covering in indoor places where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You should also cover your face when standing at bus stops.
  • Our corridors are narrow and it will be difficult to keep two metres away from others at all times – so we recommend that you cover your face when walking around indoors.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times in shops, catering outlets and on public transport.
  • You don’t need to cover your face in teaching rooms. Occupancy has been restricted so you’re able to maintain a two-metre social distance. However, feel free to cover your face in these settings if you’d prefer.

Remember to be mindful and respectful of others, noting that some people are less able to wear face coverings, and that the reasons for this may not be visible to others. Be nice and make space.

Make space

  • Stay two metres away from people outside your household. If you can’t stay two metres away from others, you should wear a face covering.

Rule of six

When socialising with people that you do not live with, you must not meet in a group of more than six, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200.

Report any symptoms so we can help you

If you have coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

Tell us immediately. We’ll advise you on next steps and provide support if you need to self-isolate.

Do not come onto campus if you or someone you live with have any symptoms that may be coronavirus (COVID-19) related or if you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

Our expectations

Student conduct

The University has a Student Conduct Policy, which relates to non-academic disciplinary matters and sets out the University’s expectations of student behaviour both on and off campus. Anti-social behaviour that creates risk falls within the remit of our Student Conduct Policy.

During this pandemic, people are concerned about the risk of spreading Covid-19 and their tolerances of what they perceive as anti-social behavior have diminished. This means that they are less tolerant of behaviour that normally wouldn’t be of concern, including large or loud groups of students and failure to follow government guidelines around social distancing, groups gathering together and mask-wearing.

The University expects that you will behave considerately toward others; that you will play a positive role in encouraging others to follow laws and guidelines; and that you will proactively take personal measures to minimise risk.

In relation to COVID-19, you are expected to:

  • behave with civility, consideration and respect for others in the University and the local community
  • behave safely, and with regard to the safety of others
  • follow all government guidance and laws, including (but not limited to) when to cover your face, maintaining social distance and how you socialise within your household and beyond it
  • follow instructional and directional signage that is in place
  • report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the University so that we can arrange support for you
  • get a COVID-19 test when you develop symptoms, or are requested to do so by either the University or the NHS Test and Trace
  • report the result of any COVID-19 test to the University
  • self-isolate when required to do so and follow the rules when self-isolating
  • self-isolate if required to do so because you have travelled to the UK from a country that isn’t on the travel corridor exemption list
  • pay attention to Faculty staff who may provide you with specific requirements in your learning environment.

Additional COVID-19 expectations for students living in UWE Bristol accommodation:

  • You will not allow anybody into your flat that isn’t part of your household. The only exception to this rule is for the Studio accommodation at Wallscourt Park where one visitor will be permitted.
  • You will not have a flat or house party. They are strictly prohibited as they are in breach of government restrictions on social distancing and the ‘rule of six’.
  • Face coverings should be worn at all times in all communal and shared accommodation areas including: Customer Services Reception, post room, lifts and stairwells. They should be worn even if there is no other person present. You don’t need to cover your face in your flat’s communal lounge and kitchen areas or when you’re outside. 

Using lifts

The use of lifts will be restricted to disabled persons/mobility impaired or for the transport of large/heavy/hazardous materials where transport on stairways would not be safe.

They are restricted to single occupancy and signage will be in place to remind of this.

Moving around campus

When you’re moving around campus, be aware of people around you and respect social distancing. Remember there may be different rules that apply in different parts of the campus. Keep an eye out for signage.

You should wear a face covering in indoor places where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. You should also cover your face when standing at bus stops.

Our corridors are narrow and it will be difficult to keep two metres away from others at all times – so we recommend that you cover your face when walking around indoors.

You must wear a face covering at all times in shops, catering outlets and on public transport.

You don’t need to cover your face in teaching rooms. Occupancy has been restricted so you’re able to maintain a two-metre social distance. However, feel free to cover your face in these settings if you’d prefer.

Entry and exit routes will be designated where possible to maintain a one-way flow system. If in doubt, follow the signage in the area. When moving around, cover your face and keep to the left. Keep moving and don’t hang out in corridors.

Where possible, a stairwell will be designated for travel upwards and a separate stairwell for travel downwards. Keep an eye on the signage.

Studying on Glenside Campus?

Glenside Campus has been ‘zoned’ to help us manage the number of people in buildings, corridors and toilets. More detail about the zones and specific guidance is available on the Glenside Campus map web page.

Cleaning

In addition to the normal cleaning programme, a higher frequency of cleaning has been implemented.

All hand contact points will be cleaned throughout the day (e.g. door furniture, hand rails, food preparation areas, toilets, flush plates, taps, dispensers etc.).

Using study spaces

Sanitising wipes or sanitising spray and cloths will be available. Please wipe down all the surfaces you use before and after use. This includes the monitor, keyboard, mouse, desk space, chair, telephone/headset etc.  It is essential that you do this before you sit down.

To maintain social distancing rules and your safety, the numbers of occupants using an area may be ‘capped’. 

Where possible refrain from using printers and other shared devices. If necessary to use a printer, wash your hands or use sanitiser from local stations before each use.

Floor space in laboratories, workshops etc. may be marked or managed to ensure that social distancing is maintained around equipment, work benches etc. Keep an eye out for signage.

Using libraries

We have very limited space in our libraries once covid-secure measures are introduced, so we are prioritising individual study. This is so that students who don’t have suitable spaces in their homes have somewhere to work.

Read our coronavirus updates for library users for information about which services are available and which are not currently running.

In an emergency

An emergency response will continue to be provided by the University for fire, first-aid and other emergencies, observing social distancing rules where practicably possible.  

Fire routes and exits will operate as usual in the event of a fire alarm, any one-way systems will not be observed. However, when outside at the evacuation area please try and remain apart as much as possible.

"We must remember that we can reduce the risk as much as possible, but personal responsibility and the actions of every individual will be the biggest factor in reducing the transmission of coronavirus.

We all need to follow the guidance and measures that will be in place. We are the agents of spread and we can significantly reduce or accelerate spread by our own actions. We need to ensure we work together to reduce risks."

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

Steve West Vice-Chancellor

Welcoming you to UWE Bristol safely

Further information

For further information, listen to Vice-Chancellor Steve West talk about digital course delivery, the measures in place to keep everybody safe, and how social distancing on campus will work.

Returning to campus films