Page updated: 26 February 2021

Campus safety

Find out about the measures we’ve put in place and what you can do to help keep campus as safe as possible.

Our ‘4 C’s’ approach is based around minimising crowds and close contact, while taking extra measures in confined spaces and extending our cleaning programme. As part of this you'll find information below on the use of face coverings on campus and the additional cleaning measures we've put in place.

Some of the specific things we’ve done include:

  • Design new layouts in classrooms and facilities to support collaborative learning in a safer environment, this includes laboratories and specialist facilities such as our Clinical Skills Suites.
  • Timetabling courses in line with social distancing guidelines, so there will be fewer students in rooms than usual. We’ve done this by making full use of the teaching day, including scheduling classes in the late afternoon and evening.
  • Introduced keep-left and one-way traffic flows around buildings and have produced signage to guide people around our campuses and buildings.
  • Placed hand sanitiser stations in every building and outdoor handwashing facilities around the campus.
  • Created additional outdoor seating areas, which can be used for informal learning and socialising
  • Continued our enhanced cleaning programme, including a greater frequency of cleaning in commonly used areas in buildings, such as toilets.

We can’t do this alone, and we need you to follow guidelines designed to protect your own safety and wellbeing, and that of others in society. This includes following government guidelines with regards to social distancing and use of face coverings.

Guidance on the use of face coverings on campus


Unless you are exempt, you should wear a face covering whenever you are indoors on campus, including in classrooms.

Please remember to clean your hands before and after touching your face covering – including to put it on or remove it.

Face coverings should be safely stored in individual, sealable plastic bags between use

If a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and should be replaced carefully. Please consider bringing a spare face covering to wear if your first face covering becomes damp during the day.

Face visors or shields should not be worn as an alternative to face coverings. They may protect against droplet spread in specific circumstances but are unlikely to be effective in reducing aerosol transmission when used without an additional face covering. They should only be used in addition to a face covering, after carrying out a risk assessment for the specific situation, and should always be cleaned appropriately. 

When seated and working at a desk in a staff office, providing social distancing (minimum of 2 metres) can be maintained at all times and ventilation is good then you shouldn’t need to wear a face covering unless it is your personal preference to do so. You must however put one on whenever you move away from your desk and when moving to a communal area, such as to collect papers from a printer.

How do face coverings help prevent the spread of Covid-19?

Covid-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Face coverings may help reduce the transmission of these droplets and help prevent people who have Covid-19 from spreading the virus to others.

Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with Covid-19 lack symptoms (are “asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (are “pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms, which is why it is important to wear a face covering, even if you feel well. 

What is a face covering?

A face covering is anything that covers your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind your head, or if you usually wear a religious covering such as a niqab this is also suitable.

The Government advises against using a surgical mask or high grade personal protective equipment as simple face coverings are sufficient for people in their day-to-day activities, and they want to ensure there is enough stock available for professionals such as health and care workers who need them.

Will the University provide face coverings?

It is already mandatory to wear a face covering in a range of settings, including public transportation and in shops, so most people will already own a face covering.

Whichever your preferred option, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have an appropriate face covering while you are on campus.

A small stock of complimentary non-PPE face coverings and face shields will be available from the St John's main reception on request. 

Will everyone be wearing a face covering?

There will be a small number of staff and students who will not be wearing a face covering for health reasons.  Please be sensitive towards any student or member of staff who is not wearing a face covering as we want to ensure we are respecting the health of all members of our community.  

There are also scenarios when you may be asked to remove a face covering, for example, to be identified by an exam invigilator or to facilitate communication with someone who relies on lip reading. 

Where can I find out more?

This information is based on Government guidance and best practice. For the latest guidance please visit:

 Additional cleaning measures

What additional cleaning measures have been introduced on Campus?

  • There are hand sanitisers at the entrances to all buildings
  • Each kitchen has hand roll dispensers, virucidal cleaning spray and hand sanitiser.
  • All classrooms have cleaning stations consisting of hand sanitiser, paper towels/rolls and virucidal cleaner for personnel use. 
  • Classrooms are sanitised every evening with an electrostatic sprayer which also uses virucidal cleaner.
  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning
  • We clean high touch points (door handles / banisters etc.) regularly

How do you clean teaching space if they are being used more frequently?

All classrooms are Sanitised daily (overnight) using an Electrostatic sprayer.  Classrooms also have self-cleaning stations for students and staff to use as and when they feel necessary. All lecturers have been issued wipes for their keyboards etc.

Are staff kitchens still in use?

Kitchens are in use however all towels and some items where cross contamination can occur have been removed. Kitchens have blue roll, cleaning products and hand sanitiser. 

How often are you cleaning the toilets / kitchens?

Toilets are high priority areas and are cleaned twice daily. A separate Janitor team has been set up specifically for this role.

The cleaning team aim to clean kitchens throughout the week depending on usage. Toilets and kitchens are sanitised with an Electrostatic sprayer at least once per week.

Due to the nature of the virus, staff are advised to clean areas after each use and not leave items lying around on the kitchen tops. 

Is my office being cleaned and how often?

Offices, especially low occupancy offices, will not be a high priority at this time though the cleaning team are attempting to clean individual offices once a week.

Colleagues occupying offices are asked to self-clean themselves on a regular basis.

Cleaning products are available in all kitchen areas and from on request. Plastic Bin Bags will be provided for offices for disposing of wipes.

What products are you using? (For those with allergies)

The cleaning team will be using a virucidal disinfectant on all surfaces. Please contact for further detail. 

Can I bring my own cleaning products in to clean my desk?

Bleach products are not permitted on site – please do not bring them in.

We prefer colleagues to use our recommended / provided products however if you feel safer using other products then please discuss with the Cleaning Services Manager (  as we will need to assess the compatibility / safety of any brought in products. 

What do we do if we have a cleaning problem?

If you have any concerns please either email of if the issue is urgent call 3344 for assistance.