What is UCA doing to keep me safe?
We have adapted the way we work, remodelled our spaces and introduced a raft of measures to keep our students and staff safe. Our spaces and activities have been risk assessed to make sure they fit with government guidance and Universities UK principles.
The big changes include:
- A full Health and Safety plan
- Measures to support social distancing, including staggering timetabling, directional signage, maximum room occupancies, and the removal of surplus furniture
- Mandatory wearing of face coverings (see below for further guidance)
- Enhanced cleaning regimes
- Protocols for suspected and confirmed cases and outbreaks
What can I do to help prevent the spread of the virus while on campus?
Please familiarise yourself with the guidance from government and be sure to check regularly - guidance will change in line with this very fluid situation.
Things you can do to stay safe on campus include:
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- Catch and contain any sneezes or coughs in a tissue and throw it away immediately
- Maintain social distancing
- Follow directional signing
- Avoid touching your face
- Keep your work areas and equipment clean
- Ventilate your working space
- Wear a face covering, unless you're exempt
- Take the next lift if it’s occupied
- Talk to teaching staff or your manager if you need support
- Download the NHS COVID-19 app and check-in at libraries and cafes
- Self-isolate if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with a confirmed case – please refer to our Suspected or confirmed cases of Coronavirus page to find out the procedure for this.
Please take UCA’s COVID-19 induction, which is only available to UCA students via myUCA.
Do I have to wear a mask or face covering?
The wearing of face coverings is mandatory across our campuses. We ask all students, staff and visitors to campus to provide their own face coverings.
Face coverings should be worn on campus in the following circumstances:
- When moving around campus (indoors)
- Where 2m social distancing cannot be maintained in teaching and learning and office spaces
- In all refectory/café areas unless in the process of eating and drinking
- In all library buildings, art shops and galleries; and
- When using welfare and toilet facilities.
- Face coverings are not required in the following circumstances:
- When eating and drinking in the refectory/café areas
- In outdoor campus areas where social distancing is possible
- If wearing a face covering impedes other personal protective equipment you need to wear
- If you are working alone; and
- If you have health, or disability reasons that mean wearing a face covering is not possible – Please be respectful of those students and staff who cannot wear a face covering due to their exemption.
What face covering is acceptable?
Your face covering should follow the current Government guidelines – it must cover your nose and mouth, be secured with ear loops or ties, and be made of a breathable material (i.e cotton) in either two or three-ply thickness (as per WHO recommendations). If your face coverings aren’t of the disposable variety, they should be washed regularly with your laundry – so it’s worth you having a number of them so you always have a clean and sanitised one to hand.
Students are advised not to wear face visors unless there is a health reason. Some front facing university staff will wear face coverings to help them carry out their roles, including teaching staff engaging with students in taught sessions.
I can't wear a face covering as I have a health reason or disability – what shall I do?
If you have a physical, mental or disability reason that means you cannot wear a face covering, you do not have to. If you wish to, you are welcome to signal to others through an exemption badge or lanyard. The Government exemption card and badge scheme have a range of downloadable materials. There are several other initiatives, including:
If you are wearing a face covering, and see someone who is not, we would ask you to please be respectful to them at all times.