Making campus safer

Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of students and staff. That means life on campus will look a little bit different this year.

We want you to enjoy the full student experience at Worcester – but we have to make sure you are safe and well. We are implementing new health and safety measures on campus to minimise the risk of transmission. 

Getting around safely

Health, hygiene and safety measures

We'll adhere to all Government guidelines as a minimum. On campus this means:

  • We’ve introduced one-way traffic flows around buildings and have produced signage to guide people safely around our campuses and buildings.
  • We will continue with 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 will need our students to follow guidelines designed to protect their own safety and wellbeing and that of others, both inside and outside University premises and to follow government guidelines with regards to social distancing and use of face coverings.

Face coverings

  • In line with Government guidance in England, face coverings are mandatory in some University settings, including our library (which is a Joint University and Public library) and the Campus shop.
  • Students and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed indoor spaces on campus, particularly when they are moving around.
  • You can find detailed guidance on our approach to the use of face coverings within our return to campus page.

Studying safely

  • We are designing new layouts in classrooms and facilities to support collaborative learning in a safer environment, and this includes laboratories and specialist facilities such as our Clinical Skills Suites.
  • We will be timetabling courses in line with social distancing guidelines, so there will be fewer students in rooms than usual. We’ll do this by making full use of the teaching day, including scheduling classes in the late afternoon and evening.
  • We are preparing additional outdoor seating areas, which can be used for informal learning and socialising.

Socialising safely

  • Meeting other people and making new friends is an important part of University life. We will provide opportunities for you to interact with other students by using our spaces innovatively and creatively.
  • We are continuing to work closely with the Students’ Union to provide a range of social activities for our students for the start of the semester.
  • We are also finalising our plans for Welcome Week 2020. Although Welcome Week activities are particularly aimed at students who are new to Worcester, it’s an important opportunity for all students, so we want to let you know we are planning sessions for everyone. The aim of Welcome Week is to help students settle into and back into University life, encourage social activities and develop a sense of belonging to the Worcester community. We aim to provide a vibrant and engaging on-campus and online experience this year.

If you develop Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms

If you develop Coronavirus symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolateMost people with Coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you can't smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal 

What you need to do next

If you develop any one of these symptoms you must: 

  • return to your residence – on campus or otherwise
  • self-isolate for 14 days
  • arrange a test within 5 days 
  • let your personal academic tutor or School administrator know about your situation

If you test positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you test positive or if you are identified by the contact tracing service, you need to self-isolate at home. 

Access to health care

Healthcare is available through the National Health Service (NHS). If you're new to the area, you will need to register with a general practitioner (GP). There are GP surgeries within walking distance of our St John’s and city centre accommodation halls.