Staying safe on campus

Information and guidance to help our University community stay safe

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our top priority. We have been planning carefully for the re-opening of campuses with a stringent safety-first approach.

This information includes:

  • safety and behaviour principles
  • social distancing
  • face coverings
  • hygiene
  • NHS Test and Trace
  • additional support

Safety and behaviour principles for everyone to follow

We all share a collective responsibility to minimise risks to others and ourselves.

We are all expected to behave sensibly and responsibly, being kind, patient and respectful to others on campus and the local community.

We all need to act quickly and decisively if there is a need to self-isolate, symptoms are experienced, or if anyone tests positive for COVID-19.

We should all maintain a flexible and adaptable approach as the situation continues to evolve.

Most importantly, please continue to check this page for updates and regularly check the latest Government guidance for any changes to which we must all adhere.

Students: self-isolation, symptoms and test results

Social distancing

Measures are in place to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors in all of our shared spaces. Where possible, spaces have been adapted to allow everybody to follow social distancing rules as set out by the Government.

You should:

  • keep a 2 metre distance from anyone not from your household
  • socialise only with your household or a maximum of 5 others
  • avoid congregating unnecessarily (inside or outside)

Changes we have made

  • adapted our course timetables to encompass virtual learning and socially distanced in-person teaching
  • adjusted buildings where possible to provide separate entry and exit points and make social distancing easier
  • created one-way systems for safer traffic flow
  • redesigned some induction and fresher start-of-term events and activities to operate virtually
  • limited the numbers of people in our catering, retail, social and sports facilities
  • created a system for students to book study spaces on campus and at other venues

Government guidance: meeting others safely (social distancing)

Face coverings

When used correctly, wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of COVID-19 and helps to protect others.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face.

You are encouraged to wear a face covering:

  • when you are in the proximity of others who are not from your household
  • when you are inside communal areas of any University building

You must wear a face covering inside the:

  • Charles Seale-Hayne Library and study spaces within it
  • John Bull Building
  • Levinsky Gallery
  • Peninsula Allied Health Centre
  • Knowledge Spa, Truro

Take a break

We encourage you to go outside at a safe distance from others to take a break from wearing your mask if you are wearing it for a prolonged period of time.

Exempt people

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for a number of reasons.

We have joined the Hidden Disability Sunflower Lanyards scheme for those who may wish to discreetly identify as being exempt.

Sunflower lanyards

Exempt spaces

In some rooms and spaces, where social distancing can be achieved, you may not be required to wear a face covering. We will let you know which rooms and spaces are exempt.

It is not compulsory to wear a face covering in the following spaces, though you may still choose to do so:

  • outside
  • student accommodation flats (face coverings should be worn in communal spaces outside your flat)
  • restaurants when you’re sitting to eat and drink (provided social distancing measures are in place)
  • Students’ Union
  • gyms that have been designed to allow social distancing
  • inside your own vehicle, or a vehicle belonging to someone in your household

Remember: it’s important to maintain a 2 metre distance from others if you’re not wearing a face covering.

Government guidance: face coverings


It's very important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people getting ill with COVID-19.

Remember: you can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

You should:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often (do this for at least 20 seconds)
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Remember: you should not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Changes we have made

  • set up additional hand sanitiser stations (including antiviral sprays) across campus
  • scheduled regular cleans with antiviral disinfectant in high-traffic common areas

NHS guidance: COVID-19

Test and Trace

We will be asking all staff, students and visitors at the University to use the NHS Test and Trace system, whenever they are on campus.

Test and Trace

Ventilation in buildings

We have reviewed all University building ventilation systems in line with government guidance. As a result, you may find that windows in some rooms will be open to increase the fresh air supply.

If you have any concerns about the temperature of the room, or feel it is affecting your comfort levels, please speak to the member of staff present or contact the Estates helpdesk.

Organisational risk assessment

Social activities and sports

Our aim is to have as many social spaces, sports facilities, bars and cafes open as possible. We know that these services play a key part in making sure that you have the best possible time at University.

The Students’ Union (UPSU) will be offering activities in person and online help students feel connected to the university community. The UPSU Gym on campus is open and operating within full COVID-secure guidelines.

In line with government advice, the UPSU has closed its nightclub. They will aim to open it again as soon as it’s safe to do so. The UPSU will not be holding any large group events such as the Freshers’ Fair. As soon as they are able, the UPSU will be exploring options to deliver such key events.