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Keeping safe on campus

Your safety is important to us - we've put in place specific measures to ensure you are safe on campus. 

We're continuing to follow government guidelines and working closely with Public Health England to protect our students, staff and visitors to campus. Your safety is our priority and so that could mean reintroducing restrictions if we are advised to do so, but we hope we won't have to. For that reason, we're also encouraging all students to be vaccinated before arrival.

What are we doing at the start of term? 

        • Face coverings: Staff and students are expected to wear face coverings indoors, particularly when moving through buildings, or in large fixed seating lecture theatres.

        • Small group teaching: Most small group teaching - including seminars, workshops, laboratory and studio practicals - will be in person with an expectation that these sessions are risk assessed locally in consultation with the health, safety and environment team and/or estates teams where necessary.

        • Lecture-based teaching: Lectures will be delivered online or where face to face, limited to 50% room capacity in fixed seating lecture theatres. Lecture theatres with fixed seating will operate at 50% capacity (this will be reviewed weekly throughout the first term with a view to capturing live data and returning to 100% capacity as soon as is reasonable). In fixed seating lecture rooms, student access will be determined by a rota to ensure equality of access to students, and some double delivery of teaching will take place to maximise in-person teaching. Where face to face teaching is delivered, we will accommodate students unable to travel to the campus with online access. 

        • Teaching room capacities: All rooms have been allocated based on the full cohort size. Rooms without fixed seating can now be used up to 100% capacity, subject to risk assessment. Where there is fixed seating, rooms will be used at 50% capacity. If the cohort size exceeds the 50% capacity then attendance will be managed through a pre-determined allocation process that ensures all students have equal opportunity to attend in person. Timetabling will reflect updated room capacities and these will not be exceeded.

        • Ventilation – you should check the ventilation guidance in any rooms you are using and follow any instructions given. Ventilation across campus was reviewed as part of the Covid 19 risk assessment for reopening buildings and those assessments remain valid. Further information on ventilation is available here or you can contact estates-helpdesk@brunel.ac.uk for advice.

        • Risk assessments: all areas are expected to review and update risk assessments to ensure that they remain fit-for-purpose.

    Please keep up with the safety guidance on our Covid Hub.

 Teaching spaces 

  •  All teaching spaces will be thoroughly cleaned between 5am and 9am each day 
  • Disinfectant wipe dispensers are available in all classrooms and lecture theatres for staff and students to use - these can be used to disinfect desks and equipment on arrival 

  • Keyboard covers are in place on communal keyboards for easy cleaning 

  • Touch points around teaching space entrances will be frequently disinfected throughout the day 

  • Large group teaching will be a combination of online and in person - lecture theatres with fixed seating will operate at 50% capacity initially and will be kept under review – rotas will be in place and some double teaching will be needed to maximise in person opportunities for students 

  • Small group teaching will take place predominantly in person and lecturers should ensure the space is appropriately ventilated (following the relevant instructions for the room) and room capacities are adhered to 

  • Teaching labs should be used in line with local risk assessments and guidance – in many cases 1m distancing and other mitigations (eg use of PPE) should allow for these to be used at 100% capacity 

  • All enquiries relating to space management should be directed to the Estates department 

 Research Spaces (Workshops/Laboratories)   

  • These spaces should be used in line with local risk assessments and guidance on ventilation and room capacities 

  • In many cases 1m distancing and other mitigations (eg use of PPE) should allow for these to be used at 100% capacity 

  • All enquiries relating to space management should be directed to the Estates department 

 Library  

  • The library will be reviewed and risk assessed locally, ensuring that good working practices are in place to ensure staff and student safety with 1m distancing in place

  • Library staff will ensure the space is ventilated in line with the relevant guidance  

  • The use of face coverings will be encouraged  

  • Access to the library will be open with no need for students to book a study space  

 Other:   

  • Spacing out seating, where needed, reducing class sizes

  • Maintaining hand sanitisers, virucidal wipes and safety screens across campus

  • Keeping Perspex screens in place at service points in the Library and our shops, cafes and restaurants - and using cashless payments 

  • Using removable keyboard covers in our labs and the Library and providing wipes for these to be cleaned during the day 

  • Thoroughly cleaning all of our buildings for your return and increasing cleaning operations - starting at 5am and then throughout the day

  • Checking toilets regularly and restocking throughout the day 

  • Encouraging everyone in the community to get vaccinated and to take at least two lateral flow tests a week using free kits available on campus or at pharmacies 

  • Supporting anyone who shows symptoms of Covid-19 to self-isolate and if students need to quarantine on their return ensuring they can do so in self-contained flats on campus