Keeping safe and healthy
With the outbreak of Covid-19, we’ve had to make some big changes to the way in which virtually everything operates at the University. We’re putting in place a range of measures and procedures to help everyone feel safe on our campus.
Safety measures on the campus
You’ll see lots of signs around campus and in our buildings when you arrive. These will help to guide you around and keep you socially-distanced from others.
- There are one-way systems in place in some of our buildings and limits on the numbers of people who can use toilets, kitchens and other shared areas at any one time.
- Some work areas in labs and seats in lecture/seminar rooms and study spaces will have ‘do not use’ signs to ensure you can stay far enough apart from the person next to you.
- You’ll need to wipe down any shared equipment, such as keyboards in study areas or equipment in the gym, both before and after you use it.
- There are Perspex screens and social distance markers on the floor in receptions, food and drink outlets, and shops.
- The bus service that runs to, from and around campus will have reduced passenger capacity to ensure social distancing. So you may have allow yourself some extra time to walk or cycle between buildings on campus.
Connect and Protect
To support the NHS test and trace programme, we’re working on our own ‘Connect and Protect’ system that we will use if we have any Covid-19 cases on campus.
Looking after yourself and others
Alongside the measures we’re putting in place, you have a part to play too in making sure our campus remains as safe as possible for everyone.
- Respect social distancing. It’s one of the best ways to protect yourself and others. Whether you’re in class, at the gym or enjoying an evening out with friends on campus or in town, make sure you know the rules and you follow them.
- Wash your hands using soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time, frequently throughout the day. There are also alcohol-based hand sanitisers located across the campus. If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, throw it in the bin and immediately wash or sanitise your hands.
- Wear a face covering when required. The UK law applies on campus so if you’re in a shop, library or any of the other spaces specified by the Government, you’ll need to wear a face covering. Details of the most up to date list are on the Government website. You might be required to wear a face covering in lectures, seminars and tutorials, and in some other public places on campus too. In addition, the University’s Face Coverings Policy requires everyone on the University campuses to wear a face covering in all but a few indoor public spaces.
- Register with a GP. With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it’s even more important than usual for you to be able to access medical services when you need them. Registering at the Medical Centre on campus will give you access to all NHS services to support you during your time in Loughborough studying.
- Be considerate and kind. We want everyone to feel as safe as possible, both on our campus and in the town – so let’s work together, follow the rules and support one another to make that happen. Please remember that some students, staff and visitors to the University may have health issues or needs that may not be immediately obvious and could make wearing a face covering or maintaining social distancing more difficult for them.
And if you’re feeling at all worried or anxious about the pandemic, or anything else, our Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity service should be your first port of call.
If you get ill
If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should book a test, self-isolate in line with the NHS guidance and contact the University's Connect and Protect service. See What if I have symptoms of Covid-19.
If you live in University-managed hall accommodation and you have Covid-19 symptoms or are asked to self-isolate as one of your flat mates is ill, we’ll support you throughout your period of self-isolation. You’ll be able to stay in your flat and we’ll provide you with access to food and drink, and help you get any medicines you may require.