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 are being continually 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
- Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing sites on all UCA campuses
What can I do to help prevent the spread of the virus while on campus?
Things you can do to stay safe on campus include:
- Wash and 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
- 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
- Report suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19 to Campus Registry
- Take part in regular asymptomatic Covid-19 testing - book via our Covid-19 testing booking centre
Please take UCA’s COVID-19 induction, which is 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 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
- Where a risk assessment says it is safe to remove a face covering
- If you have a legitimate reason that means wearing a face covering is not possible
Government guidance considers a legitimate reason as a circumstance where an individual cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability. Refer to the exemptions below for details of what further actions are required where this is the case.
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 please notify your Programme Director or year lead so you can work together to reduce the risk of transmission and decide if is appropriate to attend campus.
If you have a legitimate reason for not wearing a face covering please wear a Sunflower Lanyard to avoid challenges from others, and a face visor. Visors and lanyards are avilable at our receptions.