Moving around on campus

We’ll open as many COVID-secure facilities as we can including the library, gym and catering outlets, in line with the UK Government’s advice. Our labs, studios, and skills and simulation spaces will all be open too. We’ll make sure they’re COVID-secure and ready for you to apply the theory you learn in practice. Measures include:

  • Screens at receptions, help desks and catering counters
  • One-way systems and dedicated entrance and exit routes
  • Clear social distance signage around all our buildings
  • Self-thermal camera scanners
  • Frequent cleaning at all locations throughout each day and ready supplies of sanitiser
  • Enhanced cleaning of contact points such as door handles, banisters and toilets.

All students, staff, and visitors (unless they are exempt) will always be required to wear a face covering while indoors on our campuses if they are:

  • Moving around any public areas in the University e.g. corridors and stairwells, even if you can socially distance;
  • In classrooms, lecture theatres etc. where they are unable to maintain a social distance of two metres from others;
  • Using the University’s Library spaces or purchasing items to take away from Beats, Rusty’s, the Lounge, Pulse or the Basin Café. This is in line with the UK Government’s announcement that face coverings are mandatory across England in libraries and when taking away from café outlets;
  • Travelling with others in a University or hired vehicle and in other settings required by current legislation.

For some courses, where wearing mask makes activity difficult, we are exploring other measures to ensure safety through social distancing.

The current UK Government advice is to avoid using public transport, and aim to walk, cycle or drive instead. But if you do need to use public transport, wearing a face covering is mandatory and you should follow this advice.

We are asking all our new and returning students to complete an online risk assessment, please follow this link as one part of the enrolment process. This means you can self-assess your COVID risk. Our Student Centre team can give you advice and support on how to keep safe if you are in the medium or high-risk category. We want to help you feel confident and secure here at Bucks.

As part of the risk assessment we are asking students to agree to a set of COVID-secure behaviours to protect themselves, those around them and the wider Bucks community. By all working together and looking out for one another we can help keep our campuses safe. You can find out more about this pledge on our website.

We are all now aware of the need to maintain a social distance from others wherever possible. Please remember your responsibility for the health and safety of yourself and others. We expect all students, staff, and visitors to follow the University’s guidelines, which adhere to the UK Government’s latest advice, and to encourage others to do the same.

The University is applying a 1m+ social distancing rule across our campuses. You are asked to respect others and keep that distance in labs, common areas, teaching spaces and corridors. You will see signage throughout the campus reminding you of this rule – for instance keeping to the left in corridors and stairwells to let others pass safely.

Some activities (including some teaching) will require close contact and the use of PPE (which will be provided in these cases) is expected in line with the latest appropriate guidelines for that activity. We ask everyone to ‘keep to the left’ in corridors and there is signage on the floor to remind you.

These are self-check scanners. All students and staff are encouraged to check their temperature as they enter the building. The scanner will confirm if your temperature is normal or too high. If your temperature registers as too high/abnormal, please leave the building and wait for five minutes and re-test. If the second reading is too high/abnormal then you must leave the site immediately, self-isolate, contact NHS 111 and inform the Student Centre of the situation. Posters with these instructions are provided near each scanner. A forehead temperature gun is available at the Aylesbury Reception.

With social distancing in place, the use of lifts in our buildings is restricted to:

  • Only one person in any lift at any one time.
  • Priority use for those who are disabled or have limited mobility.

We will be providing cleaning supplies in key locations for you to clean keyboards and kit that others may have used. We also remind you to sanitise or wash your hands regularly, and not touch your face or eyes to reduce the risk.

Please remember to wash/sanitise your hands regularly by applying sanitiser gel or washing with soap and water thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face. Please consider what you handle and what you share with others. If you cannot avoid sharing items, make sure you clean them where possible

Toilet facilities across campus differ greatly, ranging from single, lockable WCs to larger communal facilities. Please respect social distancing of others and wait outside if these is no space inside. If waiting to use such a facility, ensure you stand at least one metre from the door to allow the previous occupant the appropriate space to leave without breaking social distance guidelines.

As would normally be expected, please respect good hygiene, making a conscious effort to wash your hands effectively. ‘Now Wash Your Hands’ posters are displayed at each toilet facility. Please leave the facility in a respectable condition.

Yes. All water coolers have been sanitised by our supplier and we ensure legionella precautions are in place. We ask people to sanitise their hands before using the coolers.

Units are designed so that the user presses a button to dispense water and does not need to touch the water cooler itself.

Our reception desks are manned 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. The Library is open for access 24/7 from 28 September. We’ll update you with the more details as soon as we’ve confirmed our plans.

We hope that our campuses will not need to close as we are putting in place measures to keep our University community COVID-secure. However, the University will of course plan for such an eventuality and you will be kept fully informed of any changes to your student experience.