Our campus: Keeping you safe. How we have adapted to COVID-19
The safety and wellbeing of our community at the University of Northampton is our top priority, and throughout the pandemic, we have taken considerable measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the associated spread of the virus.
From 19 July 2021, the Government has said mandatory restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning in Higher Education as a result of COVID-19 will be lifted, but universities should implement sensible and proportionate control measures to reduce any risk.
Below you will find details regarding the University’s response to these instructions, which are there to safeguard you, your friends, and your loved ones. These may be subject to change in the future depending on changes in local and national public health advice.
Face coverings protect others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes coronavirus infection.
From 19 July 2021 the wearing of face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement in University of Northampton buildings. However, we strongly urge students and staff to continue to wear face coverings inside University buildings, with the exception of staff work areas, sports facilities and catering areas.
The University had previously implemented a one-way system and a minimum of 2m of space between people navigating the estate. After 19 July keeping distance from one another is still encouraged across the estate to limit the chances of infection.
In staff workspaces, we will adapt one-in-five of our workstations with enhanced protection for those who may be at greater risk or because they cannot receive the vaccine. Screens in reception points and self-service catering areas will be retained.
COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered to everyone aged 18 and over.
Students registered with a GP can book their appointment at a larger vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the National Booking Service website or by phoning 119. We strongly encourage that, if possible, students receive two doses of vaccine before beginning their studies on campus in September 2021.
Students can consult the COVID-19 vaccination FAQs for students in Higher Education Institutions which has been published by NHS England and provides a range of important information.
Students and staff should continue to test twice a week, either using home lateral flow device (LFD) test kits or at an on-site facility. Kits can be collected on campus in the reception areas of the Senate Building and Development Hub; from local pharmacies or can be ordered online.
Upon notification of a positive LFD test result, students and staff should follow the national guidance for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.
- Student symptom and positive result forms are on the Student Hub (student login required).
- Staff Coronavirus Reporting form is on the Staff Intranet (login required).
Risk assessments for staff
You are deemed to be ‘at greater risk’ from COVID-19 if:
- You are male
- You are over the age of 70
- You were previously considered to be extremely clinical vulnerable
- You were previously considered to be clinically vulnerable
- You are of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin
- You are pregnant
- You are living with or have specific caring responsibilities for someone who has been advised to shield
Individuals who fall into any of these categories must complete a personal COVID-19 Risk Assessment with their line manager.
UK and International travel
Travel throughout the UK for work purposes is permitted, with restrictions on overnights stays removed from 19 July.
International travel continues to be a concern due to varying requirements to quarantine and prove vaccination status when travelling to and from the UK. Travel will only be permitted for a small number of authorised staff and this will be restricted to countries classified as ‘green’ and ‘amber’, following a detailed business case and risk assessment, which should be undertaken prior to travel being approved.
Thank you to everyone in who has worked so hard to maintain a safe and supportive community here at UON.
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