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Reunite and respond: Covid-19

Our campus: Keeping you safe. How we have adapted to COVID-19

Throughout the pandemic the University has sought to implement official guidelines in a pragmatic fashion, ensuring that the safety of our community is placed above all else. The comparatively low number of cases associated with attendance at the university are testament to this.

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.

Teaching from September 2021

The University returned to face-to-face teaching and a pre-COVID timetable from September 2021.

Face coverings

By covering your nose and mouth with a face covering, you’ll reduce the spread of droplets and aerosols carrying the virus by limiting the amount of the virus being released when you talk and breathe, helping to protect others.

The mandatory use of face coverings in all areas will remain for now, but be removed from Monday 31 January 2022. After this date their use will still be strongly advised in circulation spaces and teaching rooms until further notice.

To clarify, this means face coverings will no longer be required in staff working spaces from 31 January, and can also be removed for events such as meetings, drinks receptions or networking events in line with official guidance.

This decision will be kept under regular review depending on the prevailing guidelines and trajectory of infections at local level.

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in teaching rooms have been removed to enable teaching room capacity to return to its maximum and for a pre-COVID timetable to resume.

However, in order to increase capacity whilst also balancing the requirement to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, it has been agreed that a number of control measures should remain or be introduced, these include:

  • Strongly advised use of face coverings inside University buildings
  • Maintain extra space at the front of each classroom to support distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes throughout the campus and retention of hygiene stations
  • Increased ventilation arrangements
  • Behaviour-based signage to encourage distance

For specialist spaces COVID-19 risk assessments will be completed, with consideration for the type of activities being conducted and any higher risks including close contact, physical activities or performing arts where additional specific government guidance may apply.​

COVID-19 vaccination

Vaccines are the best way to protect us all from coronavirus, and will save thousands of lives. In England, the COVID-19 vaccination is being offered for free to everyone aged 18 or over at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

If you are coming to Northampton to study in September, the Government has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccinations in a FAQ document. Vaccinations are not compulsory – and we know not everyone is able to receive them – but if you can, we strongly encourage you to book your jabs as soon as you are able to in order to keep us all safe.

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, using home lateral flow device (LFD) test kits.

We provide home test kits from various locations across the University estate, you can collect yours from the following areas:

  • Student Information Desk, Learning Hub 8am to 10pm
  • Senate Reception 8am to 6pm
  • Development Hub Reception 8am to 6pm
  • Scholars Green Student Village Reception 8am to 6pm
  • St Johns Halls of Residence Reception 8am to 6pm

If you prefer you can visit a Community Test Centre, you can find all the details you need on the Northampton Local Authority website. 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.

Thank you to everyone in who has worked so hard to maintain a safe and supportive community here at UON.

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