Safe Campus Community

Since March 2020 we introduced some measures on campus to keep those on campus safe and secure.

Find out about the protective measures currently in place and the commitments we share as we continue to look after ourselves and each other.

As we prepare to welcome back students and staff for a fuller return to campus for the 21/22 academic year, these will be regularly updated to reflect emerging public health guidance.

Our individual and collective commitment, consideration and vigilance can make all the difference as we work together to stay safe.

Please talk to your line manager, or Director, People and Culture or our Trade Unions and USSU with any further questions or concerns that you may have.

We all have a responsibility to one another and must play our part to keep our entire Ulster community safe, as together we keep working and keep learning.

It’s great to see you back on campus.

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the wider community is our top priority.

So, some things may still look a little different.

We each have a personal responsibility, to ourselves and those around us as we work together to keep everyone safe.

If you are worried that you have symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t come onto campus.

Inform your manager or course director straight away by phone or email and follow public health guidance.

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Face Coverings

Staff, students and visitors must continue to wear a face covering on campus.

The legitimate reasons some people may not be wearing a face covering are not always visible, so be kind to others.

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Social Distancing

NI Executive regulations require social distancing is adhered to in the workplace.

We ask all students to respect that this is a workplace for all our dedicated staff who are providing their on-campus experience and to keep at least 1m distance from staff at all times.

Watch for directional signage and queuing markers that will support you to keep your distance from others when moving around campus.

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Cleaning & Hand Hygiene

Enhanced cleaning is in place using a highly protective and persistent decontamination system.

You’ll find hand sanitiser stations at the entrance to campus buildings and do take care to wash or sanitise your hands well and often.

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Ventilation

We’re optimising mechanical and natural ventilation across campus to help reduce the spread of the virus.

This means campus may be a little cooler - so consider wearing layers for your comfort.

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COVID Testing & Vaccination

With pop-up vaccination centres and lateral flow (LFD) testing available on campus, it couldn’t be easier to take these simple steps to look after yourself and those around you.

We strongly encourage our students and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Lateral flow testing is available on all campuses for staff and students without symptoms.

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Facilities & Services

Our catering outlets are open in line with NI Executive guidance for indoor hospitality.

Our Sports Centres are open and operating to the highest standards and public health guidelines, so you can train with confidence.

We’re maintaining robust cleaning and sanitisation across all services.

Face Coverings

Requirements

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the wider community is our top priority.

To protect others and to support a safe University community for all, face coverings are required at all times in all campus buildings.

We respect that in exceptional circumstances the wearing of face coverings will not be possible for some.

Working together we can keep our campuses safe.

We will supply reusable face coverings for all staff and students, and strongly encourage you to use these face coverings as they are made to a high standard.

You may of course wish to wear your own.  Disposable masks are also available if required.

For those staff or students wearing disposable face coverings, please ensure that used items are placed in the internal and external bins on campus.

About face coverings provided by Ulster

  • A 3-layer face covering with polypropylene filter and comfortable cotton liner (OKEO-TEX)
  • Face coverings combined with other preventative measures, such as frequent hand-washing and social distancing, help slow the spread of Covid-19 virus
  • The face covering is washable at a minimum of 40C
  • Do Not Iron - mid-layer polypropylene fabric

The right way to wear a face covering

  • The top edge sits on the bridge of your nose
  • The bottom edge sites under your chin
  • It's snug, no gaps between the covering and your face
  • Wash your hands before and after you take it off

The right way to wear a face covering

Face covering mistakes

  • It doesn't cover your chin
  • It sits below your nose
  • It covers only the tip of your nose
  • It's too loose
  • You keep touching it
  • You keep taking if off and on

Those unable to wear face coverings

We recognise that there are circumstances that may make it difficult for people to wear face coverings. In these cases, there are acceptable reasons for not wearing a face covering, including for medical considerations or those with hearing loss who rely on lip-reading to communicate with others.

We ask our University community to be respectful of others, and mindful that the reasons for not wearing a face covering may not always be apparent or visible.

Face Shields

Face shields will be supplied to be worn in customer facing roles including by lecturing and teaching staff when presenting and by staff during practical classes, in conjunction with a face covering. These additional measures will be kept under review and the University will be responsive to circumstances, with appropriate safety and wellbeing measures in place at all times.

We each have a personal responsibility, to ourselves and those around us in our University community. We need your support and participation in the wearing of face coverings, as we look after each other during this transition.