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.
Working together to keep you safe on campus
The health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the wider community is our top priority. As we welcome you back to campus, things may look a little different.
With robust risk assessments in place, we’ve introduced measures to support the safe, phased return to campus so that you can enjoy a safe and comfortable place to work and study.
We each have a personal responsibility, to ourselves and those around us. We need your support and participation, as we look after each other during this transition.
If you are worried that you have symptoms of COVID-19, please inform your manager or course director straight away by phone or email and follow public health guidance.
Arriving & Moving Around Campus
We have put in place directional signage, introduced one-way systems and implemented a one-person limit in all lifts.
We ask you to allow one parking bay between cars, where possible, and to follow the signage on arrival, departure and as you move around campus.
We will supply face coverings for all staff and studentsand additional face shields for lecturers and other staff,where required. We ask all staff, students and visitorsto wear a face covering on campus, to protect others.
We ask you to be respectful and kind to others,since wearing a face covering may be difficult for some people and the reasons for not wearing aface covering may not always be visible.
We are overseeing the capacity on campus to enable social distancing. Where queues form, you will find distancing markers to guide you.
We ask for your support in following our social distancing guidelines throughout the campus.
This means remaining 2 metres apart where possible.
Teaching, Research, Study & Office Spaces
We are taking steps to prepare specialist teaching areas such as labs and studios, research facilities, adjusting office workstation layouts and ensuring fresh air flow where possible. We are opening our libraries for study spaces and offering a reserve and collect service.
We ask staff to practice a safe, clear desk policy when on campus. We ask our library users to ensure opportunities for others, and be considerate in this shared study space.
Cleaning & Hand Hygiene
We have enhanced cleaning in areas of high traffic and touch points, using a highly protective and persistent decontamination system in all areas. You will find hand sanitiser stations at the entrance to campus buildings, as well as soap and water in all usual locations.
We ask you to use the hand sanitisation stations as you enter campus, to continue to wash or sanitise your hands well and often, and to avoid touching your face with your hands. If you sneeze or cough please catch it, bin it, kill it.
Facilities & Services
We are operating our sports facilities within public health guidelines, and some catering outlets are open, offering reduced menus – all with additional cleaning in place.
We ask you to comply with the “knock and call” protocol for use of multi-occupancy toilet facilities, to ensure access for only one person at a time. We ask you to be considerate of fellow staff and students when taking part in team or individual sports and fitness activities.
Stay Safe: Save Lives
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 and 2m social distancing 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
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 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.