Supporting the Safe return to Campus

As we look forward to the incoming academic year, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the wider community is our top priority. We are working hard to keep you safe.

As we look forward to the incoming academic year, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students, families and the wider community is our top priority. We are working hard to keep you safe.

With robust risk assessments in place at all times, we have introduced measures to support the phased return to campus, to ensure a safe and comfortable place to work and study.

For those on campus, it will feel a little different, and we’re committed to helping staff, students and visitors adjust to this new experience.

Watch our videos to learn more about what to expect when returning to campus, the operational measures we have put in place, and the role that we all play in working 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.

Stay Safe: Save Lives

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, staff and students must wear a face covering on campus in:

  • general circulation spaces
  • social spaces
  • other enclosed spaces, e.g. toilets
  • retail units
  • lecture theatres and teaching spaces
  • practical classes
  • and any other area in our buildings where maintaining 2m social distancing is difficult or may not be possible.

2m social distancing must still be maintained in lecture theatres, teaching spaces and offices.

We will supply disposable and reusable face coverings for all staff and students, although you may wish to wear your own.

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.