Safe behaviour

We've worked hard to create Covid-19 secure campuses where everyone can study and work safely – and we ask our community to work together to manage the risk of transmission. Here's how you can help in five simple steps.

1. Follow safe behaviours

When you come onto campus, you'll find guidance about staying safe on posters, info screens and kiosks. Please follow this guidance.

You'll also notice floor stickers showing one-way systems; hand-sanitising stations; and information on social distancing – both in classrooms and in public areas.

Take a quick look at some of these new measures with our video guide.

2. Wear a face covering or PPE

We ask you to wear face coverings in most indoor areas, including:

  • classrooms and lecture theatres
  • corridors
  • reception areas
  • meeting rooms
  • shops
  • catering outlets, unless you're eating and drinking.

You may not need to wear a face covering in open access areas, such as computer study areas, but we do ask you to maintain two-metre social distancing.

We understand that not everyone is able to wear a face mask, for example due to a health condition or a hidden disability.

The Government has produced some exemption templates which you can print out and use, if you would like to. We also recognise the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Scheme.

We don't generally expect students, staff or visitors to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), though there are a few exceptions:

  • students and tutors on particular courses may wear PPE to protect against other risks, not associated with Covid-19. If this is the case, you will continue to wear PPE
  • some of our first aiders, cleaners and maintenance workers may also wear PPE for tasks that can't be carried out with two-metre social distancing in place.

3. Stay at home if you feel unwell

Do not come on to campus if you feel unwell or are displaying any of the symptoms of coronavirus, if you're self-isolating, or if you're following NHS Test and Trace instructions.

If you begin to feel unwell while you're on campus, please leave immediately and return home.

Let your tutor know if you're experiencing symptoms and they'll make a record of this.

4. Report any concerns

We expect our students, staff and visitors to follow safe behaviours, but we recognise that we're all adjusting to new ways of working and moving around campus. We know that unintended mistakes may happen. Please take quick corrective action if you realise such a mistake has happened.

If you're a student at ARU and you're concerned that people are deliberately or repeatedly breaching Covid-19 guidelines, please report your concerns to us directly.

We support students and staff who remind others to follow Covid-19 guidelines, in a positive manner.

5. Look after yourself

We know that coronavirus has affected everyone in different ways, so if you have any worries or concerns about studying at university this year, our Counselling and Wellbeing Service is here to help.