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Safety on campus

Last Updated: 16 September 2020

We will adhere to all UK government guidelines as a minimum. On campus, this means:

  • All buildings have been comprehensively surveyed to ensure we maintain social distancing requirements. New coronavirus (Covid-19) signage, including one-way systems with dedicated entrances and exits, will safely manage pedestrian traffic throughout our campus buildings.
  • We will clean and disinfect to UK government-advised standards and provide additional hand sanitising stations and cleaning materials throughout campus.
  • We have increased prioritised cleaning throughout our buildings to ensure all study, teaching and social spaces are as safe as possible.
  • We have increased building ventilation systems in compliance with the UK government Health and Safety Executive coronavirus (Covid-19) guidelines.
  • We have maintained existing health and safety systems within our buildings throughout the lockdown.
  • We will expect everyone who is able to wear a face covering to do so in indoor spaces.

We will provide all students with a face mask upon their arrival, and we will expect everyone who is able to wear a face covering to do so in indoor spaces, especially if it is not possible to maintain social distancing. Hand sanitiser will also be provided at the entrance points to buildings on campus. We recognise, though, that some people may have a justifiable reason to not wear a face covering. To support our students we are engaging with the national Sunflower Lanyard Scheme and developing our own e-exemption card which will be optional to those who find it useful. Find out more about mask exemptions for students.

All buildings have been comprehensively surveyed to ensure we maintain social distancing requirements. New coronavirus (Covid-19) signage, including one-way systems with dedicated entrances and exits, will safely manage pedestrian traffic throughout our campus buildings. Students who need to carry out work in labs will be advised by their department about necessary precautions.

We plan to provide study and social spaces around campus, in the college areas, the library and learning zone, that comply with UK government guidelines around social distancing and therefore spaces may be restricted on usage. There will be no restrictions to the numbers of students that come onto campus at any one time, however restrictions will apply when inside buildings.

Health and safety when returning to Lancaster

This short video produced by Lancaster University, Lancaster University Students' Union and some of our colleges explains the guidelines for your safe return to campus.

Together we can keep our campus safe

We all have a role to play in making sure that the areas where we live, work, and study are as safe as they can be. Now, more than ever, we all need to work to support each other, to behave respectfully and consider how our actions may affect others.

Here is what you can do to help our community feel secure:

  • Follow the latest Government and University guidance related to reducing the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). This may change with short notice so take personal responsibility for keeping up to date with the latest information. For now make sure to:
    • Keep 2 metres apart where possible and follow the instructions on signage around campus.
    • Observe signs when entering shops and public places on or off campus.
    • Wear a face covering on public transport, in the library, in shops and food outlets and areas where social distancing is not possible.
    • Our current position on campus is that we expect face coverings will be worn in indoor spaces, especially if social distancing is not possible.
    • Don’t remain in communal areas on campus for longer than necessary.
    • Practice good hygiene, washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitiser.
    • Take responsibility for cleaning your own work station/office ( link to guidance on return to campus).
    • Follow the guidance if you have any symptoms.
  • If you have Covid-19 symptoms, report them using the processes within the University (Students - via Connect Lancaster; staff via line manager) and follow guidance to self-isolate and get a test.
  • Respond positively to the concerns of others. We may not know other people’s personal circumstances, so please follow the appropriate guidance, and show empathy and respect. If you are challenged about your behaviour please respond in an open, positive, and respectful manner and listen carefully to understand the concern.
  • Look out for your friends, colleagues and people you live with. If you have a concern about someone, raise this with an appropriate person (tutor, line manager, porter etc.) so that help and support can be offered.
  • Behave appropriately when off campus, in the city or in the surrounding areas.

If you see others behaving inappropriately and contrary to guidance, raise your concerns directly with those people in an open, constructive, and polite manner. If you think others are behaving contrary to guidance, but feel unable to raise this with them directly, please contact and we will support you.

Tell us if you’re at high risk

We know that coronavirus (Covid-19) can represent a higher risk to some people’s health, and we want to be ready to provide additional support or adjustments to those who need it. If you feel that applies to you – for whatever reason – please help us by completing a short set of questions. New students should complete the survey here, and there is also a form for continuing students.

Labs, studios and workshops

Laboratories will be open on campus, with social distancing measures in line with UK government guidelines. We expect that face coverings may have to be worn or depending upon risk assessment, personal protective equipment (PPE). Students will be issued guidance by their departments with respect to safe lab practices, including cleaning, clothing and face coverings.

Computer labs will also be available with social distancing. Where possible we will use virtual computer labs for teaching to allow students to access the resources from their own room and use their own computer equipment.

The art, dance and drama studios and workshops will be available with social distancing in place. All rooms, tools and equipment will be cleaned regularly.

Your accommodation

  • We will check every Lancaster University-owned or managed room to make sure it is safe and comfortable before you arrive.
  • We will clean every Lancaster University-owned or managed room, kitchen and bathroom professionally to make sure that it is hygienic.
  • All our rooms come with high-speed internet so you’ll be able to keep in touch and access all the online resources you’ll need to help you work and play at Lancaster.
  • Our dedicated maintenance team will make sure that any repairs are carried out by a skilled member of staff who is trained in physical distancing.

Your college

  • Our unique college communities will host online and physically distanced in-person welcome events to help you settle in and start meeting people.
  • Friendly college and accommodation staff are here to answer your immediate questions and to offer advice, online or in-person, and will be available throughout the arrivals process, welcome period and beyond into term time to provide any assistance or support that you may need.
  • Our large social spaces will be ready for you to meet other new students whilst enabling you to physically distance.
  • All our staff are being trained to make sure they keep you coronavirus (Covid-19) secure.
  • Every college has 24-hour security cover to provide help around the clock and keep you safe.

Your arrival

  • We’ll be inviting you to campus from slightly earlier than normal to let you settle in with your new household and give you more time to discover your way around safely.
  • We’re allowing students who may need to self-isolate to arrive early so they don’t have to interrupt their studies - and if you need to self-isolate, we’ll assist you with food and the essentials and will make sure that you have all the information you need to begin to live your life at Lancaster.

Your wellbeing

  • There are lots of places to shop and eat on campus, but we’ll help you shop online if you need to and can even cook meals to take the hassle away.
  • Our campus doctor and pharmacy are here to help with a wide range of medical needs.
  • For students with specific vulnerabilities to coronavirus (Covid-19) we will discuss your needs, to support your study and life at Lancaster prior to your arrival.

Keeping in touch

Our unique iLancaster app is the way to find out what’s happening at the University. Use it to find out about your timetable, events and college; keep in touch with us if you are having any difficulties or concerns, ask for help or report faults - from when a washing machine is free to when the next bus from campus is.