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Staying Safe at Southampton

The University of Southampton is a place of inclusion and opportunity, where the safety and wellbeing of our community is our top priority; we all have a part to play in keeping each other safe.

Together we create an environment where everyone can thrive and treat one another with respect.

We all take individual responsibility for our impact on the community and the University encourages all members of the community to help look after one another: 

  • behave responsibly, and treat fellow students and staff with dignity and respect 
  • engage fully with the vaccine programme 
  • get tested every week 
  • wear face coverings to protect yourself, and others 
  • keep windows open, even in winter 
  • keep washing your hands, to protect from every winter bug
  • abide by all University and public COVID-19 guidance – which may change at short notice

Please make sure you have read and fully understand our Code of Conduct

Active COVID cases

Last updated: Tuesday 7 December 8:00am

The following data is derived from our self-isolation reporting forms for students and staff, where those individuals have subsequently been tested and confirmed to have the virus. This is also cross-checked daily with Public Health England and updated with Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council teams.


New positive cases reported to us 6 December: 3

Active student cases: 30, of which 9 are in University halls of residence and 21 are in private rented accommodation.


New positive cases reported to us 6 December: 11

Active staff cases: 32

All individuals who have reported being affected will be self-isolating in line with Government guidance and we have additional self isolation support for staff and students to ensure they receive the necessary help.

Anyone who has been identified as being in contact with an affected person and needs to take action themselves will be contacted via track and trace mechanisms if they need to self-isolate.

The Southampton Data Observatory provides a weekly dashboard to help inform members of the public of the current coronavirus situation in Southampton.

Keeping our shared spaces safe

Measures we’re taking to keep our spaces safe include:

  • common learning spaces such as lecture theatres and tutorial spaces are frequently cleaned with a focus on high touch points, we ask you to clean your own area within common spaces before and after you use them 
  • providing plenty of hand sanitiser on our campuses 
  • risk assessments on all buildings and public spaces
  • reminding staff and students to isolate if they develop coronavirus symptoms and do not have full vaccination status (vaccine must be MHRA approved). Find out more on Government Vaccine advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The health and wellbeing of our staff and students continues to be our top priority. The evidence suggests that the COVID-19 vaccination is highly effective at preventing serious illness and we actively encourage and support our community to receive their vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.

There is no law that says people must have the vaccine and the University understands that there may be some people who are advised not to have the vaccine, for example for health reasons.


To ensure every employee has the opportunity to take the vaccine, the University is providing staff with reasonable time off work for the purpose of being vaccinated against COVID-19, without requiring staff to make back the time. You can read more about this on the University’s Human Resources webpages.

For further information about the vaccine

We're aware students may have questions about the vaccine and recommend they review the following:

Face coverings

All of our students and staff members must wear face coverings in all taught and practical sessions, and when moving around inside our campus buildings, unless a medical exemption applies.

You may find it helpful to step outside and take regular breaks from wearing your face covering.


Some staff and students will be exempt from wearing a face covering. Proof of exemption is not required and should not be requested.  The use of sunflower hidden-disability lanyards and exemption lanyards are available at the University for those who wish to use them.

You can also download an exemption card  from the website.

COVID-19 testing

All staff and students accessing our campuses and facilities are expected to test weekly.  You should test even if you don’t have symptoms at the time - this is vital to mitigating the spread of COVID in our community.

There are currently two methods of asymptomatic testing available for staff. Details about both testing methods: saliva testing and lateral flow are on the UoS website.

Campus facilities and accommodation FAQs

Additional information about our campuses, facilities and accommodation can be found in our FAQ.

Read more in our FAQs

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