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Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We've created a campus environment where students can take advantage of our research-led education, have fun and relax and staff can enjoy a safe working environment. Watch our video (above) for an overview.

Staying Safe at Southampton – our expectations

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.

We must all agree on a shared set of principles and daily actions which reflect guidelines from the UK Government and our own, that will allow us to create a healthy and safe environment conducive to the Southampton experience.  We have put in place a range of measures to create an environment in which our students and staff can safely learn, research and work.

We value connection, and as such, individual’s actions will impact those around them.  Our individual and collective responsibility extends beyond our campuses and residences to the people of Southampton, to ensure we show equal respect and consideration to our wider community.

We expect everyone in our community to:

  • Behave responsibly, and treat fellow students and staff with dignity and respect
  • Abide by all University and public COVID-19 guidance – which may change at short notice
  • Take part in regular asymptomatic testing
  • Self-isolate if showing symptoms or if asked to due to contact with someone infected
  • Practice physical distancing
  • Wear face coverings as required
  • Follow directional signage
  • Regularly wash hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Wipe down surfaces after use

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

Active COVID cases

Last updated: Thursday 29 July 8:30am

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.

STUDENTS

New positive cases reported to us 28 July: 2

Active student cases: 7 of which 1 are in University halls of residence and 6 are in private rented accommodation.

STAFF

New positive cases reported to us 28 July: 1

Active staff cases: 8

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.

General safety measures

A dedicated team is continuing to make our buildings and campuses as safe as possible. Their work includes reviewing:

  • physical aspects of building operations
  • room configurations
  • patterns of work
  • travel arrangements

We have completed full risk assessments for each of our buildings. We’ll keep these up to date and aligned with government advice. We have also completed health and safety compliance checks.

Read more in our campus, facilities and accommodation FAQs

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
  • asking everyone to practise appropriate social distancing
  • limiting the numbers of people in our catering, retail and sports facilities
  • reminding staff and students to isolate if they develop coronavirus symptoms
  • all staff accessing our campuses and facilities over the summer period are still 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

The government is rolling out vaccinations to all adults in the UK and expects all adults to have been offered a first dose by the end of July.

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.

Staff

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

We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering when you’re inside a shared University building or in crowded spaces.

You will not need to wear a face covering (but you can choose to) when you're:

  • outside, providing appropriate distancing can be practised
  • in your accommodation (except for in any communal spaces outside your flat, if in University residences)
  • inside your own vehicle, or a vehicle belonging to someone in your household

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

Exemptions 

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 Gov.uk website.   

Social activities and sports

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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