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Your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We've created a COVID-secure 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.

As we return to campus in the midst of a pandemic, 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 a COVID-secure 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 as we use the city’s shops, pubs, leisure facilities and transport.

We expect everyone in our community to:

General safety measures

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

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

Keeping our shared spaces safe

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

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering when you’re inside a shared University building. This could be a mask or visor for example. You’ll need to put it on before entering and keep it on until you leave.

Some buildings have been designed to allow you to stay 2 metres apart from other people and you won’t have to wear a face covering inside them. We’ll tell you which buildings these are.

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

Whenever you’re not wearing a face covering, it’s important to maintain 2 metres distance from other people. You may find it helpful to step outside and take regular breaks from wearing your face covering.

Social activities and sports

We aim to have as many facilities open as is safely possible, including sports facilities, libraries, bars and cafes and the gradual re-opening of these services is underway. Our sports facilities at Jubilee, Mayflower and Wide Lane have re-opened and we are gradually re-opening catering facilities with the Arlott Bar (take-away only), Interchange kiosk and library café already open.

The student’s union (SUSU) will be offering student activities in person and online. The union is conducting a risk assessment of their space and looking into additional spaces they could use.

In line with government advice, John Hansard Gallery and Turner Sims are closed and upcoming events have been postponed, cancelled or moved online. They will open again as soon as it’s safe to do so.

We will not be able to hold any large group events such as the Freshers’ Fair but we are looking at safe alternatives.

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