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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:

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

Active COVID cases

Last updated: Tuesday 27 October 2020, 09.00

We are currently operating at Tier 1 of the Department for Education guidance.

The following data are 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 26 October: 7

Active student cases: 40 of which 12 are in University halls of residence and 28 are in private rented accommodation.

New positive staff cases reported to us 26 October: 1

Active staff cases: 4

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

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:

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.

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. 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.

If you do not live in University Residences, when you are on campus, and in any of these areas, you will be able to collect face coverings from any of the following points:

We encourage students to collect a face covering when near these campus locations, or during a booked slot, please try to avoid non-essential trips to campus.    

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.   

Social activities and sports

We aim to have as many facilities open as is safely possible, including sports facilities, libraries, bars and cafes.

Our sports facilities at Jubilee, Mayflower and Wide Lane have re-opened.

The Arlott Bar (take-away only), Interchange kiosk, Pret A Manger, library café and Costa on Burgess road and library café are open.

The Students’ Union also offer a range of cafes and other outlets. You can find out more details and opening times on the website.

Our libraries have re-opened for browsing and studying. Pre-booking is essential. Click here to book. Read our Library re-opening FAQs.

The student’s union (SUSU) will be offering student activities in person and online. You can find details of all their Welcome activities on the SUSU Welcome page.

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

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