Your wellbeing is our top priority and we are working on a range of measures to ensure you stay safe, happy and healthy whilst at University. Understand what is expected of you and make sure you know the guidelines you should follow.
Covid: Five ways to stop the spread
- Cover up: wear a face covering inside wherever a 2 metre distance isn’t possible
- Keep your distance: maintain 2 metres, use the one-way systems on campus
- Wash up: wash your hands and sanitise them regularly
- Self-isolate and test: if you get symptoms, however mild, get tested straight away and follow self-isolation advice
- Socialise sensibly: follow local guidance on who you can socialise with and where
Campus signage is in place to remind all staff, students and visitors to practise social distancing and regular handwashing. Handwashing facilities will be provided across campus, as well as hand sanitiser in high traffic areas. One-way systems are also in place across buildings where they’re needed.
Look out for signage to understand what you need to do, and be kind to those around you as we all settle into life on campus this academic year.
If you experience symptoms that could be COVID-19, however mild, you must take immediate steps to self-isolate and access testing in line with government guidelines.
You can be tested for Coronavirus if you develop symptoms.
- If you do develop symptoms then you and your household (flatmates/family) must self-isolate straight-away.
- You should order a FREE test from the NHS immediately.
- If you test positive, the NHS Test and Trace Service will then contact you to identify anyone else that you have been in recent close contact with.
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive then the NHS Test and Trace Service will contact you and let you know what you must do next.
- The University has a walk-through coronavirus testing facility on South Gate Car Park (near to Sport & Fitness).
The facility, which is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing, is open now, 7 days a week from 8.00am-8.00pm and is open to students, staff and members of the community. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test at the facility which takes less than a minute. Although this is a walk-through facility you will still need to book a slot for a test or by calling 119.
Students in University accommodation will receive a reusable University of Birmingham face covering at their accommodation site. If you are a commuting student, or a returning student not living in University accommodation, you will be able to collect your face covering from our Welcome Information Points.
Make sure you keep up-to-date with government guidance on wearing face coverings. You may want to bring additional face coverings so that you have one ready when you need it.
Hidden Disabilities sunflower lanyards
Government guidelines exempt some people from wearing a face covering, for example due to a health condition or disability. You can find out more about when you do not need to wear a face covering.
It may not always be clear that someone has a health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering, however some people may choose to wear a badge or carry a card that indicates their exemption. Others may wear the Hidden Disabilities sunflower lanyard, which is becoming a recognised indicator that the wearer has a hidden disability.
If you have a hidden disability and would like a sunflower lanyard, you can collect one from our Welcome Information Points, as well as a card explaining your exemption. These are not required, but are available if you would like them. The lanyards may not be on display, so please ask one of the Welcome Assistants if you would like one.
Covid-19 Community Conduct Commitment
At the University of Birmingham we expect all members of our community (students, staff and visitors) to act as good citizens and be proactive in taking measures to maintain the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others, as well as those living in our neighbourhood community. We want to remind you that it’s important to follow UK Government and any local restrictions, whether on campus, or in your homes and gardens.
We also want to be really clear that our Code of Conduct, for all students, can be applied in these circumstances to behaviour both on and off campus, and online. We expect all students to follow the current guidance on:
- Social distancing;
- Social gatherings (including halls and private sector accommodation);
- Following Covid safety guidance on campus (including directional routes within buildings, maximum room capacities, and behaviour);
- Hygiene, particularly in public or communal areas;
- Wearing of a face covering (unless exempt);
- Test and trace (understanding the symptoms, getting tested immediately and working with the University and Public Health England to identify any close contacts).
Please read the full commitment, and view the University regulations.
Where we receive reports of inappropriate behaviour or conduct, these will be taken seriously and investigated. Where necessary, the University will take appropriate and proportionate action against anyone found to be compromising the safety and wellbeing of others, in accordance with our regulations.
Living in accommodation
If you will be living in University-owned accommodation, you can find out more about what to expect and some of the planning that is taking place.
Safety in accommodation
Commuting to campus
If you will be commuting to University using public transport, you can see our information on travelling safely. It is expected that local operators will be back to full services by Welcome. You are encouraged to buy your travel tickets online or to use contactless payments where possible, and remember to be prepared for your journey with a face covering and hand sanitiser. You may find our information on local travel useful.
News and updates
The situation is likely to change in different ways over the coming weeks and months. Make sure you stay up-to-date with any changes by regularly checking the student intranet and your student email address. These will be the main way that we communicate any important updates to our campus community.
We are working on a range of scenarios for our campus spaces to make them Covid-secure for our students. Our teams are working flat out to make sure that campus is ready for teaching, socialising and other activities from September. Our buildings are opening in a phased manner over the summer, with each building assessed carefully and appropriate measures put in place to keep everyone safe before they reopen.