Covid-19 information, advice and guidance

At Edge Hill we’ve taken all the necessary measures to ensure that our campus is prepared to keep us all safe and well.

As a campus-based University with the delivery of an exceptional student experience, we are continuing to do everything necessary to ensure that the campus is a safe, vibrant place for the full community to enjoy.

Our Covid-secure environment offers:

  • access to excellent teaching, learning and support
  • access to the specialist facilities and equipment you will need
  • access to a safe campus
  • access to university accommodation
  • access to sports, arts facilities and in-person events

We have put in place suitable measures to keep our community safe, including:

  • systematic deep cleans of all buildings and facilities
  • enhancement of cleaning regimes to maintain high standards of cleanliness and ensuring frequently touched surfaces are prioritised
  • investment in new technology to deep clean spaces effectively and efficiently as required
  • taking all necessary steps to ensure that that indoor spaces are well ventilated
  • installation of hand sanitiser units within all entrances and throughout buildings, to facilitate regular usage and encourage good hygiene practices by all building users.

Plan B measures as a result of new Covid-19 variant

The Government has moved England to Plan B in response to the risks from the recently identified Omicron variant.

The Government in its Plan B advice has specifically required higher education providers to continue in-person teaching. They state that providers should continue to deliver face-to-face teaching and staff can continue to attend work as necessary to deliver this.

Other Government key advice is to:

  • Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required
  • If you haven’t already, get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if you meet indoors.

As always, we will continue to be guided by, and follow, the latest Government advice to ensure that the campus is a safe, vibrant place for the full community to enjoy. Remember that:

  • Face coverings – are mandatory in most indoor settings including shops, public transport and theatres, which includes the Edge Link bus and the Arts Centre, unless individuals are exempt from doing so. Face coverings help protect the wearer and others against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of Covid-19. We recommend that face coverings should be worn by students, staff and visitors when moving around buildings such as in corridors, communal spaces and crowded indoor areas. Colleagues may also wish to consider adopting the use of face coverings where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Vaccinations – remains the most effective means of protection against Covid-19. For those eligible for a booster vaccine, the latest advice can be found on the NHS website.
  • Regular rapid testing – all staff and students should be taking twice weekly LFD tests which can be collected from the post room, now situated within the Students’ Union. It is also recommended that you take a test prior to attending any events in crowded indoor areas or when visiting those at high risk from Covid-19. The new guidance means that a Covid pass will apply to some large-scale events and the organisers will notify you if this is required.
  • Hygiene – the University continues to operate enhanced cleaning regimes, especially focussing on frequently touched surfaces. Personal hand hygiene is also important so ensure that you wash or sanitise your hands often and use the cleaning products provided in your work area where necessary.
  • Ventilation – ventilation remains a really effective measure to keep us safe. We have worked with specialist consultants to ensure that all mechanical ventilation is fit for purpose to meet Covid-19 guidelines. This is supported with natural ventilation and it is important that natural ventilation is maintained in rooms, particularly in spaces where there is no mechanical ventilation. A regime of CO2 monitoring is in place to ensure that ventilation rates are sufficient.
  • Self-isolation and reporting – There are different rules for anyone who tests positive for the new Omicron variant and you will be notified by the NHS in terms of what you’ll need to do if so. As ever, please ensure that you do not attend campus should you be displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or have a positive test result and ensure that this is reported to us.

Please keep yourself up-to-date with the latest information available on the NHS website and ensure you know what is expected of you in terms of staying alert and safe.

Thank you for your continued support and taking personal responsibility to keep each other safe.

Further information specific to students, staff and other members of the community can be found in the sections below:

Information for applicants
Information for students
Information for staff
Information for community, visitors and partners

Last update 13th December 2021
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