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.
New temporary measures as a result of new Covid-19 variant
As a result of the new ‘Omicron’ variant of Covid-19, the Government has updated its national guidance around face coverings, international travel, PCR tests and self-isolation, which we are urging our Edge Hill community to follow to ensure that our campus remains prepared to keep us safe and well.
The Government’s temporary and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new variant means for our Edge Hill community:
- Face coverings – will be compulsory in shops on campus as well as on public transport, which includes the Edge Link bus, 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.
- International travel – all travellers arriving into the country will be required to take a PCR test on or before day two and to self-isolate until they have received a negative test result. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose. All close contacts of anyone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant are required to isolate for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
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:
- 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. 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. You can collect home test kits from the post pick up point in the Students Union building (next to Subway) between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Friday. Kits are also available from our site at St James Manchester and our Alder Hey office.
- Hygiene – personal hand hygiene is very important so ensure that you wash or sanitise your hands often and use the cleaning products provided on campus where necessary
- Self-isolation and reporting – As ever, please ensure that you do not attend campus should you be displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or have a positive test result.
Covid-19 case rates here remain low and we will continue with our existing control measures, as well as update any relevant risk assessments, to provide an environment for staff and students which is safe and welcoming.
As always, we will continue to be guided by, and follow, the latest Government and Public Health England advice. 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:
Last update 22nd October 2021
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