An aerial photo of the Edge Hill campus.

On Friday 18th September, the Government announced new temporary social distancing measures which come into effect from Tuesday 22nd September. 

Merseyside and Lancashire have been designated as ‘areas of intervention’, but we want to clarify that the new rules do not affect universities and other educational establishments.

We want to reassure you that the University is open and ready to welcome you this autumn.  Our campus has been fully open for a number of weeks, with Postgraduate students arriving to begin their studies at the beginning of September.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, Edge Hill University has been working closely with Public Health bodies, the local Councils, Lancashire Resilience Forum and other partners in preparation for the start of term.  

One of the safety measures introduced by the University

To prepare for your arrival, we have undertaken robust risk assessments which have been independently audited to ensure that COVID-secure teaching and learning can proceed as planned. The extensive arrangements we have put in place are summarised in these ten key steps: 

  1. Ensuring that all students are able to participate in regular small group teaching for at least one day per week, as well as face-to-face tutorials (including laboratory, studio and arts spaces access) and personal tutor meetings as part of a high-quality blended learning experience;
  2. Implementing a revised approach to timetables to limit the number of people on campus at any given time;
  3. Reducing the capacity of all our teaching spaces to ensure that we can deliver small group teaching and that you and your tutors can observe effective social distancing;
  4. A review of all of our online learning and teaching methods designed to ensure that lectures and materials are always available online;
  5. Implementing changes within Catalyst (our Library, Student Services and Careers building) to ensure that you have safe access to the materials, study spaces and support you need;
  6. Increasing our levels of portable IT equipment (laptop loans etc) to enable you to work remotely where you wish to do so;
  7. Undertaking a full deep-clean of all University facilities prior to reopening and increasing the regular daily cleaning and disinfecting services;
  8. Providing additional hand sanitiser facilities across campus and providing all students with reusable face coverings;
  9. Ensuring that all buildings and facilities have appropriate social-distancing measures in place, including floor spacers, signage, one way systems and other directional measures as well as implementing a Track and Trace system;
  10. Reopening all hospitality and sports facilities, encouraging cashless payment at outlets and providing additional safety screens and queue management controls;

If you will be a resident on campus, when you move into your halls this week, you will form ‘households’ with your flatmates and help and support will be provided by our Student Services colleagues. 

It is also important that you follow the ‘rule of six’ guidance when meeting with other students. 

For further information about all of the arrangements we have put in place for the start of term, please visit our COVID-19 Information Pages https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/coronavirus-faq/

To help us deliver an outstanding experience for our new and returning students, we are asking all members of the Edge Hill community to sign up to five commitments which demonstrate our commitment to respectful and responsible citizenship, which are set out in our Community Pledge 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus at the start of term and working together to make the year ahead a success.