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To keep everyone safe on campus, we are regularly monitoring and acting on government guidance regarding Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

We understand that you want to keep yourself safe on campus. It can be hard to know when wearing a face covering is mandatory, recommended or your preference. Please read our guidance below regarding wearing face coverings.

Where do I need to wear a face covering?


In line with the law in England, face coverings are mandatory in the following university buildings:

  • The Library and Social Learning Space
  • The Commuter Lounge
  • In any University retail or food outlet including the Refectory, Dolce Vita, Bar/Lounge. (Your face covering can be removed when you sit down to eat.)
  • The Chapel, Crypt and Multi-Faith Prayer room
  • To attend a production in the Theatre
  • The Exchange building (except in teaching spaces).

We also recommend that you wear a face covering when moving around University buildings within enclosed spaces such as:

  • corridors
  • communal toilet facilities; or
  • when you are using areas in which you cannot practise physically distancing.

You don’t have to wear face coverings in teaching rooms and office spaces. These rooms have been set up to facilitate reasonable physical distancing. However, you are welcome to wear a face covering in these rooms should you wish to do so.

Are there any exemptions? Do I need to wear a face covering in my accommodation?

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering (see the government guidance), you won’t need to wear one.

Staff and students should be mindful that not all reasons for exemption will be visible and be sensitive to those who may not wear a face covering because they are exempt.

If you’re in accommodation where residential bubbles are put in place, you won’t have to wear a face covering whilst in your residential bubble.

Where can I get a face covering?

We will supply you with two washable face coverings at the start of the academic year. Should you lose or require further coverings these will be at your own expense. All visitors will be required to bring their own face coverings. 

If you are required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to undertake your work or studies, we will provide these.