The University has taken the necessary decision to limit the number of students and University colleagues on campus at any time while social distancing requirements remain in place from the UK government.
This decision will ensure that the wellbeing and safety of our community are maintained and given the utmost priority in all of our decision making.
All universities will have restrictions on building access during the pandemic, and Westminster isn't alone. We are seeking to provide you with as much access as possible within the responsibilities we have to your health and that of the whole Westminster community. There is also an increasingly sophisticated online provision that we can rely on to support your studies.
Our arrangements are likely to be different to arrangements made elsewhere, but what we have strived for is something reliable, consistent and manageable for everyone. If and when it becomes possible to expand access we will do so, as we think coming to campus is a great thing, so long as it can be done safely.
The University has carefully considered the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UK government guidance on temperature checks. These both advise that temperature checks are not a reliable method of detecting cases of COVID-19.
As wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances and help to protect others, we have decided to mandate their use in almost all circumstances on campus. It is hoped that this will provide additional confidence to the University community on returning to our buildings.
We will remain sensitive to the needs of those who are unable, for health or disability reasons, to wear face coverings.
Read more about using face coverings on campus.
The University is putting in place various measures to enhance safety on campus in addition to social distancing and reduced capacity.
- Screens at higher risk locations where face-to-face contact cannot be avoided
- A one-way system through security gates at main entrances
- One-way systems in some corridors and staircases
- Reduced volume of seating and table options in all rooms
- Hand washing and waste bin facilities throughout the building
- Self-cleaning materials have been made available in all teaching rooms for staff/student use
- Give-way requirements are in place in narrow corridors
- Reduced volume of seating in common areas e.g. the learning platform
- Reduced number of toilets available for use
- Library stock will only be available through a click and collect service
- Lifts are marked with an indication of the number of people that should use them at one time
- Lift access will be limited, and some lifts will be seen to only service certain floors
- Prayer and welfare facilities may be provided in different locations
- Holdbacks have been fitted on some doors to avoid the need to touch them
- The mandatory wearing of face coverings
A limited coffee and packaged food range of 'grab and go' food and drink options will be available at the start of the term. We have ensured that all drinking water fountains are kept accessible and will be regularly cleaned throughout the day.
Our contractor will be providing deep cleaning daily and periodic cleaning of the general circulation spaces, toilets and common areas. This will include all frequent touch-points, toilets, handrails, lift buttons, door handles, push handles etc.
Materials will be available to you to self-clean your workstation, keyboard, mouse, desk phone etc.