Health and safety measures
We've introduced a number of extra safety measures to help minimise the risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
Like Education, Health is devolved to the Welsh Government, so decisions in these areas are not made by the government in Westminster. The Welsh Government is responsible for the public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Wales.
Staying safe on campus
- Government guidance is changing all the time, however to make sure we can finalise your return to Cardiff, we have taken the decision that as a University, we will maintain the two-metre social distancing requirement on campus until at least January 2021.
- All students and staff who are asymptomatic will have the opportunity to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test shortly after arriving on campus.
- All students will receive two reusable face coverings on arrival in Cardiff.
- Everyone - staff, students and visitors - will be required to wear face coverings while in our buildings. However, when teaching, our academics are asked to remove them to ensure all our students can understand what is being taught (including those that may lip-read). Two-metre social distancing will be maintained while the face covering is removed. Students can remove their face coverings when speaking during in-person teaching - as long as social distancing and hand sanitisation is maintained and enhanced cleaning measures are in place.
- Our buildings will have clearly signposted one-way walking routes, additional handwashing facilities, and high touch points such as door handles will be cleaned regularly.
- Schematic diagrams will be available for all our buildings to show entrance and exit points, walking routes, unisex toilets and hand sanitising stations. See an example schematic diagram for the first floor of Main Building.
- We are introducing a notification system so that all students and staff can quickly report any coronavirus-like symptoms.
- The majority of our non-teaching staff will continue to work remotely throughout the academic year 2020/21, minimising the number of people on campus. This will not affect the services you can access.
- All students have full access to the National Health Service (NHS) and will be treated for coronavirus (COVID-19) if required.
While with us, there remains the possibility that new restrictions may be imposed. Using the experience of the restrictions earlier this year, we will follow robust procedures to ensure your safety and to support you to continue your studies.
NHS COVID-19 app
The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of Welsh Government's Test Trace Protect programme to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The app will:
- let you know if you have been near someone who now has coronavirus symptoms
- give you advice on coronavirus that is relevant to you
- allow you to check your symptoms
- take you to a website where you can book a test if you have symptoms.
By downloading and using the app, you can help keep our University community safe. The app will not hold any personal information about you or track your location.