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COVID-secure campus

Find the answers to your questions regarding out COVID-Secure campus, and the changes we have made in the FAQ below.

What are the safety measures that are being put in place?

In line with government guidelines, the University has implemented social distancing measures across all our campuses. These include:

  • Clearly visible floor markings and signage with instructions and advice on how to effectively social distance in all areas across our campuses. This includes external and internal spaces, communal areas, teaching spaces, retail outlets and all facilities

  • Hand sanitisers are being installed in stairwells, lift lobby, foyers, lecture theatres and reception areas for everyone's use when moving around the buildings. Other high traffic areas will also be covered relevant to each individual building.

  • Computer labs and shared learning spaces will have wipes for students to wipe down their learning areas as they arrive and again when they leave.

  • Cleaning operations have been adapted as above with offices and learning spaces, as well as concentrating bin locations, to free up the cleaning team to focus on bathroom facilities, lift areas, high touch areas (hand rails, green buttons, lift buttons, door furniture etc).

  • Students and staff are encouraged to wear face masks while on campus. Staff have been provided with PPE to wear while teaching.

  • The retail outlets in Cadman, Ashley 2 and the Business School will remain closed until early next year. Vending machines are still available for use, though we encourage customers to either wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before and after use.

I am a student with disabilities what has changed for me?

At Staffordshire University we are committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture and an accessible environment where staff, students and visitors are confident to work, study and relax. As we return to campus we want to make sure they remain welcoming and accessible. This information is provided to reassure you that we have taken into account the need to provide a COVID-Secure environment that is as accessible as possible, and that support will be available for you.

  • Evacuation assistance will still be provided but with assurance that extra controls will be in place to safeguard both the individual needing assistance and the Evac Chair Operator

  • First Aid will still be available, again with assurance that extra controls will be in place to safeguard both the patient and the First Aider

  • Generally social distancing will be in place but assistance and support will still be offered whilst maintaining a COVID-Secure environment for all

We have an audit being undertaken by AccessAble which is an online resource which includes updated maps of our campuses.

Catering

All social distance guidelines will not affect anyone with disabilities and in catering and retail outlets there will be staff to assist if needed.

I have heard its one way, I am worried about finding my way around campus and getting it wrong, is there going to be maps or videos to walk us through the buildings?

There is signage around the campus, which shows everyone the direction of travel.  This signage is within buildings, and initially at the start of the academic year there will also be Student Ambassadors around the campus to help students who have questions about going into buildings, what to expect when inside buildings, the responsibility of us all to maintain social distancing and be respectful of one another and where to go if students need assistance in finding the appropriate academic building and alternative café options.

If you still have concerns click on this link https://www.accessable.co.uk/ and enter Staffordshire University (and the campus you want to know about , e.g. Stafford, Stoke, Shrewsbury or London) and you can access further details about what to expect across the campus, including different building and where you can access facilities.

Are there going to be social spaces where I heat my own food?

Stafford

On the Stafford campus the area above Dudley’s includes microwaves for student use. 

Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke campus has a number of cafes, including the Pavilion, Brindley, Ashley 1 and 2, Hub Café, and the SqueezeBox. We do not have a place for students to access a microwave for heating up their own food.

Is there going to be a map of toilets and what expectations are?

All block toilet facilities, due to Covid 19 now can only be occupied by one person at a time. When a person enters they must lock the entrance door behind them to prevent anyone else going in. Anyone queuing outside to wait to use the toilet must socially distance.

There is signage on all toilet entrances reminding people to lock the door behind them, as well as signage inside reminding people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.

The AccessAble guides to Staffordshire University provide a list of all disabled toilets and where they are positioned on the campus.  Click this link  https://www.accessable.co.uk/ then enter Staffordshire University and you will be provided with an option to enter any building on campus and it will highlight all access information regarding disabled toilets and where all facilities are positioned with that building.