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Face coverings

While face coverings are no longer a requirement by law, our University policy will continue to require all students, staff and visitors to wear a face covering while moving through all University and Students’ Union buildings, unless you are exempt. Posters are displayed across all campuses to act as reminders. You are not required to wear a face covering while seated.  

If you forget your face covering on campus, disposable face coverings will be available from dispensers in communal areas.

This policy will be reviewed regularly and will be assessed at Christmas. 

When should I wear a face covering?

Always (unless exempt)

  • When moving around University and Students’ Union buildings, including offices, communal spaces and stairwells
  • Wherever signs indicate a face covering is required


  • In offices when seated
  • In face-to-face teaching and learning sessions
  • In communal spaces when eating or drinking
  • In face-to-face support sessions
  • When undertaking individual study in University libraries 
  • In catering outlets and shops
  • Inside individual rooms or flats 
  • Outdoors

Sunflower Lanyard scheme

To help provide a safe and inclusive on campus experience, Staffordshire University and Staffordshire University Students’ Union support the Sunflower Lanyard Scheme, a national Government initiative.

Under COVID-19 guidance from the UK Government, some people are exempt from wearing face coverings. To support our staff and students, last year Staffordshire University joined The Invisible Disabilities Sunflower lanyard scheme, making sunflower lanyards available for all staff and students to allow members of our community signify that they are exempt from face coverings in a discreet way – should they choose to do so.

While the scheme is not a requirement by law, our University has taken the decision to ask all students, staff and visitors to work with us in doing everything we can to keep our University community safe during the pandemic.

Our brilliant and friendly COVID ambassadors are there to ensure that everyone coming into the University is following the rules for the wearing of face coverings.

In relation to anyone exempt from wearing a face covering, we are asking you to wear your sunflower lanyard, or carry another form of exemption with you when you are on campus.

If you have an exemption, you will never be asked for any personal information, but when on campus please be ready to show evidence that you are following the government exemption declaration if you choose not to wear a sunflower lanyard.

On campus reminders

We’ve put posters up across the University showing all areas where face coverings are required on campus. Please be aware that if you repeatedly choose not to wear a face covering as required, refuse to wear a face covering when requested to do so by one of our COVID ambassadors or staff, or refuse to show your Sunflower Lanyard or other exemption when asked, then you will be asked to leave our buildings. It is vitally important that we all work together to keep our campuses COVID-secure.

If you don’t have an exemption, please bring your face covering and wear it while moving through all University and Students’ Union buildings. 

And finally, if you are approached by one of our COVID ambassadors, please follow their advice and treat them with the respect they deserve for carrying out this crucial role and keeping us all safe.

Availability of hand sanitiser

Guidance issued by the UK Government states that individuals should wash their hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, before putting face coverings on, and both before and after removing them.

As part of our commitment to maintaining a COVID-secure environment for our students, staff and local communities, we have taken every possible measure to make hand sanitiser available at key points across our campuses. However, due to the breadth of our University’s facilities, it is not possible to provide hand sanitiser in every room.

We therefore encourage all members of our University community to bring their own hand sanitiser with them when visiting our campuses to supplement the hand sanitising stations that we have installed.