Update to government guidance and returning to campus
We hope you are enjoying a safe, successful and positive start to the new term on campus.
On Wednesday 19 January, the Government announced the removal of “Plan B” guidance, and an easing of Covid-related restrictions.
While the easing of restrictions is welcome news, the safety of our students and staff is always our number one priority. It is important that we all continue to remain vigilant and responsible.
As a result of the Government’s announcement, and our own assessment of the continued safety of our campuses, the university will ease restrictions while retaining the “Covid Aware” approach that has been in place since the start of the Autumn term.
It will no longer be mandatory for staff, students and visitors to wear face coverings on campus except where required as part of formal training on specific healthcare courses.
However, we recognise that everyone’s personal circumstances will be different. As we leave Plan B and adjust to this new phase, we strongly encourage everyone to continue respecting the comfort and choices of others, and by wearing a face covering and observing social distancing, in busy settings.
Red lanyards and wristbands will continue to be available from reception of our main buildings, which allow the wearer to indicate they wish to remain socially distant.
Playing your part
It is vital that we all continue to play our part in ensuring the safety of everyone through good practice and regular asymptomatic testing.
- Wash or sanitise your hands frequently and cover your nose and mouth when you cough and sneeze.
- Arrange to have a Lateral Flow Device test kit delivered to your home address, or pick up a kit from Eastbourne Hillbrow Sports Centre, Falmer Sports Centre, Cockcroft and Grand Parade Caretakers’ desks and from libraries.
- Please remember, if you have symptoms and receive a positive test result, you should report it to the university on My Brighton and self-isolate.
- If you haven’t already booked your booster vaccination, you may be eligible to do so via the NHS website.
- A walk-in mobile vaccination unit will be at Cockcroft (Moulsecoomb campus) on Monday 7 February from 10.30am – 2.30pm, offering 1st/2nd and booster vaccines to eligible students and staff. No booking is required.
- Be kind to yourself and respectful of others as we all adjust to this new phase.
Although we are now able to take this next step, we will we continue to monitor the public health situation closely, and will review our approach should it be necessary.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.