Keeping our community safe
On this page you can find information about the measures we’re putting in place and what you can do to help keep everyone safe. We’ve also created some resources in case you feel unwell, if there is an outbreak of coronavirus at UCL, or new lockdown restrictions are introduced.
Remember, you must stay at home and use the UCL Connect to Protect reporting tool if:
- you think you may have coronavirus;
- you have tested positive for the virus;
- you are waiting for the results of a coronavirus test;
- you need to self-isolate;
- or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate.
How we are protecting our staff and students, and what you can do to help
- How UCL is keeping you safe
We are working hard with our recognised unions and taking advice from UCL’s world-leading researchers to make sure our campus is as safe as possible:
- Introducing the new UCL Connect to Protect reporting tool, to monitor and respond to any coronavirus cases at UCL
- Carrying out tailored risk assessments of all areas of campus
- Reducing the number of people onsite to 25% of capacity and introducing the 1 in 4 rule: where all gatherings must take place in a room four times the size of the group
- Implementing a new zoning system around UCL buildings, campus and surroundings
- Suspending agile working and spacing out work and study spaces
- Regularly cleaning our buildings with antiviral disinfectant
- Providing spray and wipes for you to clean your work area
- Making more soap and hand sanitiser available
- Positioning Welcome Stations at entrances where you can sanitise your hands
- Trialling the use of temperature checking on campus
- Implementing social distancing guidelines
- Ensuring our buildings are properly ventilated with a good supply of fresh air
- Working with Camden Council and our neighbours to keep our borough as safe as possible
- Planning for potential coronavirus cases on campus or the introduction of further lockdown restrictions
- How you can make a difference
The measures UCL is putting in place won’t be enough on their own. We also need your help to prevent the spread of infection and keep our community safe. This means that everyone on campus must:
- Stay at home if you feel unwell and use the UCL Connect to Protect tool if you have symptoms or coronavirus, are self-isolating or have tested positive for coronavirus
- Keep your distance and stay 2m from others wherever possible
- Follow the new one-way system and seating plans
- Wear face coverings around others
- Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face or mask
- Always sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands
- Take your temperature at least once a day to check you don’t have a fever
- Hold meetings on Microsoft Teams or Zoom, not face-to-face in meeting rooms
- Please be considerate of others and follow our Community Commitment to Protect Each Other
- What should I do if I - or someone I manage or supervise – may have coronavirus?
- Will UCL offer coronavirus tests to staff and students
Yes, UCL is planning to offer tests to staff and students who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. Our aim is to complement the national testing service, not replace it, and anyone who tests positive for the virus will be referred to the NHS Track and Trace system as normal.
This is the culmination of several months' work by teams across UCL and UCLH, including our own clinicians and researchers working in this area. In August, we delivered a successful pilot testing programme in the Paul O'Gorman Building for a limited number of staff, linked to the NHS. Now we plan to use what we have learned from the pilot to expand our testing capacity, in line with the Government's recent guidance for universities. We will provide up to 1,000 tests every day for symptomatic staff and students across UCL by the start of term. Testing of asymptomatic staff or students will only be undertaken where our public health advisers consider this appropriate, and will not be offered routinely.
- What if someone isn’t following UCL’s guidelines for keeping safe on campus?
We will all need to support each other as we get used to this “new normal” but we expect everybody to follow our Community Commitment to Protect Each Other. If you notice that someone has made a mistake and overlooked these guidelines, please let them know in a friendly and polite way. Or if someone reminds you of your own slip, please don’t take offence – we're all just trying to keep everyone safe.
If you’re worried that a student isn’t following the safety measures we’ve put in place, you can let UCL know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re concerned about a member of staff not following these measures, please notify us by through RiskNET.