The health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the local community is our absolute priority. Find out about how we are helping to create a Covid-safe community on campus, and in the surrounding area.
We recognise that our University community is part of a wider local community that surrounds our campuses and that we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of ourselves, our friends, colleagues and neighbours.
We would like to reassure everyone we are committed to creating a safe and secure environment to protect all our communities. We continue to work with our community partners and public health bodies, the NHS and regional and national government to put Covid-19 safety measures, guidance and regulations in place across our campuses.
A huge number of staff continue to work hard to adapt our campuses and activities so that they are in line with government guidelines and we will continue to review local and national guidance and adjust our approach accordingly.
Following months of detailed planning and careful assessments across all our campuses, some of the measures introduced for the start of the new academic year include:
The University is supporting the NHS Test and Trace system by asking students, staff and visitors to check-in on the NHS Covid-19 app every time they see a Test and Trace sign at key locations around campus.
This will help support NHS Test and Trace in identifying and informing individuals of potential Covid-19 risks. Find out more about how the University is supporting NHS Test and Trace.
A walk-through NHS Covid-19 testing facility is open on our Building 2 car park, next to our North Holmes campus. Testing is available for staff, students and the wider community who have coronavirus symptoms. Tests need to be booked via the NHS website or by calling 119. Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures in attending the testing centre.
The site is only accessible to pedestrians via the site where 5 St Martins Terrace once stood (now demolished). It cannot be accessed from the North Holmes campus by staff, students or the community, and no vehicles will be allowed to enter the campus.
There are strict controls in place with security operating 24/7 to ensure those using the centre use the correct routes and do not enter any other parts of our campus.
There are also local testing sites on the Universities of Medway campus at Chatham Maritime and at the University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus. All of these sites are for students, staff and the local community, which will be a key part of the strategy of early identification of cases, to enable prevention of onward transmission.
We all have a personal responsibility to follow the University as well as Government guidance on Covid-19, and students will need to protect themselves to help protect others in communities within which they live, work and study.
We are in regular communication with our students on the current government guidelines, encouraging positive community behaviour and making sure that we all stay safe and look after others in light of Covid-19, as well as reminding them of the University’s Code of Conduct and Student Disciplinary Procedure.
As part of our communications to students, we are operating a Good Neighbour campaign, in which we encourage students to recognise and embrace their responsibility to the community and the role they can play in keeping everyone safe.
Many students will have formed new households when moving into both University and private accommodation. We are encouraging students to take responsibility for each other and the communities they live in by observing social distancing outside of households, maintaining good hygiene practice, implementing cleaning rotas within their accommodation, and strictly adhering to government protocol around contact tracing and self-isolation.
As in previous years, our Street Marshal scheme will have a regular presence on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in residential areas. This has been brought in earlier than usual to provide a reassuring presence for the students returning to their residences on and off campus and the local community, and we will continue to carefully monitor their reports to us. We also continue to work with other community partners through the HE/FE Community (strategic) Group, which includes representatives from local authorities, the Police and landlords.
The University has a Student Code of Conduct and Unacceptable Behaviour Policy that sets out the behaviour we expect, helps protect our communities against inappropriate behaviour, and explains the possible disciplinary action that could be taken. This applies to conduct on and off campus and applies in situations where students display disruptive behaviour in the community or significantly/deliberately break government Covid-19 guidelines.
Canterbury Christ Church University email@example.com or 01227 923475
University of Kent firstname.lastname@example.org or 01227 816156
Police: Call 101 to report non-emergency incidents and 999 for emergencies.
Canterbury City Council’s Environmental Health Team: To report a problem with noise, neighbours or nuisance, email@example.com or 01227 862202.