Coming to campus

We understand that you may have worries and concerns about coming to campus. The wellbeing and safety of our staff and students is our top priority, and we will continue to follow Government guidance to make campus a safe environment for work and study.

Students on campus

Before you arrive on campus for the first time, there’s some important information you need to know about our new way of working.

Key points for you to know

  • You must complete an online induction and self-assessment before coming to campus.
  • We are providing face coverings and hand sanitiser for use, and face coverings must be worn around buildings.
  • Most buildings have a reduced capacity with social distancing and a one-way or keep left system in place.
  • You are required to bring any stationery and other educational kit to campus.

Induction and self-assessment

All students coming to campus must complete a short induction on Moodle to learn more about our new ways of working and the measures that have been put in place to maintain student and staff safety. The induction has important updates on:

  • The layout of our buildings
  • Our requirements on wearing face coverings
  • Our requirements on social distancing and hygiene.

Complete the safety induction

You will also need to complete a self-assessment to help us identify anyone who is more vulnerable to Covid-19. The tool, which is based on published evidence for risk factors, will help us understand any specific risks to you and allow us to put in place the right support for your wellbeing and safety.

If you are deemed high risk or very high risk, you will be contacted by our Mental Health and Wellbeing team to discuss how to support you.

Complete the self-assessment

Face coverings and hand sanitiser

All students are being provided with face coverings and hand sanitiser in one of our Stay Safe bags, with extra hand sanitiser around buildings and an enhanced cleaning regime on all sites. Face coverings should be worn all the time when entering and while moving around buildings, including in both teaching and communal areas. 

Social distancing

We have implemented 2m social distancing in all buildings and teaching spaces where this is possible. Where 2m is not possible, a 1m plus rule is in place. The ‘plus’ element refers to risk mitigation such as wearing a face covering and sanitation.

We are issuing face coverings and other appropriate protective equipment for teaching spaces where we are unable to socially distance.

What to do if you have symptoms

Make sure you know the necessary steps to take to keep yourself, fellow students and staff safe if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, with our test and trace system.

Signage on campus

It’s important that you follow signage when moving around our buildings. The one-way or keep left system will be clearly signposted with arrows on the floor to help you keep to the left.

There are also signs on furniture in social areas to let you know if it is not in use.

Bring your own

You will need to bring any stationery and other educational kit such as books and clothing to campus, and this should not be shared with others. New Home and EU undergraduate degree students can purchase equipment on the John Smith’s online store.


For more information, visit our FAQs on returning to campus.