The health, wellbeing and safety of all our students, staff and visitors remains our top priority as the new academic year gets under way. We have implemented a range of measures designed to maintain a Covid-secure campus, in keeping with government and public health guidelines.
For the start of term, we are carrying out a phased, managed return to our campus-based activities. Fewer students will return to campus and many of our administrative and management staff will continue to work from home to reduce the number of people using our buildings.
For the first term, all lectures will take place online and students will come on to campus for smaller group teaching and to access our libraries, laboratories and workshops.
Face coverings must be worn in all indoor spaces on campus and on public transport. This includes the University bus.
All students, staff and campus visitors are asked to maintain social distancing of at least one metre, preferably two, at all times. We are urging everyone to remember to wash their hands frequently and clean any work spaces with sanitising wipes.
We have reduced capacity in all our buildings and adopted new signage to indicate space and equipment that should and should not be used. This also highlights one-way systems, entrances and exits, maximum numbers and social distancing measures.
All buildings have advanced cleaning and sanitising routines, with all high-risk areas treated with sanitising chemicals on a daily basis. In addition, we have:
We are grateful for everyone's support in keeping Kingston University a safe space for all our community.
We have been working closely with public health officials, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and other local organisations throughout the pandemic. We will continue to take a coordinated approach as the the situation evolves.
The University is committed to behaving responsibly and will ensure it does everything possible to help minimise the spread of Covid-19. We are asking everyone on campus to embrace the changes we have made and follow the precautions we have put in place to help create a safe space for us all, both in Kingston and surrounding areas.
Our community pledge, drawn up with support from the Union of Kingston Students, asks all staff and students to commit to a standard of behaviour that reflects our University values, in particular, taking responsibility for their own wellbeing and being respectful and considerate of others. The measures we have implemented call on all of us to work together and share responsibility for reducing the spread of the infection.
As a result of precautions in place and to manage numbers on campus, our buildings are currently closed to visitors unless they have received an invitation from a member of staff. We will share further details about reopening our campuses to the wider community as soon as these become available.
In the meantime, if you're interested in finding out more about our libraries you can visit our library and learning services page for further information.
The Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road campus remains open to staff, students and the public. The centre has undergone rigorous health and safety assessments with modifications made, such as reduced capacity and the rearrangement of equipment in line with the latest government guidelines around social distancing. There is also enhanced cleaning in place.
Tolworth Court sports ground is available for use by sports clubs by prior arrangement. Changing rooms and bar and catering provision remain closed.
The rapidly changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic means there are frequent alterations to the latest advice and guidance. We don't currently know how long we will need to keep the safety precautions and changes we have made to the way the University operates in place.
We will continue to closely monitor developments and take necessary action in line with the latest government advice, along with guidance from Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and our partners across the wider borough.
We will keep all our students, staff and external partners fully informed as the situation continues to unfold.