Staying safe on campus

The safety and wellbeing of the Keele community - including our staff, students, partners and visitors - is our highest priority and on this page you can find out more about how to stay safe on campus.

Staff should complete the Covid-19 staff risk assessment (available on the intranet) before returning to campus, as part of the return to work checklist.

What you should do

  • Wash your hands regularly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Catch coughs and sneezes properly and then wash hands thoroughly.
  • Maintain 2m social distancing at all times from those outside your student household.
  • Wear a face covering when you are indoors, except when in your student household 
  • Adhere to all social distancing guidance regarding one-way systems, queuing, and building and room entrances and exits.

What we will do

  • We will make sure that surfaces will be cleaned regularly.
  • We will provide extra cleaning of rooms and buildings, ensuring they are Covid secure.
  • We will provide hand sanitiser stations across campus.
  • We will timetable your classes so that you will be in small groups on campus.
  • We will provide extra support for staff and students who are classed as being vulnerable.
  • We will provide support to you if you have symptoms of coronavirus, have tested positive, or need to self-isolate due to exposure to the virus.

Personal responsibility

  • If you have symptoms of Covid-19 then you should get a free NHS test. Until you have the test results, you and anybody who you live with must self-isolate 
  • If you test positive for Covid-19 then you and anybody who you live with must continue to self-isolate for the remainder of 10 days.
  • If you test negative, you do not need to self-isolate and neither does anybody else in your household.
  • Please be considerate and do not be offended if someone politely reminds you of the rules in place to keep you and everyone else safe. However please note that for various reasons relating to health and equality some people may be not able to wear a face covering.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 then you should get a free NHS test. Students should also notify the University via the Covid-19 notification form. Until you have the test results, you and anybody who you live with must self-isolate.

If you test positive, then you need to notify the University via the Covid-19 notification form.

If you need support in completing this form, please contact the Covid Response Team via  or by calling 01782 738999.

As part of our efforts to keep the Keele community safe and minimise the spread of Covid-19, all staff and students are asked to download and use the ‘SafeZone’ app to assist with our track and trace requirements for confirmed cases of Covid-19.

By downloading the app once and enabling “automatic check-in" you don’t need to do anything else, and our Covid Response Team will then be able to let you know if you ever need to self-isolate, etc.

The SafeZone app is:

  • Free to download 
  • Easy to use
  • Also gives you immediate access to on-campus security
  • Is privacy protected

Find out more about SafeZone or download the app now for iPhone or Android  

Everybody is also encouraged to use the NHS Covid-19 app both on and off campus as part of the national track and trace campaign.

Updated July 19th

Here at Keele, we will be taking a cautious and measured approach over the summer, in readiness for the new academic year in September. For students who are attending campus over the summer, continue to wear a face covering indoors where required, and whenever else you want to.

A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. You can buy reusable or single-use face coverings. You may also use a scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering but these must securely fit round the side of the face. Please note that face visors will not be accepted as a form of face covering, unless other face coverings cannot be worn due to health reasons.

Exemptions - Sunflower lanyard and ID card scheme available

A small number of staff and students may be unable to wear a face covering e.g. for medical reasons. In these cases, individuals will be offered with a means to easily show that they are exempt from the requirement.

Anyone you see wearing a Hidden Disabilities sunflower lanyard, or carrying an ID card, is doing so to make the reason they are not wearing a face covering clear to everyone. If you're exempt from wearing a face covering for medical reasons and would like a free lanyard and ID card to show this, please email and we will post these to you (this is open to both students and staff). In your email, please include:

  • The address you'd like the lanyard and ID card posting to.
  • Which ID card type you would like - you can choose for it to read 'face covering exempt' or 'hidden disabilities'.

Please note, there are some circumstances - for example, in laboratories - where wearing the sunflower lanyard will not automatically exempt you from wearing PPE, for health and safety reasons. If you're a student, please contact to discuss your specific requirements.

All of our buildings have now been risk assessed with appropriate measures put in place to remove or minimise risk of Covid-19 transmission. Click here to access these risk assessments.

Where possible, all buildings will have one door for entry and one for exit. Signage will be in place to remind people of the need to keep social distancing.

In some cases, we may track how many people enter each building to ensure it does not become overcrowded.

Hand sanitisers are available at all entrances and exits and within buildings.

All fire doors remain operational as normal.

Corridors in buildings may have a one-way system in place to ensure social distancing. If a corridor is wide enough, there may be two ‘lanes’ to mark out the flow of traffic.

In places where queues are likely, floor signs are placed every 2m.

Lifts should not be used, unless you have a disability which prevents you using the stairs, or if you are moving heavy/hazardous materials (i.e. where using the stairs is unsafe or not possible).

Staircases may be one way, split into ‘lanes’ or have a stop and go system. Signage is in place to keep you informed.

Please refer to our coronavirus accommodation web page for full information. 

Signage is in place to show people where to queue and barriers/screens may be in place to aid social distancing. Some buildings may regulate how many people enter a reception area at any one time to reduce overcrowding.

High-contact areas such as service desks and communal computer equipment are cleaned regularly.

If you need support, you can contact Student Services or your school office.

In all laboratories and/or workshops, the maximum occupancy of the room is likely to be no more than 25% of the normal maximum occupancy depending on the activity. 

Lab work should be carried out in shifts, to allow the maximum number of workers to access a space.

Workspaces should be left as soon as possible once you have completed your work, or if there is a long delay within your work.

In laboratory and workshop environments, floors will be marked every 2m to ensure social distancing. Where there are workspace bays/pods, there should be no more than one person per half bay (maximum two people per full bay).

Where a lab has more than one entrance, a one-way system will be in place, with doors being designated for entry or exit only.

Where walkways are narrow, you should communicate with others in the room when you walk around to make sure you maintain a social distance. If you are working in a bay you should face away from the main walkway and work 2m away from the main walkway if possible.

Non-residential buildings

Cleaning frequencies have been increased throughout the pandemic to provide a safe environment for all.

Cleaning/sanitisation materials are provided in teaching areas, and users are advised to sanitise hands and their proposed workspace prior to use.

Sanitising kits ware provided in areas where users are recommended to sanitise items they may touch.

Student accommodation

Cleaning teams clean kitchens and communal bathrooms once a week using sanitising spray. Staff are trained to maintain social distancing and are provided with appropriate personal protective equipment.

Sanitising kits are provided in all kitchens so students can maintain hygiene levels in-between staff cleaning the kitchens.

All mattress protectors are laundered in-house before being placed in each unoccupied bedroom.

You can see further information about our accomodation enhanced cleaning programme here.

The Chapel: in-person workship in the Chapel has resumed, and there is an option to livestream the service if you wish. Covid-secure and social distancing measures are in place.

Islamic Prayer Facilities at Home Farm: Friday prayers have resumed.

The chaplaincy team are available for one-to-one spiritual or emotional support; see the chaplains’ individual contact details here or contact

The Chapel (including 'The Space') and Islamic Prayer Facilities at Home Farm are also available for individual use. Find out more about these faith spaces here

You can also find out more about services and communal worship online on our faith social media channels.


Please view the list of available learning spaces here.

As well as providing risk-assessed, socially-distanced spaces for your in-situ teaching, our University campus is offering a range of spaces that you can opt to use for 'informal learning': the self-directed reading, preparation and online work that contributes to your modules. 

As in the list above, this includes bookable study spaces in the library, designated 'informal study' spaces within accommodation blocks, and a range of 'drop-in' spaces across campus (including in Chancellor’s Building) which are set-up and furnished for socially distanced, independent study. A set of simple guidelines is in place at the venues to ensure that students use them safely and responsibly.

This means that you will be able to find study spaces to use before and after - or between - your timetabled 'on campus' classes and labs. Some of these spaces may be prioritised for students who do not have adequate study conditions at home, but will be either bookable or open to other students who are on campus that day for teaching or other appointments.

Staying safe on campus