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.
Here’s how you can continue to protect yourself and others when you're on campus:
Wear a face covering when required
Including in and outside lecture theatres, seminar rooms, laboratories and the library, and in crowded corridors. In other areas, many staff and students may choose to continue wearing their face covering to help protect others.
Continue to get tested
Covid-19 testing is now widely available and all students and staff who are coming onto campus should continue to get tested twice a week.
Help yourself to hand sanitiser
Good hygiene is very important – please help yourself to the hand sanitiser stations around campus.
Stay home if you’re unwell
If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 then you should stay at home and follow national guidance.
Be considerate of others
We’ll be keeping our occupancy levels in certain spaces reduced; be considerate and make space for those around you.
Everyone over the age of 18 can now access a vaccine against Covid-19 - and we expect that all eligible staff and students will be vaccinated.
Please see our 'what to do' pages for full guidance if you have symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, or are told that you need to isolate.
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
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 6 September
We require the use of face coverings (or alternative PPE) in lecture theatres, seminar rooms, laboratories, the library and in busy spaces such as crowded corridors. Face coverings will not be required in non-educational settings but you may of course wear them as you wish or where a specific risk assessment requires it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com to discuss your specific requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Well Pharmacy is open with social distancing measures in place. Please ensure that you do not enter the pharmacy if you have tested positive for coronavirus or are displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Face coverings must be worn unless you are medically exempt. Hand sanitiser will be available for use prior to entering, and on leaving.
Please note that a maximum of 3 people are allowed in the pharmacy at once, so please enter alone where possible.
We have measures in place to help protect all of us and we would like to thank you for your patience and support.
- Do not enter the pharmacy if you have had a positive Covid-19 test or if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell. Instead you need to ask someone else to come to the pharmacy for you. Please find out more about what to do if you have symptoms as students and staff must notify the university.
- Maximum of 3 patients/customers in the pharmacy at any time (please don't come in with friends who are not collecting anything) – please follow the one way system and observe 2m distancing.
- Face coverings must be worn unless you are medically exempt, and please use hand gel on entry.
- Minimise your time spent in the pharmacy - have a clear idea of what you need before you arrive.
Important Prescription Ordering Information
- Please order your prescription 7 days before you need it to allow time for the GP to issue the prescription and for us to order medication, dispense it and solve any queries that may arise. This follows local NHS guidelines.
- We can set up a standing order for your medication if it falls into a regular cycle eg. every 28 or 56 days - all you do is collect from us and we do the rest for you.
- Alternatively, the easiest way to order repeat medication is online via the NHS app; ask your surgery about this.
- Sign up for our SMS text messaging service - that way you'll know when your prescription is ready to collect. If you have ordered a repeat prescription from the surgery yourself allow a minimum of 3 working days for that prescription to be ready. You can ask a member of our team to set this service up for you.
- Please wait for your text message before coming to collect your prescription
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.