COVID-safe behaviours and returning to campus

COVID-safe behaviours front coverAs students and university staff return to campus for in-person teaching and wider activities, it is important for universities to continue encouraging and enabling behaviours that reduce the risk of transmission and increase uptake of testing and vaccination, to respond effectively to behaviours that are not COVID-safe, and to maintain positive relationships with local communities.

This guidance has been developed following a roundtable bringing together the sector with key agencies, drawing on behavioural research, effective practice and lessons learned from the past year.
Universities may wish to use the guidance to support and inform preparations as further students return to campus this academic year and ahead of 2021/22. It may be used as a framework for individual universities to adapt to their own institutional settings and contexts. It covers a range of key issues to consider and should be read alongside relevant national and local guidance.


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Student vaccination – a sector statement

28 July 2021
​University leaders are encouraging new and existing students to take up the opportunity to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Universities offering support through results season

22 July 2021
University leaders say their institutions are ready to help the growing number of students applying to university this summer and that students should continue to be ambitious with their study choices.


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‘What’s good for the city is good for the university’: higher education’s vital role in the post-Covid recovery

27 May 2021
Reflecting on his role as chairperson of Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Economic Covid-19 Recovery Board, Professor Zahir Irani outlines why universities must play a key role in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

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We are together: students supporting the national effort against Covid-19

12 March 2021
Over the past year, staff and students at UK universities have played a vital role in fighting Covid-19 through research and supporting their local communities. Here, three students from across the UK share their stories.