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.
As 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.
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.