Responsibilities to the local community

The safety and wellbeing of our local community is a responsibility we take very seriously. We have a range of measures in place to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, informed by the latest Government advice and working in collaboration with Hertfordshire Students’ Union, Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS.

You can read more about our on campus safety measures here.

We expect students and staff to follow the latest Government guidance.

On campus COVID-19 testing facilities

Symptomatic testing for all

Students, University staff, and members of the local community who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 can book a test in advance on gov.uk.

Asymptomatic testing for students and staff

Students and University staff without COVID-19 symptoms can book an appointment for a free, easy, and quick COVID-19 test on College Lane. Find out more about testing for students and staff here.

Asymptomatic testing for the local community

In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, we are hosting a COVID-19 testing centre for key and essential workers on College Lane. Key and essential workers who cannot work from home can book a rapid COVID-19 test on Hertfordshire County Council’s website.

Appointments are only available for those without symptoms and are bookable up to a week in advance.

To keep our community safe, anyone attending an appointment will not be permitted to access any other areas of the campus.

On-campus vaccination centre

The University is proud to host a COVID-19 vaccination centre on campus. Working in partnership with the NHS and run by the Hatfield Primary Care Network, the centre will be working to get the vaccination out to as many vulnerable patients as quickly as possible. So, while this is not open to students and staff yet, the programme will in time widen to include other groups and the NHS will be in touch when it is individuals’ turn to receive the vaccine.

Our new student charter

Every year, the University and Hertfordshire Students’ Union publishes our Student Charter. The charter sets out individual and shared commitments between the University, the Students’ Union and our students, to make sure they can make the most of their experience at Herts.

This year our charter has been updated to include new shared commitments to ensure we keep everyone in our community safe and well. These new commitments ask us all to act prudently, safely, and in accordance with Public Health, NHS and Government advice. The charter is available to view here.

How we are helping the NHS and our community