Responsibilities to the local community

We want to reassure our local community that their safety and wellbeing at this time is a responsibility that the University takes 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.

All students and staff are expected to stay up to date with the latest government advice for staying alert and safe and meeting people from outside your household.

Our new student charter

Every year the University and Hertfordshire Students’ Union publishes our student charter. This sets out individual and shared commitments between the University, the Students’ Union and our students to ensure 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 new charter is now available to view here.

On campus COVID-19 testing facility

To support our NHS the University is hosting a walk-through COVID-19 testing facility on the edge of our De Havilland campus. University staff, students and the local community who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to get a test by booking a slot in advance on the government website. This site will replace the mobile testing unit previously located in College Lane and is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to continue to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.

The facility will appear as an option on the government website when slots are available. When vising the campus, the testing facility will be located in the Law Court Building car park.

To keep our community safe, anyone attending an appointment will not be permitted to access any other areas of the campus. They will also be required to follow public health measures throughout the appointment, including travelling to and from the appointment. Anyone attending an appointment will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the test site safely, and additional support will be available for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

The site will be managed by the Department for Health and Social Care. For more information about booking a test visit

How we are helping the NHS and our community