Safety at Herts: what we’re doing

The safety, health and wellbeing of our community is our top priority. Throughout the summer, we have been working hard to create a COVID-secure campus so you can enjoy university life while keeping safe. We have introduced a range of measures, informed by the latest government advice and working in collaboration with Hertfordshire County Council and the NHS.

Adapting our spaces

Both our campuses, College Lane and de Havilland, will be open from September ready to welcome you at the start of the new academic year. All of our buildings and most of our facilities will be open, including our two Learning Resource Centres (LRCs).

We have adapted our teaching, learning and social spaces so you can follow social distancing guidance and keep safe. For example, we have introduced social distancing signage, improved ventilation, implemented two-way navigation systems, installed more hand sanitisers and added protective screens in reception areas.

Free, reusable face covering

Wearing a face covering has become part of our daily lives, in the shops and on public transport, and this will be the same when you come to Herts this year. We will provide every student and member of staff with a reusable and washable University face covering. Students and staff will be required to wear face coverings when in a room for 15 minutes or longer, where it is not possible to maintain a distance of two metres. If you're not able to wear a face covering the University has an exemption scheme.

For more information on face coverings, further information is available here.

Enhanced cleaning

We’ve stepped up our campus-wide cleaning across all University buildings, including teaching spaces and accommodation, with a focus on key touch points such as door handles, stair rails and lift buttons. Our enhanced cleaning regime includes:

  • daily cleaning every weekday
  • additional hand sanitisers
  • public health information/posters.

On-campus testing

To support our NHS the University is hosting a COVID-19 mobile testing unit on the edge of our College Lane campus in September. The unit will be available for pre-booked appointments. Students, staff and members of the public who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to get a test by booking in advance at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Find out more information about on-campus testing.

Travelling to University

Where possible, you should walk, cycle or drive to and from University.

We are working closely with our local council and the University’s bus company, Uno, to make sure travelling to and from campus on public transport is as safe as possible. Uno has introduced several measures to help keep you safe, including a rigorous cleaning regime and reduced capacity. To find out more, visit unobus.info/coronavirus.

If you want to cycle between your accommodation and the University, or between campuses, but you don't have your own bike, we have recently launched a pilot scheme, starting with a small number of bikes which you can loan from us. We also want to support those with their own bikes by providing things like cycle route information, discounts at local cycling shops for maintenance and equipment. We'll be adding further details to the website about this scheme soon.