We understand how important it is for our community to continue to benefit from all that university life has to offer. To provide you with the best possible experience, while protecting the health and safety of our people, we will be doing some things differently this autumn.
The below information outlines the procedures we’ve put in place to ensure that you can navigate our campuses safely while continuing to have an academic experience that's inspiring and creative.
Wear a face covering
Currently, the UK Government has made mandatory the use of face coverings in enclosed spaces, where social distancing is not possible and where you may come into contact with others that you do not normally meet. This includes:
- On public transport
- In shops and supermarkets
- In libraries
- In entertainment venues, such as concert halls and cultural and heritage spaces
In order to align with this approach and to protect the health of our campus community, from the beginning of term, face coverings are required to be worn in these spaces on our campuses too.
The University also expects you to wear a face covering in all other buildings (including marquees) where you are likely to come into contact with other people you don't normally meet. This includes academic settings, study spaces, corridors and communal bathrooms. Some activities, such as acting and performance, where face coverings would be difficult, will be subject to a local risk assessment and students will be directed by department staff. You should also wear face coverings outdoors, where you can't maintain 2m distancing, such as paths and walkways.
There are a limited number of circumstances when it is permissible for you to not wear a face covering inside:
- When you are eating and drinking in a café or canteen. Please note that you must put a face covering back on once you leave your dining area.
- If you are a member of staff working in an office where you are maintaining 2m distancing at your desk. You must put a face covering on if you are moving around.
- When you are in an enclosed space alone, for example in a private office, sound recording studio or edit suite.
- In your student accommodation, however you should put a face covering on when you leave your flat 'bubble' and enter communal areas like stairwells
There may also be good reasons why you are not able to wear a face covering. These might include:
- If you are not able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
- If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.
- If you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
We would encourage our community to be mindful and respectful of these exemptions. Those who wish to show or display the national exemption card which states that says they do not have to wear a face covering due to a legitimate exemption can download one from the Government website
We ask all students and staff to provide their own face coverings. If you forget to bring one to campus, they will be available to purchase from the Penryn Campus shop and Falmouth Campus Art Shop. For information on what a face covering should be and how to make your own, please visit the Government website
Keep your distance
In line with Government advice, social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus. To reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, try to keep at least 2 metres away from people you do not live with and 1m+ only by exception. Keep up to date with the latest government advice on meeting people outside your household or bubble on the .Gov website.
Wash your hands
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
There will be hand sanitiser points at the entrance of each building and cleaning stations inside.
Using our spaces
One-way systems and clear signage will be displayed across our campuses to support social distancing. The campuses are split in to zones to help you to find our way around. Each zone has a designated colour so you will know which zone you are in.
Each building will have a map showing the entrance, exit and one-way routes etc. The map will also shows any restricted areas.
To adhere to social distancing, only one person should use a lift at one time. wherever possible lifts should be avoided at all times and used only by those unable to use stairs, or for the transport of heavy materials where transport on stairways would not be possible or safe.
Booking facilities and resources
From performance spaces to gaming studios, top-of-the-line photography equipment and extensive printmaking facilities, you will have timetabled access to facilities on campus and will also be able to book sessions to support self-study and practice. To help give you access to these amazing facilities while capacities have been reduced due to social distancing, opening hours have been extended from September:
Mon-Fri: 08:30 - 22:00 and Sat: 09:00 - 17:00
For our on campus spaces within studios and workshops for self-directed practice, we have introduced a new system Falmouth Stores, available via the Student App & portal. You can book a space within these facilities with access to specialist kit and resources, as well as completing the relevant online inductions. Additionally, the system also provides the loan and sale of kit for Falmouth Campus Stores, Fashion & Textiles Institute and Games Academy, available for all students.
For self-directed studies, we have designated the libraries, shared access IT suites and other shared seating areas as study areas which require a booking to use. Each desk, table or soft seat is correctly socially distanced, clearly numbered and has a QR-Code. There are over 430 bookable study spaces across both the Falmouth and Penryn campuses. These spaces are bookable via the Student App & Portal.
We know that our climate-focused community use public transport and many rely on it to get around while they're studying and working. The local bus and train services are operating in Cornwall with social distancing measures in place and the Cornwall Airport Newquay is also open.
Aside from this, roads and car parks are open as usual in the Falmouth and Penryn areas with campus car parks at Penryn reopened.