Our plans for the autumn term

As the UK government continues to ease lockdown restrictions, Professional Services colleagues, working with schools, are co-ordinating plans for how students and staff will return to the University of Sussex campus in stages.

This week, September 23, academic staff are invited to attend a bespoke Return to campus webinar: academic staff on Wednesday, 23 September, 4pm - 5pm.

This follows a series of webinars for all staff to hear about plans for a phased return to campus and the health and safety measures we have in place. A recording of these webinars and answers to unanswered questions are now available online. We will be holding more in coming weeks to keep you updated.

If you do have an questions about our phased return to campus you can email covidquestions@sussex.ac.uk.

Restarting life on campus is not a straightforward process: it is clear that a number of lockdown arrangements may be in place for some time. Social distancing and travel restrictions, in some form or another, will likely be in place for several months. Please read our return to campus guidance for further information.

As a result, campus re-opening will take place across three broad stages:

  • Stage 1 focuses on the initial re-opening of campus over the summer, in July and August.
  • Stage 2 will run from the start of the 2020/21 academic year in September.
  • Stage 3 will begin in January 2021.

 This phased campus re-opening is informed by medical advice and government guidance, and is prioritised around:

  • ensuring the safety of students, staff and visitors.
  • supporting students' education.
  • enabling research to continue.

Liaison with key partners – including Chartwells, Interserve (via Sussex Estates and Facilities), the Co-op, Balfour Beatty and many more – will be a key consideration at all stages.

The Health and Safety Committee, chaired by Chief Operating Officer Tim Westlake, has trade union representation and is meeting every two weeks. 

  If you have any questions relating to our plans for Autumn 2020 please email covidquestions@sussex.ac.uk.