Our plans for the autumn term

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

We have recently held 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

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

Resuming 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.

You can read the government's Local COVID alert levels: what you need to know information, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.

Find out how you report symptoms and please read Return to campus: what you must do for the steps you are encouraged to take and our return to campus guidance for further information.

We now have a dashboard for Covid-19 reporting and information to share with you the number of cases amongst our campus community.

Campus re-opening will take place across three broad stages:

  • Stage 1 focused on the initial re-opening of campus over the summer, in July and August.
  • Stage 2 runs 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, email covidquestions@sussex.ac.uk.

We now have a hotline for students and parents to call if they have questions about our response, plans or student support which you can promote 01273 876500.