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. 

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

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.
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.