Return to campus

Return to campus

A huge amount of work has been undertaken to help keep colleagues, students and essential visitors safe on their return to campus. This encompasses many different areas - from risk assessments and enhanced cleaning, to social distancing measures and modifications to reduce campus footfall.

We have published a Five Steps process to working safely at Oxford Brookes. This aligns with Government guidance on reopening workplaces and will be implemented from Semester 1. 

We have also published our University high-level risk assessment, and made all of our workspace risk assessments available to staff.

It is important that all colleagues are familiar with the Five Steps document and FAQs.

Covid-secure Feedback Form

This is a new environment for everyone, and so as the new semester begins we really want to hear from you about how things are working. If you have any worries or experience any issues, please let us know by completing this feedback form, so that we can make any improvements needed and ensure a positive campus experience.

Students can submit feedback by emailing covid-19@brookes.ac.uk

Covid-19 induction package for staff returning to campus

We know there has been a lot of information to absorb about the new covidsecure measures we have put in place for the safe return to campus. Therefore, we have compiled all of the information you need into a single induction package for staff, available on your Moodle dashboard. All staff should complete this prior to returning to campus.

Entitled Phased reopening of Oxford Brookes University (Covid-19 Induction Package), the purpose of this resource is to:

  • explain the University's approach to making the workplace safe;
  • provide information on what arrangements are in place for a safe working environment;
  • explain your responsibilities for maintaining your safety and that of the wider University community.

Occupational Health return to campus risk assessment for staff

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for staff, we are asking all colleagues who are returning to campus (or other work location) to undertake an individual health risk assessment.

This risk assessment process will be in two stages: a self-assessment stage, and a further Occupational Health assessment stage. You will only go through to the second stage if your answers to the first stage suggest that you MAY be a higher risk.

This individual health risk assessment form is based on the ALAMA ‘COVID-age’ tool. This is the recognised tool for Occupational Health practitioners which assesses an individual’s vulnerability to COVID-19. It is based on published evidence for the main risk factors, including age, sex, ethnicity and various health conditions.  

Covid-related policies and processes

Test and trace

In order to support the NHS ‘test and trace’ service and help ensure the safety of our staff, students and visitors across our campuses, we are implementing a simple system to track attendance in a number of areas. These areas include all teaching rooms, catering outlets, social study areas and libraries.

In each room/area where tracking of attendance is required, there will be at least one QR code (and short URL link) which is specific to that location. The person registering their attendance will then have to complete some basic attendance information through a google form.

It is also essential that staff working on campus keep their Google calendars set to ‘public’ (not private) and kept up to date with information about the office/space you are working in, and the date, time and location of all meetings (even if it is just in a social/study space or in your office). 

You can access further details of our test and trace policy. For any questions on how to use the QR test and trace system please see our Knowledge Base article.

Face coverings policy

It is now widely accepted that wearing a face covering helps protect others. For this reason, everyone (students, staff and visitors) to campus will be required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus (except where there is a valid medical reason).

All staff coming to campus must understand and comply with the University’s Face Coverings Policy

High Level Risk Assessment

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students remains our number one priority.

We have carried out a comprehensive Risk Assessment as a key part of our recovery planning. 

This High Level Risk Assessment highlights the potential hazards, the level of risk involved and the measures we are taking to keep people safe.