Due to the restrictions around Covid-19 there are a lot of changes to campus which have been implemented over the past few months. This means that a lot of existing students will have to find their way around a campus which looks very different to last time they were here, but new students will have an advantage as they learn how to move around.
The buildings have been adapted to allow a flow of people to move around without coming into close contact with each other.
There are a lot of signs here which can look confusing. This door is the entrance to this building, and there is a one way route inside. There is another sign reminding you to keep 2 metres away from other people, and one asking you to us the hand sanitiser. There is another sign which is aimed at staff and research students who are entering the building to work.
One obvious feature which you will see a lot on campus is the physical distancing markers and direction signs on the floor. These tell you where to stand to maintain a 2m distance from other people, or in which direction to walk.
There are other signs close to confined spaces, such as these notices on the stairs, explaining the direction of travel and, on the narrow stairs, that you can only have one person on them at any one time. The corridor is two- way but there must only be one person in the corridor at a time, so you will have to check through the window to see whether you can enter.
There are also limited numbers of people allowed in the toilets at any one time. You may see a sign like this one, and will have to call, “Is anyone in here?” before you go in. If you are in the toilets when someone calls to check, don’t forget to reply, “Yes!”
The teaching spaces have changed a lot too. This room used to hold over 20 students, but, as you can see, the chairs are now spaced to allow a 2 metre distance between them and the rest are taped out of the way.
Take a moment to look at the signs. Focus on one at a time, so you understand what it is telling you.
Ask if you are unsure- you can ask other students or staff members who are near by.
Try not to worry if other people disobey the signs. Sometimes people get it wrong!