Dear students,

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the start of the new academic year and will be updating you regularly on how we are continuing to respond to the pandemic.

The whole Essex community has been working together during the summer to prepare for the new year and ensure you are as safe as possible when you join us. I wanted to write to you now to emphasise how important it is for you all to adhere to the rules and expectations of behaviour on campus and uphold our COVID-19 health and safety guidance.

Staying safe on campus is not just important for your own health and wellbeing, but also for that of your fellow students, University staff, your families and friends and our wider local community.

It is with everyone’s safety in mind that you need to follow these simple rules:

  • Obey the ‘rule of six’: it is against the law to meet in a group of more than five other people from outside your household;
  • You must wear a face covering in all buildings where there is an instruction to do so and in all public areas. You must wear a face covering in all lectures and teaching events;
  • Wash your hands regularly and for more than 20 seconds;
  • Maintain social distancing –the ideal is to stay 2m apart from others.

We take the health and safety of our University community seriously and any breaches of our COVID-19 guidelines will be dealt with by our Student Conduct team and our Security team. Our Code of Student Conduct allows the University to take firm action against anyone found or reported to be putting others’ safety at risk by breaching our COVID-19 requirements.

Do not risk your university career or the health of your friends, family or our University community. Follow the guidelines and do your bit to keep Essex safe and free from COVID-19.

Thank you for your support.

Richard Stock

Academic Registrar