University COVID-19 action


In a period of additional protection and health and safety risk assessments for our students, staff and wider community, we want to make sure we are doing all that we can to keep you up to date with our response to COVID-19.

The health and wellbeing of our students is our priority. This means we are constantly monitoring advice from the UK Government, Public Health England, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the World Health Organisation.

Keeping our community safe

The University has introduced a number of measures to keep our community safe:

  • Guidance on COVID-19Guidance on COVID-19Guidance on COVID-19 which explains what to do, and where to go for further and up to date information.
  • Advice about self-isolating and how to contact NHS 111 if you display any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Reminders for frequent and effective hand washing or sanitising.
  • Help for our community to maintain physical (social) distance at all times and to follow specific local arrangements where needed.
  • Signage describing prevention measures will be in place on buildings and services across the campuses.
  • Requests for our community to wear face coverings when on campus in public areas, where distancing is not possible, and in accordance with campus signage.
  • Frequent cleaning and sanitising of shared equipment and spaces.

We review information and advice daily and a COVID-19 working group meets on a daily basis.

University Business Continuity Plan

The University’s Business Continuity Plan sets out four different levels of protection – Advanced (the most stringent), Enhanced, Sustained and Targeted. The University is currently in the Advanced Protection phase. Each phase recognises that the University’s campuses will need to remain open at all times to support students residing in University accommodation. 

We’ve set out what each phase means in our University Business Continuity Plan (.pdf) and Business Continuity Plan Action Table (.pdf), which set out the steps needed to be taken to bring our University community back onto our campuses. 

Keeping you updated

Situations can change at a very fast pace and we will update our advice regularly through:

  • Information on our website
  • Communications via your Essex email address, highlighting specific updates and changes.
  • Regular newsletters sent to your Essex email address
  • New information and updates through Social media - follow the University on Twitter and Facebook to access these updates.

Updates from the Vice-Chancellor

Read the latest updates from our Vice-Chancellor and senior members of staff on our Vice-Chancellor's blog.

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