Safety on campus

Students on Penglais Campus

Help keep Wales safe:

  • get both of your jabs
  • get tested and self-isolate if you have symptoms
  • outdoors is safer than indoors
  • keep your distance when you can
  • wash your hands
  • wear a face covering

All of Wales is at alert level 0. Read the current guidance.

Frequently asked questions

Health and wellbeing

What should I do if I display COVID-19 symptoms?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you should:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Get a test. Details on how to arrange a test are available here.
  • Notify the University by logging into your student record (studentrecord.aber.ac.uk), click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu
  • After completing the online form, you will receive further directions by email.
  • Please follow the directions you receive carefully to find out, whether you need a test for COVID-19, and if so what to do next

It is extremely important that you isolate yourself from other people while you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

  • Stay away from people you live with as much as possible
  • Don't use shared spaces (such as the kitchen) at the same time as other people – eat your meals in your room
  • Don't go to your academic department or any public places
  • Don't go on public transport or use taxis
  • Don't go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • Don't have visitors in your home, including friends and family
  • Don't go outside to exercise – exercise in your room
  • Stay on your own in one room as much as possible and keep the door closed
  • Use a separate bathroom - or, use the bathroom after everyone else and clean it each time you use it, for example, by wiping the surfaces you've touched

If you are having difficulty completing the online form, please contact coronavirus@aber.ac.uk.

How do I register with a General Practitioner (GP) / family doctor?

To access healthcare while at University, all students are required to register with a local GP of their choice within the first week of arrival.  This is especially important at this time.

Information about GP practices in the local area can be found here and you can register with any one of the three Aberystwyth Practices (Padarn, Church and Ystwyth) using the online registration form on their practice website.

To complete your registration, you will need your:

  • NHS Number
  • town and country of birth
  • term time address
  • recent medical history relating to allergies, medication, vital statistics, lifestyle choices or any diagnosis or ongoing treatment.

How do I get a Covid Pass to attend large events and venues?

The Welsh Government introduced an NHS COVID Pass in Wales from 11 October 2021. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to prove that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative to attend large events, nightclubs and similar venues.

Details of when the pass, which applies to everyone over 18 years of age, is required are available online here.

General information about the pass, including how to get one, is available online here.

Should I download the NHS Covid App?

We encourage staff and students to take advantage of the app and help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure our campuses and wider communities are as safe as possible.  Use of the app is voluntary and does not replace any of our current processes but is designed to work with them and help slow the spread of COVID 19.

Keeping distance

Do I need to keep a distance on campus?

Please be mindful of others when moving around campus and try to keep 2 metres apart where you can. This is to help prevent spread of COVID-19. If you are in an indoor space, wearing a face covering and 2 metres cannot be maintained for a prolonged period of time (15 mins or more), you should consider other mitigation measures - this can include the use of screens and/or enhanced face coverings.

Face coverings

Do I need to wear a facial covering?

We require everyone - staff, students and visitors - to wear a face covering while indoors on Aberystwyth University sites.

This includes all learning and teaching spaces, social and study spaces, corridors, multi-use offices, and commercial venues such as Sports Centre, Arts Centre and Hospitality outlets and on University provided transport. The only exceptions to this are when exercising in the Sports Centre, sitting down to eat or drink in hospitality settings and when in your own student accommodation.

The wearing of face coverings applies to all individuals on our campuses – students, colleagues, contractors, visitors and commercial suppliers / clients. We will continue to review the requirement to wear face coverings in line with our comprehensive risk assessments and the latest government guidance.

Free face coverings are available from Sgubor (Fferm Penglais), Campus Reception, Sports Centre and the Students’ Union on the Penglais campus.

We will remain sensitive to the needs of those who are unable, for health or disability reasons, to wear face coverings.  If you have an age, health or disability related reason for not wearing a face covering, you will be able to collect a white lanyard from the Hugh Owen Library, which we recommend that you wear in University buildings so that others can see that you are exempt.

Where do I get a face covering?

Free face coverings are available from Sgubor (Fferm Penglais), Campus Reception, Sports Centre and the Students’ Union on the Penglais campus.

How can I show that I am not required to wear a face covering?

If you have an age, health or disability related reason for not wearing a face covering, you can collect a white lanyard from the Hugh Owen Library and which we recommend that you wear in University buildings so that others can see that you are exempt.

What sort of face covering should I wear inside University buildings?

Three ply face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose at all times when inside University buildings.

Please avoid using alternatives such as ‘snoods’ or ‘neck gaiters’ as scientific evidence shows them to be inadequate for preventing the spread of the virus.

Do I need to wear a face covering whilst using transport provided by the University?

Yes, users of transport provided by the University will be required to wear face coverings for the duration of the journey.

Do I need to wear a face covering in University accommodation?

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

Do I need to wear a face covering in shops on campus?

Yes - the wearing of face coverings in shops is a legal requirement, in accordance with the Welsh Government’s alert level 0 guidance.

Do I need to wear a face covering in the library?

Yes, you will be expected to wear a face covering in the library, unless you are exempt.

Do I need to wear a face covering in communal spaces?

You should wear a facial covering in all indoor communal spaces, such as social spaces, on Aberystwyth University sites.

Hospitality

Do I need to wear a face covering in cafes and hospitality venues on campus?

You are not expected to wear a face covering when seated at your table to eat and drink.  However, please wear a face covering unless seated at your table.

When I visit, am I required to provide my contact details for Test and Trace?

Yes, whilst most government restrictions have relaxed, it is still mandatory for all customers to provide their contact details for Test and Trace purposes.

Are there restrictions on who or how many people I can eat with?

You may eat with whoever you choose, they do not need to be from your household.  However, we recommend that you maintain physical distance of 2 metres with people not from your household when not dining, and in shared spaces such as corridors, stairwells and toilets.

It is also important to know who you are with: contact tracing plays an important role in helping us to limit the spread of the disease.

Sports Centre

Do I need to wear a face covering in the Sports Centre?

You are not expected to wear your face covering whilst undertaking physical exercise in our Sports Centre.  However, you are expected to wear your face covering when travelling through the building to-and-from your activity.

Do I need to pre-book the gym/classes?

No, you don’t need to book for the gym and those classes with additional capacity available.

Non-members can just turn up to the gym, Zumba, circuits, HIIT and LTB before the session/class with places available on a first come first served basis. You can pay for your session at the Sports Centre’s reception, with payment by card only.

You will be asked to download the evePASS app and scan the QR code before entering. If you don’t have access to a smartphone then the staff at the reception can log your attendance.

Teaching spaces

What will students be expected to do to help keep teaching spaces safe?

Together we can stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Do you have key symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, loss of taste/smell) now? If YES at any point, please go home and see COVID-19 Testing for what to do next. If NO continue to the next step.
  • Use the alcohol hand gel on entry and exit to the building.
  • Unless you have a specific exception, ensure you are wearing a suitable face covering.
  • Keep as much physical distancing as possible.
  • Please follow any one-way systems in place.
  • Some rooms will have ‘entrance only’ and ‘exit only’ doors – these should be followed at all times.
  • If the entrance to the room is at the front, please fill the seats at the back first.
  • Record your attendance by swiping your Aber Card on the attendance monitoring point.
  • Cleaning products are available, if you would prefer to self-clean your working area.

 

How will the University support adequate ventilation in different buildings as we return to teaching on campus?

Each building has been risk-assessed which includes assessing ventilation.

Following those assessments, adjustments have been made and some rooms taken out of use. A survey of all spaces identified for teaching and study has been conducted to review window operation to ensure compliance with Welsh Government advice.

Windows and doors should be open where possible. Signs will be in buildings to clarify if windows can be opened or must be kept closed – the latter where mechanical ventilation is present. We would ask that staff and students follow the signage in different rooms.

Fire doors must not be held open, with hooks, wedges or other objects, in order to improve ventilation. This would be a breach of fire safety legislation and would be a serious risk in the event of a fire and smoke.  (All fire doors should have a door closer and only those released automatically upon activation of the fire alarm are permitted to be held open). 

In buildings without automatic (mechanical) ventilation systems windows should be opened for 15 min or so when entering the room (especially when the room was occupied by others beforehand). Leaders of sessions are asked to leave windows open at the end of their sessions.

University Accommodation

What rules apply when I am in my University accommodation?

When in your own room or household, the same rules apply to student households as the normal private homes. The latest rules can be viewed on the Welsh Government website.

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

Do I need to wear a face covering when I am in my room or when I am only with my own household in our University accommodation?

If you are living in University accommodation, you do not need to wear a face covering in your own room or within your household. However, once you leave your room/household, a face covering should be worn in communal spaces and shared corridors.

Can I have visitors to my University accommodation if one of my housemates has Covid-symptoms, or is self-isolating, or has tested positive for Covid?

Visitors are not allowed into your University accommodation if a member of the household has tested positive, has Covid-symptoms, or is self-isolating. This includes friends and family and overnight stays.