Our number one priority is your safety - be you a student, a staff member, a client or a visitor.

To help ensure a safe working environment for our students, staff and clients, only essential visitors are currently permitted access to RVC campuses.If you are a visiting you will need to liaise with your host staff member who will ask you to complete the ‘Information for Visitors’ form. Your host can find this form on the RVC IntranetThis includes Hawkshead, Camden and Boltons Park Farm.


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Masks and PPE

Face masks/coverings must be worn at all times when on either campus:

  • When inside in shared air space (i.e., not when sitting alone in an office). Masks may be removed in long term shared office areas where 2 metres social distancing can be strictly observed.
  • When outside, when 2 metres distancing cannot be observed.

Who this applies to:

  • Staff
  • Students
  • Visitors
  • Embedded contractors e.g. catering team, security and bus service providers
  • Clients

Who this policy does not apply to:

  • Students in an RVC-approved social bubble. Note that social bubbles are not defined in the workplace and relate only to accommodation arrangements.
  • Contractors whilst working within the Hawkshead construction site.
  • Those with special exemptions (see Policy)

This policy is mandatory from week commencing 20th July or whenever the first batch of RVC supplied masks arrive and have been distributed. We will continue to provide details on how we will be distributing the masks.

The full policy is available here.

Physical Distancing and moving around campus

Physical distancing on campus

  •  2 metres distance still advised wherever possible, indoors or out.
  • Where 2 metres is not possible, face masks should be worn by all parties, indoors and out.
  • Where safe to do so, the RVC will use one door for access and another for egress to help control the flow of persons in and out of buildings.
  • Fire escape doors will all remain operational as per normal (pre COVID-19) circumstances and must only be used in emergencies.
  • Please abide by the instructions that will be in place outside each building with localised instructions that are in place at the time.
  • It may be necessary to regulate entry at times so that the premises do not become overcrowded. Floor markers will be placed at the entrance to buildings to ensure a safe queuing distance is maintained if controlled entry is required.
  • Where possible the corridors will have dual directions to help maintain distancing.  Remember to “Think, Check, Keep Left”.
  • Where queues are likely to form, please abide by the two metre safe distancing marking.
  • The use of lifts in buildings should be avoided and used only by persons with disabilities, health conditions, or for the transport of large/heavy/hazardous materials where transport on stairways would not be possible or safe.
  • Only one person should occupy a lift any one time. This means you should not enter a lift if it stops on your floor and is already occupied. The only exception to this would be if someone requires care or assistance.
  • Look out for controlled entry points. We will have physical shields and barriers at reception points and Helpdesk locations

Room occupancy limits

  • Restaurants are open for take away food with contactless payment only.
  • Cafés will be open for hot drinks and pre-packaged snacks.
  • Outside catering hours there are a range of vending machines on both campuses. Kitchens and tea points will remain in use, but with restricted numbers.
  • Staff and students are advised to bring their own water bottles and mugs, which must be taken away and washed each day.
  • The Haxby closed until at least January
  • The Buttery is closed until further notice With social distancing measures now in place, there is a reduced seating capacity in the restaurant at Hawkshead. Where possible staff should take food and drink back to their office and we are installing a marquee (to open by 28/9/2020) outside the restaurant to provide additional seating for staff and students to have their meals. If you wish to eat in an outside space, please remember that you must social distance by 2m. If space in the restaurant or the marquee is limited, you are encouraged to make use of the Eclipse cafe and social learning spaces

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • We will maintain the enhanced cleaning and disinfection practices that have been in place since the outbreak of the virus.
  • We will provide hand sanitisation stations in all buildings and additional automatic sanitiser dispensers are stationed at all building entrances and high traffic areas, however we would remind all members of the College community that washing your hands for 20 seconds, on a regular basis, will also be beneficial is stopping the spread of COVID-19.
  • There will be increased and regular hygiene guidance throughout the estate.
  • Particular attention is being given to all surfaces that are touched frequently such as door handles and plates, light switches and toilet facilities. In addition to the morning clean these areas will as a minimum, depending on usage, receive at least a further two wipe downs with an appropriate cleaning detergent during the day. ·
  • Frequently used electronic devices with touchscreens such as printers and Library self-service kiosks have dedicated cleaning stations beside them to allow users to clean the device prior and after use. ·
  • Campus Services will constantly be reviewing these measures and will adapt, where necessary, in line with further government advice.
  • Our maintenance teams are responding to all planned and reactive maintenance tasks.
  • We have increases site security provision while the campuses are operating with reduced staff numbers.

Good hygiene practices

As with any infectious disease, we can all play our part in reducing the infection rate by observing standard hygiene practices.

Hand hygiene, either with soap and water or with 70% alcohol-based handrub, is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading infections to others. Indeed, hand hygiene is an easy, inexpensive, and effective means to prevent the spread of germs and keep everyone healthy.

NHS advice on hand hygiene is key to reducing any potential risk of spread of infection. Such advice is an example of ‘safe behaviours’ that should be applied to protect you against COVID-19 and a range of other transmissible diseases and should be a routine infection control measure in our clinical areas that reduces risk of infection for staff, students and patients.

Building works at Hawkshead campus

Construction activities will continue throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

In line with the latest Government Site Operations Procedures guidance, RG Carter have enacted a range of enhanced control measures which will protect construction teams and the wider campus community. 

These include increased health monitoring and cleaning of the site offices, staggered shift patterns, physical distancing on site and the use of additional PPE where appropriate.  RG Carter operatives will continue to use the designated parking area at the west of the campus and will not be using any RVC facilities. 

These measures have all been approved by RVC Health & Safety and the project teams.

This will mean multiple daily deliveries of construction materials arriving on site, so for those of you who have not been to Hawkshead recently, please take care around large vehicles on the campus. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact: capitalprojects@rvc.ac.uk

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