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The overarching aim of the Return to Site project is to recommission services on site in a safe and secure way where it is sensible and necessary to do so and ensuring the health and safety of the St George’s community. The first phase and the second phase have now been completed. 

Phase 3 objectives have been delivered; and the project team has changed into an operational group to oversee this session’s activities.

The below guidance has been amended for a period of National Restriction starting 5November 2020. (National Restriction guidance for HE) and (National Restrictions 5 Nov).

Currently, it has been confirmed that universities should remain open. This means St George’s will, subject to any further national or local Government announcements, continue to offer essential on-site teaching as scheduled.

Further details of the phases can be found here.

Further information here

Everyone preparing or intending to return to site should:

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Institutional risk assessment

In line with government requirements, we have published a risk assessment, setting out how the University will be managing risks associated with the transmission of the Covid-19 infection.   

As an employer, the University has a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. This means that the University needs to think about the risks they face and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them, recognising it is not possible to completely eliminate the risk of Covid-19.  

The document will be subject to change following amendments to Government guidance and changes that may arise on-site.  

Access the St George’s, University of London risk assessment for responding to Covid-19 (PDF) and referenced Public Health England action card (PDF)

Principles for returning to site

The following principles act as a guide to how we organise continued essential, hands-on, skills-based teaching and assessment during the national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020 and support services and research. 

  • The University will continue to provide services which are essential to continuing research and education, including the relevant educational facilities to students.
  • All on-site skills-based teaching which is scheduled during this period will continue as planned. 
  • Staff who deliver these essential services and who cannot do their jobs from home will be expected to continue to work on site. Measures to ensure the site is Covid secure will continue to be in place. 
  • Research staff should continue to conduct and supervise research onsite; however, work which can be done effectively at home, such as writing up, should be done at home. Research activity which involves gathering with others should be paused during National Restrictions.
  • For other staff, any work which can be done effectively at home should be done at home.  
  • University work/study places are being made safe by following Covid-19 Secure guidelines
  • The government has issued new guidance for individuals who are extremely clinically vulnerable during National Restrictions starting on 5 November.  If vulnerable individuals need to return to site, an individual risk assessment evaluating fitness to return should be completed and discussed with their Line Manager or Course Admin Team. All individuals undertaking clinical placements will be required to complete an individual risk assessment sent to them by Course Admin Teams. Further advice may be obtained from Course Admin Teams and Human Resources. It remains the Institution’s responsibility for the health and safety of all staff and students and this responsibility cannot be delegated to individual staff /student members to decide when/how/if they return to campus. Willingness to return to campus does not automatically mean they should.
  • Individuals must self-isolate if they have any symptoms of Covid-19, or are a household contact of someone who has been symptomatic or tested positive.  Fuller details are available here. Anyone with symptoms should obtain a test through the government Test and Trace system. Members of staff who work in education (teacher/ support staff), are entitled to priority testing. Tests can be booked online or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
  • Staff and students should minimise use of public transport as far as possible; if it is necessary to use public transport, face coverings are mandatory and staff should try to arrange work so that travel can be at off-peak times
  • Travel into St George’s must be for work/placement/teaching that cannot be done at home. Staff and students should go directly to their laboratory/place of work/teaching space.
  • Face coverings must be worn if entering the Hospital, public areas and retail facilities. Face coverings must be worn whilst in the communal walkways and reception of the University and in all educational environments including teaching rooms, library and laboratories.
  • Line managers, course leads and project supervisors will facilitate staff and students to organise their work to enable social distancing but individuals must also take personal responsibility. Where it is not possible to organise work to maintain social distancing then careful consideration must be given as to whether or not this activity should proceed. If it must then additional precautions must be identified to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission.
  • Staff and students must wash their hands with soap and water or hand gel frequently and whenever leaving the laboratory/place of work/teaching space.
  • Staff and students are advised to bring their own food and drink to work if required as access to kitchen facilities will be limited.

Details of principles for staff and students (Phase 3/National restrictions Nov 2020).

Details of principles for returning to site (Phase 2).

Details of principles for returning to laboratory-based work (Phase 1).

Staff and students are required to review these before they come on to site. 

Key guidance

PIs or team members returning to labs

Make sure the following documents have been filled out and shared with staff.

Line managers

Make sure the following documents have been filled out and shared with staff.

Other information

Government guidance:

 Read the full list of government guidance here: Coronavirus guidance.


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