It’s on each of us to play our part in keeping everyone safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s not easy, but it will be far easier if we work together! Even though the Government lifted restrictions from 19 July 2021, we still need to be mindful and take personal responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe. We’ve got you covered, and here’s a reminder of our key health and safety guidelines.

1. Get vaccinated

We encourage all our staff and students to get vaccinated (unless you have been medically advised not to). All adults aged 18 or over now have the ability to get vaccinated against Covid-19. You can book an appointment by phoning 119 or via the web link.

The Covid-19 vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the 2nd dose 8 to 12 weeks after the 1st dose.

The recognised UK vaccines are:

  • Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine
  • Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

If you are travelling from overseas and do not have a recognised UK vaccines you are strongly encouraged to book an appointment.

2. Wear a face covering on campus

Face coverings will no longer be mandatory for students, staff and visitors either in teaching and learning environments or in communal areas. However, we encourage wearing a face covering inside the buildings and especially in crowded areas.

We will have some face coverings available at key locations in our buildings; our reception teams will be able to advise you.

3. Wash your hand regularly

Please do continue to wash your hands regularly. We have installed sanitising stations with hand sanitisers across our campus, including at the entrance to buildings and these will continue to be in place for people to use.

4. Social distancing

In line with Government advice, we will be removing the need to formally social distance. However, we would ask you to be mindful and to remember that some people will still not be comfortable with being too close to others.

If you do feel concerned about this you can collect a badge from reception points, that indicates to others that you would like some space. These will available on campus from September 2021. We would encourage people to have conversations with each other to establish what you are comfortable with as well.

5. Download the SafeZone app

If you’re coming onto campus or staying in Halls, please use the SafeZone app to help protect our campus and Residence community. The app enables you to receive important updates from the university including things such as road closures, or any building issues (for example if a building is closed due to flooding). It also allows you to request first aid support and has a function where you can be put through to security if there is an emergency or you feel unsafe.

The app is easy to download on your phone and you need to enter your LSBU email address before logging using your normal LSBU credentials (email address and password). Download the app

We #LoveLSBU and we’re proud of our community, so thank you to everyone who has already pulled together to follow the safety measures in place. We now all need to continue to act safely and responsibly. If we do this we will help keep our friends, family, classmates and neighbours safe.

Covid testing

The NHS have been rolling out their home testing kits and due to the increase in this as an option for people, we are no longer offering on campus lateral flow Covid tests.

We would like staff and students to ensure they use a home test kit twice a week when coming onto our campuses.

Staff and students can collect a lateral flow home test kit from the Southwark campus from K2 main reception and from reception at our Havering campus. Please note these tests are for people that do not have Covid symptoms.

Home test kits for students that live in our halls of residence will also be available at the reception desk in each of our halls of residence.

You can also get a home test kit from various other locations and you can see the list on the NHS website. They can also be ordered online from the Government website.

Home test results are reported online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void. If positive, students or staff should also report the positive test to the University via email:

Please also remember to notify the University and follow all self-isolation guidance should your test result be positive. If you have Covid symptoms please take a PCR test and follow the Government guidance.


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We will update this page as guidance changes. For students and staff, please also check your LSBU email for the very latest news and advice.