Outside of Vernon Square campus

Keeping our Community Safe

Keeping our staff, students and visitors safe is our top priority. The Courtauld is working towards the Universities UK Principles for Emerging From Lockdown and closely following all Government guidelines in this area.

The most important thing you can do is follow the NHS guidelines on self-isolation if you or anyone you live with develops a cough, or a high temperature, or notices a loss of or change to their sense of taste and smell. You should also self-isolate if you are contacted and told to by the national Track and Trace team. More information on when and how to self-isolate can be found here.

How The Courtauld will work to keep you safe:

  • A full risk assessment has been done of our buildings, which has enabled us to work out the maximum safe numbers of students and staff we can have in each room – while enabling everyone to be at least 2m apart at all times.
  • One way systems and signage have been installed in all communal areas, to help create space for social distancing.
  • The number of people who are allowed in enclosed spaces such as lifts or toilet blocks at any one time has also been reduced, and is clearly indicated on signs.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at key points throughout the building, including at Reception, in the Library and in all seminar and teaching rooms.
  • An enhanced cleaning schedule has been put in place to include additional cleaning of touch points, to help reduced infection risk, and to clean eg lecture theatres between classes.
  • Our intention is to ask all staff and students to wear face coverings at all times when in Vernon Square – including staff and students in seminars, as well as in community spaces such as corridors, toilets and libraries.
  • Students have been asked to sign up to the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Agreement.
  • Bike parking is available at Vernon Square, to encourage alternate ways of travel to public transport.

How you can help:

We also need your help to prevent the spread of infection and keep our community safe. This means that everyone must:

  • Keep your distance and stay 2m from others wherever possible.
  • Follow the new one-way system.
  • Tap your pass when you enter the building, so we know how many people are in the building at any one time, and to help us contact you if someone you shared the building with has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Observe limits on the maximum number of people who can be in certain spaces eg the lifts, toilets, the Library, computer rooms and welfare rooms.
  • Wash your hands frequently, or use hand sanitiser, and don’t touch your face.
  • Always sneeze or cough into a tissue, then throw it away and wash your hands.
  • Wear face coverings at all times, unless you are exempt for health reasons.
  • If you have a compatible iPhone or android mobile phone, please download the NHS Covid-19 app and remember to scan the QR code (displayed in the reception entrance and in communal areas) each day you are at Vernon Square.
  • Take your temperature before attending campus to check you don’t have a fever (37.8C or higher)
  • Do not visit unless you have a timetabled face-to-face class, a booking or the Library has notified you that your Click and Collect request is ready
  • If you develop symptoms of Covid-19  – alert covid@courtauld.ac.uk as soon as possible. If you are a student, please also alert your personal tutor and, if you reside in Halls of Residence, your Accommodation Manager. If you are a member of staff, you must also inform your line manager. Arrange for a test and report the results to covid@courtauld.ac.uk. During this time, you must self-isolate.