All lecture theatres, teaching spaces and laboratories on the campus are able to be ventilated in a number of different ways:
- Mechanically ventilated.
- Naturally ventilated where air changes occur through the opening of windows and doors.
- Or a combination of mechanical and natural ventilation.
The current University estate complies with the standards of The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993.
In line with Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) guidance, a ventilation survey of teaching spaces has been undertaken, with risk assessments for these areas updated as necessary.
In mechanically ventilated rooms, normal capacities have been measured against ventilation requirements and modified, where applicable, to maintain adequate ventilation levels.
For rooms within categories (2) and (3) above, taking on board recommendations from the HSENI, adequate ventilation can be achieved by:
- Regular opening of windows and doors throughout the working day. For example, at the beginning/end of the teaching session.
- Leaving, fully or partially, window(s)/door(s) open, where possible, throughout the working day.
To support the above, University heating systems will be carefully monitored and configured to help keep ambient temperatures comfortable for students and staff. When deciding what to wear on campus, we encourage you to consider that spaces will be ventilated.
Several portable air filtration units have been deployed strategically across campus in locations where they will have maximum impact. The main benefit will be reducing, but not removing, the need to naturally ventilate some rooms.
University heating systems will be carefully monitored and configured to help keep ambient temperatures comfortable for staff and students in naturally ventilated spaces during the winter months. When deciding what to wear on campus, we encourage you to consider that spaces will be ventilated.