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COVID Health and Safety

The health and safety of students is our first priority. We have put in place a range of measures on campus to minimise the risks presented by the virus and protect you.

Hygiene/Health and Safety Measures

  • We are committed to delivering a safe campus and will ensure that all guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland will be adhered to as a minimum.
  • The University will provide all staff and students with face coverings. Students may wish to also bring their own.
  • Staff and students will be asked to wear a face covering as necessary in accordance with relevant health guidelines that may be in place at the time.
  • Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities will be provided across campus, particularly in high traffic areas and the entrance/exit of buildings
  • One way traffic systems will be employed where appropriate in buildings to enable effective social distancing.
  • Screens and additional signage will be put in place where necessary to preserve social distancing measures.
  • A significantly increased cleaning regime will be put in place so all shared study, teaching and social spaces will be cleaned on a regular basis to the required standard as advised by the Public Health Agency. In most cases this will be several times a day.
  • Additional consumable cleaning material (e.g. wipes) will be widely and freely available for staff and students to use in public spaces, teaching and study areas etc.


  • If staff or students show symptoms, they will be asked to self-isolate and be tested ASAP.
  • All students who develop symptoms will have swift access to testing that will be supported by the contact tracing system already in place in Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland has in place an established a high quality testing/contract tracing system and students will benefit from that.
  • Any students living in University accommodation who receive a positive test or are identified via contact tracing will be fully supported to self-isolate with food*/medical supplies brought to them as necessary. *This will be charged for


We are encouraging all students to download the official contact tracing app, StopCOVID NI, which has been designed by the Public Health Agency and NI Health & Social Care Trust. More information can be found on the official HSC website here:  

Download the app from:

Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Planning for Your Health & Wellbeing is an Important Step

When you arrive or return to Belfast, you will want to spend some time registering with a GP (General Practitioner). 

Depending on your level of study, and the length of time you will be staying in Belfast, you should consider registering with the University Health Centre. Check out our handy guide for information regarding the University Health Centre and how to register as a student.