University Q&A community event - COVID-19 - Keeping the Community Safe

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Residents are invited to join the University of Portsmouth on Thursday 15 October from 1 to 2pm for a live, online community event in partnership with Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary and the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union. The event will be moderated by Mark Waldron, editor of the Portsmouth News.

This is an opportunity for members of our community to hear about the measures put in place by the University to minimise the risk of coronavirus and to ask questions.

To register for this event, please sign up and you can submit any questions you might have once you have registered.

Additional information which may or may not be included by others:

The University has made extensive changes to its campus to keep students, staff and the community safe including:

  • Two Covid-19 testing sites
  • Temperature scanning inside buildings
  • One-way systems, signage and floor markings to encourage social distancing
  • Requirements to wear face coverings
  • Hand sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning around campus
  • A smaller number of staff and students on campus at any one time
  • Working closely with out city partners Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire Constabulary, University of Portsmouth Students’ Union and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

There are regular communications with students asking them to follow the rules and outlining the potential consequences if they do not, including fines from the police, and penalties for student misconduct ranging from temporary suspension to permanent exclusion.

The University is hosting a Department of Health and Social Care-run testing centre in its Eldon Building car park on Bedford Street. Tests are for any member of the public including staff and students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments are available through the NHS booking portal.

The University is also the sole funder of a separate testing facility for its staff and students who are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms to help monitor and prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus. This is being done in conjunction with Public Health Portsmouth, Portsmouth Hospital University NHS Trust and NTL Biologica.

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