THOUSANDS of students have been returning to the Eastbourne campus of the University of Brighton.

Now they have been given a reassurance that the university is doing everything possible to keep them safe and healthy.

Professor Adam Tickell of the University of Sussex and Professor Debra Humphris of the University of Brighton have stressed their institutions’ commitment to public health during these challenging times in an open letter to residents, as they welcome the return of students.

Staff and students at both universities are being asked to abide by a community commitment, pledging to act responsibly and show empathy, respect and due consideration to the health and wellbeing of all they come into contact with. Professor Debra Humphris

Professor Debra Humphris

Measures include

  • Students arriving from countries with travel restrictions will be fully supported to safely self-isolate in university-managed halls of residence.
  • COVID-secure campuses supported by 2m social distancing where possible; reduced building and room capacity; increased ventilation; regular deep cleaning; widespread access to hand sanitiser dispensers and face covering requirements where appropriate.
  • Limiting demand for public transport by encouraging only strictly necessary campus visits for staff and students.

On behalf of the University of Brighton, Professor Debra Humphris said: “Whilst some local residents may feel anxious about the arrival of students back into the community I would like to reassure them that the health and safety of our students, staff and local community are our highest priority.”