University of Bolton to re-open campus for all students in September

Timed sessions, temperature scanners and strict social distancing among measures being taken to allow students back onto campus

The University of Bolton is planning to reopen its campus to all students for the start of the new, academic year.

In a letter posted on the university’s website, president and vice-chancellor Professor George E Holmes told all students that their provider was “now putting in place an ambitious and innovative plan to re-open the campus for all students in September 2020.”

The announcement came on the same day Cambridge University said it was suspending all face-to-face lectures for next year.

Prof. Holmes reassured students that the University of Bolton would “provide a ‘Covid secure’ working and learning environment” and that they would “have access to a fully operational University campus and be able to study and engage in person regularly with other students and staff.”

He went on to outline an extensive list of measures that were being implemented, including:

  • Socially distanced face-to-face tutorials, laboratory experience, access to arts studios and specialist facilities
  • A scheduling system, limiting the number of students on campus at any one time
  • Timed sessions for access to campus – “possibly between 8am-2pm and 2pm-8pm”
  • Airport-style walk-through temperature scanners at every building entry
  • Additional sanitiser stations
  • Compulsory wearing of face coverings on campus “for the foreseeable future”
  • Walking routes including one-way navigation
  • Multiple ‘learning zones’ featuring tables with plastic dividing screens
  • Rigorous cleansing programme throughout all university buildings.

The university has also produced an animated information video explaining these planned safety measures.

“The University of Bolton prides itself on its student-first approach,” wrote Prof. Holmes. “Transforming its campus and creating a safe and happy environment to ensure you enjoy #UniAsItShouldBe.

“In the meantime, please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you on campus in September.”

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