The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our priority and we’ve worked hard to ensure all of our campuses are ready and safe for when we return to college.

We’ve put a number of safety and social distancing measures in place to provide a safe and compliant environment. In addition to our 7-steps to keeping you safe, we have also introduced a rapid testing programme which we’re running according to the latest Government guidance. 

We’ve put in place a 7-point plan to staying safe:

All of our classrooms, workshops and social spaces have been arranged to make sure we meet social distancing guidelines.

Everyone must wear face coverings in all areas of college - this includes classrooms, workshops and communal areas including corridors and break out spaces. Face coverings can be removed for eating and drinking.

We recognise that some of you may not yet feel confident being around others which is why we have a red wristband scheme. If you see anyone wearing a red wristband please respect their wishes and keep your distance.

We’re really lucky to have such spacious campuses so that we can spread out and limit the number of people in each space, ensuring we can be together safely.

One-way systems are clearly marked to help you move around our buildings at a safe distance.We’ve tweaked our timetables, to avoid overcrowding in our entrances, cafes and social spaces. There are also restrictions on how many people can use facilities like the toilets at any one time.

No matter where you are in the campus, you're never far away from being able to sanitise your hands, with sanitiser at every entrance and in every classroom and workshop.

Our brilliant cleaning team always work hard to make sure our college buildings are sparkly clean. They’ve taken this up a notch with a focus on extra cleaning and sanitisation of surfaces.

Additional signs remind everyone how they can do their bit to help reduce the risk.

If you have any support needs in relation to Covid-19, please email start@gateshead.ac.uk and let us know your chosen course.

View our full guide to staying safe on campus (PDF).