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17 Sep 2020

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Here you will find the most up-to-date information on our plans to welcome you back to campus in September 2020. This page was last updated on 17 September 2020.

17 September - Covid Training, ID cards, lanyards and face coverings

In addition to the Personal Evaluation for Campus Attendance and the Covid-19 Community Responsibility Agreement, you also need to complete the UCLan Covid-19 Student Training on Blackboard before returning or coming onto campus.

It is important that you complete this training as soon as possible as it provides details about the health and safety measures we have put in place across our campuses and how you can help to stop the spread of the virus at UCLan. You will also find information on where to go for further advice and support.

Please complete the training by following these instructions:

  1. Access Blackboard (works best using the Mozilla Firefox browser)
  2. Click on the My Courses Tab
  3. Under the Organisation Catalogue click on Mandatory Training for Students
  4. Search for or scroll down to Return to Campus Covid-19 Training for Students and click on the arrow to enrol
  5. The training will then appear within ‘My Blackboard Organisations’.

ID cards, lanyards and face coverings

If you are a new student and have not received or collected your ID card, please visit the Adelphi Building reception desk to collect it or email with your term time address and student number and it will be posted to you.

Both new and returning students will be given two reusable face coverings and a lanyard when you come onto campus. It is important that you wear these inside all university buildings and when moving across campus. The face coverings and lanyards will be available for returning students from Monday 21 September to Friday 2 October from your relevant faculty pick-up point (listed below). Please collect them before attending your first face-to-face session and arrive wearing your own face covering until you do collect them. The pick-up points are:

Preston Campus

  • Allied Health and Wellbeing - Foster Cube
  • Creative Industries - Media Factory Café
  • Business and Justice - Adelphi Reception Desk
  • Clinical and Biomedical Sciences - Harrington Foyer Kiosk
  • Health and Care - Greenbank Café
  • Science and Technology – Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) Reception

Burnley Campus

  • All faculties - Victoria Mill Reception
  • All faculties - Princess Way Reception

Westlakes Campus

  • The <i> Desk in Reception

16 September 2020 - Return to Campus Update

We have been looking forward to having you back and while some things have changed, due to the pandemic, we have been making plans to give you a safe and enjoyable student experience at UCLan. Below you will find the latest updates and some important information, which you must complete and read before returning to campus.

If you have any general enquiries or require support, please call 01772 891990 from Thursday 17 September onwards.

Complete your campus evaluation and training

Before you return or come on to campus, it is important that you:

These procedures have been put in place to ensure you are aware of your responsibilities to yourself, each other and the wider community. We have put additional health and safety measures in place, which can be seen in this animation, but we all need to play our part to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Follow the Preston guidelines or face a fine

As you return or come onto campus, please remember that Preston does have additional restrictions in place. In Preston, you cannot mix two households or support bubbles, even if there is less than six of you in total. You need to stick with your own household only and follow the guidelines for Preston, which say you must not:

  • Meet with people you do not live with inside a private home, another halls of residence, flat or garden. This does not apply to people you are in a protective support bubble with or other limited exceptions.
  • Visit another home, halls of residence, flat or garden outside of the areas currently affected
  • Meet with people you do not live with or have "bubbled" with in other indoor public venues - this includes pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, leisure and entertainment venues or visitor attractions. You may still attend these places with people you live with or are in a protective support bubble with.

If you are living near to Westlakes or Burnley campuses, you are not under local lockdown but must adhere to the national rule of six. This means you are free to meet with others outside of your household but should remain socially distanced and with no more than six other people.

It is important to follow local guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and avoid having to pay a large fine of up to £10,000, as we have already seen across the country.

Social distancing reminder

As you walk around campus you will see various signs and advice in place to remind you to follow our campus guidance. Please remember hands, face, space:

  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly
  • Wear face coverings inside buildings
  • Keep your distance and keep left where indicated

At Preston, you may also see our volunteer Campus Safety Champions who will be politely reminding students and staff about our one-way systems and social distancing measures. If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer as a Community Safety Champion, please email

Download SafeZone

To give you extra peace of mind when returning or coming onto campus, please download the SafeZone app using your UCLan email address and creating a different password to log in. We have recently introduced SafeZone across all campuses as an added layer of safety and it can be used to anonymously report or alert you to any urgent issues, call a first aider or ask for help. You can download it easily from the Apple or Google app stores.

Reopening of facilities

The <i>, your one-stop-shop for general information, advice and support, is now open:
• 9am – 9pm - Monday to Friday
• 10am – 6pm – Saturday and Sunday

Please contact them via email at or call 01772 895000 to ask questions or make an appointment.

The Library and Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre have also reopened but with additional safety measures and restricted capacity in place. If you wish to activate your free sports membership at Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, please email All activities must be booked in advance by calling 01772 895400. If you have not already done so, you can also register with the University’s medical centre online.

We’re really excited to welcome you back on campus and have been making lots of plans to ensure you can enjoy a safe student experience.

Due to the pandemic, your return to campus will be slightly different than what you have been used to and we want to give you as much information as we can on the type of learning, the safety measures and the student and social experience you can expect. 

Current UK Students Current International Students

We have a range of measures in place to help keep you safe and have made the short animation below to give you an idea of the student experience you can expect on campus.


12 August – Update on local lockdown and timetable

What does a ‘local lockdown’ mean for UCLan?

You may have seen in the UK news that there a locations around the UK that are taking extra precautions to limit the spread of Covid-19.The local lockdown restrictions in Preston and Burnley have been put in place is to minimise social interactions where there are no health and safety measures in place to reduce infection. The guidance mainly focuses around individual homes and asking people in those areas not to socialise with other households. This does not affect a return to campus for students in September due to the procedures we have in place to ensure social distancing and reduced numbers on campus, so your teaching and learning will be managed in a carefully Covid secure way.

Your timetable

For most courses the teaching experience will be a blend of face-to-face and online learning, unless you are on an e-learning programme, which was always delivered online. Your timetable is currently being built with your chosen modules but please bear with us as it is taking longer than normal because of social distancing and scheduling requirements. We will confirm your timetable as soon as possible.

We’ll continue to keep this page and the information updated, so please check it regularly.

If you need any information relating to Covid 19 and the procedures in place at the University, please visit the Coronavirus news page where you will find the latest frequently asked questions.