COVID-19 - partial reopening update

Operations during the current COVID-19 outbreak

18 June 2020, Southampton, UK

We are delighted that in accordance with Government guidance encouraging laboratory-based research to be resumed in a safe manner, the cleanrooms and laser laboratories have now been re-opened for priority research and development work.

This has been carried out following risk assessments and significant changes to operating procedures to ensure safety is maintained on site at all times.

We are operating with reduced occupancy and added hygiene so that the rules on social distancing and good practice are met.The safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our utmost priority, and Government advice continues to be that those who can work from home should continue to do so.

This is good news for our research and enterprise activities which have been impacted by the campus shutdown and means PhD students can also continue their studies.

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support ensures our community continues to thrive.

Thank you.

Professor Sir David Payne.
Director, Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
University of Southampton