Safe Citizen Promise
We’re living through some unusual and challenging times. The global pandemic means we must make big changes to life at the University of Leicester. We’re no strangers to change. In fact, we pride ourselves on embracing the challenges it brings. But minimising the impact of COVID-19 and stopping its spread will require an extraordinary effort from us all - students and staff alike. We must come together and be good citizens.
This document outlines our approach to coping with a new way of doing things. We have created six guiding principles and set out the actions and attitudes we must all take on to ensure everyone in our university succeeds and our whole community can stay safe.
We promise to abide by this commitment, and we invite you to join us.
Safety and respect
Taking personal responsibility for your actions is the very best way to keep yourself safe. It’s also essential for protecting our entire campus community, and especially members of vulnerable groups. Wear face coverings in indoor spaces. Wash your hands regularly. Observe social distancing, and follow the guidance in place. Even if you feel the pandemic doesn’t affect you, respect that other people feel differently. We’re all in this together.
Wellbeing is priority
We’ve gone to great lengths to create a safe campus for everyone. And although we’ll continue to do everything possible to minimise the risk, you may still feel anxious or isolated. If you do, please don’t hesitate to share your concerns with a member of staff. Or, if you recognise that a fellow student or colleague may be feeling that way, be a friend and talk to them.
Quality education, always
We’re here to provide the best learning opportunities for our students, and we’re determined not to let the pandemic get in the way of that. To help students and staff deal with the current situation we’ve developed Ignite, a new blended approach to learning that combines on-campus study with digital learning that offers the flexibility to switch between the two whenever the situation dictates.
World-leading research is a crucial part of what we do at University of Leicester. Our work drives knowledge and improves and enriches lives, and so we’re determined it will continue throughout the pandemic. We will, of course, prioritise the safety of students and staff above all other considerations.
Our campuses are vibrant, diverse and exciting places to work and study, and we want that to always be the case. We’re working closely with our Students’ Union to ensure everyone can still enjoy the excitement and fun of university life without facing the risks posed by large groups or social gatherings. We will respect every individual. Please work with us.
Our community is built on a heritage of kindness. Our motto ‘Ut vitam habeant’ means ‘So that they may have life’ and is more important than it’s ever been. We should never forget that we’re a part of the Leicester community. We should be aware of how our actions may impact those outside of the university, and we should be there to support our community whenever we’re called upon.
I promise to uphold this attitudes and principles so we can all remain safe.
President and Vice-Chancellor's promise
"It's our job as educators and as a country to lay the groundwork for every student to concentrate on achieving their best to forge a better for future for them and society as a whole.
But this must not happen at the expense of the community we are part of.
The wellbeing of our staff, students and people of Leicester is my priority.
My Safe Citizen Promise guides everything I do as we move ahead in this ever-changing landscape."
Professor Nishan Canagarajah
President of Leicester Students' Union's promise
"The Students' Union is devoted to providing the best student experience possible, for a wide range of students from different backgrounds and lived experiences. Now, more than ever the safety aspect of students is paramount to how we deliver and lobby for student needs.
I commit my dedication to students in a new way – ensuring that students are heard and feed into all new aspects of academic and on-campus activity and that we support a truly sustainable offering, as we have already seen how the pandemic disproportionately affects disabled students, students of colour and international students. We will lobby to safeguard new delivery that benefits students, to be kept as a standard offering beyond the pandemic.
Where we are bound by national legislation, we will be transparent in our communications. Where we make internal decisions as an organisation, we will ensure this is the best for students without compromising their health and safety. We are your union."