School of Design Technical Facilities: Covid19 Arrangements

School of Design Technical Facilities: Covid19 Arrangements

In response to the ongoing pandemic situation we are working to implement measures that will enable students to utilise the School’s specialist technical resources in a safe, managed way.

Note these measures relate specifically to the School’s studios / computing / workshop and photography spaces; they will also be subject to the University’s broader guidance which can be found here

Full details will be published in due course but when you return in September you can expect an emphasis on pre-booking, greater remote access and some “click and collect” style operation when interacting with our technical facilities:


  • Open access PCs in studio: a limited number of machines will be available for pre-booking only.  AM / PM sessions, no “walk-ups”
  • Remote access PCS: we are working to enable direct connection to our workstations and so allow direct access to its software and processing power from your home machine.
  • Click and collect plotting:  send plots from home for collection from a Uni pickup point (note: the instruction is still for you to present and submit digitally)
  • Laptops: there will be no laptop loaning service


  • All studio spaces will be for timetabled classes only – unfortunately you will NOT be able to visit and work in studios unless part of a timetabled session.
  • You must not leave portfolios / models in studios; please bring and take away only what you need for your timetabled session.
  • Studio tables MUST NOT BE MOVED from their designated locations; seating must also be at the points at tables indicated.
  • Entrance to taught sessions will be managed so you will filter in gradually and fill up spaces from the back, etc.


  • We will have a photography studio setup available in the first-floor studios – for pre-booking only
  • The basement photography studio will be not be available unless specific arrangements have been made and approved – for single users only.


  • Access to the bench area and woodworking machines by pre-booking online, no “walk-ups”. The workshop will be operating at a reduced capacity with a limited number of spaces each day
  • Impact resistant face shields to be worn when working in the space, these will be disinfected at the end of the day. FFP3 mask to still be worn when using certain machines or chemicals
  • Informal technical tutorial and model making discussions carried out via MS Teams, booked online in advance   
  • Laser cutting / CNC milling / 3d printing files submitted via email, these will be processed by staff and collected from a collection point at a specified time  
  • One-way entrance and exit routes will be implemented  

We are also publishing guides and information to help students carry out valuable home studio tasks such as 3d scanning, photography techniques, model making and process specific resources.

Please be aware that as this is a changing situation the specifics of these arrangements may also need to change.  

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