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During the academic year 2021–22, we will be aiming, as a Faculty, to facilitate in-person teaching and other uses of the David Williams Building, including access to the Squire Law Library, as far as possible while being mindful of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and any UK Government or University guidance in this regard. Should the public health situation or the related guidance change, arrangements for the use of the David Williams Building may need to be revised accordingly. Further information about University policies in this area can be found on the University's Stay Safe Cambridge Uni webpages.

Face coverings

In line with the University’s policy on the use of face coverings, the Faculty strongly recommends that face coverings be worn in the David Williams Building.

Face coverings in lectures and classes

The Faculty’s risk assessments concerning the use of teaching spaces and the capacity at which they can be operated are predicated on the expectation that students will wear face coverings during lectures and classes. If face coverings were not habitually worn, the Faculty would need to reassess the viability of in-person teaching and may need to move at least some classes online. In the light of this, and bearing in mind the clear University guidance mentioned above, students (except when asking a question or speaking as part of a class discussion) are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in all lectures and classes that take place in the David Williams Building. In addition, students are expected to wear face coverings when lecturers request this. The Faculty’s risk assessments do not anticipate that lecturers will wear face coverings while teaching.

Face coverings in the Squire Law Library

It is strongly recommended that readers using the Squire Law Library wear face coverings (including whilst seated).

Face coverings in other settings

It is strongly recommended that face coverings are worn throughout the David Williams Building, including while moving around the building from room to room and while moving around rooms in which others are present. Face coverings should be kept on when entering an office and removed only if those working in the office are comfortable with that.

Social distancing

All users of the David Williams Building are asked to exercise common sense and courtesy by maintaining an appropriate distance from other building users and, in particular, by avoiding gathering in groups in public areas of the building, such as the foyer, corridors and areas outside teaching rooms. In lectures and classes, students are strongly encouraged to spread themselves out in teaching rooms rather than clustering together, and to avoid sitting in seats and/or areas that are marked off Where seats are arranged in rows in lecture theatres, students should fill up rows from the middle in order to avoid groups of students clustering at the end of rows. Students are asked to respect any signage in teaching rooms indicating that given seats or rows are to be left vacant.

Arrival at and departure from classes and lectures

In order to avoid situations in which, for example, groups of students might end up congregating in corridors or outside teaching rooms, students are asked to arrive at classes just before they begin and to leave promptly at the end of each class. Equally, lecturers must ensure that classes end promptly so that students can leave well before the next group arrives. All lectures and classes in the Faculty begin at five past the hour and end at five to the hour (so, for example, a two-hour class that is timetabled for 10.00 am commences at 10.05 am and ends at 11.55 am). Lecturers should therefore ensure that all classes finish promptly by five to the hour.

One way and keep left systems

One-way and 'keep left' systems may be in place in some parts of the building. Where this is the case, it is clearly indicated by signage. All building users are expected to observe one-way and 'keep left' systems where they are indicated. Students should enter the main lecture theatres (LG17, LG18 and LG19) on the lower ground floor level (ie at the top of the lecture theatres) and should leave via the basement level (ie via the bottom of the lecture theatres).


Hand sanitiser stations are situated at the main entrance to the David Williams Building and key points around the building. Building users are encouraged to make use of these facilities.

Symptoms and self-isolation

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or are otherwise required to self-isolate, you should not enter the David Williams Building until the requisite period has expired. Members of staff who develop symptoms while in the building should notify their manager and then leave work immediately, thereafter following any current guidance regarding self-isolation and testing. Students who develop symptoms while in the building should leave the building immediately, notify the Faculty as soon as possible (by emailing that they developed symptoms while in the building, and thereafter follow any current guidance, including any guidance issued by their College, regarding self-isolation and testing. Anyone who, while in the building, receives a notification requiring them to begin a period of self-isolation should immediately leave the building. Students who receive such notifications during a class should immediately notify their lecturer.