Department of Estates

Arrangements for Access to the campus in snow or icy conditions

When snow or icy conditions prevail, the University is committed to ensuring that major roads and footpaths across campus are accessible, as far as is practicable. The Landscape Team are on call 24/7 and will respond when called in by Security to treat roads and pathways.

Areas will be treated in the following order of priority:

Priority One

Roads - main artery roads around the campus are first priority, they will be kept open whenever possible. Clearing will take priority from the main entrance via Convocation Avenue across campus.

Priority Two

Car parks - will be treated as a secondary priority. These will be gritted by a trailed salt spreader; search roads will also be gritted. A snow plough cannot be used to clear car parks.

Priority Three

Footpaths - These areas will be gritted and cleared as a secondary priority. Care and thought will be required as to choice of pedestrian routes to access all areas.

Priority Four

The Parade and central core areas - these will be gritted and snow cleared by hand. Only 'safe routes' will be cleared across the Parade. Care and thought will be required as to choice of pedestrian routes to access all areas.

Priority Five  All other footways will be gritted as time permits, priority will be given to slippery routes by individual assessments. 


The priorities above are illustrated on the map; locations of grit bins on campus are also displayed.

Safety and well-being tips whilst on Campus:

Despite the best endeavors of our staff, no guarantees can be given that roads/footpaths will be completely clear of snow and ice. Staff and students are reminded to take steps to ensure personal safety and well-being.

  • Take special care whilst travelling around campus
  • Be vigilant for ice and hidden hazards
  • Allow extra travelling time
  • Wear winter appropriate clothing and footwear

Cycling in icy conditions

Winter weather conditions can also sometimes be challenging for cyclists and hospitals experience a sharp increase of cycling related injuries.

The greatest risk is often icy surfaces and hidden obstructions; cyclists should consider the road and weather conditions before setting off. If conditions are icy or slippery they should consider other means of transport such as public transport or lift sharing.

Bath and North East Somerset Council offer guidance in the form of a 'Think Twice' cycling in icy weather leaflet, case study information and a free 2 hour adult cycling training.


Should you have any additional concerns or queries contact Estates's on 01225 38 3232 or via e-mail