Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. The University remains open with a safety-first approach to ensure our campuses are ‘covid-secure’ for our staff, students, local community and visitors, in accordance with government guidance.

Keep up to date

The information here is to help our website visitors understand the University's latest activity in response to COVID-19. A comprehensive set of support material for staff and students is available via login on the University's intranet. All links to further information are given below.

How we’re keeping our campus safe

  • We all share a collective responsibility to minimise risks to others and ourselves.

  • We are all expected to behave sensibly and responsibly, being kind, patient and respectful to others on campus and the local community.

  • We all need to act quickly and decisively if there is a need to self-isolate, symptoms are experienced, or if anyone tests positive for COVID-19.

  • We should all maintain a flexible and adaptable approach as the situation continues to evolve.

Social distancing

The latest government guidance stipulates that there is no requirement for social distancing or other measures within in-person teaching, this will enable us to start the new academic year with face-to face teaching.

If the government does reintroduce social distancing at any time during the next academic year, we will draw on previous experience to run smaller groups (rather than large lectures or workshop sessions), supplemented with online materials.

Face coverings

Students, staff and visitors on campus should wear face coverings indoors within communal areas, and outside in crowded spaces. Face coverings are still an effective way for a person to protect themselves and others.

A communal area is defined as any area where there is movement of people. Within a learning environment (such as a lecture theatre), face coverings must be worn until everyone is seated, and placed back on when leaving.


We have introduced additional cleaning routines and new hand-sanitiser stations have been installed at building entrances across the campus. We are following Government guidance to help control infections rates: Hands. Face. Space.

Test and Trace

The NHS Test and Trace system (and using the COVID-19 app) plays an important part in keeping our community safe and is the fastest way to see if you are at risk from COVID-19. We are asking all staff, students and visitors at the University to use this whenever they are on campus.

Covid testing and vaccinations

Students and staff continue to be supported with access to lateral flow tests, which are encouraged to be taken two times a week. We work closely with local NHS and Public Health services and can provide students with guidance on Covid vaccination opportunities and locations.

Student support and wellbeing

Wellbeing is always a priority for us and we know there are extra challenges to manage at this time.

Our Student Hub is the one-stop-shop for all non-programme specific student support and wellbeing information. Through extra steps taken to adapt our services, such as our virtual queuing system, our student support services are accessible, no matter where those in need may be.

We’re supporting the national effort

  • Graduates are helping the NHS
  • Staff returning to the front line
  • Supporting research into vaccination
  • Delivering training to NHS staff
  • Supplying equipment to the NHS and staff in the city
  • Creatively supporting homeschooling during lockdown

Find out more about our response