Many of our students have now returned home for the winter break, others remain in Durham. All of our students have our full support.
We will update these webpages with information and guidance on a regular basis to reflect the latest government advice.
Please use the pages below to access the information most relevant to you.
On Wednesday 30 December, the UK Government issued new guidance for universities. On Thursday 31 December, Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities, wrote to students to provide additional information on the Government’s guidance to minimise the risks associated with the mass movement of students across the country.
We are working hard to respond to this new information, with the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and the communities of which we are part as our top priority.
Our teaching Term will begin on Monday 11 January with fully online teaching for the majority of programmes.
Pending further Government guidance, we plan to return to a blended teaching model for Group A UG and PGT programmes from Monday 25 January, with Group B UG and PGT programmes following from Monday 1 February.
In line with Government guidance to minimise the risks associated with the mass movement of students across the country, students are asked to delay their return to Durham until shortly before their face-to-face teaching begins. Students who need to return to Durham earlier will have our full support.
For more information, please refer to the most recent Staff and Student communications.
University of Manchester
We understand that the current coronavirus situation still remains unsettling and uncertain and that you may have concerns about your future studies. Manchester is here for you and is ready to welcome you in autumn 2021. We’re building on our innovative and world-class learning and student experience to ensure you benefit from lessons learned in 2020 and our improved blended learning offer.
We’re following the advice from Universities UK, Public Health England, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, ensuring the welfare of our students and staff is our absolute priority.
If you have any questions you can contact us, but please check our frequently asked questions below first as they should provide you with the information you need at this time. We will continue to update these as more information is available and will communicate with offer-holders directly with any important updates.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Your safety is our top priority. We are following the latest Government, Public Health England and University sector guidance on COVID-19 safety.
An update on returning to campus in January 2021
Following the Government’s announcement yesterday (Wednesday 30th December) in response to rising cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across parts of England and the extension of Tier 4 restrictions to more regions of the country, our Academic Registrar, Lucy Backhurst has written to all our students.
In the message which went out on Thursday 31st December, we wanted to give students as much information as we have at this time from the Department of Education (DfE) regarding:
- Returning to the City of Newcastle and to Campus
- Arrangements for International Students
- Facilities on campus
- Rapid testing on return
- Support available
This is a time of uncertainty and challenge, and many of our staff, current students, future students and their families are understandably concerned about the impact of Covid-19 and what it might mean for them.
The world has changed, but we will change with it. Our primary focus, as always, is on protecting the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, future students and all the communities that engage with Northumbria.
As we begin the start of the new academic year, government guidance is changing on a daily basis. We will work to update our information as quickly as we can.
University of Bristol
On Monday 4 January the Government announced a return to national lockdown. We will provide updates as advice is received.
University of the West of England
The global coronavirus pandemic has affected many aspects of university life and study. Below you can find FAQs, guidance and our response to the current and future challenges raised by the pandemic.
Please follow the University’s official communication channels for up to date and accurate information. As well as our main website, this also includes @UWEBristol on Twitter.
University of Nottingham
The Government has announced that as of midnight on 4 January 2021 the country will move into a national lockdown.
Tighter restrictions are needed as there is a new strain of COVID-19 that spreads even faster. Around one in three people have no symptoms so will be spreading it without even realising.
The new restrictions are outlined here. They will cover all of our University campuses.
The University will remain open but learning will be online for the majority of students, unless on a course considered by the Government to be exempt. Further details can be found here. Travel remains permitted for work and education purposes.
Nottingham Trent University
05 January 2021
We are working through how the national lockdown announcement impacts our NTU community. We will email all students soon with further clarity.
For now please continue to follow Government guidelines.
Sheffield Hallam University
You should always follow the latest government guidance for England and/or any local restrictions in place in Sheffield. We want to protect our community – in extreme cases, we may need to take disciplinary action against students who do not comply.
University of Sheffield
The UK is now in a new national lockdown. Students should not travel to university and teaching will be online except for specific courses. We’ll be providing more information for students and staff soon.
University of Leeds
Updated 5 January 2021
If you are travelling internationally please be aware that travel advice is changing rapidly and we recommend you check with your travel provider before making your journey.
If you are an international student and travel disruptions between now and the start of term mean that you cannot arrive in Leeds when you planned, you can start your studies online, and join us in Leeds when you can. For information about arriving in Leeds please see our arrivals page.
Please be reassured that campus is covid-secure and we are ready to welcome and support you.
Please visit our coronavirus website for the latest updates and information, which includes our student and staff case statistics and how we support our staff and students. We know many people are understandably anxious about coronavirus, and we’re taking measures to address concerns, protect health and wellbeing, and ensure learning can continue.
Students are encouraged to book a free and fast asymptomatic lateral flow test to indicate whether they are carrying the virus when they return to University for the Spring term. These tests are for people who aren’t showing coronavirus symptoms and are available on campus between 4 January and 5 February 2021.