Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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

With national lockdown restrictions, staff and students should ensure the most up to date guidance is followed, which can be found below.

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 planned carefully for the re-opening of our campuses with a stringent safety-first approach.

  • 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

We have implemented a wide range of social distancing measures across campus. This includes the introduction of one-way systems around parts of campus and buildings, health and safety signage, new capacity limits and seating restrictions for teaching spaces, labs and lecture theatres.

Face coverings

Face coverings should be worn as an additional risk mitigation measure by students, staff and visitors, in all indoor University learning environments, providing the use of a face covering does not impact teaching, learning or exercise. Detailed guidance on face coverings for students is available on the student portal (see students section above). Anyone exempt from wearing face coverings can identify themselves discreetly, by wearing a Sunflower lanyard.


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 is an important part of keeping our community safe. We are asking all staff, students and visitors at the University to use this whenever they are on campus.

COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolation and test results

As part of our guidance to those working and studying on campus, we ask students to tell us if they are self-isolating for any reason, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive or negative for COVID-19. They will need to self-isolate if: they have COVID-19 symptoms; they’ve tested positive for COVID-19; they live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive; someone in their support bubble has symptoms or tested positive; they’re told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, or they arrive in the UK from a country with a high COVID-19 risk (quarantine).

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. In addition to our advice and guidance, our Covid Advice Team can provide support should anyone need to self-isolate, experience symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19.

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