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Coronavirus impact: latest information

Updated Friday 27 March 2020, 3pm

These pages have the latest information about the current outbreak of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and the University's response. We will continue to update this regularly.

If you can’t find an answer on this page, contact our dedicated University Help Centre.

Latest information

  • The University is transitioning to remote working for staff and all teaching is now being delivered online or is accessible remotely.
  • We ask staff not to attend the University unless contacted and advised otherwise, and to work from home if possible.
  • All buildings are now closed. See the access to buildings section below.
  • The university will be making some adjustments to the academic calendar for the remainder of this year. See the academic calendar section below.
  • Assessments will be delivered online wherever possible with deadlines already set remaining in place unless advised otherwise. See the assessment and exams section below.
  • The start of examinations is delayed by one week.
  • All University-related international travel is suspended.
  • We recommend bookmarking this page and keeping up to date with the latest NHS guidance and government advice.

Guidance for students, staff, applicants and businesses

You can find more detailed advice and information on the following pages.

Our response

The University is treating this as a major incident. An Incident Management Group, led by members of the University Leadership Team, is meeting regularly to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus, and to implement contingency plans as the situation evolves.

We are closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the UK Government and Public Health England. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by the official advice, to keep our community safe.

As a University community, nation and world, we are facing a rapidly changing and unpredictable situation. The weeks ahead are likely to be challenging for us all. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority, and we are doing all we can to plan for all possible circumstances.

Access to buildings

Our campus is now fully closed.

Students can check a dedicated online guide to using library services off-campus for more information.

Our intention is that no student will be disadvantaged academically as a result of these closures. If learning resources required to complete assessments or prepare for examinations cannot be accessed, students should contact Hallam Help for advice.

Academic calendar

To help support students and staff, the University will be making some adjustments to the academic calendar for the remainder of this year: 

  • Monday 23 March – Teaching to continue online for two weeks
  • Monday 6 April – Easter vacation
  • Monday 20 April – Teaching week
  • Monday 27 April – Study and revision week
  • Monday 4 May – Additional study and revision week 
  • From Monday 11 May – Examinations

Assessment and exams

We understand many of you are concerned about completing your assessments and we are committed to supporting you in this. We are providing alternative arrangements for assessments and exams online wherever possible. Assessment deadlines already set will generally remain in place and you should continue to work to these deadlines unless advised otherwise. We are reviewing assessment arrangements in departments and where deadlines are extended by your Head of Department you will be contacted directly to advise you of any changes. You can also contact your teaching team and Academic Advisor if you have any concerns about completing your assessments. We will ensure that you are not disadvantaged in any assessment activity and any teaching content aligned with professional body accreditation is covered.

Examinations will be delivered online wherever possible, with papers available through Blackboard and answers submitted in the same way as coursework assignments. More information on this will be provided by Heads of Department and Course Leaders when final details for each examination have been confirmed.

Support for assessment and examinations is also available through Hallam Help.

University tuition fees

The University is committed to delivering all teaching activities online and/or through remote access to materials, including lecture materials on Blackboard, delivery of lectures and tutorials online, either in real time or recorded, and one-to-one support and supervision delivered by phone, email or videoconferencing. Your student fee covers a wide range of activities and services, including scheduled teaching sessions. We are committed to ensuring alternative online arrangements are in place for teaching, learning and assessments. We will continue to keep this under review and follow Higher Education sector advice from the Office for Students.

Final-year students

Departments will be providing final-year students with guidance. Any student with concerns should contact their Student Support Adviser.

How to contact us about coronavirus

If your question is not answered above, you can contact the University Help Centre by telephone from Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm, or by email, and we will do our best to help you.

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