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Coronavirus impact: latest information

Last reviewed Thursday 16 July 2020

We are committed to doing all we can to support our student and staff community in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. These pages have the latest information on the University's response. We will continue to update this regularly

We are also supporting our region through a host of initiatives in response to the pandemic. Find out more about how we are supporting the region, the NHS and our local communities. 

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

Latest information

  • Staff are working remotely and buildings are currently closed. See the access to buildings section
  • The campus will undergo a phased reopening in readiness for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Term will start on 28 September 2020 for the majority of students, with a mixture of face-to-face campus-based and online teaching. More information on this is available on the student advice page.
  • Information about assessments and exams is available on the student advice page.
  • 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

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 changing and unpredictable situation which is challenging for us all. Your health and wellbeing are our top priority, and we are doing all we can to plan for all possible circumstances.

Access to buildings

Our campus is currently closed, with a phased reopening planned in readiness for the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

Assessment and exams

We know many students are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on their studies. 

Our priority is to ensure that learning, assessments, and results are not adversely affected as a result of COVID-19. Read the new measures on assessments and exams that we have put in place to support students.

Tuition fees

If you are concerned about paying fees, contact

Your student fee covers a wide range of activities and services, including scheduled teaching sessions. 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 have provided 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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