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Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice for our visitors and local community

The latest information for our visitors and local community, based on current national guidance.

National advice and guidance

Visit GOV.UK for information on the outbreak of coronavirus in China, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms.

NHS information on coronavirus has advice for travellers and information on the virus and its symptoms.

For travel advice, you can visit the latest UK Government travel advice related to coronavirus and individual pages for travel advice to specific countries or territories.

Information and guidance

This page aims to offer you the latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and is based on the current guidance issued by Public Health England (PHE), the NHS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The health and safety of our staff, students, visitors and the wider community is our top priority.

The national COVID-19 response is subject to change and we are closely monitoring the situation and guidance to ensure that our arrangements remain consistent with expert advice.

If the situation or the guidance change then we will update this page.

Is the University open as normal?

Please see our latest update on campus retail, catering and sports facilities and The Edge Arts.

For undergraduates and those taking taught graduate courses, face-to-face teaching will cease from the end of the day on 17 March for the remainder of Semester 2, which ends on Friday 29 May 2020. Teaching will be reconfigured so that it can be delivered online.

What is the University doing?

The University’s Emergency Management Team is meeting regularly to ensure that we have appropriate procedures and arrangements in place. This group is made up of key leads from across the University and the students’ union and is in regular contact with PHE, the NHS and key officers in the local authority to ensure that our approach is consistent with expert advice.

We are keeping the University community updated through publications on our staff and student webpages, e-mail and social media.

We have reviewed cleaning arrangements, are using anti-viral products for hard surfaces, ensuring soap dispensers are well stocked and reminding people to observe good hand hygiene.

What is the University doing regarding overseas students and staff?

The University is reminding all students and staff to follow PHE guidance.

We are mindful that colleagues and students from China and specified areas may be particularly concerned about family and friends at home and about potential discrimination here in the UK. As an inclusive international community, we are asking everyone to continue to be supportive of one another at this time.

What is the national advice?

Visit GOV.UK for information on the current situation in the UK. The NHS website also has information on the virus and its symptoms.