Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to change and government advice continues to develop. The information on these pages will be updated regularly. You should use this, and the emails sent to staff and students, as your main source of information about the University's response to this situation.

Autumn term 2020

Term will start as planned on Monday 28 September. Our aim for the Autumn term is to deliver as much face-to-face teaching as possible and to deliver online teaching where we need to. If you join us on campus, you can be assured that you'll have a great experience, with appropriate safety measures in place. If you can't join us immediately, we'll support you online until you can make it to York.

Top tip: there’s a lot of information on these pages, so remember you can use ctrl-F (Windows) or cmd-F (Mac) to search within the page for the information you need.

“Let’s work together in the coming weeks and months with a sense of care and compassion” - a message from our Vice-Chancellor, Charlie Jeffery

We are updating these pages as the situation develops, so please check them regularly.

You should also consult these official sources of information:

Updated government measures: 31 July 2020

Stay alert

Recent Government guidance has eased the lockdown restrictions, but there are still limits in place - for example, on how you can meet up with other people or use public services. There are more specific restrictions in some areas of the country.

Government advice on controlling the virus remains the same:

  • Stay at home as much as possible

  • Work from home if you can

  • Limit contact with other people

  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

  • Wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

We continue to review the latest Government advice. All non-essential buildings were closed on Wednesday 25 March. We are now developing a phased approach to easing restrictions in due course. Staff who can work from home must continue to work from home unless invited to return to campus. Students should avoid returning to campus. Please await further instructions while we put in place measures to help keep you safe.

We are continuing to liaise with UUK and the Department of Education about the best ways to implement Government advice while maintaining essential services, including for students resident on campus.

See the full government guidance on staying at home and away from others


Staying at Home Guidance published by Public Health England explains when to self-isolate, how to effectively manage self-isolation in different living environments, and how to support the well-being of anyone self-isolating and those around them. Key messages are:

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill

  • Anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms needs to stay at home for at least 10 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home, but you should contact the University (see below).

If your symptoms worsen during isolation or are no better after seven days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. If you are a student on campus and you have an emergency please call (01904) 32 3333 (3333 from a university extension).

Informing the University that you are self-isolating

This applies to all staff and students, even if you're currently away from campus.


Please inform the Student Hub by filling in the student self-isolation form.

The information you provide will be shared with relevant teams within the University to support you, including your academic department. If you have any problems completing the form, please email

Postgraduate researchers

Please fill in the student self-isolation form and also inform your supervisor.


please fill in the online form to let us know if you have been diagnosed as having coronavirus (COVID-19), have symptoms of coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. You should also report your absence to your line manager in the normal way.

This will allow us to gather data and understand the impact of COVID-19 more quickly. The form does not ask for any medical information, but does ask you to give dates you believe you will be self-isolating and whether you are well and able to work from home. The information will be used for business continuity and sick pay purposes. As the Government has relaxed the requirements for fit notes in relation to self-isolation and Covid-19, you will not at this moment be required to provide a fit note and this form will be used in its place. Should this situation change, we will update this information.


Our Vice-Chancellor and other senior colleagues are sending regular updates to our staff and students as the situation evolves.

See recent updates

Showing respect to each other

The University is a global community, with one in every four people on our campus (both staff and students), coming from outside the UK. We value, celebrate and are proud of our inclusive and diverse community.

We would like to remind all staff and students that the University is a community of respect. All members of our community are expected to act in accordance with our shared values of respect, fairness and compassion, and to ensure that all aspects of our individual and collective behaviour adhere to, and reflect, these principles. We encourage anyone experiencing or witnessing abuse or inappropriate behaviour to report it to the University. If you feel you need support, please contact the Student Hub or staff support services.

Additional contacts

For most queries, please contact your department in the first instance, or use the following email addresses: