Stay smart, supportive
and safe

The Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England on Monday 4 January which will last until at least mid-February. You can read more about the new measures on the government website.

The health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our first priority at all times. Lots of work has gone into making our campus and facilities covid-secure. Every one of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves - and those around us - as safe as possible.

We're asking you to:

  • Stay smart by taking responsibility to understand and keep up-to-date with the safety guidance

  • Stay supportive by looking after ourselves and each other, to collectively help support a safe community for us all

  • Stay safe by taking the steps detailed on this page including filling in the appropriate form if you need to self-isolate for any reason

Updated arrangements for Spring Term

All classroom-based teaching activity will be delivered online for the entirety of the Spring Term. We hope to be able to provide in-person teaching using specialist teaching spaces (eg lab and performance spaces), subject to further government guidance, later in the term.

You should stay where you currently are, whether this is in York or in your home town, and not attempt to travel, unless you need to come to York to access study facilities or if you feel your mental of physical wellbeing will be better served by returning to York.

A few exempt courses, such as Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Social Work, and PGCE courses in Education resumed in-person teaching from Monday 4 January.

You can also find out more about our lockdown rent arrangements, and our assessment support package.

Rapid results testing

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms, and therefore may be spreading the virus without realising. It is crucial that you get yourself tested using our on-campus facility. Testing is available to all symptom-free students, postgraduate researchers and staff in York.

  • If you visit campus regularly, are a placement student or are receiving in-person teaching, we strongly encourage you to get tested regularly (two tests a week, three days apart).

  • If you’re living off-campus in York, we encourage you to get two tests (three days apart) so that you are not unknowingly contributing to any transmission of Covid-19. Please help us protect our whole community.

Current restrictions

On Monday 4 January the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England lasting until at least mid-February. We'll continue to keep you updated.

Student self-isolation form

If you have either: Covid-19 symptoms, tested positive or share a household with someone who has, are asked to by track and trace, or travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country, fill in this form.

Staff reporting self-isolation

If you are a staff member and have either: tested positive for Covid-19, are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have entered self isolation, you should let us know about it.

Maintain a covid-secure campus

Seen something on campus that doesn't seem covid-secure? Whether it's about social distancing, an unsafe room layout, or missing signage or sanitiser, report it here.

Find out about

Making the most of life in lockdown

Fun things to do, ideas for keeping busy and entertained and ways to be proactive while it's all a bit different.

Current rules and restrictions

Familiarise yourself with the rules and restrictions in our area, so that you can keep compliant.

Self-isolation advice and guidance

All you need to know about self-isolating; how to let us know and the services on offer to help you.

Recent emails, updates and messages

Keep up to date on the emails and messages we're sending out to our staff and students.

Additional information


Coronavirus information and resouces for staff: covid-secure measures, teaching, learning, assessment and wellbeing.

Current students

Important coronavirus information for students: teaching and learning, support and services available and messages from the Vice-Chancellor.

Postgraduate researchers

Information for all research students, supervisors, graduate research administrators and other staff supporting our PG researchers.

Prospective students

Concerned about Covid-19 and the potential impact on your application to the University of York? We want to reassure you that it will be okay.

Current confirmed cases

Updated Monday to Friday.

As of the morning of Friday 22 January, we are aware of 40 individuals within our University community and based in York who are currently self-isolating because they have had a positive Covid-19 test.

Since our previous update on Thursday 21 January we have been notified of 2 new case(s) in York, which are included in the total figure above.

We have around 4,500 members of staff and a student body of around 18,000.

For more data on Covid-19 cases in our community, take a look at our interactive chart. It's updated daily and includes a seven day rolling average from September 2020 to present.

The figures above are based on our current reporting arrangements with City of York Council and local public health teams. They are based on cases reported to us via our self-isolation reporting forms for students and staff, where those individuals have subsequently been tested and confirmed to have the virus. As of 26 October 2020, we report our Covid-19 cases data in alignment with our reporting to the Office for Students. We report data each morning to reflect the previous day’s new cases (and on Mondays to reflect Friday through Sunday).

Other sources of information about the number of cases in York and the surrounding area may show some variance from the figure above. This is because data published, for example by City of York Council or YorkMix, may be updated on a weekly basis and aggregated by month, or based on cases confirmed in geographic regions of the city by the NHS or other data sources. Variance may also exist because some members of our University community live outside of the geographic regions covered by other data sources.


Individuals who have reported being affected will be self-isolating in line with Government guidance and we have additional self-isolation guidance for students.

Anyone who has been identified as being in contact with an affected person and needs to take action themselves will be contacted via track and trace mechanisms if they need to self-isolate.

Additional contacts

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