Information for current students

Stay smart, supportive and safe

On Saturday 17 October, York moved to level 2 of the government's three-tier restriction system, alert level: high. The change introduced additional restrictions, and will be reviewed in 14 days.

On Wednesday 21 October, we announced that the University is moving to the Department for Education (DfE) Tier 2. There will be a transition week beginning on Monday 26 October, and we will move officially to DfE Tier 2 from Monday 2 November.

Lots of work has gone into making our campus and facilities covid-secure, but every one of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves - and those around us - as safe as possible.

We're asking all staff and students to stay smart, supportive and safe to protect our University community and the city of York.

'An honest conversation about Covid' webinar

On Thursday 29 October, Vice Chancellor Charlie Jeffery was joined by students’ union representatives, together with university academic and student support colleagues to talk about the current Covid climate now that York has moved to Level 2 (High) Covid alert and the University has adopted DfE Tier 2 for teaching and learning activities.

This event included a Q&A session where students had the opportunity to ask questions of the panel.


You must self-isolate if you:

  • have any COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste or smell)

  • have tested positive for COVID-19

  • share a household with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive

  • are contacted and asked to do so by either the University or NHS Test and Trace

  • have travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country.

You and the people that you live with are classed as a 'household'. If you're in University accommodation, that's the students you share a flat, house or allocated kitchen and bathrooms with.

Self-isolating students must let the University know via our student self-reporting form. We will then support you throughout the process.

Campus safety and travel

To ensure that student venues, teaching spaces and sporting facilities are covid-secure, we've introduced:

You can use our covid-secure form to report empty sanitiser stations or other issues.

If you are a commuting student living somewhere under a different level of restrictions to York, you can still move between different areas for the purposes of education, as outlined in government guidance on attending university.

Community Charter

The COVID-19 Community Charter and Safety Module outline how we can work together to keep each other safe.

They set out what our community can expect from the University and what the University expects from its staff and students.

Teaching, learning, assessment and progression

From Monday 2 November we will be moving to DfE Tier 2. This means we will increase the proportion of online learning in most programmes. We are committed to giving all students here in York the option of regular face-to-face learning opportunities.

Large lectures, exams and assessments will continue to be delivered online for the time being.

If you have any questions on your Autumn term timetable, please contact your department.

Wellbeing and welfare support

This is a very challenging time for all students, and - wherever you may currently be - we're here to support you.


If you are facing unanticipated financial challenges as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis:

If you are experiencing urgent financial hardship, please speak to a Student Adviser at the Student Hub as soon as possible.

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