Arrangements for Spring Term 2021

On Monday 8 March the first step of the Government’s roadmap to ease restrictions in England came into effect. Find out more about current restrictions.

Travelling home for the Easter break

Travelling within the UK

The current UK Government guidance for the Easter break is to stay where you are if possible, so as to keep the spread of Covid to a minimum. This applies to students here in York, as well as those at permanent addresses elsewhere.

However the Government has very recently announced a travel exemption for students, which means you can leave your student accommodation and travel on one occasion to one other UK household between 8 March 2021 and 29 April 2021, and return to your term-time accommodation after the break.

If you are in York and plan to travel to another part of the UK, the Government advises you to take two rapid results covid tests before you go.

Travelling outside the UK

International students are also permitted to return home once for the Easter break. However, the Department for Education strongly advises students not to travel overseas in order to minimise transmission and because travel restrictions could change while you are away and make it more difficult for you to return.

If you are committed to travelling overseas, please be aware of the covid testing requirements (the rapid results test is not suitable) and the need for a travel declaration form. You would also need to follow all quarantine rules on your return. You can check the latest advice on the government website.


Term began in January as normal, but due to the new national lockdown and continued restrictions from the Government, to offer some level of stability to our students, we made the very difficult decision that all classroom-based teaching activity will be delivered online for the entirety of the Spring Term. A few exempt courses resumed in-person teaching on 4 January and a small number of students on creative or practical courses, which require access to specialist teaching spaces, resumed in-person teaching from 8 March.

  • We know that moving to online only for classroom-based teaching will have different implications for different subjects/disciplines and we will work closely with Departments to understand the impact and we may need to find alternative ways to meet your programme learning outcomes.

  • Whilst we understand that there are a number of pressing concerns for students, we recognise that those related to final year projects (UG and PGT) are particularly challenging. We are working hard to identify ways to prioritise resumption of these projects as soon as possible, in line with health and safety considerations and UK government guidance.

Courses that resumed in-person teaching on Monday 8 March

Environment and Geography

  • Students who need access to labs - please return only if your department has invited you.


  • BA Music and Sound Recording - students who need access to studios. Please return only if your department has invited you.

  • MA Music Production - students who need access to studios. Please return only if your department has invited you.

  • BA Music - vocal groups. Please return only if your department has invited you.


  • BSc Chemistry - final year students to research labs, dependent on lab capacity. Please return only if your department has invited you.

  • MSc Chemistry - for access to labs, dependent on lab capacity. Please return only if your department has invited you.


  • MSc Cognitive Neuroscience - please return only if your department has invited you.

All students who are eligible to return to in-person teaching will have been notified directly by their departments.

The government advises that we cannot allow students on other programmes to return to in-person teaching before the Summer Term at the earliest.

Courses that resumed in-person teaching on Monday 4 January


  • PGCE - All students

Health Sciences

  • BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice - All students

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing - All students

  • MNurs (Hons) Nursing - All students

Hull York Medical School

  • MBBS - All students

Social Policy and Social Work

  • MA in Social Work - 1st Year and 2nd Year students

  • MSocW (Hons) Social Work - 3rd Year students

What does this mean for my exams?

All exams and assessments will continue to be online for the rest of the 2020/21 academic year. You should make sure you aren't travelling when you’re due to be taking an exam or writing an assessment, however you can complete them in either location (on campus or at home). Study spaces are available on campus should you need them. Read our guidance for online exams.

We know that you will be anxious to hear more about assessment and adjustments, as well as mitigations for students. The University has announced a new set of measures to support students taking exams and submitting assessments during this academic year.

If you are in York

Get tested

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.

  • We can all help protect vulnerable people in the community and on campus, and help drive rates down so that we can continue to ease restrictions during spring and summer.

Knowing when to self-isolate

  • If you are due to return and your household is self-isolating, you will need to self-isolate upon your arrival.

  • If you test positive or are showing symptoms of Covid-19 while away from university, you must stay where you are and self-isolate, as required by law.

You should let us know that you are self-isolating by filling out the online form.

We've put together a package of support to help you get through your self-isolation period if you need to take one while in York.

Fill out the self-isolation form to unlock:

  • activity packs

  • food packs based on your household's dietary requirements

  • a £40 e-voucher you can spend at retailers including Google Play, Spotify, Just Eat, Sky Store, Deliveroo and others.

Your college team will also ring to check in on how you're feeling and your wellbeing. If you need help with shopping, laundry (if you're on campus) or prescription collection, just ask.

Campus facilities

We want to reassure everyone that the University is not closed. Study spaces, the Library, accommodation, our on-campus supermarkets, on-campus catering, and student support services all remain available. We are reviewing all of our health and safety risk assessments around campus, to provide assurance that we are operating as safely as possible in these difficult circumstances.

Travelling to England from outside the UK

You must follow the government guidance on what to do before travelling to England and follow all the guidance regarding quarantining for ten days upon arrival.

Financial support is available for international students coming to York for the first time.

Lockdown rent arrangements

The health and wellbeing of students and staff is our first priority at all times. Following the UK Government’s rules is an essential part of protecting yourself and other people.

In the light of this, we can confirm we have taken steps to support our students with accommodation, which replaces previous guidance issued in December 2020 around staggered returns.

Postgraduate researchers

Postgraduate researchers will receive the guidance directly via email, outlining impact for PGRs and implications for GTAs:

Thank you for your patience!

We know that things are confusing right now and the last thing you probably want is more changes to your plans, but we'll do our best to try and make things as simple as possible for you. One thing that will never change is that we'll always be here to help.