The health and wellbeing of students, staff and visitors is our first priority at all times. 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:
Protect: by taking proactive steps to keep one another safe.
Respect: by having compassion for others and collectively supporting a safe community for us all.
Be kind: by looking out for other people and paying particular attention to those struggling or concerned.
Test before you travel
We strongly encourage you to continue testing during the festive season.
If you're leaving York over the winter break, please take LFD tests before leaving and again before travelling back to campus. Make sure you take enough with you - you can collect tests from these places on campus, or from a pharmacy or testing centre.
If you are travelling outside of the UK over the holiday period, or arriving in York for the first time in January, please check the latest Government guidance on testing and self-isolating. Make sure you let us know if you're self-isolating, to unlock our package of support.
Quick links to information
For staff: including covid-secure measures, teaching, learning, assessment and wellbeing.
For current students: including teaching and learning, testing and self-isolation guidance and support and services available.
Postgraduate researchers: information for all PGRs, supervisors, graduate research administrators and other staff supporting our postgraduate researchers.
Volunteers needed for dual testing quality assurance trial
Ongoing quality assurance is a key aspect of the NHS Test and Trace testing programme, helping to verify that home test kits are safe and effective. We're looking for staff or student volunteers to participate in our Dual Testing Quality Assurance Trial by comparing results from LFD and PCR tests.
To take part, please come to the walk-in facility at the Wentworth College test centre (Monday to Friday, 12pm – 4pm) where you will be guided and supported through the dual testing process.
On campus? Get tested regularly
It is crucial that staff and students who visit campus or are on placement get tested regularly. We can all help protect vulnerable people in the community and on campus, and help drive rates down.
Symptom-free testing is available to all at Vedge Cafe, Wentworth College on Campus West and the Ron Cooke Hub on Campus East. You should:
get two tests a week, three days apart
fill in the relevant self-isolation form (below) if you test positive
Not sure what to expect at the testing centre on campus? We take you through the process step-by-step in this video produced by YSTV.
Student self-isolation form
If you have Covid-19 symptoms, have tested positive or share a household with someone who has, are asked to by track and trace, fill in this form.
Staff reporting self-isolation
If you have tested positive for Covid-19, or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have entered self-isolation, you should let us know.
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.
Find out about
Current rules and restrictions
Familiarise yourself with what you can and cannot do on the government's Covid restrictions web page.
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.
Current confirmed cases
As of the morning of Friday 3 December we are aware of 27 individuals within our University community and based in York who are currently self-isolating because they have had a positive Covid-19 test.
We have around 4,500 members of staff and a student body of around 20,000.
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 week to reflect the previous week’s new cases.
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 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 the geographic regions covered by other data sources.
Use the dropdown boxes at the top of the chart to select a different date range, or switch between data for the date a case was reported and date individuals began self-isolation.
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.