Coronavirus advice and information

27 March 2020

Covid-19 FAQs can be found here.

This information is being regularly updated to reflect the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)World Health Organisation (WHO) Public Health England (PHE)111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next, and other sources including local partners.  
We are monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its impact and doing everything possible to ensure the safety of, and to reassure our staff and students. 

10 March 2020

Please be aware that the Foreign Office has today updated its travel advice relating to Italy.

Areas, which are in lockdown, can be identified on this map​. In addition to this, a number of airlines have cancelled flights in and out of Italy.

We would remind you that travel on University business is not authorised to Category 1 or 2 areas, including Italy, until further notice. We also strongly recommend you avoid travel to these areas for any other purpose.​

4 March 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and students can contact the helpline by telephone and email:

The helpline is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.

2 March 2020

Travellers who have returned from Category 1 specific areas since 19 February should, even if they do not have symptoms, follow the advice below:

  • Call NHS111 immediately
  • Self-isolate (stay at home indoors and avoid contact with other people) for 14 days

 Category 1 areas include:

  •  Iran
  •  Specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy
  • Special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea
  • Hubei province (returned in the past 14 days)

 Anyone who has returned from Category 2 areas since 19 February does not need to self-isolate unless they have developed symptoms, however mild, in which case they should:

  • Immediately call NHS111
  • Self-isolate (stay at home indoors and avoid contact with other people) for 14 days

 The advice does not need to be followed if individuals are symptom free. Category 2 areas include:

  • Cambodia
  • China*
  • Hong Kong
  • Italy: north*
  • Japan
  •  Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Republic of Korea*
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

​*Except areas of the country specifically referred to in Category 1.

The advice above matches the government advice for educational institutions. Where we have had staff or students returning from any of these areas, they have been reminded to follow the guidance and report to NHS if they have any symptoms, after which appropriate advice is given by the regional health authorities.

Members of staff and students households who have travelled to or from Category 1 areas within the last 14 days please remain at home and contact for further advice.

Members of staff and students households who have returned from Category 2 areas within the last 14 days please contact for further advice.

In the interest of good health and hygiene we also are introducing a ‘no handshaking’ policy to take place with immediate effect.

Clearly the situation continues to cause great concern around the world. We have a team dedicated to monitoring and responding to updated guidance from Government, Foreign Office, Public Health England and University sector bodies. To date this advice is that life on our campus can carry on as normal in line with public health guidance. No areas of the University are closed off, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus, and there is no need to wear facemasks. Following basic hygiene precautions such as regularly washing your hands, will minimise the chance of spreading any viral infection.

Where colleagues and students have returned from international travel, and have followed all of the public health guidance, we expect they will be welcomed back and enabled to carry on their work as normal.

This is an evolving situation and we encourage staff and students to follow and stay up-to-date with information and advice from the World Health Organisation, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and public health authorities, including at: