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Coronavirus

2020/21 academic year

On 13 April, the Government announced that students who are not already attending in-person teaching will not be able to return to on-campus teaching until 17 May at the earliest.  
  
As a result, the previous guidance remains in place and on that basis teaching will continue to be online only: students should continue to engage with their course in the same way that they have been since January 2021. 
  
Students who need to return to term-time accommodation for health and safety reasons, or due to mental health or wellbeing concerns, may do so. 

Explore our frequently asked questions

Arriving from outside the UK

If you’re arriving from certain countries, you’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days in addition to your settling in week. So you should arrive 3 weeks before your induction.

This does not apply to every country. GOV.UK lists the countries currently exempt from self-isolation on arrival.

Start dates

Teaching for the 2020/21 academic year began on 5 October 2020 - If you were due to start in January 2021, your term will begin on 1 February 2021.

Postgraduate start dates

The majority of our postgraduate taught courses began their academic year on 5 October.

For postgraduate taught courses that began in February 2021, we are planning to introduce a blended model of teaching, which will combine in-person on-campus teaching with online teaching, from 7 June 2021 (the beginning of your Semester 2).

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