This page contains the latest information to keep our students, staff, and our community safe. We are looking forward to an enjoyable year ahead, but our number one priority is to keep everyone safe as we continue to work through the challenges of Covid-19.

This page will be frequently updated with new information and guidance in line with any announcements from government.

If you have symptoms (a new, continuous cough, a high temperature or have seen a change or loss to your sense of taste and smell), or have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19, you must:

In line with the latest government guidance, students should remain living where they currently are, either in their permanent home or university accommodation.

Teaching will be delivered online until at least mid-February for all courses other than Initial Teacher Training, Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work programmes, and those programmes regulated by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB), where there are assessments and/or mandatory activity.

Teaching and placements on these courses will continue as planned, and the University is working closely with placement providers to ensure a safe working environment for our students.  

Students on these courses should take two Covid-19 lateral flow tests, three days apart, and receive two negative results before coming onto campus for teaching, to access facilities or to attend their placement. Students can find more information on UDo about this testing scheme, and how to book a test.  

Staff are to work from home unless required for the delivery of teaching, core campus services or the University’s asymptomatic testing centre. Staff coming onto site are encouraged to undergo two tests, three days apart, and book an appointment via the link provided to all staff.   

As has been the case throughout, all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure our campus is a Covid-secure environment for our staff and students. 


Since the latest government announcement on 4 January 2021, only students on Initial Teacher Training, Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work programmes, and those programmes regulated by Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB), where there are assessments and/or mandatory activity, will have on-campus teaching sessions. All other programmes are being taught remotely.  
Students and staff attending site for any reason (for teaching sessions on the above programmes, or those using on-campus facilities such as the library), should take two lateral flow tests, three days apart, before their first visit to campus. Anyone with symptoms should immediately book a test with the NHS, and self-isolate until they receive their results. 
It is very important that all staff and students follow the national guidelines and regulations to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, and additional appointments are available to anyone who feels the need for further tests. 

  • When you are on site at University, face coverings will be mandatory (unless an exemption applies such as medical reasons) in all areas apart from classrooms and office spaces. This is because classrooms and office spaces adhere to the 1 metre plus social distancing Government guidelines. You are free to wear a face covering in these areas if you wish and we ask everyone to respect other people's choices on the matter.
  • The University of Derby is proud to operate the Sunflower Scheme. If you are not able to wear a face covering for a medical reason you can wear a sunflower badge or lanyard to show this. You can collect a sunflower badge from University reception desks and the Union of Students' shops. If you see people wearing one this means they have a hidden disability.
  • Ensure that you are thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water regularly for 20 seconds.  
  • Do not share equipment with each other, such as writing pens, as the virus can spread on surfaces.  
  • Follow the signs in work areas to clean the area you are working or studying at with the equipment provided.  

We have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes across our sites to ensure a Covid-secure environment for students, staff and visitors. We have followed the latest guidance and all our ventilation systems have been altered so they do not recirculate air but instead bring in fresh air from outside. The ventilation systems will also be running for 2 hours before and 2 hours after rooms are used. 

Everyone has a personal responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained for the safety of everyone attending on site. Our cleaning regime includes increased cleaning duties across all areas, including critical touchpoints in high footfall areas and the provision of hand sanitisers in common areas, entrances and exits.  

All sites have internal one-way systems and clear signage that everyone must follow, wherever possible. This includes changes to our entrances and exits to sites which are now as follows: 

Kedleston Road: Enter via main reception and exit through the B Block link.   

Markeaton Street: Enter and exit through the Pybus Street and Brook entrances at either end of The Street.  

Britannia Mill: Enter via main reception and exit through the Ground Floor exit on Markeaton Street into the upper car park area.  

Enterprise Centre: Enter and exit through main reception.  

One Friar Gate Square: Enter and exit through main reception. 

Chesterfield: Enter and exit through main reception.  

Buxton: Enter and exit through main reception.  

  • You must follow the instructions on all campus signage
  • Please adhere to social distancing on our sites and while you are travelling to them

We are confident that we can all succeed this year and are fully committed to our ‘Together Pledge’.

The following information covers a range of information relating to all aspects of University life. Staff can also find a range of guidance materials on the intranet.

We have published a Covid-19 Outbreak Management Plan which sets out our approach to managing Covid-19 outbreaks within our University community and across our campuses.

The 2020/21 Academic Year

Following the announcement of the latest government regulations, teaching will be delivered online until at least mid-February for all courses other than Initial Teacher Training (Education), Nursing, Allied Health and Social Work programmes, and for those Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRB) regulated programmes where there are assessments and/or mandatory activity.  
Teaching and placements on these courses will continue as planned, and the University is working closely with placement providers to ensure a safe working environment for our students.  
Students on these courses should take two Covid-19 Lateral Flow Tests, three days apart, and receive two negative results before coming onto campus for teaching, to access facilities or to attend their placement.

The limited teaching taking place on site will be done so in a socially distanced way, where possible with 2 metres between people, or with 1 metre plus other precautions in place.

University facilities

The wide range of University facilities on site will be operating in a Covid-secure way. Students will be able to access digital services via UDo and access on-campus services:

Our libraries are open. There have been several changes to how they operate to keep everyone safe. This includes an important safety measure where you will book a slot to access the library. You will be able to use our booking service which also shows the latest opening times. 

We know that you might feel worried about the coronavirus (Covid-19), how this is affecting your life and what support is available to you. Please remember our Student Wellbeing Service is here to support you.  

The College Student Centres are open and will be able to help you with lots of information around enrolment, your timetable and a range of general enquires. If you are a European or International student, you can also visit the College Student Centres for any advice on visas and your funding. 

Due to Government guidance, the University Sports Centre gym facilities will be closed until further notice. All members will receive an email outlining how their membership fees will be dealt with. Members can visit the Nuffield Health website for access to lots of great workouts you can do at home.

The Union of Students continue to work hard to support and represent all students and offer a wide range of support and Covid-compliant events. 

The Multi-faith Centre is open and will be operating with social distancing rules in place.  

There are a wide range of catering outlets across our campuses all of which are now open Monday to Friday. These are the latest opening times:

Kedleston Road

Starbucks: 8.00am - 3.00pm

Keddies: 8.00am - 3.00pm

All other sites have vending machine provision for hot drinks and snacks. 

Please wear a face covering and follow the floor markings when using the catering outlets. All catering outlets take payment by card - which is preferred - but they will also accept cash. Please also note that unfortunately you will not be able to use your reusable cup due to cross-contamination risks.

Health and Safety

As well as the information at the top of this page, everyone must ensure that they are adhering to the latest Government and NHS guidance. This information is extremely important - we take our responsibility in this very seriously and so must you.

If you are a student and you believe that you are in a high-risk category, are shielding, or if you are facing Covid-19-related transport restrictions or associated financial issues, please inform us as soon as you can if are not already studying remotely as a result of the changes announced by government on 4 January.

You may be contacted by the NHS via its Test and Trace scheme. If this happens please ensure you follow the guidance you are given. If, as a result of Test and Trace, you are told to self-isolate because of being in contact with someone with a positive case, please ensure you inform us immediately.

We understand that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact on your mental health and wellbeing. Students can find some helpful information and guidance on the Student Minds website. Staff members are able to access a confidential and impartial advice service, details of which are available on the Staff Intranet.

If you are a disabled student, you may need reasonable adjustments, due to the impact of COVID-19. If you would like to request a support plan or a review of an existing support plan, please contact Student Wellbeing.

If, as a result of shielding, you require reasonable adjustments, you are advised to contact Student Wellbeing to request a support plan or a review of an existing support plan. 

Halls of Residence

Yes, the University is following government guidelines and continues to provide accommodation for those students who need it.

You should only return to your term time accommodation when your onsite teaching has started again. However, if you are unable to stay where you are and need to return to your room in halls please contact Student Living by email via or the University via before you make any arrangements.

How we are delivering services to you

We will be continuing to deliver all our services in halls.  We will continue to;

  • Offer our usual pastoral support to students
  • Provide a cleaning service in all our occupied flats
  • Deliver maintenance services into flats
  • Offer a postal collection service

Our offices will remain open every weekday evening and they will be open in the daytime too but you may notice some changes to our daytime office hours as we ensure that our staff work in line with the recent government guidance. 

We would ask that where possible students should contact the 24 hour mobile number for each hall in the first instance if you require assistance from us.  Contact details for your hall can be found here  

The University, Student Living and the Union of Students recognise the challenges students face at this time and have put in place the following rent waiver arrangements:

Halls of Residence Rent Waiver - Winter 2020/21

All rent waivers will be applied to the Term Three rent payment due in April 2021 and may be split into a maximum of the two parts set out below.

Term One Waiver

All students of the University who were booked into Student Living halls during the Covid 19 travel window in Term One (3 December 2020 to 9 December 2020), will receive a two-week reduction in their Term Three rent payment (as a waiver of rent). This rent waiver will be made in recognition of the disruption caused by the Covid 19 travel window.

Term Two Waiver

Any Student Living halls resident who has been unable to occupy their room in halls during 11 January 2021 to 22 February 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions may apply for a rent waiver of up to a maximum of six weeks. The precise amount of rent waiver in each case will be determined by, amongst other things, the period of time in which the relevant student occupied their room during this time. If a student does not return to halls until 22 February 2021, they may be eligible to receive the full six-week rent waiver.

Please note that this waiver arrangement does not constitute a variation of the terms of any Licence Agreement entered into between Student Living and a student of the University, all of which will continue in full force and effect. Nor is this announcement intended to change your obligations under a Licence Agreement or constitute a formal offer to do so. The waiver of any rent payment due to the University or Student Living will be subject to the satisfaction of all applicable conditions.

All students who occupied Student Living Halls in Term One during the Covid-19 travel window and have an up to date rent account on 1st April 2021 are eligible for a two-week rent waiver.

You may be eligible for a further waiver in respect of Term Two, up to a maximum of six weeks of rent, if you can demonstrate to the satisfaction of Student Living that:

  • You have entered into a Licence Agreement with Student Living for the 2020/21 academic year which includes the period from 11 January 2021 to 22 February 2021 and you have not breached or are in breach of any of the obligations of this agreement;
  • You have paid or are required to pay rent to Student Living;
  • You do not have any overdue rent payments on your Student Living rent account as at 1 April 2021, to be determined in accordance with your payment schedule.
  • You are not currently occupying your room in Student Living Halls.
  • You do not move back to your room between 11 January 2021 and 22 February 2021.

When you return to halls, you occupy your room for the remaining duration of your Licence Agreement and do not cancel, terminate or leave this agreement during that period. You may be required to repay the rent waiver in these circumstances.

  • You should continue to pay your Term Two rent instalment as normal.
  • We will send you a form in w/c 18 January 2021 asking you to confirm, amongst other things, your room usage in Term Two. This form MUST be completed by 31 January 2021.
  • In February 2021 our team will work through this information and write to all students confirming this process has been completed and providing guidance on reviewing their Term Three instalment.
  • Eligible students will have their waiver applied by 31 March 2021 prior to the Term Three rent payment being made.

We have a comprehensive delivery plan to make sure residents and staff at halls stay safe. Halls staff will be following social distancing guidelines when delivering all services to students, so that you will be reassured when:

  • collecting your post,  
  • having your flat cleaned,  
  • using communal areas or
  • participating in our actual and virtual events programme.   

We also have full plans in place for all eventualities including: 

  • self-isolation arrangements 
  • room moves 
  • visitors 
  • changes to government guidelines

Everything will be organised to put your safety and wellbeing first and staff will be on hand to provide advice to students about managing the risk of infection.

The social distancing protocols in halls have been communicated to all residents via the halls online induction and there are reminders under the Halls tile on the UDo app. The guidance there includes advice on using the laundry, collecting post, social bubbles and visitors.

In addition posters and regular messaging to residents will be put in place to make sure that students are aware of public health guidelines.

We understand that this is a worrying time for many of our students. Our Halls Managers are fully contactable through our usual channels, so please get in touch if you require any support. Also, our Wellbeing Team offer support to all students experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues. They can be contacted on 01332 593000 or 

At the moment there are two weekly virtual events for residents:

On Mondays from 10am - 11am you can join in our yoga sessions organised by #Andrahealth. Check the University of Derby Accommodation Facebook page each week for details. 

On Tuesdays from 6.30pm - 7.30pm join Marie for our Creative Arts Social Zoom ID 83704259389. More details can be found on the University of Derby Accommodation Facebook page.

You will need to self-isolate for 14 days or until you receive a negative coronavirus test result.

If one of your flat mates develops symptoms then you should not leave your flat for 14 days or until a negative test result has been received.  

The student concerned should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-19. If their test result is positive, they will need to follow the same advice for people with COVID-19 symptoms – that is, after 10 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste – they can return to their normal routine.

At the end of the 14-day period or after a negative test result has been received, anyone in the household who has not become unwell can return to their normal routine.

1. Let your Hall Manager know as soon as you think you have symptoms or have tested positive.

2. Tell your flat mates. They will need to self- isolate too.

3. Stay inside.

4. Do not go to work, University or public places.

5. Do your grocery shopping online so that it can be delivered straight to your door.

6. Don’t have any visitors inside your flat. It’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop things off at your door but you should not have physical contact with them.

7. Hall staff will deliver your post straight to your door.

If any person in the flat with COVID-19 symptoms has not had any signs of improvement and has not already sought medical advice, they should use the NHS 111 online COVID-19 service. If they do not have internet access, they should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency, they should dial 999.

Remember, a cough or anosmia (a loss of, or change, in the sense of taste or smell), may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the infection having cleared. A persistent cough or anosmia does not mean someone needs to continue to self-isolate for more than 10 days.

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and were advised to ‘shield’ during the height of the pandemic, you should follow the usual guidelines and take extra precautions in line with government advice. Please let your Hall Manager know if you are in this category.

You can keep up to date with the latest NHS advice on all aspects of coronavirus at

We will also send communications to you so please make sure you read any emails sent to you by Student Living or your Hall Manager. You can keep up to date with what’s happening in halls through the University of Derby Accommodation Facebook page and the @DerbyUniHalls Instagram and Twitter accounts.

You will need to report this to the University via the student Covid-19 reporting form. You should also book a free NHS test and tell your Hall Manager and flat mates immediately. Both you and your flat mates will need to self-isolate.  Your Hall Manager can discuss what support is available to you and what steps you should be taking. 

Visitors to halls are restricted at present to ensure that we comply with public health advice. Flats are classed as households and students must comply with the government guidance in relation to this and not breach the “rule of six”. Some visitors may be permitted if a resident requests this via the Hall Manager and completes a visitor form. 

You should inform your Hall Manager about the outcome of your test regardless of whether you have received a positive result or a negative result. 

Student responsibility

It is essential that you take personal responsibility for your own safety, and the safety of others, by fully complying with all the information provided on this page and the latest local and national government restrictions. We will ensure we keep you updated with that information and it is crucial that you read and follow it to help keep us all safe. This is why we have written our ‘Together Pledge’. 

Students make up a large proportion of local residents and we therefore want to encourage all students to ensure that they are being a good neighbour 

Failure to comply with government and University guidance will be taken extremely seriously. Where necessary, the University will take action, including potential disciplinary action to protect both the City and the University community.  

All students are subject to the Student Code of Conduct 

Any occurrences of misconduct or planned events that will go against government and University guidelines can be reported to so that we can instigate procedures. 

The government set out a range of enforceable measures that you must be aware of 

It is important that you are proactive in supporting your own health needs. We have a campus based GP Surgery at Kedleston Road named Park Medical Practice. All appointments will be made and completed by phone. Please do not come into the surgery unless you have been advised to by a member of the practice team. The team will be on site Monday – Friday 2:00pm – 6:00pm for pre arranged appointments only. If you are a student and need to move your GP practice you can register with Park Medical Practice.  

If you need to self-isolate at any point in the future, it is now good practice for you to ensure that you have all the items that you need in your household. These include any medications and personal items that you require.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you must inform the University if you have Covid-19 symptoms using the Covid-19 reporting form. 

Yes, you must inform the University if you receive a positive test result for Covid-19 using the Covid-19 reporting form. 

Yes, you must inform the University if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 using the Covid-19 reporting form. 

We have developed a guidance page for all European and International Students arriving for this academic year. The information can be accessed on this page.

Universities UK has also published information about the way the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the international work of UK universities, their international students, staff and partners and international students looking to study in the UK in the near future.

If you need further information, please contact your College Student Centre 

In line with the sector and government guidance we are not able to offer this. 
We have lots in place to ensure your remote learning experience is the best it can be. 
You can explore the extensive range of e-resources and services that are available. The library has LiveChat/Library Guides and online skills advice. Access to our employability team is also still available and offering support in finding paid work opportunities. 
Our student wellbeing team, personal college advisors and your Personal Academic Tutor can offer guidance where needed. Please do follow our communication channels as we are still here to support you.

Continue to check your Unimail for updates, UDo News tile for contact info and useful articles and following @DerbyUnistudent – we are using social media to signpost to services. 
At a national level, the National Union of Students (NUS) have been lobbying the Government about this issue. If the situation changes, we would issue a communication to all students but at present there will not be a reduction in the tuition fee for this year. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch via 


We recognise that current events and uncertainty may have impacted your ability to prepare for your assessment, if you need support you can apply for Exceptional Extenuating Circumstances (EECs), which covers assessments such as presentations, exams, and coursework. If approved, an EEC will normally give you give a new assessment and new deadline. Please apply for this in the usual way (see UDo Student Centre tile > Assessments – for guidance).

We have paused all international travel for staff and students. All non-essential business travel across the UK has been stopped until further notice.

We're working with and providing a wide range of support to the NHS, local councils, organisations and communities across the city and county. Learn more about how we're supporting the community

Health and Social Care students currently on work placement

This guidance was last updated on Thursday 8th October 2020 at 4pm.

Clinical placements have very effective processes in place to manage patients with coronavirus. Please follow the guidance and policies in your work placement. Students who may be required to deliver clinical care to affected patients should have the necessary skills and knowledge, including infection prevention and control measures needed to work in such environments. 

If you are a healthcare student in a work placement and have any concerns about your ability to provide care to patients affected by COVID-19, please speak with your practice supervisor/practice educator/clinical educator or the HSC College Student Centre placements team via email:

Currently, shielding is paused and with full infection control measures in place during placement this should minimise any risk to those you live with. Please follow the government guidelines.

If the vulnerable person continues to self-isolate, there is specific guidance for others whom they live with.

Ask your practice supervisor/practice educator/clinical educator if the work placement has also issued any additional guidance you can follow too.

You will be offered individual support and advice around academic and practice learning support, as necessary.

Under the current guidance available at if you come into contact with someone with the virus, you may be asked to self-isolate. It is important that you report this to the University using both the online form and the placement absences process:   

Email: – for all programmes across HSC.  

Tel:        01332 592099 

You will be offered individual support and advice around academic and practice learning support, as necessary.  

Please notify your work placement as soon as possible. Please report the absence to the HSC College student Centre. 

Email: – for all programmes across HSC.  

Tel:        01332 592099 

It is important that you stipulate the reason for your absence. 

No, this alone will not result in a failed placement. The University will endeavour to find an alternative placement if at all possible. Where this is not possible, your programme leader will contact you regarding arrangements for making up hours and meeting your standards/ competencies as quickly as they can. 

We are aware that one of the issues that will cause greatest anxiety, particularly among final year students, is how the COVID-19 outbreak may impact on their ability to undertake the required practice hours. However, please be reassured that we will be taking a supportive approach to enable the accumulation of practice hours in these circumstances.

If you find yourself with deficit of practice hours, your programme leader will support you on an individual basis to achieve the requirements. 

  • If you have reported that you are sick, this will be recorded as sickness absence 
  • If you are self-isolating but are well, this will be recorded as authorised absence 
  • If you are well but have to stay at home for childcare/caring responsibilities, this will be recorded as authorised absence.  

All students who may be required to deliver clinical care to affected patients must be provided with training and information on any additional infection prevention and control measures needed to work in such environments by the work placement organisation.

This will include the safe donning and removal of personal protective equipment (PPE). Any special protective equipment personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided by the work placement organisation.

If you are unsure of the local guidance, or have any concerns, please speak with your practice supervisor / clinical educator / practice educator. 

As an apprentice you need to meet the requirements of your apprenticeship as well as those set by the University and your employer. We recognise that during this time you may need to be redeployed or you may not be able to participate in your apprenticeship in the same way as normal.

You can achieve your 20% off-the-job learning throughout your programme, and government guidance has been that apprenticeships should continue where possible. Therefore, it will be appropriate to take a flexible approach to practice and theory elements of your programme.

If you are not able to continue your apprenticeship at the current time you are able to take a break in learning.

Where these arrangements have been in place, due to current government guidance on non-essential staff entering the workplace, academic staff are unable to visit placement. Personal academic tutors will continue to support you virtually via phone/ Skype / email

Please contact them with any placement support you may need, except for reporting sickness and absence, which should be reported to the HSC College student centre placements team using these details: 

Email: – for all programmes across HSC.  

Tel:        01332 592099 

The advice from Public Health England must be followed

Please ensure that you email the HSC College Student Centre placements team to inform them you will be returning to your placement.


Tel: 01332 592099

You should also contact the placement when you are recovered, to advise them of your planned return. You must also ensure that you check this website and your university emails to familiarise yourself on any relevant updates.

We understand that you may have some anxieties if you have a placement in a healthcare setting and you are pregnant. We would recommend that any student who is pregnant and feels vulnerable should remove themselves from placement. Please report this absence using the sickness and absence process.

Email: - all programmes across HSC

Tel: 01332 592099

Current information from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists states:

  • Pregnant women of any gestation are at no more risk of contracting the virus than any other non-pregnant person who is in similar health
  • For those women who are 28 weeks pregnant and beyond, there is an increased risk of becoming severely ill should you contract COVID-19 (this is true of any viral illness contracted, such as flu)

For pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation, or with underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease at any gestation, a more precautionary approach is advised. Women in this category are recommended to stay at home. You should therefore remove yourself from placement and report the absence using the process above. Please notify your placement lead when you learn of your pregnancy if this will impact on a future planned placement.

For more specific information regarding your particular programme and cohort, please check the University emails sent to you and the programme announcements on Blackboard.

Last updated: Thursday 21 January 2021 16:37:13