Community information

At this time, the health and wellbeing of our staff, students and the communities around us continues to be our primary concern.

Kathryn Mitchell in the atrium of the University of Derby's Kedleston Road site
Professor Kathryn Mitchell

A letter from our Vice-Chancellor 


Following the government’s most recent update for its national roadmap that relates to higher education, I would like to update you on what this means for staff and students at the University.

It has been confirmed that: “all remaining higher education students will be able to return to campus for in-person learning from Monday 17 May at the earliest, alongside Step Three of the roadmap for leaving lockdown." 

We have updated our students about what this means for them and kept them informed of the facilities that are available on campus for them to access. These include the library, careers service, Union of Students outdoor sports clubs, Multi-Faith Centre and IT support, as well as the University of Derby Sports Centre which is open for new and existing members – with regular cleaning regimes, social distancing measures, hand sanitising stations and kit cleaning facilities to keep users safe while they stay active.  

To help keep us all safe, our asymptomatic testing continues for all students and staff who need to be on campus, and we are strongly encouraging them to make regular asymptomatic testing part of their routine, to help protect not only themselves, but also the local community. Furthermore, we continue to work hard to ensure our buildings are safe and that all University sites are operating in Covid-secure ways.

While this third lockdown has been particularly challenging for us all, here at the University we are excited to be moving forward with our plans and making preparations for what is going to be a busy summer. We have our first on-campus Open Day of the year taking place on Saturday 3 July, and Clearing, which is a key event in our University calendar, takes place on A-Level results day in mid-August.

It has been fantastic to be able to welcome more students and staff onto site gradually over the past few months, and we are very much looking forward to our remaining students joining us.


Yours sincerely,


Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL


University of Derby Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive

The Vice-Chancellor wrote a welcome letter in September to students and the wider community to explain what the University's plans were for the start of term, a letter in November with an update on the University's plans for managing the second lockdown period and a letter about plans for Christmas sharing the steps taken to ensure that students who wanted to go home for Christmas were able to do so safely for themselves and their families. The Vice-Chancellor's letter about returning to University in January 2021 with an update on plans for students, her communication on the measures taken in response to the third national lockdown and following the government's announcement of its roadmap for easing restrictions can also be read. 

How we are helping the local community

As a university, we take the civic role we play seriously and are committed to supporting our local communities through these challenging times. We are in the fortunate position of having a wealth of expertise and knowledge to share.

We are already working with, and providing a wide range of support to, the NHS, local councils, organisations and communities across the city and county. Here are some examples of how we are responding to the crisis.

Discover our latest Covid-19 information for students and staff

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International review of research concludes that wearing a face mask while exercising is safe, including for those undergoing rehabilitation for respiratory conditions, such as Covid-19.

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Research programme funded by the Economic and Social Research Council will involve studies in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Useful resources

Below are some resources you may find helpful.


Whether you are facing the challenge of home schooling, or worried about your mental health during the crisis, our expert blogs offer sound advice and helpful tips to make life at home a little easier.

Expert comment

Our academics have been featuring regularly in the news, providing their expert perspective and advice on various issues related to Covid-19, ranging from its impact on BAME communities to effect of lockdown on the environment. For more information contact

For businesses

At this challenging time, we wish to highlight that we remain as committed as ever to working with you and supporting our business community. We are using technology to ensure we can continue to collaborate and are committed to doing all we can to make sure any restrictions we face do not impact on the projects and activities we deliver.

If you would like to find out more about how we can support your business, please speak to your usual contact person or our Business Enquiry Team via

During this challenging time, support is available from a variety of expert sources. In addition to contacting us, excellent advice and guidance is also provided by the Government, D2N2 Growth HubCBI and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.


Find out more about how local stakeholders are supporting the recovery efforts across the city:

Online learning resources

The University of Derby has seen a steep rise in the number of people accessing its free online courses at this time. These short online courses, also known as MOOCs (massive open online courses) are free to take part in and are open to everyone regardless of age, education level and location.

Mental Health Toolkit for businesses

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) has created a time of uncertainty and concern that is affecting people’s mental health.  It is essential that individuals have the tools to manage their mental health and wellbeing and to feel able to support others too. The University has developed webinars and short courses as a mental health toolkit, to assist employers and employees to look after their mental health during this difficult time.

Coronavirus information for current staff and students