Coronavirus information for current students

This page contains the latest information to keep our students safe.

The UK government has announced a further update for their national roadmap that relates to higher education. As part of this announcement, the government has advised that universities are not able to return to face-to-face teaching for non-practical programmes until 17 May 2021.

In line with government guidance, we can confirm the following:

Undergraduate, Foundation, Apprenticeship and Postgraduate Taught students: 

Postgraduate research (PGR) students: 

You should only come back to your term-time address if your programme is listed (for those students where your term-time address is different to your permanent home). Once you have returned, government guidance advises you should stay at your term-time address as much as possible. You may return to your term-time address to access adequate study space or if you are struggling with your mental health.

Our asymptomatic testing continues for all students and staff who need to be on campus. To help protect you and the wider community, we strongly encourage you to make regular asymptomatic testing a part of your routine. Please ensure that you take two COVID-19 lateral flow tests per week, three days apart, and test negative for both before attending site. You can book your tests online or via our booking desk. Please remember to minimise your contact with people until you have received your negative test results.

If you test positive for Covid-19 you should not attend campus. Instead, you should self-isolate at your current address and let us know of your results by completing the Covid-19 Reporting form so that we can support you.

If you are an international student you can find all the latest information about travelling to the UK and self-isolation on our international guidance page.

For any queries on how the University is adapting and responding to Covid-19, please email

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Our Estates team have worked very hard since the start of Covid-19 to ensure Covid-secure buildings. All our University sites will continue to operate in the Covid-secure way. 

It is important to remember that while levels of Covid19 infection remain high, you must still exercise caution and follow the national guidance. Please continue to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene even if you’ve tested negative for Covid-19. Please remember that face coverings must be worn (unless exempt) in all indoor areas when you're onsite at University, including classrooms.

University facilities are open, including the Please use the UDo ‘Make a Booking’ tile, where necessary, in advance for access to library and IT PC/MAC reservations.

The University of Derby Sports Centre 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.  

Your Union outdoor sports clubs have also returned to training, along with Team Derby social sports activity. Clubs and Societies continue to host online activities for students to get involved in – wherever they are.  

The UniBus is in operation to travel to and from our Derby sites, view the timetables and travel guidance for full information.

Our WhoSatWhere system remains in place so we can continue with contact tracing in teaching spaces. If you need a reminder of this, watch Amey’s video.

The government Test and Trace system is run by the NHS. It enables you to easily find out if you have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has shown symptoms and vice versa.

One of the easiest ways to keep track of where you have been is through the NHS COVID-19 app where you can scan into various locations via a QR code.

If you have coronavirus symptoms (a new and continuous cough, a high temperature, or have seen a change or loss to your sense of taste and/or smell), diagnosis, have been in contact with someone with Covid-19 or are currently shielding, you must self-isolate, inform the University and take a Covid-19 test. Informing the University enables us to provide you with essential information and offer support through the Covid-19 students support service.

The University and your Union of Students have worked together to set up a Covid-19 student support service. The service consists of a team of volunteers, made up of both students and staff members, who are available with advice and guidance. The volunteer team will also be carrying out check-in phone calls for students who are isolating. The call will check if you have any needs that the volunteer team can help with, such as collecting ‘click and collect’ shopping or medical supplies from a pharmacy. 

If you have specific academic issues, you can contact your Personal Academic Tutor, Personal College Adviser or the Union Advice Service, who can provide independent, impartial advice, support and information on a wide range of University issues and concerns. 

You can also speak to our Student Wellbeing Centre if you require additional information or guidance to help you look after your health and wellbeing.

There’s lots of support on offer from our Chaplaincy and College Student Centres. Please check the Covid-19 tile on UDo (login required) for full details.

If you need our support, there are ways that we can help you:

Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form – this activates the support process so we can ensure you have all you need during isolation.

If you’re high risk, shielding, facing transport restrictions or financial hardship you can request to study remotely

Get support for yourself from our Student Wellbeing Centre through an appointment request form.

Make an appointment with your Personal Academic Tutor or Personal College Advisor if you are worried about your circumstances and how they might affect your studies.

Last updated: Thursday 15 April 2021 12:53:21