Covid-19 information

Your safety is our number one priority so you can be assured that if government guidance changes and restrictions are needed, we’re well prepared to respond quickly. It's important that if you suspect you may have symptoms of Coronavirus you know what to do. Our FAQs are here so you know how to protect yourself and those around you.

The 2021/22 Academic Year

We’re thrilled to let you know that we will welcome all our students onto campus from September 2021. You’ll have access to everything you need to thrive in your studies including face-to-face practical workshops, seminars and lectures.

Most of our teaching will be face-to-face on campus with plenty of interactive and applied learning. Large teaching sessions will be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of expertly designed digital resources.  We’re busy getting everything ready for you so that you can have the full campus experience:

  • Facilities will be open, including our specialist study spaces, the gym, libraries, social learning spaces and food outlets
  • To help you move around the city, our Unibus service will be available too
  • Our support services will be on campus ready for whenever you may need them

Information

All our university sites continue to operate in a Covid-secure way so you can feel confident when attending. 

We really can’t wait to welcome everyone onto campus in September to experience everything that Derby has to offer in-person. We will need your help to ensure that everyone stays safe, here’s how you can play your part:

  • Before you travel to the University of Derby, carry out a test by ordering a free Lateral Flow Device test online or collect one from your local pharmacy or a test centre
  • Before coming onto campus, you should take another Lateral Flow Device test either using home test kits or at an on-site testing facility (and continue to do this twice a week, 3-4 days apart, when on campus)
  • If you have medical or other reasons that prevent you from engaging in Lateral Flow Device testing, please get in touch with us about alternatives by emailing phconcerns@derby.ac.uk
  • If you are able to do so, please get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination

Your safety is our number-one priority so you can be assured that, if government guidance changes and restrictions are needed, we are well prepared to respond quickly.

We encourage the use of face coverings when on-site. In line with government guidance, wearing a face covering is no longer a legal requirement, however, please be mindful of vulnerable staff and students. There may be some areas where a face covering is required and posters will identify these mandatory areas. Face coverings remain compulsory on all Unibuses. Please be respectful of people’s choices, be sensible and give space when asked.

  • 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. Besides our rigorous cleaning regime, a new sanitising system is being used. This will provide a safe, sanitised environment. 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

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.

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. You will be able to use our booking service which also shows the latest opening times.

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. 

The Sports Centre gym is open Monday – Friday 6.30am - 10pm and weekends 9am-5pm.

If you have any queries about visiting the sports centre gym, fitness classes or sports social activities please contact us on +44 (0)1332 591790 or via email sportscentre@derby.ac.uk.

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

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.

All adults in the UK have now been offered at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against Covid-19.

We strongly encourage all staff and students to be double vaccinated at the earliest opportunity, ideally before coming to university. Please have the jab unless you are advised by your medical practitioner not to do so. This small simple action will save lives, reduce risks, and help ensure you don’t limit your opportunities to enjoy the full vibrancy and creativity of university life.

Vaccines save lives. Getting vaccinated is important in keeping our community and loved ones safe from the effects of Covid-19.

Vaccination is the most important defence against Covid-19. Take up the free vaccine when it is offered and remember to get both doses to ensure you are fully protected.

Booking your vaccine

You should be contacted by the NHS or your GP Surgery with information on how to book your vaccine online.

However, if you live in England and are aged 18 or over, you can get a Covid-19 vaccine from a walk-in vaccination site without an appointment.

A small number of walk-in vaccination sites are also available for people aged 16 and 17. More sites should become available over time.

You do not need to be registered with a GP or bring any ID. It might help to bring your NHS number, if you know it.

If you've already had your first dose, you need to wait eight weeks before having your second dose.

Find a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centre

If you struggle to book your vaccine online, you can call 119 free of charge and someone will be able to help you. You can also speak to a translator if you need to.

If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119 or the NHS 119 BSL interpreter service.

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days.

This is the law. You should also tell anyone you live with, and anyone you have had close contact with. Please also complete the Covid-19 Reporting Form – this activates the support process so we can ensure you have all you need during isolation.

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.

Using the NHS Covid-19 app helps stop the spread of the virus by informing you that you have been in close contact with someone who has since tested positive for Covid-19, even if you don’t know each other. The app is free and easy to use and doing so can help you protect your loved ones and others.

The app also allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, and check in to venues using a QR code. To help protect yourself and others, download and use the latest version of the NHS Covid-19 app.

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

We have a comprehensive delivery plan to make sure residents and staff at halls stay safe.

We have full plans in place for all eventualities including:

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

Everything is organised to put your safety and wellbeing first and staff are on hand to provide advice and guidance.

You should self-isolate if:

  • you have COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
  • you have tested positive
  • you’ve been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace or NHS Covid-19 App

You must get a PCR test, as soon as possible, if you have Covid-19 Symptoms

Book a test

Did you know?

Even if one of your flatmates has symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19, you will not need to self-isolate if:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine given by the NHS. If you have received your vaccine outside the UK, irrespective of which vaccine you received, you will need to self-isolate if you are living with a flatmate who has symptoms or has tested positive.
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
  1. Let your Hall Manager know as soon as you think you have symptoms or have tested positive
  2. Tell your flatmates so they can assess what they need to do
  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 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 www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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

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.

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.

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 studentconduct@derby.ac.uk so that we can instigate procedures. 

The government set out a range of guidance to stay safe and help prevent the spread 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 2pm–6pm for prearranged 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. 

If you test positive for Covid-19 please complete the Covid-19 Reporting Form – this activates the support process so we can ensure you have all you need during isolation.

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. 

You can request to study remotely if you are affected by travel restrictions. For example, where government guidance does not permit travel to campus, due to international restrictions (eg internationally domiciled students). This will be the same if local restrictions take place again. International students who are located in the UK with a visa are not permitted to remote study under new UKVI guidance (2.14).

We encourage you to talk to your Personal Academic Tutor or Personal College Advisor if you are worried about your circumstances and how they might affect your studies.

We have developed guidance for all European and International Students travelling to the UK to start their studies.

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 students@derby.ac.uk. 
  

 

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

You should self-isolate straight away if:

If someone you live with, or someone you have had close contact with, has symptoms of Covid-19 or has tested positive for Covid-19, you will not need to self-isolate if any of the following apply:

  • you're fully vaccinated – this means 14 days have passed since your final dose of a Covid-19 vaccine given by the NHS
  • you're under 18 years, 6 months old
  • you're taking part or have taken part in a Covid-19 vaccine trial
  • you're not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons

 Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still: