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Coronavirus – what you need to know

Using our grounds for exercise

We're happy that our campus can be used to help people get out of the house for their daily exercise, but please make sure you're always following the guidelines about physical distancing. We still have many students and staff living and working on our campus, and visitors not following the government's guidelines by gathering in groups, picnicking, and sunbathing risk the safety of our community as well as their own. Please help us to help you by following the rules and not creating a safety issue.

Facilities on campus

Given the current government advice, we are significantly scaling back on our on-campus activity to allow staff to work from home. Our Security team will continue to be on-site to provide support. Our Library building and Study@URS are no longer be available for use but all online Library resources remain available. Halls remain open and catering remains available at Park Eat on the Whiteknights campus.

Teaching and exams

From Wednesday 18 March face-to-face teaching ceased and teaching and assessment are being provided online.

We can confirm that there will be no in-person exams held on campus during the summer term. The vast majority of these exams will still take place but as 'take home exams', available electronically and submitted online, or another form of assessment. This will allow students to receive the credit for their learning and hard work this year. We already have experience of running take home exams that we are drawing on. A very small number of exams that are required by professional accrediting bodies will need to be delayed until it is possible to hold them in person or another solution is identified. We will contact those affected separately.


We have taken the very difficult decision to cancel our summer graduation ceremony. This is a celebratory event of huge important to our community, and it is a decision we make with a heavy heart. However, we feel it is better to make this decision now and provide those affected with certainty, particularly given the travel and other decisions that those attending need to make.

All students who were expecting to graduate this summer have now been contacted by the Graduation Office. If you were expecting to graduate and have not heard from the Graduation Team please email as soon as possible so they can look into this for you.

Further information

Information for the public on the outbreak of coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms is available on the website. Travel advice is available from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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