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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

Keeping our community safe

  • We continue to follow UK government guidance for the Higher Education sector and take other measures, including regular handwashing, wearing face coverings where appropriate, and ensuring our buildings are well ventilated and frequently cleaned. We all have a responsibility to protect each other you can out more about our Your actions, Your University campaign below.
  • We pioneered Lateral Flow Testing. Our students test on arrival in Durham and then twice weekly on campus to help break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.
  • The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines are safe and effective, and we'll be running four walk-in vaccination clinics for students at Palace Green in October. Visit our Covid-19 vaccination page for more details.
  • We've developed a quick guide for students planning their travel to Durham ahead of the next academic year.
    1. Complete your online enrolment

    2. Complete our LFT training
    3. Test before you travel to Durham
    4. Test when you arrive in Durham
    5. Keep testing

Read our Sway update to find out more.

Created: June 2021
Last updated: 22/09/2021

Please see below for FAQs added or updated week commencing 6 September 2021

There are currently no FAQ updates for this week

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9 September

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

15 July

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 Update: UK Government announcement

6 July

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

15 June

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

12 May

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update - UK Government announcement

26 April

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

19 April

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

Clean as we go

Clean as we go

To minimise the risk of infection, we clean as we go, paying particular attention to regularly touched surfaces including:

  • Desks and surfaces
  • Door handles
  • Printer touchpads
  • Computer mice
  • Keyboards
  • Lift buttons
Respect each other's space

Respect each other’s space

In light of the robust Risk Assessment approach that has been undertaken across the institution, our internal spaces will continue to operate within our Covid-secure capacities and some one-way systems will remain in place to aid flow through buildings.

Our Covid-secure capacities are based on ventilation and air quality, and enable us to be considerate of everyone in our community and respect each other’s space.

Visit gov.uk for more information on limiting close contact with others.

Sanitise our hands

Sanitise our hands

We wash our hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Hand sanitisation stations are available on campus for staff, students and visitors.

For more guidance on effective hand sanitisation, visit gov.uk.

Test regularly

Test regularly

We test twice weekly to help minimise Covid-19 transmission within our University community. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can transmit the virus.

Testing at University facilities is free, quick and easy and, you will get your results via email within two hours.

Visit our Lateral Flow Testing web pages for more information and to book your next test.

Ventilate our spaces

Ventilate our spaces

We have procedures in place to assess ventilation levels in internal spaces on campus. All centrally bookable teaching spaces have been assessed in order to establish Covid-secure room capacities.

We have installed Air Quality Monitors (AQM) in rooms with natural ventilation to enable colleagues to monitor CO2 levels to provide suitable air quality and thermal comfort as far as is possible. Portable AQMs have also been made available.

Read our guidance on using Air Quality Monitors.

Wear our face coverings

Wear our face coverings

To ensure that we are able to deliver a safe teaching, learning, research and work environment, and maximise the amount of on-campus interaction, our staff, students and visitors wear face coverings if they can.

This includes when moving around in buildings and during face-to-face teaching, with the exception of where reasonable adjustments are required to ensure the wellbeing and inclusion of all.

Our face coverings policy provides details of alternative measures available to support those who may be impacted by others wearing face coverings, for example, those who rely on lip-reading.

Read our face coverings policy for more information.

Covid-19 Incident Control Centre

The Covid-19 Incident Control Centre (ICC) is operating 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm at weekends. 

The ICC can be contacted in the event of an incident by email or on 0191 334 0000. Outside of these hours, the telephone will be answered by Security.

To report a Covid-19 breach, call 101 to speak to the local police.