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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Covid-19 Response

Welcome to week 2 of our Epiphany Term. We would like to remind all staff and students that all teaching except for large lectures will now resume in-person. We expect these transitional arrangements to end by the close of this week (Friday 21 January) and that we will return to full in-person teaching by week 3. We continue to monitor the situation and we will provide an update this coming Thursday (20 January).

Keeping our community safe

  • If you are arriving in Durham from within the UK, take an LFT before travelling to and on arrival in Durham (Days 1, 4 and 7). Read our quick guide for more information.

  • If you are arriving in Durham from outside of the UK, follow UK Government guidance on testing and self-isolating before participating in our Test on Arrival programme.

  • We will deliver substantial in-person teaching and WSE throughout Epiphany term. We are implementing temporary adjustments to our teaching and learning and WSE provision during the first two weeks of Epiphany term. This will enable us to review the prevalence of Covid-19 within our community, and to ensure that our mitigation measures are appropriate for the current level of risk. Read our most recent communication to staff and students below.

Last updated: 17/01/2022 (Created: June 2021)

Thursday 6 January 2022

Thursday 16 December 2021

Thursday 9 December 2021

Friday 3 December 2021

Monday 29 November 2021

Archived communications (Pre-October 2021)

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 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

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-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. 

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.