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Durham University

Covid-19 Response
  • Covid-19

    Covid-19

We are updating these webpages with information and guidance on a regular basis to reflect the latest government advice. Please use the pages below to access the information most relevant to you.

We urge our community to follow government guidance to help control the spread of Covid-19.

Easter Term starts on 26 April. We ask students not to come back to Durham ahead of that date or before government gives consent, unless it is essential you do so to support your educational needs. We are working with our partners to press the UK Government to provide clarity on plans for the safe resumption of Covid-secure face-to-face teaching. Visit our Position Statements page to read our latest Easter Term update.

We will ensure that students receive a first-rate education and achieve their learning outcomes on time, and that students are not disadvantaged during the pandemic.

Visit the "Latest news" sections for students and staff for more information.

Last updated on 08/04/2021

New / updated FAQs

Please see below for FAQs added or updated week commencing 29 March 2021.

A number of FAQs for staff have been updated in the following sections:

List of FAQs

+I can’t get back to the UK because of Covid-19, which means I will have been out of the UK for over 12 months. Am I still eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme? Are there any concessions?

Those with pre-settled and settled status

  • If you are a student with pre-settled status, you can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status. However, if you want to later qualify for settled status you will need to maintain your continuous residence, and not be absent from the UK for over 12 months. If you are absent from the UK for over 12 months, your pre-settled status will end after 5 years (from the date it was granted). Once it has ended, you will be subject to UK immigration rules and may need to apply for a visa to stay in the UK.

  • If you are a student with settled status, you can spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. If you do spend over 5 years outside of the UK however, you will lose your settled status and be subject to immigration rules and may need to apply for a visa to return to the UK.

25 March

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

17 March

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

11 March

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

26 February

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: An update from the Vice-Chancellor

All staff: An update from the Vice-Chancellor

All postgraduate research students: An update from the Vice-Chancellor

23 February

All staff and postgraduate research students: UK Government announcement

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: UK Government announcement

11 February

All staff and postgraduate research students: Academic Safety Net

All Foundation Programme and undergraduate students: Academic Safety Net

All postgraduate taught students: Academic Safety Net

19 January

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

14 January

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

13 January

All staff email: Temporary job retention scheme

7 January

All staff and postgraduate research students: Epiphany Term update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Epiphany Term update

5 January

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 Update: A message from the Vice-Chancellor

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 Update: A message from the Vice-Chancellor

All staff and postgraduate research students: Changes to Covid-19 restrictions

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Changes to Covid-19 restrictions

1 January

All staff and postgraduate research students: Revised January return arrangements - Update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Revised January return arrangements

31 December

All staff and postgraduate research students: Revised January return arrangements

17 December

All staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

All undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Important information about returning in January

11 December

All students: Student support and services over the winter vacation

10 December

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: A message from the Vice-Chancellor and Warden

4 December

Staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 Update 4.12.2020: Guidance on students returning to higher education in January

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 Update 4.12.2020: Guidance on students returning to higher education in January

27 November

Staff and postgraduate research students: Covid-19 update

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students: Covid-19 update

Covid-19 Incident Control Centre

The Covid-19 Incident Control Centre (ICC) is operating 7 days a week. Open from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday, and 9am to 5pm Saturday-Sunday, and 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.

Easter vacation

Information for students on support and services over the Easter vacation can be found here.