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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Applicants and future students

The images used on this page were taken prior to UK government Covid-19 restrictions.

Durham: your choice for 2021/22

What will your 2021/22 look like?

At Durham, our students enjoy all the benefits of being part of a world top 100 university in a uniquely beautiful and historic location and learning environment.

You’ll be surrounded by world-changing research and stretch yourself with a first-class education. You’ll also explore an unrivalled wider student experience as a member of one of our 17 residential Colleges, providing you with a sense of community and belonging which stays with you throughout your time as a student and long afterwards.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Durham: your choice for 2021/22.

Your safety

Every university has been affected by Covid-19. At Durham, your health and safety is always our top priority.

We’ve worked hard to make our campus Covid-secure and we pioneered Lateral Flow Testing – our staff and students can now get tested twice weekly. That’s alongside regular handwashing, wearing face coverings where appropriate, our local ‘track and trace’ system and ensuring our buildings are well ventilated and frequently cleaned.

At a national level, the UK vaccination programme is among the most advanced in the world. The UK Government is on track to offer all adults a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination by the end of July 2021 and has a clear plan to ease Covid-19 restrictions, so that all legal limits on social contact are removed in June 2021.

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a GP (general practitioner) will be able to access the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK.

Your education

Durham is known around the world for our high-quality, research-led teaching and learning. Our academic staff and students take the educational journey together. You’ll benefit from active learning and a vibrant learning community.

Given the UK vaccination programme is so far advanced, we are planning a high-quality residential experience, including substantial in-person teaching and learning, for academic year 2021/22. Our priority will remain minimising transmission of Covid-19 on campus. We’ll act in accordance with the latest UK Government guidelines and monitor the virus level closely, both on campus and in our locality, so we can respond quickly to any changes. We will be able to manage different eventualities should these arise and will put in place additional measures as necessary.

How our programmes run for 2021/22 – the exact mix of activities and modes of instruction, from lectures and tutorials to workshops and labs – will vary by course and year level. But all will offer high-quality engaged teaching and ensure you benefit from the excellent academic experience which sets our graduates apart and that we know employers are looking for.

And we’re remodelling our libraries and study spaces to meet the needs of our students.

Your support

While we’re looking forward to welcoming you to Durham and offering in-person teaching on campus, we recognise that some students will have particular health risks, or may not be able to travel, or have to join us late.

So all of our teaching will also be available online – just in case you need it; and you’ll have access to specialist support to help you get the most out of your learning.

We’ll be using the latest technology to support your education – from audio and video capture equipment in tutorials, to online platforms where you can learn with your peers.

Every student is important to us, and we’ll do everything we can to support you – whatever your circumstances.

Again and again, our students and graduates say how welcomed and well supported they felt in Durham. It’s one of the reasons the friendships and connections made in Durham remain for years and decades afterwards.

Your personal development

We’re also looking forward to providing a wide range of opportunities for personal growth through our wider student experience activities. Here again, our priority remains your safety. In-person activities will be subject to rigorous assessments, supported by our testing capability, and delivered in line with UK Government guidelines. We’ll also continue to offer our exciting new online programme of wider student experience opportunities.

Your Durham

Want to find out more about being a Durham student? Please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you.

General information

Information for parents or members of the public is available on our General Information and Advice page.