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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

Durham: Your 2021 / 22

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 stimulating learning environment.

You’ll be surrounded by world-changing research and stretch yourself with a first-class education. You’ll also explore an exceptional wider student experience as a member of one of our 17 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 and we appreciate that you may have a range of emotions about starting the new academic year. At Durham, your health and safety are always our top priority.

Over the last year Durham has been a leader in the higher education sector with a range of measures to keep students safe and our sites Covid-secure. To protect our community, we will continue to follow UK government guidance and take other measures to protect your health and safety including regular handwashing, wearing face coverings where appropriate, and ensuring our buildings are well ventilated and frequently cleaned.

We pioneered Lateral Flow Testing and now our staff and students can get tested on campus, for free, seven days a week.

Our University ‘track and trace’ system is run by highly experienced staff, and we work closely with local partners to proactively identify and manage cases of Covid-19 within our community.

At a national level, the UK vaccination programme is advanced and everyone aged 16 or over in England can now get vaccinated against Covid-19. If you're over 18, you don’t have to wait to be contacted by the NHS to access a vaccine. We encourage all students to take up the offer of both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

International students who live in the UK and are registered with a doctor at a medical centre can access the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK, free of charge.

Your education

Durham is known around the world for our excellent, research-led teaching and learning. Our academic staff and students take the educational journey together. You’ll benefit from active learning and a vibrant academic 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 is to deliver an exceptional student experience whilst ensuring that we minimise transmission of Covid-19 on campus.

We’re acting in accordance with the latest UK Government guidance and monitoring the virus level closely, both nationally and locally. We’re also working with local partners to ensure we have robust risk assessments in place and we’re keeping health and safety measures under review so we can respond quickly to any changes and 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 teaching and ensure you benefit from the excellent academic experience which sets our graduates apart and that we know employers are looking for.

If you can’t join us in Durham

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

If you can’t join us in October, you’ll be able to register for online study so that you can still benefit from the world-class teaching and resources provided at Durham. With just some exceptions teaching on our programmes will be available online and you will have access to support to help you get the most out of your learning.

We’ll be using the latest technology to support your education, including online platforms where you can learn with your peers.

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

Read our frequently asked questions to find out more about online learning.

Your wider student experience

We’re also looking forward to providing a wide range of opportunities for personal growth through our enrichment and support activities in Colleges, Departments, central services and Durham Students’ Union. Here again, our priority remains your safety.

In-person activities will be subject to rigorous assessments, supported by our Lateral Flow Testing capability, and delivered in line with UK Government mandates and guidelines. We’ll also continue to offer our exciting new online programme of wider student experience opportunities, in addition to our in-person activities.

Working together

Our University community is based on respect and care for one another, and we all have a role to play in keeping ourselves and each other safe. Throughout the last academic year, we pulled through by working together and we know this mutual support will continue in the autumn when we welcome new students to our community.

Repeatedly, including during the pandemic when restrictions have been in place, 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.

We continue to manage risks arising from Covid-19 and as a result, we reserve the right to make changes necessary to protect the health and safety of our community.

Find out more

The information on this page was updated on 18 October 2021.

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

Frequently asked questions

Visit our Covid-19 FAQs page for more information.