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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.

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 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 are 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 on campus, for free, seven days a week. 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 the 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 doctor at a medical centre will be able to 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 will be to deliver an exceptional student experience whilst ensuring that we minimise transmission of Covid-19 on campus. We’ll act in accordance with the latest UK Government mandates and guidelines and monitor the virus level closely, both on campus and in our locality, 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.

Your support

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.

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.

Your personal development

We’re also looking forward to providing a wide range of opportunities for personal growth through our Colleges and 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 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.

Your Durham

Want to find out more about being a Durham student? Please visit our study pages. 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.