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Durham University

Covid-19 Response

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You may be wondering: what will the 2021/22 academic year look like? Although no university can predict the future, at Durham we can promise you a world-class experience, unique to our beautiful and historic location, world-changing research, first-class education and unrivalled student experience.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Durham, and planning for this.

Your safety

Every university has been affected by Covid-19. Here at Durham, our top priority has been, and will continue to be, your health and safety.

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 observing social distancing and regular handwashing, wearing face coverings where appropriate and ensuring our buildings are well ventilated.

At a national level, the UK vaccination is among the most advanced in the world and the UK Government has a “roadmap” to ease Covid-19 restrictions so that all legal limits on social contact are removed in June 2021.

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.

How our programmes run for 2021/22 – the 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 Durham difference” that sets our graduates apart and that we know employers are looking for.

Your arrival

We recognise that international travel disruptions may continue for some time yet. So we’re working hard to ensure we support students who aren’t able to join us in Durham in October, or have to join us late. We’ll be in touch again with more details nearer the time as circumstances develop.

Your Durham

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