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Durham University

Covid-19 Response


Your Actions, Your University

Your Actions, Your University

Keeping our community safe

  • We all have a responsibility to protect others and do things that facilitate good practice to keep our community safe, particularly those who are more vulnerable.
  • We strongly recommend that staff, students and visitors, where they can, continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where they come into contact with people they do not usually meet
  • Get vaccinated, get boosted, get protected. If you haven’t already, you can still get your Covid-19 vaccination or booster dose. Book your appointment online or find your nearest walk-in site on the NHS website.
  • Staff and students can still show their campus ID card to obtain LFT home test kits from one of the collection points around the University

Last updated: 18/03/2022 (Created: June 2021

Important information and updates

+What to do if you have symptoms or a positive test

Covid-19 symptoms include:

  • A new continuous cough. Coughing a lot for 1 hour or more, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • Loss of, or change to, smell or taste. Do things smell or taste different to normal?
  • A high temperature. Do you feel hot to touch on your chest or back?

What should I do if I test positive for Covid?

From Thursday 24 February, it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19. However, we would ask that our community continue to look after themselves and each other.

To help prevent transmitting Covid-19, if you test positive for Covid-19, we strongly recommend that students continue to self-isolate in line with Government guidance.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you must:

  • inform the University using the dedicated page on Banner.

This will ensure that the University, your Department and your College are automatically informed and can take the necessary action.

Living in College

If you live in College, and it is out of office hours, you must also inform your College duty porter by telephone.

Living out

If you live out, you should also inform those who live with you, or the management of your accommodation.

Follow the advice provided to you to help protect yourself and protect others. By working together, we can maintain a healthy community

+Academic year 2021 / 22: Teaching and learning

  • 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. 
  • 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.

Visit our teaching and assessment FAQ web page for more information.

+Covid-19 vaccinations

The coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines are safe and effective and give you and others the best protection against Covid-19.

National booking Service

Everyone in England aged 18 or over can book their vaccine appointments using the National booking Service

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the National booking Service. 

Walk-in clinics

You can find a walk-in NHS vaccination clinic near you on the NHS website.

Register with a GP

Registering with a GP surgery in England is free. You do not need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

Find out more about registering with a GP on the NHS website.

International students

If a person has received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine overseas that is also available in the UK, they should receive the same vaccine for their second dose. If the vaccine they received for their first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative should be offered as per the advice here (see sections on vaccine interchangeability guidance). The student should contact a GP to ensure they receive an appropriate vaccine for their second dose.

More information

Read the NHS Covid-19 vaccination FAQs for students.

Visit our Student Support web pages to find out more.

Created: July 2021

Updated 13/10/21

+Student support

High quality student support services remain available to the entire student body, both at their term time and home address.

Visit our Student Support and Wellbeing pages for information on the support network available to you at Durham, or take a look at our FAQ on how to access support services.

Covid-19 Incident Control Centre

The Covid-19 Incident Control Centre (ICC) is currently operating 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

The ICC 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.