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Durham University

Covid-19 Response


Keeping our community safe

  • Students are advised to take an LFT before leaving Durham for the winter break and to continue to test regularly once they reach their destination.
  • Continue to report Covid-19 symptoms, positive test results and periods of self-isolation over the winter break using our online form.
  • Following a recent review of our Covid-controls, University Executive Committee (UEC) has agreed that all existing measures will remain in place when Epiphany term starts on Monday 10 January 2022. Read our latest staff and student communications to find out more.

Last updated on 03/12/21 (Created: June 2021)

Important information and updates

+Winter break catering arrangements 2021 - 22

Residential Self-isolation Food Provision (including PBSAs)

Residential students who are required to self-isolate from Saturday 11 December 2021 until Tuesday 21 December 2021 and from Tuesday 4 January 2022 until Saturday 8 January 2022 can access University catering delivered to their catered college or PBSA accommodation, including a breakfast pantry provision, a packed lunch and a reheatable dinner.

Requests for this provision should be made via the online self-isolation catering booking form.

This booking form will be checked at 11.00 throughout these dates. If the request is received before 11.00 food will be delivered to the specified college / PBSA reception between 13:30 - 15:00 the same day and daily between 13:30 - 15:00 thereafter. Within College accommodation, a Porter will deliver this to bedrooms.

If the request is received after 11.00 and food is required the same day you should telephone your college reception who have access to Deliveroo e-vouchers.

Self-isolation meals are charged retrospectively at £8.40 per day (to broadly offset food costs - based on breakfast £2.10 and lunch and dinner £3.15 each.)


Students who choose to remain on campus are encouraged to plan ahead to ensure that they have ample supplies of food, including booking future supermarket delivery slots well in advance during this period. Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda all provide this service.

In the event that no delivery timeslots are available, there are alternative options;

1. Morrisons have a dedicated doorstep delivery line. Telephone 0345 611 6111 (selecting option 5). Students are encouraged to access this service, and will be expected to have a shopping list of Morrisons items ready (go online to compile this first) and orders are dispatched on a next day delivery, subject to £2 delivery charge.

2. Morrisons have partnered with Amazon and many of their food products are available via Amazon Prime.


Deliveroo and other online food delivery companies operate throughout the winter break. To assist we have compiled a list of Durham food suppliers who link with Deliveroo, including opening days and times throughout this period.

Privacy Notice

Please see the Privacy Notice for Students for more information on how we use your data.

+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?

If you have any of these symptoms, you must:

If you have to self-isolate for any reason, 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 must also inform those who live with you, or the management of your accommodation.

All of the above also applies if you do not have symptoms, but have received a positive test result.

If you have been instructed by NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate because a contact has had a positive test result, please also report this via the same dedicated page on Banner. You do not need to inform your duty porter.

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.

After you've had your vaccination

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms, you must:

  • Self-isolate immediately
  • Book a free Covid-19 test
  • Inform the University via Banner

Please follow these steps even if you have had both doses of your Covid-19 vaccination.

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 operating 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. 

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.