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Our key focus is on the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our University community.

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Updated 30 November 2021

Arrangements for 2021/22

All of our students will have a substantial and sustained on-campus education throughout the coming academic year, with face-to-face teaching being the default for seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical classes, performance activities and discussion groups (subject to any requirements imposed by Government and/or by law). We will also provide opportunities and space for informal social and group learning on campus, and support and encourage on-campus co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

Visit our arrangements for 2021/22 page for more information.

Working together to stay safe

Our key focus is on the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our University community and as a guiding principle, we urge consideration, collegiality and respect for each other. 

Visit our working together to stay safe page to find out about the safety measures we have put in place.

Face coverings

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of new temporary precautionary measures in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant in the UK, we have temporarily revised our COVID-19 safety guidance to students and staff.

From 30 November 2021, as a precaution, we now expect staff, students and postgraduate researchers to wear face coverings in all communal areas on campus, including corridors, staircases and reception areas, and when moving around libraries, offices and study spaces. We do not expect individuals to wear face coverings when they are seated in offices, study spaces or libraries provided that they are able to maintain a safe distance from others.

We also expect staff and students to wear face coverings in teaching spaces. These rules do not apply to people who are exempt from wearing face coverings. Please remember that there can be hidden reasons why people cannot wear face coverings, so please continue to be considerate to others while these temporary measures are in place.

These precautionary measures will be reviewed as the situation develops and when scientists know more about the impact of the Omicron variant.

Visit our working together to stay safe page for details of our position on face coverings and the face coverings FAQs for more information.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing

All staff and students are encouraged to take twice-weekly asymptomatic lateral flow tests.

If you don’t have any coronavirus symptoms, you can order a home testing kit. Rapid lateral flow tests can also be collected from the LUU helpdesk, the Laidlaw, Edward Boyle, Brotherton and Health Sciences libraries.

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay at home and book a test through the NHS Test and Trace Service.


COVID-19 vaccines are effective. They can keep you from getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 and can also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. We encourage all students, both UK and international, to take a vaccine.

Visit our COVID-19 vaccination information for more.

Supporting students and staff

If you are a student or member of staff, let us know if you are self-isolating or have tested positive for coronavirus so we can support you.

Please see our information about how we can support you if you test positive for coronavirus or need to self-isolate.

If you need to self-isolate or receive a positive test result, you must let the University know by emailing reportcovid@leeds.ac.uk, visiting our reporting COVID webpage or calling 0113 3438777. If you live in University accommodation please also report to them that you are self-isolating.

Information for prospective students

If you’re an applicant or offer holder please visit our coronavirus information FAQs for prospective students.

Updates to this website

Updates will be published through coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk

We’ll continue to make updates on this page. Information published is correct at the time of posting. This is a rapidly changing situation so please keep checking back for updates.

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