Updated 11 June 2020 12.38pm

Plans for student education from September 2020

We’re thinking carefully about the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. The safety of our students and staff remain our priority.

Applicants and offer holders

The information on this page is for returning students. If you’re an applicant or offer holder please visit our coronavirus information FAQs tailored to you. This includes if you’re in the final year of your undergraduate degree but you are applying for a Masters with us.

Term dates

Teaching for new and returning undergraduates will start as planned on 28 September 2020. Arrangements for arrivals and induction are being made and we will write to students to explain these later in the summer.
We will be writing to taught postgraduate students to explain the options for their chosen course.

Students will be able to begin remotely if they are unable to get to Leeds for the beginning of their course.

Student experience

Teaching activities with large numbers of students will go ahead using digital technology, and will be interactive and engaging. Teaching in small-group settings, including seminars, tutorials and practicals, as well as dissertation and project supervision, will be delivered face to face on campus wherever it can be done safely in line with the government guidance on social distancing in place at the time. When your teaching and learning takes place online, we will follow a set of agreed principles to ensure your experience is high-quality, engaging, inclusive and flexible to your needs.

Nearer the start of term, we’ll let you know the balance of on-campus and online teaching for the next stage of your course and the support available to help you get the most out of your University experience. We are looking to adapt how we deliver your course: timetables will be created in a way that helps everyone move safely around campus; some practical sessions may be repeated, changed or take place later in the academic year. We’ll continue to review our plans regularly and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible. Be assured, if you can’t travel to campus immediately, you’ll have remote access to all the support services and teaching resources you need for your studies.


University accommodation

For those who live in University accommodation, we’re also taking measures to ensure you feel safe and confident about your home, including the provision of a more frequent and thorough cleaning regime, clear signage and hand sanitiser stations. We’re introducing a staggered and contactless arrivals process, as well as effective social distancing measures, so you’ll be able to meet people and socialise in a safe way. Our experienced accommodation team will also be available to help you, offering advice and support to keep you safe and well.

Private accommodation

If you are moving into private accommodation, LUU has provided a range of advice to help you do this safely. LUU’s Help and Support team are also available to answer any questions you may have about your move.

Next steps and staying up to date

We know you will have lots of questions about exactly how the next few months will feel for you on your particular course. You will receive further detail from your school in July. Please bear with us as we work through this planning phase.

Social distancing

The University takes your health and wellbeing extremely seriously, and we have been following the Government’s guidance for all citizens on social distancing to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). You must follow the Government’s rules on social distancing.


If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, you need to self-isolate. Visit the NHS website for information on self-isolation

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
• new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
• loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service for advice.

If you live in University accommodation, you should inform the hall warden or equivalent if you’re unwell. Appropriate arrangements will be made to provide necessary pastoral and practical support.

Make sure that your friends and the staff in your residence know that you are self-isolating so that they can support you, make sure you are OK and that you have regular meals and anything else you need.

Students with underlying health conditions

Please see the NHS advice for people at higher risk.

Please make sure you are registered with a local doctor. Most students choose to register with the Leeds Student Medical Practice (LSMP) which is near the University campus.

Find information on how to register with LSMP or alternative local doctors

Please check our student FAQs for more information