Arrangements for 2021/22

Updated 27 July 2021

We expect to provide you with a substantial and sustained curriculum-based, on-campus experience from the start of next academic year. This means students will attend campus for face-to-face teaching activities such as seminars, tutorials, practical classes, group discussions and performance activities, as they’ll form an essential and significant part of the student experience. All assessment activities will be taken online, other than when there is an exceptional and agreed academic reason not to.  

Students will be able to use spaces on campus for social and group learning activities, including libraries. 

Large lectures and equivalent events will be mostly online using the latest digital learning technology, as part of our blended approach to learning and teaching. Rooms will be laid out at 1m distance and in accordance with risk assessments. 

Campus facilities such as sports facilities, the students’ union, cafés and other social spaces will be open with all the appropriate risk assessments and corresponding COVID-19 measures in place.   

If you can’t attend in person for exceptional reasons, we will endeavour to provide an alternative or rescheduled learning experience. 

For full information on plans for 2021/22, read our email communication sent in May. 

As always, our key focus is on the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of our University community. We all have a part to play in keeping campus safe and we urge consideration and respect for each other, particularly as we all get used to the changes. 

Visit our working together to stay safe page too, for up-to-date information on the measures we will be implement to keep us all safe. 

Before returning / travelling to the University 

For those of you returning to Leeds, or who live in Leeds, please remember to follow government guidance on social contact. If available, please use a local community testing programme before you travel to Leeds. 

Once you have returned to campus (and finished self-isolation if travelling from outside the UK), you should take a lateral flow test twice in the week of your return – immediately upon arrival and then again three days later. After that, you are asked to take twice weekly lateral flow tests. 

Twice weekly testing will help break the chain of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections, and further ensure everyone’s safety on campus, enabling a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible. Book asymptomatic (lateral flow) coronavirus test on campus. 

View our FAQs about testing. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and you will need to assist NHS Test and Trace with contact tracing. Your household will need to follow the appropriate guidance. 

If you are arriving from outside the UK 

Make sure you let us know when you plan to arrive by completing our international arrival form on our arriving page so that we can support your travel and arrival. 

For further advice about planning international travel or returning to Leeds, please see the travel FAQS or contact 

Other frequently asked questions 

Finally, We’re continuing to monitor the situation closely and we’ll be updating our FAQs section regularly, so please check here for the latest answers.