Arrangements for 2021/22

Updated 6 December 2021

All of our students will have a substantial and sustained on-campus education throughout the 2021/22 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.

Larger teaching activities will be online, using digital technologies to augment learning and increase access and flexibility. Our approach recognises the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and also has benefits for our students including making large classes more accessible and inclusive. Our University’s 10-year strategy sets out our ambition to engage students as partners in their education, through active and inclusive approaches to learning, underpinned and enhanced by sector-leading digital resources, teaching and technologies.

We are doing everything we can to keep everyone safe, and we ask that all our students, postgraduate researchers and staff understand the safety measures we have in place when coming on to campus.

Visit our working together to stay safe page for up-to-date information on the measures we have in place to keep us all safe.

Frequently asked questions

Why has the University chosen not to fully return to face-to-face teaching?

We have retained a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching for a number of educational, operational and safety reasons. We know that many of you are enjoying the mix of face-to-face and online provision and the advantages this approach to teaching brings. We have fixed the technical issues with lecture capture and live streaming to improve the online experience.

In addition, with the emergence of the Omicron variant, a more cautious approach will help keep our community safe and reduce the risk of having to revert to more restrictive measures in the future.

Why can’t large teaching sessions go ahead when club nights like Fruity can?

We appreciate it can be hard to understand why some events like club nights can go ahead but some large classes can’t, but different types of space have different rules and guidance. Campus is a workplace, a place of education and study and also a social space, and it’s our responsibility to make sure it is a safe and welcoming place for everyone who uses it.

Are there places I can study and socialise with my course mates?

Campus is very much open, with study spaces, libraries and cafes available for you to socialise and study in, alone or with your course mates. There are both single and group study spaces available in libraries, which you can book, plus there are plenty of walk-in single study spaces too.

You can find more information about available study spaces and information about libraries online.

Do I have to attend face-to-face sessions?

Yes, please! We want to see as many students as possible in person. Face-to-face sessions are a great opportunity to meet other students in person and interact with your teachers, so please make sure you take advantage of all the in-person teaching on offer.

I’m not getting the face-to-face teaching I was promised. What should I do?

If you feel you’re not getting the face-to-face teaching you were promised, or have any concerns at all, please speak to your school or programme support team. If the issue cannot be resolved by your school, please email:

Before returning/travelling to the University 

For those of you returning to Leeds after the winter break, or who live in Leeds, please remember to follow government guidance on COVID testing.

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.

View our FAQs about testing and the latest government guidance.

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 

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.