Updated 17 May 2021
The Government has confirmed that from 17 May all students can return to in-person teaching. For many students, teaching has already ended for the term so rather than joining teaching activities, many students will be completing their assessments.
For taught postgraduate students who started university in January, teaching is continuing and you will be contacted by your School about arrangements for in-person teaching.
If you are travelling back to university, you are encouraged to take a test before travelling through your local community testing programme or by ordering a free test online.
Once you arrive at the university, you should take three tests at an on-site testing facility three to four days apart. This is to reduce the risk of transmission and help make sure that you are familiar with the testing process before you begin testing at home.
Following this, you should then test yourself twice a week, either using home test kits or at an on-site facility. You can book a free test at our campus test site.
Please check the following information and our FAQs to see how you are affected by the changes.
Services reopening on campus
In line with step 3 on the Government roadmap, on 17 May hospitality venues such as cafes and bars can seat customers indoors, and indoor entertainment, performances and large events can restart (with limits on audience numbers and covid-measures in place). Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart, and people can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors.
In line with this, the following campus facilities and services will be available from 17 May:
- Indoor exercise classes and sports activities. Visit The Edge website for more information.
- Nero’s, Café 7 and the Edit room café will open for indoor service. We will also look at opening other cafes by demand. Visit the Great Food at Leeds website for more details and opening times.
- The Refectory will open to all staff and students.
- The Terrace and Old Bar will reopen for indoor dining.
- Leeds University Library Galleries will reopen with reduced hours of operation.
- The Bright Beginnings summer playscheme will run during June and July.
- The Help and Support team will be back in the LUU foyer, offering an in-person service alongside their virtual services.
- LUU are working with clubs and societies to support them in resuming their activities in line with government guidelines. For more updates, visit the LUU website
- Study spaces continue to be available for students.
In line with step 2 on the Government roadmap, on Monday 12 April indoor leisure, gyms, personal care, libraries, community centers and non-essential retail reopened alongside outdoor hospitability. In line with this the following facilities and services are therefore being made available on campus.
From Monday 12 April
- Brotherton Library and Special Collections Research Centre reopens, providing additional study space in the Library, along with limited in-person research in the Special Collections Research Centre. We are also extending opening hours at other campus libraries. Covid-safety restrictions continue to be in place along with the click and collect service. Library study space and sessions at the Special Collections Research Centre must be booked in advance
- The Edge reopens for pre-booked gym and swim sessions. While Government guidelines mean that indoor classes won’t resume until Monday 17 May at the earliest, a series of outdoor fitness classes will be offered until Sunday 16 May.
From Monday 26 April
- Further study spaces open*
- Student Information Points open
- Common Ground cafe opens for takeaway
- Extra external catering van adjacent to Chancellors Court
- Nero LUBS opens for takeaway
- Leeds University Union returns to seven-day trading
- Old Bar outdoor space reopens.
*we are expecting to open further study spaces for students throughout the next few weeks, in preparation for the assessment period.
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.
Frequently asked questions about returning to Leeds
- I have assessments. Should I come back to campus?
- I have been unwell and not been able to complete my assessments to the best of my ability. What can I do?
- What if I can’t come back to campus when I am asked to return?
- View FAQs on travelling back to Leeds
- I am facing additional costs related to COVID-19 – can I get financial support?
- Unless you have a practical examination which is related to a professional qualification, you do not need to come to campus.
- All other assessments and all teaching will be provided online until further notice
I have been unwell and not been able to complete my assessments to the best of my ability. What can I do?
You should follow our usual mitigating circumstances process if your personal circumstances have impacted your assessments.
Once you are notified about your return date, if you are unable to return to Leeds to continue your studies you must notify your school using the Late Arrival Notification form
Once you know your expected return date you should take a COVID-19 test and achieve a negative result before you travel. To minimise the risk of transmission to others when you travel, you should preferably use private transport wherever possible and only use public transport if you have no other option.
When using a private vehicle:
- avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household or support bubble
- rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers to reduce the risk of transmission to others where this is not possible
If you need to use public transport:
- book your travel in advance
- rigorously follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers
However you travel, make sure you:
- wear a face covering unless exempt
- Keep your distance from people from other households when you travel, where possible
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly
- avoid the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
- download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters
Travelling to Leeds from outside the UK
Before you travel, it is essential to read the advice and UK government rules on testing, travel and self-isolation on arrival which apply to students travelling into the UK. You can find further advice about this on our arrival webpage.
Keep checking the UK government guidance on travel, self-isolation and testing, as it is changing regularly.
If you are required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival in the UK you need to take a lateral flow test at the end of your period of self-isolation, not immediately on arrival. Follow the instructions on regular testing after this. Please note that the tests provided on campus cannot be used to meet UK government testing requirements for international arrivals.
It is essential that you follow the UK government coronavirus restrictions and regularly check for any changes. You must follow this guidance even if you have received a COVID-19 vaccine.
For information about arriving in Leeds from outside the UK please see the arriving pages on our website. Make sure you let us know when you plan to arrive by completing the international arrival form on our arriving page so that we can support your travel and arrival.
I’m a postgraduate researcher – how does this affect me?
For new and existing postgraduate researchers the advice is not to return/travel to the University until further notice, unless there are exceptional circumstances, which should be discussed with your graduate school. If you can conduct your research from home, you should do this. If you need to, you may use any COVID-safe facilities on campus such as laboratories to conduct your research. If you are accessing the campus at any point, we ask you to take a weekly lateral flow test.
I’m an international student – how will any period of remote study affect my visa?
Visa concessions allow for learning to be provided online during the 2020/21 academic year. You can find more information about visas and remote study on our website for students.
Additionally, we would like to inform you that the UK government has recently announced that students who start a one-year Masters programme in January 2021 will also remain eligible for the Graduate route, even if they are studying remotely, provided they enter the UK before 27 September 2021. Please note that your School may require you to arrive in Leeds before this date depending on the course.
We understand that many students are experiencing unexpected costs related to COVID-19. If these costs are causing you financial pressure, please contact LUU Help and Support for advice about sources of hardship funding.