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Campus life during the COVID-19 pandemic

The University campus will remain open, but we will be limiting the number of people on campus to those who are there for permitted purposes, including attending for essential on-campus teaching, learning research, services and facilities. This is important to limit the risk of infection and help stop the spread of the virus, while the government rolls out the vaccine programme nationally.

Following the lockdown measures and new guidance from the government, we have extended online-only teaching for many of our programmes until Friday 26 March 2021.

Services remaining open

Certain services and facilities remain open, as follows:

  • The library will provide a click-and-collect service, and you will be able to book study spaces in the library
  • Student counselling and mental wellbeing support services will be available both online and on-campus
  • Student support services staff will also maintain a presence on site to help any students on campus
  • You will be able to access the laptop loan scheme to ensure you can obtain a device on which to access your online learning
  • Some food and essential retail outlets will be available on campus, providing takeaway only in catering outlets. You are not permitted to gather socially around these outlets or anywhere else on campus during this lockdown

The University gym is closed and all indoor and outdoor sports will be suspended.

Student Central won't be available for socialising, although you can access this area to attend specific appointments.

The Atrium will remain open to allow access to catering outlets, but you won't be able to gather socially there.

Teaching spaces

Our campus-based teaching facilities, including laboratories, workshops and most of our classrooms will be open with added safety measures to meet national safety guidelines. These include smaller class sizes, socially distanced seating and Perspex screens have been installed where appropriate. In addition, everyone will be expected wear face coverings in teaching spaces, unless you’re exempt. When teaching, lecturers will wear transparent face shields rather than coverings, so it is clearer for you to understand their instruction.  

These spaces will be used as part of our blended learning approach to teaching and learning.

Support services

All our Student Support Services will be open for business, including: 

We will continue to provide you with opportunities to engage with support online, but all services will be operating face-to-face support on campus, with safety measures in place. You will be able to choose whether to have an in-person appointment, or to engage via our digital tools.

Computer access and IT support

Cluster computers across campus have been organised in accordance with social distancing guidelines. You will also now be able to connect remotely and access the applications on cluster computers.

The library laptop service has been extended to include almost double the number of laptops, and longer loan periods.

In addition to their usual services, IT Services have launched a new ‘IT at The Atrium’ walk-up service. The service will offer advice, technical support and laptop loans.

Current students can access full information via our IT Services SharePoint site.


The J. B. Priestley Library will be open and we're taking steps to make it safer. Social distancing measures, additional signage and hand sanitising stations will be in place and face coverings should be worn when using or passing through the library.

We're also investing even more in e-books, digital textbooks and journals to make sure you have access to everything you need to support your studies, wherever you are.

Students' Union and Student Central

The Students' Union is accessible both on campus and online. Students are encouraged to visit the UBU website for current information on how to access key union support services and engagement opportunities. Students can also find the latest news on our student sports, activity groups, and kickstart volunteering programme by visiting our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Whilst the communal areas, shops, and food and drink outlets in Student Central are open in line with University opening times, students should be reminded to use these only when needed. When visiting Student Central, social distancing measures are in place for your safety. Face coverings should be worn when accessing these spaces.      

Students’ Union bars 

The Students' Union bars currently remain closed, in line with the government lockdown measures.

Study and social spaces

The spaces around campus, including the Atrium, library and Students’ Union, will be open. Most areas will have additional signage, hand sanitising stations, and reduced seating to allow for social distancing. You will be required to wear a face covering in all these areas unless you are eating or drinking.

Gym and sports facilities

Unique Fitness is currently closed and will re-open when government guidelines permit.

For more information on the facilities and safety guidelines put in place by Unique, visit the Unique Fitness website.