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The latest position on the COVID-19 pandemic from the University of Bradford

Updated 11 May 2021.

The Government has announced that students will be able to return to campus should they choose to do so from May 17. All online support and activities will continue for those who cannot attend campus.

It is important to note that there will be no change in assessments during the current assessment period – all previous arrangements with regard to assessments will remain the same.

International students do not need to return to campus at this time, as some travel restrictions are still in place. It is advisable to check for updates on the Government’s website and also speak with programme leaders.

For those who do decide to return to campus, some schools will be running on-campus activities during the remaining term time. These may include things like programme forums, one-on-one sessions with personal academic tutors and support for students who are sitting assessments in the supplementary period. There will also be some transition support for Level 4 and Level 5 students, in preparation for the new academic year.

Summer graduations will remain online this year

It is also important to note plans for the Summer graduations are still being worked on but there are no plans for an on-campus event this year.

The intention is to hold an online celebration similar to last year, which will take place over the summer, with the date and details to be confirmed.

The University will also be setting out its plans for a September 2021 return to campus in the coming weeks.

What to expect on campus from May 17

Some students (such as those on practical courses involving science and engineering) have already returned to campus, as per Government guidelines. For those returning for the first time from May 17:

  • Shops will be open
  • The Library will remain open for booked study and resource-borrowing, and we will relax the requirement to book study spaces as we move through the government road map
  • We are continuing our series of on-campus interfaith celebrations, including Eid al-Fitr (13 May) and Eid al-Adhr (w/c 19 July)
  • There will also be on-campus transition support sessions leading up to the new academic year
  • Student Services are continuing to offer both on-campus and remote support

Programme teams will contact students with information about activities on campus that are relevant to them.

Professor Zahir Irani, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Academic, Innovation & Quality) said: “We’re pleased to be able to welcome students back onto campus after what has been for many a long period of absence. We know from talking with our students that they really value their on-campus experience and are keen to get back, to meet friends and see tutors face-to-face.

“We know this has been a difficult year and so this is a welcome sign of a return to some normality. It is also a prelude to a full return to campus from September 2021, when we plan to reintroduce a new campus experience, including a safe environment within which to resume face-to-face teaching and a raft of other on-campus activities - we will release more details about our September 2021 Student Offer in the coming weeks.

“In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming any students who choose to return to campus after May 17 with a range of activities and opportunities and we wish you all the best as your assessment period approaches.”

Planning for a safe return

People still need to remain vigilant and be mindful of their actions in order to limit any further spread of the disease. It is, therefore, important to note that social distancing, mask wearing, and testing guidelines remain in place.

The Government is providing home testing kits to students and staff to increase testing uptake and help limit virus transmission.

Upon return to campus, all students and staff are encouraged to take three supervised tests (three to five days apart) at an asymptomatic testing site on campus - this is currently located in the Great Hall in the Richmond Building. Booking can be accessed via this link.

After this, students and staff will also have access to home testing kits throughout the summer term through both the Government’s offer of free rapid LFD tests twice weekly to everyone in England, and ‘University Collect’ services, under which universities will distribute tests from communal locations on campus, such as libraries. This is in addition to the onsite testing already offered.

All tests will be free, and all students and staff who test positive from an LFD test will need to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they receive a negative PCR test within two days.

Click here for more information on the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Find more advice & guidance

Please visit our below sections for more information on studying and working at the University of Bradford. You can also find out how to contact the university in relation to the pandemic.