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

Updated 23 February 2021

England is currently subject to national lockdown restrictions. This means that, in general, people must stay at home. On 22 February the UK Prime Minister made a statement to Parliament on the roadmap for easing the lockdown restrictions in England.

Under this roadmap:

  • Students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities, or complete assessments may also return from 8 March. The University will review any programmes that are affected by this announcement and provide further guidance to affected students and staff as soon as possible.

  • For those students that do not need to take part in practical teaching, and do not require access to facilities or equipment as part of their studies, the Government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of these students. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps.

  • Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any reopening. The Government has advised that it is aware of the difficulties and disruption that this may cause for many students and their families where they remain unable to return to Higher Education settings, but have advised that it is necessary to limit the number of students who return to university at this stage to minimise travel and manage the risk of transmission.

In the meantime, the University campus remains open, but we will be continuing to limit 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.  

Online-only teaching for many of our programmes will continue until Friday, 26 March 2021, subject to the reviews mentioned above. There are exemptions to this approach for some programmes where it is not possible for teaching to move online.

From 15 February there are also new restrictions on international travel into the UK, including the introduction of the requirement for people arriving from some countries to isolate in government approved hotels. There is more information and links to the relevant government guidance on our Arriving in the UK webpage.

These pages contain the information you need to enjoy a safe learning, teaching and working experience with the University, including student support, which is key to our students’ educational experience and mental wellbeing.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and adapt our plans as appropriate. In the meantime, please follow the government’s rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of all of us.

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.