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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Universities UK is coordinating national efforts to respond to many of the challenges facing universities including student and staff health and welfare, admissions issues, and the longer-term impact on universities.  

These pages offer information and resources for universities on Covid-19, answers to frequently asked questions, and details of how universities can help their communities during this difficult time. 

Please always follow UK government guidance and follow the latest updates at gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing

The top priority for all universities remains the safety, health and wellbeing of the entire university community, including mental health and those at risk of abuse.
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Admissions

The implications for universities relating to UK school qualifications and admissions following school closures and the cancellation of exams.
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Supporting the national effort

Universities are providing skilled workers, equipment and contributing to research on Covid-19. Find out how they can help the local and national response.

FAQs and links to relevant bodies

FAQs covering the Covid-19 outbreak, including how universities are supporting students remaining in halls of residence, and what will happen to exams and assessments.

International

FAQs on the way the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the international work of UK universities, their international students, staff and partners and international students looking to study in the UK in the near future.

News

UUK response to UK government announcement on support package for universities

4 May 2020
UUK's response to the announcement from UK government on providing support for higher education following the Covid-19 pandemic

Improving links between universities and businesses will further develop societal and economic impact

24 April 2020
Universities can build on their leading role in society and develop links between UK institutions, industry and local communities by committing to better exchange of information, knowledge and skills.

Union 'absolutely right' in warning on university finances - UUK response to London Economics report

23 April 2020
In response to research published today by London Economics for the University and College Union, Universities UK welcomes the new independent analysis into the potential economic and societal impact of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic

Universities UK response to NUS letter calling for 'no detriment' exam policy

14 April 2020
Universities recognise the exceptional circumstances in which students are being taught and assessed and are ensuring that the qualifications students are awarded hold their value