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 the government guidance and follow the latest updates for your nation at gov.uk/coronavirus (England), nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19 (Northern Ireland) gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ (Scotland), gov.wales/coronavirus (Wales).

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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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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.
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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.
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Reports and briefings

Find Universities UK analysis on the response to the pandemic and the needs of the higher education sector.
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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.
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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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How UK universities are supporting graduates

Information and resources on the additional support UK universities are providing for for graduates.

News

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Government decision on student returns in England 'hugely disappointing for students'

13 April 2021
UUK's response to the government's decision to delay further student returns until at least 17 May 2021.

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Universities demand answers from government on student returns

7 April 2021
Universities and up to a million students were eagerly awaiting the government’s latest roadmap announcement, in anticipation that they would be able to return to safe, socially-distanced in-person teaching and learning from 12 April.

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Government must not take students’ resilience for granted

26 March 2021
UUK has urged the government not to ignore the needs of over a million university students when deciding how to further ease lockdown restrictions in England.

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University admissions teams will 'pull out all the stops' this year

25 February 2021
Universities UK's response to the government's announcement on teacher assessed grades for 2021.