Coronavirus: advice for students

Update 7 February

The UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days, and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. These areas have been identified because of the volume of air travel from affected areas, understanding of other travel routes and number of reported cases.

Following the World Health Organization’s declaration on 30 January that the coronavirus outbreak is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK government changed its risk level from low to moderate. This change in level permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The government is working closely with the World Health Organization and the international community.

We extend our deepest sympathies with our Chinese students and their families and friends, and with all members of our student and staff community, who have been affected by Coronavirus.

We appreciate that news coverage of the coronavirus is concerning and upsetting to follow. We hope that the information on this page reassures you that we are ready to act on official advice as a University, and we are ready to help anyone that needs advice, support or guidance.

Please regularly check the frequently asked questions below.

The safety and wellbeing of our community is our highest priority. We are regularly in contact with government and Public Health England to ensure the welfare of our students, staff and visitors.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. There are several known coronaviruses that infect people and usually only cause mild respiratory disease, such as the common cold. This coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan in China, is a new coronavirus that differs from these.


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How it may affect you at University

Your health and wellbeing

Attending university

Harassment or abuse 

Travel to/from China

Graduation ceremonies

Get support

If you're worried about friends and family in China, contact our Student Information Point to speak to a member of staff.

Advice posters

A4 posters in English and Mandarin from Public Health England to download:

Coronavirus A4 poster (English) (PDF, 398kB)

Coronavirus poster A4 (Mandarin) (PDF, 522kB)

Drop-in support sessions

If you're worried about any aspect of the Coronavirus, come along to our February drop-in sessions for advice and how to look after yourselves.

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