The latest information and advice for staff, prospective and current students and visitors during the current coronavirus pandemic. We are committed to supporting our communities and partners during this time and will continue to update you on the latest advice and guidance.

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If you have symptoms (a high temperature/new continuous cough or a loss of taste/smell), however mild: STAY HOME, SELF-ISOLATE, NOTIFY US, REQUEST A TEST.

Teaching plans for Semester 2

Following the announcement of a national lockdown, our plans for starting Semester 2 need to change. We are committed to offering students as much face-to-face teaching in a Covid-secure environment through our hybrid education model, and we hope to enable students to return to campus as soon as possible. We intend to stagger the return to face-to-face teaching as follows:​

  • January face-to-face teaching for students on specific programmes (Health Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and specific Music and Media and GSA courses) has already commenced and will continue
  • Monday 8 February: Teaching commences online-only for all taught students (outside of January agreed exceptions) ​
  • Monday 15 February – Certain programmes, likely to be linked to practical/Professional and Statutory Bodies (PSRB) requirements, recommence face-to-face teaching through hybrid education. You will be informed which programmes will return in due course
  • Monday 1 March – All other programmes recommence face-to-face teaching​
  • Late Arrival Points (LAP) – In recognition of potential travel issues for many of our students, we have introduced Late Arrival Points for students returning and arriving on campus for Semester 2. Please visit our Student page for full details.

We anticipate needing to be flexible as and when further guidance is issued. The government has outlined that the earliest we will see a relaxation of current lockdown measures is 15 February. We will continue to monitor guidance in the coming weeks and update you on any changes as soon as possible.

Please visit our Student page to read full details about our teaching plans for Semester 2.

Travel back to campus

Only those students on specific programmes undertaking face-to-face teaching should return to campus. In accordance with the new legislation students should stay at their vacation accommodation until at least mid-February and not return to campus.

In exceptional circumstances you may need to return to campus, you should do so in a safe and Covid-secure way and we will ensure that you have the support that you require. There will continue to be support for students in University accommodation via the Residential Wardens and the Peer Supporters.

Accommodation credits

We will be offering rent credits to those students who have not been able to return to their University-managed accommodation. Please visit our Student page to read full details in the Accommodation FAQs.

Safety Net

We will be introducing a “safety net” policy for every student in every year of a taught programme (levels 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) for 2020/21. It will be similar to the policy introduced last year, with the overall aim that we guarantee students’ final overall grade for this year will be no lower than the average they had achieved for Semester 1. Please visit our Student page for more information.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)

The government has re-introduced shielding, so all students who are classified as being CEV are permitted to study online, except for a small number of programmes. Please contact the University's Disability and Neurodiversity team to enquire about studying from home.

Asymptomatic Covid-19 testing

Book a time. Take a test. Protect each other.

In line with government guidance, to ensure students can safely resume their studies in person we are running an asymptomatic testing programme throughout January and February 2021. All students and PGRs are required to book two asymptomatic Covid-19 tests, three days apart, before they return to face-to-face study, research or teaching. We’ll continue to offer testing as long as necessary to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. You can read more about our asymptomatic testing programme in our FAQs

Symptomatic Covid-19 testing

Please remember, any students or staff who develop symptoms of Covid-19 (however mild), must self-isolate immediately, notify the University's Rapid Response team who will give you advice and support, and book an NHS test (there is a walk-through testing facility situated next to GSA or a drive-through testing site at the Onslow Park and Ride). Find out more on our dedicated page.

Support for you 

We recognise that this continues to be a challenging time for everyone in our community and we care about keeping you safe and well. We have a range of wellbeing support services available, and urge anyone with concerns for themselves or others to get in touch at

During the national lockdown, a number of catering options, together with all student support services including the Library, MySurrey Hive and Nest, study spaces and Academic Hives, will continue to be open (face-to-face and online) as usual for all students, and dedicated silent study rooms will be available for students to book to undertake exams in the Library and MySurrey Hive.

Staying safe at Surrey

Our Covid-19 health and safety policy outlines the practical aspects of working on campus safely. This is to ensure that, as a community, we all play our part during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we can work, study, socialise and live on campus without detriment to our health, safety and wellbeing. It is a requirement to wear a face covering in all shared indoor University spaces. Full details, including exceptional circumstances, can be found on our advice for all FAQs page.

As a community, we need to ensure all advice and guidance is being followed for the health and safety of ourselves and others. If you wish to report a breach of the Covid-19 rules, anonymously or with contact details, please use our Report + Support service. For urgent assistance, call Security on +44 (0)1483 683333.

    Reporting of positive cases

    We share our latest Covid-19 figures on the Coronavirus website homepage twice per week, on a Monday and a Thursday. As of Thursday 14 January:

    • Our weekly cases – 54 – These are a seven-day rolling total of student and staff positive test results reported to the University – this gives an indication of the number of current 'active' cases.
    • Total cases – 457 – This is a running total of all student and staff positive cases reported to the University since 17 September 2020 (this figure also includes cases that are no longer 'active').

    Deborah Lawson, Director of Faculty Operations and Silver Commander – Covid-19, said: “The safety and wellbeing of all our staff and students remains our top priority. We’re working hard to support those affected and we wish them a speedy recovery. The latest restrictions from the Government indicate this is no time for complacency. 

    "We remind all students and staff to notify our Rapid Response team if they have symptoms or a positive test and to comply fully with NHS Test and Trace self-isolation requirements. We are actively supporting the contact tracing work and are grateful for the advice and guidance from Public Health England. We urge everyone to remain vigilant and take all steps necessary to reduce risks to themselves and others.”   

    Our roadmap to recovery

    The health and wellbeing of our entire community is our first priority. The University has been developing and delivering a comprehensive action plan since the Covid-19 outbreak first emerged. We are following UK Government guidance, and working closely with health authorities and Public Health England.

    A senior management response team (Silver Response Group) continues to meet frequently to oversee and manage our preparations and response, guided by a set of agreed strategic objectives. The University has set out five core principles for our approach to recovery over the coming weeks and months:   

    • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students
    • Maintain the quality of our educational experience and research outcomes
    • Protect the long-term financial sustainability of the University   
    • Remain adaptable to the prevailing Covid-19 alert level (including localised lockdown)
    • Adopt innovative Covid-19 ways of working to emerge stronger.

    Creating a Covid-secure campus

    Colleagues University-wide have been preparing our campus for the gradual return of staff and students. This film looks at what’s been happening behind the scenes and provides insight into what to expect, highlighting the Covid-secure measures we have put in place to keep you safe on campus.

    Useful contacts

    If you have immediate concerns for your own health please call NHS 111 or use the NHS online coronavirus service.

    Our Security team is available 24/7 if you require emergency assistance: Call +44 (0)1483 683333.

    The Centre for Wellbeing is available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 689498.

    Our University coronavirus enquiries helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 685510 or email

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