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Coronavirus COVID-19

Advice for students and staff

Protecting and supporting the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and local community is York St John University’s priority. Information and advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can be found below.

Our guidance is frequently reviewed to provide you with the most up-to-date information in line with current government advice.

Please check the UK government coronavirus page for the latest information.

General advice

All teaching and learning continues to take place at a distance.

Whilst a small number of essential staff are on site, staff and students continue to work and study from home where possible.

The University is committed to delivering a blend of face-to-face and online learning and teaching from September 2020.

The global outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly changing situation and we recommend you check the latest information published by the UK Government: 


major incident team at York St John University is closely monitoring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, working with partner organisations in the city and following Government advice

The team is led by Dr Amanda Wilcox, University Secretary and representatives from Health and Safety, HR, IT, Student Life, Registry, Estates, International and the Students’ Union.  They are coordinating the University’s response as the situation continues. The team's priorities are to protect the health of all members of the University community and reduce disruption to University academic activities.

Any queries for the team should be emailed to 

Anyone who is worried about possible contact with coronavirus should self-isolate and call NHS 111.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Please keep your distance when you go out and stay 2 metres apart from others. 

From 4 July 2020, the physical distancing rule will change from 2 metres to 1 metre-plus. Please stay at least one metre apart from others, while observing precautions to reduce the risk of transmission.

Individuals who have been advised to shield should follow the latest government advice

Students who are unwell and unable to complete scheduled assessment, should refer to the exceptional circumstances process.  

Prejudice will absolutely not be tolerated at York St John University.

Anxiety about coronavirus has led to some reactions that are unhelpful and at times, upsetting. This is a difficult time for anyone from affected countries. For those students or staff to also face discrimination in the UK is deeply unfair. Our University welcomes staff and students from all over the world and we expect everyone to be treated equally and with respect. If you see or experience any unwelcome comments or behaviours from other students in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak, please report this. Use our anonymous report and support process. Reporting incidents means the University can combat these behaviours, so do report anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. 

Please also get in touch with our Wellbeing Team if you would find it helpful to talk to someone. They can be contacted by email at Our University Chaplain Revd. Jane Speck is also available to support those of all faiths and none. She can be contacted by email or phone 01904 876606.

Detailed guidance

Current students

Information and support for current undergraduate and postgraduate students at York St John.

Prospective students

Guidance and advice for students joining us in September or thinking about studying with us in 2021.


Information and updates for current staff members at York St John.

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