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Coronavirus COVID-19

Advice for students and staff

The World Health Organisation has declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus as a pandemic. The UK government has raised the risk to the UK as high.


Please follow the latest advice and information.


The UK Government has announced strict measures across the country to ensure people stay at home and limit the transmission of COVID-19. York St John University buildings including the Library and London campus are now closed. Student accommodation in York remains open for those that need it. Staff and students are asked to please stay at home.

York St John University has suspended all face-to-face teaching and assessment and will be operating an extended Easter vacation from Wednesday 18 March until Sunday 19 April. From Monday 20 April we will support all teaching and learning remotely.

The FAQs below are being updated regularly to reflect these changes and provide further information.

General advice


The UK Government has announced strict measures across the country to ensure people stay at home and limit the transmission of COVID-19. York St John University buildings including the Library and London campus are now closed. Student accommodation in York remains open for those that need it. 

Whilst a small number of essential staff are on site we are asking all other staff and students to please stay at home.

The University has suspended all face-to-face teaching and assessment and is operating an extended Easter vacation from Wednesday 18 March until Sunday 19 April. 

From Monday 20 April we will support all teaching, learning, contact time and assessment remotely.


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.


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.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days. 

To check whether an area you have travelled to is affected, see the latest information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

If the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all but essential travel to an area you have visited, use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

If you are a member of staff, please contact your line manager.

If you are not in the UK, follow advice from your local healthcare provider and local government, and update yourself on WHO recommendations.

If you are a foreign national in one of the impacted countries, please familiarise yourself with the latest information provided by your closest national embassy in the region.

The WHO also recommends regularly checking advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

Please read the guidance provided by the Government on how to self-isolate

Detailed government guidance on social distancing can be found on the website. It says:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family.

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds and whenever you:

get home or into work
blow your nose, sneeze or cough
eat or handle food

It's important to use soap and water or a hand sanitiser.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, exams scheduled for the April and May examination periods will not be undertaken on campus.


Individuals with a weakened immune system or underlying health conditions or who are pregnant should stay at home. 

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.

Advice for students

We want you to be rewarded for your hard work and achievement and have the opportunity to achieve your potential in meeting the learning outcomes for your degree.

To do this, we have:

  • Introduced a Safety Net policy to guarantee that your programme-level average will not be lower than a benchmark calculated from confirmed assessment outcomes so far;
  • Changed our approach to assessment; and
  • Introduced greater flexibility in the application of exceptional circumstances in response to the impact on you.

The impact of the global coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and stringent social distancing measures introduced by the government have changed the way universities operate. Our response aims to protect your safety and your long-term academic success.

After careful review and consultation on what will work best for York St John University students, we believe our COVID-19 assessment arrangements ensure that you are not disadvantaged by circumstances beyond your control.

Our overriding priority continues to be your wellbeing and long-term success.

Find more information in the Learning an Teaching FAQs section.


Please contact Accommodation to let us know if you are still in University accommodation:


The Government’s advice is that students remaining at university in England should now stay where they are and not attempt to travel. If you are living in student halls, or private rented accommodation, you should remain there and stay indoors while current restrictions are in force. As the Prime Minister said, staying put and remaining indoors is a crucial step now to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, to protect the NHS from being overwhelmed, and save the lives of fellow citizens.  The government published advice on staying at home here:

 Should you or any of your friends fall ill while in your student residence, there is guidance on self-isolating here:

Students who are self-isolating may find this information valuable

York COVID -19 Community Hub  

City of York Council are coordinating a York COVID-19 Community Hub to ensure there is support for everyone that needs it. To volunteer, register online. To get help, email  or call 01904 551550.  See more on their public group on Facebook.  


Local businesses offering food and drink delivery

City of York Council and YorkMix have teamed up to connect independent retailers across York with shoppers, which includes a comprehensive list of food and drink for delivery.  


Food delivery

Acomb grocery - on line shopping, no delivery charge over £25.00 

Bishy Weigh – Eco friendly re-fill shop (take your own container). Operating by collection but have recently introduced a next day delivery service for those who need it; only those people who cannot get out. Call 01904 631410 between 10am-12.00 noon Monday, Wednesday or Friday to order.

Blue bird bakery - operating a ‘dough to door’ delivery service for fresh bread, ordered via their online shop 

Deliveroo - now includes groceries, including a range of essentials from Morrisons and Spar

Fodder and Forage Local greengrocer and florist offering home deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables

Food circle - A community project that usually provides locally grown food via food stalls etc.  Direct message them on Instagram (@food_circle_york) to be added to their weekly newsletter and ordering system. Offering doorstep deliveries on Thursdays and Saturdays from suppliers including: Haxby BakehouseAcorn DairyHodmedods (frozen meat and dried goods) 

Fruitique  Bishopthorpe Road greengrocer and general store offering deliveries of bread, groceries, pantry items, fresh fruit and veg, dairy products as well as cleaning products. More info on their facebook page. - Fresh meat and pies, with some other items available

Heslington Fresh Foods - Fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy produce and bread, plus assorted other items delivered 


Morrisons supermarket - offering a small range of boxes filled with essential food and household items, all available for delivery 

Richardson’s Produce - same day delivery of fresh produce

Uber Eats



The Government has provided this specific advice for anyone living in shared accommodation.

To ensure the safety of our University community, all teaching, learning, assessment and contact time will be delivered online from 20 April. Our priorities are to protect your physical and mental health and give you the best possible opportunities to continue your studies during this unprecedented time. Although our campus buildings are closed, many of our services are operating remotely. 

Access more information on our Support for students webpage.

All of the library’s ebooks, electronic journals, newspaper and television archives, and search tools can be accessed away from campus, via the library website.

To help all students working remotely, Adobe has provided temporary, free access to Adobe products from home. Please follow the instructions below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
  1. Visit and use your York St John IT credentials to sign in.
  2. If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your York St John IT password. Or provide your credentials in your school’s login screen.
  3. From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.


For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps.



Any items that you have on loan will be extended until September - no fines will be issued during this period. 

If you need advice or support, email

Please contact your one of your course tutors or email 

The University is seeking to reduce the overall and specific risks to colleagues or students by taking appropriate infection control actions and reducing face-to-face contact to reduce the likelihood of transmission.


Basic health protection advice that you should follow includes:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or using a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
  • Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and binning any tissues used;
  • Regularly cleaning surfaces;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are unwell;
  • Avoiding sharing food, drink and utensils.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Please also be aware that increased frequency of handwashing and use of sanitiser does dry the skin out, and it's very important to moisturise regularly to prevent cracking and opening the skin to other infections.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised against all non-essential international travel, initially for a period of 30 days.

If you are on a placement abroad and would like to return home, please contact

Let your host university know of any change in plans and contact insurance company Aon (+44 (0)20 71737797) if you need help or advice.

sent on Thursday 17 April

Supporting while studying remotely

Dear York St John students,

We hope you had the opportunity over the Easter weekend to take a break from studying and that you and your loved ones are in good health.

Your tutors and lecturers have been preparing for online teaching and assessment to resume next week. Hopefully, you will have seen the safety net policy the University has put in place to support students through the assessment process this year. Whilst we have received positive feedback about the reassurance this provides, we are very aware that many students are finding remote studying difficult. Please contact your personal tutor if you have questions about what the safety net means for you.

Many of you have asked about the support available to you while campus buildings are closed. Most of our services are operating remotely as staff work from home. You can find updated information on how to access any help you might need on this ‘support for students’ webpage.

All of the library’s ebooks, electronic journals, newspaper and television archives, and search tools can be accessed away from campus, via the library website.

To help all students working remotely, Adobe has provided temporary, free access to Adobe products from home until 31 May. Please follow the instructions below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device. 1. Visit and use your York St John IT credentials to sign in.

2. If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your York St John IT password. Or provide your credentials in your school’s login screen.

3. From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.

It’s really important that we are able to stay in touch with you while you are studying remotely, so please make sure your contact details in e:vision are up to date.

We’d also like to hear from you if you are in private rented accommodation in York. Please email the Welfare and Wellbeing Team to let them know, especially if you need help or support. You can email at any time if you can’t find the information you need. As we all continue to follow advice to stay at home during these uncertain times, staying safe and supporting loved ones is more important than ever. We are here to help if you need it.

Take care,

The Student Life team at York St John University


Please log a job as usual and someone will contact you.

You can apply to the YSJ Student Support Fund for assistance. When completing the online application please make sure you use exact figures because these will be used in the assessment. During the application process your income and expenditure will be assessed so please be prepared to provide evidence of this if requested.


Michelle Donelan MP, Minister of State for Universities, has written to all international students to provide information on the steps being taken by the UK government to keep you safe and to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19 on you and your education. You can download and read the letter below.

Letter from Minister Donelan to International Students ( PDF 0.2 MB)

Advice for staff

Normal sick absence arrangements apply – you are on sick leave and will receive sick pay. As normal, please inform the person you report to and submit and online self-certification form when you return to work.

If you, or someone you live with has symptoms of COVD-19, you should self-isolate.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
See the Public Health England website for advice and guidance about self-isolation.

If you are well and able to work remotely, agree what can be achieved during the period of self-isolation/quarantine with your manager/team. Normal pay will apply.

If you are unable to work remotely given the nature of your work, you will be on sick leave and sick pay will apply. Discuss your specific circumstances with the person you report to.
The Public Health England website provides advice and guidance about self-isolation.

Yes, we will pay you for any time that is already committed. You may be required to deliver things in a different way, your manager will keep you informed as the situation evolves.  If you are ill,  Statutory Sick Pay will apply from day one (for COVID-19).


Yes, you will be paid for any time already scheduled to work.  You may be required to deliver things in a different way, your manager will keep you informed as the situation evolves. If you are ill, statutory Sick Pay will apply from day one (for COVID-19).

Yes. Any sick absence relating to COVID-19 will not be included in your absence data when ascertaining people who have hit trigger points.

Yes, this is important. Let your manager know and agree next steps with them in terms of the work you are doing and any other arrangements that need to be put in place. You also need to email who will send you a brief survey to complete so that the University is able to track (and report on) the latest position. You do not need to complete a self-certified sick certificate unless you are sick and unable to work. 

We know that this is a worry for many people and the University wants to do all it can to support you; we are also mindful that the situation may continue for some time and it does not feel reasonable to expect the University to pay for indefinite time away from work on full pay. 

Inform the person you report to as soon as you can and talk through your specific circumstances. If you are able to make alternative childcare arrangements, you are expected to do this.

If you are unable to secure alternative childcare arrangements, suggest what you can do to keep working. For example, flexible working arrangements may be possible such as an alternative working pattern whilst working from home.

As an extraordinary step in light of the current unprecedented situation, the Dependents Leave policy will be temporarily adjusted so that staff who cannot work in order to care for their children will continue to be paid for a maximum of 10 days (pro rata). This does not need to be taken in one go. This will be in addition to normal arrangements of taking annual leave (paid/unpaid) and flexi leave. The amount of dependent’s leave you take will need to be tracked; please complete this Dependent's Leave form to formally record the paid leave you have agreed with your manager.

If you have a health condition that you have not made others aware of, you are encouraged to have a private conversation with the person you report to so they are best placed to support you. You do not need to provide medical evidence in this circumstance. 

Refer to the manager guidance email issued on 19 March. This guidance is also available on the Remote Working hub on the staff intranet.

Listen to any concerns from your team and respond sensitively and sensibly given the specifics of the circumstances. Ask questions to ascertain the specific circumstances (e.g. travel destinations, dates, contact etc) and keep all details as confidential between you and the employee unless agreed otherwise. Refer staff to the Employee Assistance Programme if they need emotional support and consider how flexible working arrangements can be of mutual benefit.

Inform HR of any cases of self-isolation or COVID-19 illness.

Familiarise yourself with the guidance on the Public Health and NHS websites as these are updated regularly. The ACAS website also has some helpful information:

Yes. Talk to your manager as there is likely to be other work you can do for the University.


At the moment, you are not required to provide a Fit Note for periods of self-isolation or sick leave due to COVID-19. We will keep abreast of advice from Public Health England if the position changes.

Guidance on the IT systems available to facilitate remote working can be found on the intranet.

It is important that people take a proper break from work and have the chance to completely switch off – you are actively encouraged to use all of your annual leave this year.

COVID-19 has changed the way in which we are living and working - it is crucial that you do all that you can to look after your wellbeing and we will help you do that where we can. In recognition of the unprecedented impact of the virus, the rules around leave ‘carry over’ are being relaxed at the discretion of the Head of School/ Service Director as a supportive measure. In such cases where it has proved impossible for people to take all their leave due to operational demands, a maximum of 10 days can be carried into 2021/22 and also into 2022/23, where approval has been given. In effect this doubles the current carry over limits from 5 to 10 each year. Alongside this, Heads and Directors may stipulate restrictions around periods of leave e.g. at the start of term or when other key events are planned.

All leave is agreed in advance using your leave card and needs to be formally approved. Any carry over leave must also be agreed by the Head/ Director before it becomes too late to take the leave with regards to any restrictions put in place. Managers need to take a forward overview of the leave position within the team to ensure sufficient cover.

You should not exhaust the new 10 days Dependents Leave and ask to carry 10 days of leave – this will not be approved and is not in the spirit that the new leave arrangements are offered.

Please take all of your leave so that you can take a proper break from work.

Yes. Setting goals and tracking progress becomes even more important in these circumstances in order to ensure people know what is expected from them. Use this time to take a step back and focus on performance, development and other areas that lend themselves well to working away from the office. There is a plethora of online development resources on the Learning and Organisational Development intranet page.

These are unprecedented circumstances and it is understandable that you may be finding things difficult. Seek support from your family, friends, line manager and colleagues. The Employee Assistance Programme is available 24/7 for expert help and guidance, please do use it, it is there to help you.


Thursday 2 July and Friday 3 July have been designated as two non-working days and are in effect campus closure days, similar to our approach at Christmas. They serve as a mark of appreciation from Executive Board for how hard everyone has worked to make the transition to remote working. They apply to everyone and so it is important that everyone feels the benefit. For part time staff who do not work on Thursday and or Friday, they can take two of their usual working days off, as long as it falls within a fortnight of 2 and 3 July. Ideally these would be at the start of the following week, if operationally viable, in order to still feel the benefit of the longer weekend. These are not to be seen as two extra ‘floating’ annual leave days to be tagged on to later holidays, they are the equivalent of campus closure days just made available to everyone at the end of term.

Teaching and Assessment

Face-to-face teaching was stopped from 18 March on our campuses in York and London. The University will be introducing remote teaching and assessment from Monday 20 April.

We appreciate that this is a very worrying and difficult time for our students.  We share the concerns our students have expressed to ensure that their interests are protected, and that they are not disadvantaged as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Our objectives are:

  1. to ensure that, wherever possible, students are able to complete their programme of study or to progress to their next academic year on time;
  2. to ensure students are not disadvantaged by the current unprecedented circumstances and;
  3. to protect students by maintaining quality and standards in teaching, learning and assessment and ensuring that their qualifications hold value over time.

The Government have asked all universities to make all reasonable efforts to enable students to complete their studies, for achievement to be reliably assessed, and for qualifications to be awarded securely. Because universities set their own assessment framework within national guidance and are at different stages within their academic years, each is taking an approach that best reflects its individual circumstances. From recent sampling carried out within the higher education sector, we believe that our approach to alternative assessments and exceptional circumstances is the same as the majority of UK institutions. We also understand that a majority of universities are considering taking steps similar to those that we’re taking to ensure that their students are not disadvantaged. 

A rigorous academic policy to secure student success at York St John University is being finalised. We will contact students shortly to inform them of the measures being introduced to ensure fair assessment during the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. 

Our overriding priority continues to be our students’ wellbeing and long-term success.

If you have assessments that do not normally require you to be on campus, you should submit these as planned.

All in-person assessment that requires face to face contact or gathering together in large groups (e.g. examinations, practicals) have now been cancelled.

The University is working to finalise alternative assessment where possible to allow you to complete your programme of study on time. In a very small number of cases, this may not be possible, and your assessment will need to be deferred. This will be because the University is unable to assess your skills in any other way. Your School will be in contact with you as soon as possible to let you know the form your assessments will take and when the deadlines will be.

We are committed to providing an inclusive experience for everyone who studies at the University. Your support needs will continue to be taken into account for any alternative assessment, although may differ for assessment type; for example, adjustments for examinations would normally differ from those for written coursework.

The University has extended the 17 April Semester 1 resit deadline by two weeks to 1 May 2020, for all students.

Should you need an extension for a Semester 1 resit or any other assessment, please use the Exceptional Circumstances policy in the usual way. You do not need to submit medical evidence related to Covid-19 or any other illness at this time.

We understand that the current situation may mean that you feel unable to complete your assessments.

If this is due to health reasons our Disability Advice Team are contactable to offer support remotely on

Our Wellbeing Team are also contactable to offer wellbeing support via email on

If the current situation means that you are caring for dependents, you can get in touch with our dedicated contact for student carers on who can chat to you about the support available to you.

If you feel unable to complete your assessments due to the current situation, either due to medical reasons, including mental health, or lack of technology, please contact us.

The University is asking all students who do not have access to technology and/or broadband in order to be able to complete their assignments to let us know if this is the case. We can then work with you to discuss your options and how we can support you at this time. This may include an alternative form of assessment (e.g. by telephone), deferring your assessments, or discussing the options for suspending your studies, if that is appropriate.

During your studies you might be faced with unforeseen personal, medical or family problems that are outside your control that are negatively affecting your academic performance in your assessments.

These are exceptional circumstances and you can submit an exceptional circumstances claim form so that the University can decide what action can be taken if your circumstances have affected your performance or your ability to complete your assessment.

Many of our support services are operating remotely to support you during this time. You can find out about the support available through the University support pages.

From Monday 23 March, the majority of University staff will be working from home. This means that you will be supported at a distance. 

Please look out for updates from your tutor or supervisor via e:vison, moodle and email.

The University will shortly be contacting all students to find out if you have the access needed at home to be able to complete your assessments. Please respond to let us know if this is not the case – you can do this by calling 01904 876244 and leaving a message with your name, your student number and contact details. We will call you by Wednesday 15 April to discuss your options with you.

If you do not have a home environment where you are able to effectively study, please follow the Exceptional Circumstances process and we will defer your assessments or approve an extension, whichever is more appropriate for you.

You should also apply through the Exceptional Circumstances process, and we will agree an extension or defer your assessments, whichever is more appropriate for you.

You should contact your supervisor to discuss your individual circumstances and how your access to resources may be affecting your dissertation.

If you are unable to access the resources required for your research, you should have an initial conversation with your supervisor to discuss the situation. You can apply through the Exceptional Circumstances process for an extension or suspend your study until access to the University and resources is available again.

If you are able to access new resources, we will grant you an additional week to be able to access and familiarise yourself with the alternative resources. This can be done through the Exceptional Circumstances process. 

In individual cases, the loss of resources may require a reconfiguring of the research project, which will mean you need the assessment to be deferred, a more significant extension to be granted or to suspend your studies, you should also apply through the Exceptional Circumstances process. You should discuss your options with your supervisor.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the pressure on our NHS services, you will not need to submit any medical evidence related to either Covid-19 or any other illness. Please apply through the Exceptional Circumstances process in the usual way.

If you are unable to complete your alternative assessments, you can submit a claim for an extension or deferral of the assessment through the University’s Exceptional Circumstances Policy. You should discuss this with the Associate Head for your programme of study, or your academic tutor, to go through what options are available to you.

You can apply through the Exceptional Circumstances Policy if you feel your performance has been impacted, and you have completed the assessment and submitted it. Alternatively, you can also apply for an extension if you feel you would benefit from more time to complete the assessment.

Advice and support for postgraduate researchers

From Monday 23 March, the majority of University staff will be working from home. This means that PhD supervision will be supported at a distance. Your supervisor will contact you to confirm arrangements for remote supervision in the coming days and weeks.

You should talk to your supervisor about field work and decide what is appropriate for your project. There are so many different types of field work that an individual response is needed. You should follow the travel guidance below, and consider the social aspects of any field work when you decide upon the best course of action. If there are funding conditions that are concerning you, then speak to your supervisor who in turn can seek advice from the University as it relates to any funding or degree requirements.

The University is making alternative arrangements to provide remote support transfer assessments and examination (viva) wherever possible. We will be in contact with you to confirm arrangements for transfer assessments and examinations that are scheduled to take place.

Formal supervision meetings are expected to continue via suitable online meeting platforms (e.g. Microsoft Teams). Any documentation should be shared electronically prior to the meeting. Please continue to maintain your Supervision Logs as these provide a record of your discussion, agreed action points, and targets for the next meeting.

Any first formal or annual reviews will remain planned as normal, but these should be conducted via a suitable online meeting platform (e.g. Microsoft Teams). You will need to provide documentation to the Chair, at least one week prior to the review date, who will review the documentation and share with the supervisory team. Progress report sign-off and discussions will be completed electronically by the Chair and supervisory team.

Any transfers will remain planned as normal, but these should be conducted via a suitable online meeting platform (e.g. Microsoft Teams). You will need to provide the necessary documentation as normal to the Chair, at least two weeks prior to the meeting, who will review the documentation and share electronically with the panel member(s) for review and feedback. Online meetings often have a “share my screen” function for those who may have presentations.  

Any oral examinations (viva voce) are to be undertaken via video conferencing means (e.g. Microsoft Teams) and be recorded in line with 6.3.e of the University’s Regulations for Research Degree Awards. The following University requirements for viva voce are suspended:

  • For the candidate to be in attendance in person;
  • For at least one examiner and independent chair to be present in the same room as the candidate;
  • For permission to be sought from the Research Degree Examination Panel (RDEP) for the use of video conferencing.

With immediate effect, the Research Office will no longer book any travel or accommodation related to PGR expenses until further notice. The University has restricted any domestic and international travel in line with advice from the UK Government. Please discuss any alternative arrangements with your supervisor relating to your fieldwork, this should be remotely using electronic means where possible. PGRs and supervisors are encouraged to review plans for fieldwork and where possible, prioritise activities that can continue at a distance. PGRs are expected to keep a record of any disruption to fieldwork and discuss with supervisors accordingly.

If you have previously booked travel and accommodation from your PGR expenses, please contact the Research Office.  

After the Easter break, we do aim to provide any face-to-face events in a new format (distance learning), where feasible/possible. The new approach will be in place until YSJU instruct us otherwise. The Research Office will keep you all up-to-date with any changes.

We recommend you familiarise yourself with Microsoft Teams/Skype or another preferred online communication method with your supervisor.

Due to ongoing events, you can request an extension or suspension of your studies as normal, and these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. lease discuss a request for extension or suspension with your supervisor in the first instance. 

In line with the University’s guidance, which has suspended any domestic and international travel, the Research Office will not be booking any travel or accommodation for the foreseeable future. If you wish to attend a conference remotely, this will still be possible and will be processed in line with the PGR expense guidance.

We understand that everyone is having to adapt to the current situation by home working for those who can. However, we are not able to reimburse purchases made for equipment (e.g. laptops and/or furniture).

Most texts are still available online or on demand. As with the guidelines, if there is a text that cannot be obtained through one of the normal channels and that would be essential to your research, you would need to ask your supervisor to put in an exceptional claim to the Research Office prior to purchase. The same would go for any technical training courses should they not be something we can provide at YSJ.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for apprentices, employers, training provides, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers can be found on UK government webpages

York St John University will be providing regular updates which includes general guidance for apprentices and their employers on our website here.

Executive MBA

Susie Hoyland, Client Services Manager:  

David Kelsey, Course Leader:  

Clare Mulligan, Module Leader for current taught modules: 

Alison Lawman, Module Leader for Capstone Project: 

Brendan Paddison, Associate Dean – York Business School: 

Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Alan Johnson, Academic Lead for Apprenticeships and Professional Accreditations – York Business School: 

Chen Ren, Course Leader: 

Sue Smith, School Administrator: 

Data Science Degree Apprenticeship

Rob Sanders, Head of School: 

Pierre -Phillippe Dechant, Course Leader: 

Malak Olamaie, Module Leader for Analysis & Optimisation and Computer Programming modules: 

Fei Xiang, Module Leader for Probability Statistics and Data Analysis module:  

Laboratory Science Degree Apprenticeship

Dr Sue Jones, Associate Head – Biosciences:

Not at all, apprentices can keep studying! York St John University has temporarily closed its campuses but we are fully operational remotely to allow your staff to continue with your apprenticeship. 

They do not need to stop their learning of knowledge with us and it is important that we help them keep on track for completion and are here to be supportive and flexible, whilst everyone navigates a new reality.

No face-to-face teaching days are now taking place until further notice. Distance learning contingency plans for individual programmes will be communicated to apprentices via email and their Moodle site.

Apprentices can still be making progress towards the KSBs of their standard, even if they are working remotely. All of this activity can be counted towards 20% off the job. Now may be a good time for them to: 

  • access the e-learning on Moodle
  • read around their subject area 
  • complete the assignments and tasks set by their tutor 
  • update their e-portfolio 
  • update a reflections log 
  • book onto one of the on-line development days 
  • make sure they are up to date with what’s expected in their End Point Assessment - this could be a good time to get ahead. 

Apprentices may be asked to cover a different part of the business at the moment which isn’t as relevant to their apprenticeship. They might be asked not to take off-the-job time whilst there’s a shortage of colleagues. This is understandable in the current situation and should not mean that they need to stop learning. 

Don’t forget that anything an employee is asked to do that isn’t part of their normal on-the-job role and involves acquiring new skills and behaviors in the workplace can be classed as off-the-job as long as it relevant to the apprenticeship standard!   

Apprentices should keep a record of this and discuss in their next review with their academic tutor what can be included as evidence in their portfolio or any additional time they will need.  

If it becomes unmanageable, apprentices are encouraged to ask their line manager or apprenticeship business lead to contact their academic tutor.

York St John University is following UK government advice. Apprentices can be furloughed in the same way as other employees and they can continue to train whilst furloughed.

However, you must pay your apprentices at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage (AMW), National Living Wage(NLW) or National Minimum Wage NMW) for all the time they spend training. This means you must cover any shortfall between the amount you can claim for their wages through this scheme and their appropriate minimum wage.

Guidance is available for changes in apprenticeship learning arrangements because of COVID-19.

Furloughed apprentices should be encouraged where possible to continue with the knowledge aspect of their apprenticeships and engage with distance learning if appropriate.

Each programme has an online community via Moodle for its apprentices. The main thing is to keep going and talk to us about any challenges they face. 

For more information please call us on +44(0)1904 876603 or email


Further information

Public Health England have published the following blogs for information and advice

The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak.



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