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Coronavirus COVID-19

Advice for students and staff

The Prime Minister has announced the government’s Spring 2021 ‘roadmap’ of plans to lift lockdown restrictions.

The guidance for universities says that students on practical courses who would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities, or complete assessments will be allowed return from 8 March.

Students on some science, health professions and arts courses will have access to on-campus teaching and facilities under this guidance.  

For all other students, online learning will continue and students should follow the current timetable as published. We hope to welcome more students back to campus after Easter, subject to the next government review in April.

Students returning to university or already accessing campus should be tested twice upon arrival, or isolate for ten days, and continue twice weekly testing. City of York Council are operating the symptom-free coronavirus testing centre in the Foss Sports Hall on the York campus. Book symptom free coronavirus testing.

Updates on current postive cases and reponses to frequently asked questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found below.

This 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.

We understand that the current circumstances are difficult for everyone and have been particularly challenging for many students. If you, or someone you know needs support, we're here to help. 

Reported COVID-19 cases

Our YSJ COVID Coordination Centre is recording all periods of self-isolation and all positive COVID-19 test results within our University community. These figures are reported daily to City of York Council and local public health teams.

As of Monday 3 May, we report that 3 members of our University community are currently self-isolating because they have tested positive for COVID-19.  We have advised close contacts to self-isolate in accordance with government guidance. 

We have around 7,500 students and over 900 members of staff at York St John University.

To monitor cases effectively, we ask students who are self-isolating to use the absence and self-isolation form hosted on the website which has been adapted to capture COVID-19 data.  

Staff are asked to report their own information (whether symptomatic, or self-isolating with no symptoms) using the COVID-19 Reporting Form on our staff intranet. 


General advice

Only students who are undertaking training and study for the following courses should attend timetabled face-to-face learning as planned:

  • Subjects allied to medicine/health such as Biomedical Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Education such as initial teacher training and PGCEs
  • Social work
  • Some Arts courses (tutors will advise students directly if their course is eligible)
  • Courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and or mandatory activity which is scheduled for January and which cannot be rescheduled (your course tutor will notify you if this applies to you).

For all other students, online learning will continue and they should follow their current timetable as published. We hope to welcome more students back to campus after Easter, subject to the next government review in April.

This advice is based on government guidance to universities and students on how students can return safely to higher education in the spring term

Course tutors and all support staff at York St John will do everything they can to support students whilst they are studying remotely. Please see the information on our Support for students webpage.

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: 










A YSJ COVID Coordination Centre team is working closely with City of York Council, Public Health and Health Protection Teams to manage the COVID Control Plan for York St John University and reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The team uses data from existing sickness and absence reporting procedures which have been adapted to capture the information needed to monitor both symptoms, periods of self-isolation and any positive cases.

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.  

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 

Staff or students displaying one or a combination of the symptoms below should remain at home or return home / to university accommodation immediately and begin self-isolating for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. 

1) a new continuous cough
2) a high temperature
3) a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

All other household members who remain well, must stay at home or in university accommodation and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your support bubble. Students in university accommodation should not return to their parental home.

Try and get a test. Anyone with symptoms is eligible for testing via or by calling 119.


All staff and students must notify the University immediately if they begin experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating for any reason.
Students must notify us via the absence and self-isolation form hosted on the website which has been adapted to capture COVID-19 data.

Staff need to report every absence (whether symptomatic, or self-isolating with no symptoms) using the COVID-19 Reporting Form on the intranet. 

Please advise your manager if you cannot do this for any reason. Line Managers / Academic Leads can complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form on behalf of others. 

If you are contacted via NHS Test and Trace, and do not have symptoms, self-isolate as advised. Please let us know that you are self-isolating by emailing 

IMPORTANT: If you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, but do not have symptoms, colleagues, students and members of your household can continue normal activities. 

Staff and students are encouraged to download the NHS Test and Trace app when it launches nationally on Thursday 24 September.

Read about what the COVID 19 app does.

Read more about guidance for contact with a confirmed case.

It is essential that you observe self-isolation periods in full, or you could face a fine.  

If your test is positive, you must continue to self-isolate. 

It is essential that you contact if you receive a positive test result.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 10 days from when you start self-isolating.

Read more about how long to self-isolate

You must fully observe self-isolation periods or you could be liable for fines.   

You and your household or support bubble do not need to continue self-isolating if your test was negative. If no one in your household is displaying symptoms, you can all return to normal activity.

Please let us know by contacting if you receive a negative test result.

Read more about what your test result means.

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

Anxiety about COVID has led to some reactions that are unhelpful and at times, upsetting. This is a difficult time for everyone. For any students or staff to face discrimination 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 COVID transmission, please report it. 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.

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