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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for current students

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

Important updates

This content was last reviewed on 14 April 2021.

Detailed guidance

What to do if you have symptoms

Find out what to do if you have symptoms and how to report symptoms and test results.

Arrangements for returning to university

Guidance on planning your return to university after lockdown

Support over the Winter Break

Find out about support services available to you over the holiday period.

Securing student success

Our fair approach to assessment and award during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Staying safe on campus

How we are using the latest public health advice to keep you safe on campus.

How your course will be taught

View information about how your course will be taught in this academic year.

Frequently asked questions

General advice for students

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 you directly if your 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 you should follow your 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 you whilst you are studying remotely. Please see the information on our Support for students webpage.

The Wellbeing Team has created a new service which enables students to book a wellbeing or welfare chat online or over the phone. Students can also contact the Wellbeing Service by email or by filling in a simple form on the website.    

A new UniWellBeing App offers students self-help tools and podcasts.

A confidential service, CareFirst, provides information, advice and support on both emotional and practical issues. Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


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

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.

Any items that you have on loan will be extended until the end of national lockdown restrictions - no fines will be issued during this period. 

A contact-free book return box is available outside the Fountain's Building.

If you need advice or support, email



Please contact your one of your course tutors or email 

Throughout all lockdowns and local tiers, we’ve adapted our campus environment and academic support to meet government guidance.

The COVID secure changes we made in 2020 are still in place to keep everyone safe and we have no evidence that COVID transmission has taken place in face-to-face teaching sessions on campus.

Symptom free testing is available to students accessing campus and our COVID Coordination Centre is working 7 days a week to support isolating students.

Campus and student services have adapted to provide on and off campus support.

Measures are continuously reviewed to prioritise safety, minimise risk and adhere to latest guidance.

We’re incredibly proud of our students for adapting to a new way of learning, following guidance and taking responsibility for keeping our community safe. 


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

If you are struggling financially please contact the Funding Advice Team for information and support at

Please consider applying to the YSJ Student Support Fund if you are facing unforeseen financial hardship. The application has been made easier to access but please be prepared to provide evidence of your income and expenditure if requested. 

Students may also 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.  

In addition to national food delivery services like DeliverooJust Eat and UberEats, a number of local businesses are also offering food and drink delivery. See the Visit York website for details.

York St John University has also partnered with Morrisons supermarket to make their doorstep delivery service available to isolating York St John students.   


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