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2021 Welcome Guide

Covid consideration measures

Keep it kind on campus. Find out more about what we all need to do to show consideration for others.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus and your safety is important to us.

Teaching on campus

Students at York St John University value being part of an academic community and this sense of belonging is important for wellbeing and learning. From September 2021 we will return to a full timetable of teaching activities on campus.

Building on our experience over the last year, our distinctive campus-based education offer will be supported with digital learning opportunities to ensure that you can access all the benefits of a higher education experience.

Keep it kind on campus

As we adapt to life without legal Covid restrictions, we expect everyone to keep being kind and considerate by

  • wearing face coverings indoors or in crowded areas
  • sanitising hands
  • respecting each other's space.

Please make sure you bring a face covering with you when you're coming to campus.

Vaccination support

We strongly encourage you to get both vaccine doses as soon as you can to protect yourself and others. To make it easier for you to access your first or second vaccine dose, we are hosting a pop up vaccination site on campus during Welcome Week.

York St John is partnering with the NHS (Nimbuscare) to provide a vaccination clinic in the Chapel, on our Lord Mayors Walk Campus on the following dates/times:

  • Monday 27 September 10am to 4pm
  • Tuesday 28 September 10am to 4pm

The clinic will be for first (Pfizer vaccine) and second vaccinations (Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zenica). It will be open to staff, York based students and members of the public for both pre-booked and walk-in appointments.

If you've had a positive COVID-19 test, you should wait 4 weeks from the date you had the test before you book an appointment. Your second vaccination to take place at least 8 weeks after your first vaccination.

Appointments can be booked via this link on Eventbrite.


About 1 in 3 people with Covid 19 do not have any symptoms. Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests can detect the virus in people without symptoms and prevent them unknowingly passing it on to others.

Please take a test before you travel back to university, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a test online

On arrival at university, you should take two LFD tests either using home test kits or at the Lord Mayors Walk campus testing facility (3 4 days apart).

You should continue to test twice a week throughout September and October. By identifying more people with the virus we can better mitigate the transmission of Covid 19 which will help protect your friends and lecturers and will allow your education to continue uninterrupted.

We will continue to:

  • Carry out risk assessments and contact tracing
  • Work closely with local public health teams
  • Follow government guidance
  • Keep you informed of any changes.

Further information

Check the Student Guide to Coronavirus page on the Office For Students website

See the latest government advice for students and higher education providers

Read the UK government coronavirus page for the latest information on COVID-19.

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