Coronavirus

The University is actively responding to ongoing developments with the Coronavirus outbreak. Throughout this the health and welfare of our students, staff and visitors is our absolute priority. Use the links on this page for detailed information on our response and what it will mean for you.

Latest Government advice is available on the gov.uk website

We strongly advise all to use media outlets such as the BBC or the Government and NHS websites for latest UK guidance.

8 January 2021: In light of the current lockdown restrictions, we are introducing a rent reduction scheme for all students with contracts for accommodation on the Canterbury campus who are unable to return due to the current Government lockdown restrictions. 

For students in accommodation at Pier Quays in Medway, we are currently in discussion with Unite, the private provider of that accommodation, regarding rent rebates and we will provide an update on this as soon as we can.

We will also be pledging our support to the work being done by Kent Union to represent the interests of our students in private rental accommodation in the region.

5 January 2021: Following the government announcement that we are in a third national lockdown, universities have been asked to pause face-to-face teaching during this time apart from to those on medicine, pharmacy or social work courses. 

As a result, all our teaching will be delivered online until the end of February unless you are studying on one of the above courses. The start of term remains 18 January 2021. 

Find out more in our latest updates for students and staff


The number of active cases of Covid-19 remain low on our campuses. We have both asymptomatic testing sites and NHS Local Testing Sites at both Canterbury and Medway. We continue to work closely with our local public health officials and a huge amount of effort have been put in to ensure that our campuses are Covid-safe. The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff remain our key priority.

For detailed updates, see our separate applicant, student, staff, parents and guardians and local community pages.

Helping with the response to Covid-19

Find out more on how the University is supporting efforts to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, including providing specialist equipment to the NHS and teaming up with local initiatives.

Students and staff can also help Government efforts to build up additional data on the outbreak via the new NHS Coronavirus Status Checker.

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