Coronavirus latest updates

In response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, the University is following the advice of key UK Government and international bodies, and has formed a response group to monitor the situation, take all necessary decisions in the interests of public health and help advise and protect our University community.

Whilst this information was correct at the time of writing, please check the latest health advice from Public Health England.  

Current situation

10.00 28 February 2020

Returning travellers

Call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms.
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild).
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild).

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. In Northern Ireland call 0300 200 7885.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Read more about the Public Health England advice on what you should do if you're asked to self-isolate


All UK-based students and staff

You can help by following some simple hygiene good practice tips from the NHS - see our Advice and support page.

Students and staff studying or working abroad

Students and colleagues currently on short-term study, research or work visits abroad should follow the advice of their host university or employer and keep up to date with public health advice given by the government agencies in the country they are in.

Student and colleagues at our European Centres in Brussels, Paris, Rome and Athens will be additionally supported and advised by our European Administration team and staff based locally.

For the latest guidance on Visas, please see our Advice and Support page. 

The University continues to monitor the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Public Health England (PHE), the British Council and World Health Organisation (WHO) following the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus originating in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

As is consistent with the latest FCO and British Council advice, we are postponing all study, research and work-related travel to China and advising all staff and students against making any trips for personal reasons.

The government has stated that the UK is extremely well prepared for any potential outbreak of an infectious disease.


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