Update on Covid-19 cases

We have been working closely with Public Health England, NHS Test and Trace and local health protection teams throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Following their guidance, we take immediate and appropriate action in response to suspected and positive cases of Covid-19 among our staff and students.

Working together to keep our communities safe

To keep our students, staff, visitors and local communities safe, we have made substantial changes to how our campuses operate, The health and wellbeing of our University is our top priority.

We are committed to maintaining Kent's excellent teaching, research and student experience despite the impact of Covid-19. Kent is currently operating at Tier 2  in the Government's Tiers of Restriction for HE and also in accordance with the national lockdown guidance. All our programmes of study are being taught in a blended way, which includes in-person teaching and online lectures. There are also some changes to the delivery of on-campus services. 

As a University, we are committed to reducing the spread of Covid-19 and are working together to keep our campuses and communities safe. All our facilities, including teaching and study spaces, have been prepared to support social distancing and we are actively promoting Covid-safe behaviours in accordance with Government guidelines.

We have clear procedures for any students or staff members exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and for students needing to self-isolate on- or off-campus, we have a package of support available.  

Weekly numbers of current cases

Each week we publish the number of cases of students and staff who are currently self-isolating following a positive test for Covid-19 that have been reported to us.

We have approximately 4,500 staff members and typically have a student body of around 19,500.

To put our figures into context, national and regional case figures are available via the BBC website.

Date Students living on-campus Students living off-campus Staff
Monday 30 November 10 7 2
Monday 23 November 23 14 3
Monday 16 November  35 22 2
Monday 9 November 31 18 0
Monday 2 November 16 16 3
Monday 26 October 24 5 1
Monday 19 October 19 7 0
Monday 12 October 4 2 0
Wednesday 7 October 2 6 1

These figures include students living on our UK campuses, students living off-campus (in the region and the rest of the UK) and UK-based staff.  

The figures do not include those who have come to the end of their self-isolation following a positive test.

Cumulative cases

Total number of cases reported to the University since the start of September: 

Date  Students  Staff 

7 September - 30 November

  291    13 

The University will not be confirming any further details about affected individuals in the interest of confidentiality. 

How we're supporting students who are self-isolating

We are providing support to all individual students and households who are required to self-isolate, whether they are on or off campus.

Our guide to support for students who are self-isolating is available online.

When we receive notification of a student needing to self-isolate, their academic school is informed. Staff from across the school, including academic staff, advisors and administrative staff, are on hand to provide support.

This includes contacting students if they would find this helpful, to ensure they are on track with their studies, and providing any resources, materials or support they need to help with their remote learning.

Professional services departments from across the University are working together to provide a package of care for students who are self-isolating.

  • This includes providing a box of essentials to get them through the first few days.
  • Staff are working with a dedicated team of student helpers to provide students help with laundry, fresh bedding, cleaning materials, food deliveries, prescription collections and mail.
  • A range of support is being offered to students, including welfare checks by the Colleges and Community Life Team, regular check in calls and emails, which can be to individual students and households.
  • Students can access online specialist support such as, counselling services and mental health support, if required, through the Student Support and Wellbeing Team.
  • We also have a 24/7 nursing team available at the Canterbury campus.
  • A programme of events, activities, challenges and competitions have been brought together to help students get through their self-isolation period. This includes online sporting activities, virtual club and society events through Kent Union/GKSU.
  • Students can also access a wide variety of film, theatre productions and a diverse music library which they can enjoy independently or as a household.  
Student guide to self-isolating

What to do if you have symptoms or you're self-isolating


Please follow our Student Guide 'What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms or advised to self-isolate'. The guide takes you through three key steps:

  1. Self-isolate:
    Self-isolate immediately for 10 days unless you get a negative test. Read more on self-isolation.
  2. Test:
    You can book a Covid-19 test online or by calling 119. Read more about booking a test
  3. Inform:
    Inform us that you are self-isolating by completing the online form. You do not have to wait for your test result before you tell us. We will then let your school know and contact you regarding support available.
Please inform us if you are self-isolating


Please follow NHS guidance on identifying symptoms and booking a test.

Should you test positive and/or need to self-isolate, please notify your line manager and email our HR and Occupational Health teams at StaffWellbeing@kent.ac.uk.

More information is available on our staff information pages.

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