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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Universities UK is coordinating national efforts to respond to many of the challenges facing universities including student and staff health and welfare, admissions issues, and the longer-term impact on universities.  

These pages offer information and resources for universities on Covid-19, answers to frequently asked questions, and details of how universities can help their communities during this difficult time. 

Please always follow the government guidance and follow the latest updates for your nation at gov.uk/coronavirus (England), nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19 (Northern Ireland) gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/ (Scotland), gov.wales/coronavirus (Wales).

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Safety, Health and Wellbeing

The top priority for all universities remains the safety, health and wellbeing of the entire university community, including mental health and those at risk of abuse.
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Admissions

The implications for universities relating to UK school qualifications and admissions following school closures and the cancellation of exams.
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Supporting the national effort

Universities are providing skilled workers, equipment and contributing to research on Covid-19. Find out how they can help the local and national response.

FAQs and links to relevant bodies

FAQs covering the Covid-19 outbreak, including how universities are supporting students remaining in halls of residence, and what will happen to exams and assessments.

International

FAQs on the way the Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the international work of UK universities, their international students, staff and partners and international students looking to study in the UK in the near future.
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Reports and briefings

Find Universities UK analysis on the response to the pandemic and the needs of the higher education sector.

News

Universities UK response to government’s support package for UK research jobs

27 June 2020
​The UK government has announced a support package to give greater job protection for researchers, scientists and technicians working at UK universities during coronavirus (COVID-19).

UUK response to latest UCAS data on applicant offers and student deferrals

25 June 2020
UUK has responded to the latest UCAS (18 June) data which details the number of applicants with a firm offer to start university this autumn and the latest on student deferrals.

UUK response to announcement on changes to home fee status from 2021/22

23 June 2020
​In response to the UK government's announcement that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status from 2021/22, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, said:

Most universities will teach in-person this autumn

17 June 2020
The vast majority of UK universities are preparing to provide in-person teaching this autumn, a new survey from Universities UK has revealed.