information for parents, carers and supporters

Student return to campus

The Prime Minister has confirmed that national Covid-19 restrictions will end on Monday 19 July.

We are all looking forward to welcoming students back to our campus in September, to enjoy the full student experience.

From the start of the next academic year, students will continue to have the opportunity to achieve the educational outcomes outlined in their course specifications, through face-to-face sessions and best practice online learning and support.

They will also be able to enjoy the full range of social and learning facilities on offer on campus, including access to libraries, study spaces, catering, bars, and sport and leisure facilities.

We will work closely with public health officials in Leeds to manage any outbreak of Covid-19 in our halls or on campus. If Covid-19 outbreaks are severe, we may be required by law to change our plans and introduce restrictions. If that happens, we have plans in place to make sure student progress in studies will not be affected.

Given that Leeds is currently experiencing very high infection rates, we are temporarily retaining our existing Covid-19 measures on campus over July and August, including social distancing and mask wearing. Testing will also remain available.

Vaccinations and testing

All students should follow Government guidance on how to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The university encourages students to take the Covid-19 vaccine and to support the city’s efforts to tackle infection rates.

Students should continue to take a test twice a week and before they travel away from university before the break.

Regular testing has the potential to identify anyone who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is therefore unaware they have coronavirus. This will help break chains of transmission among households and reduce the risk of onward transmission. If you have symptoms, you must follow Government guidance and book an NHS test.

Testing is available at both our City and Headingley campuses. You can walk up for your tests.

Our Covid-19 test centre on Headingley Campus also serves as a collection point for rapid lateral flow tests. You can choose to collect your test to take away or use the booths on site. Help and guidance is available from staff on how to take these tests either at home or in the booths.

Please remember to record all results on the Government website. If you have any queries please email

Full details about booking and the answers to the most frequently asked questions are available on the testing section of our Coronavirus webpages.

Helpline for parents and supportersĀ 

We encourage parents and supporters to contact us if you have any concerns regarding a student. We will follow up on any information provided and can also talk to you in general terms about how the university deals with various scenarios and the support we are able to put in place. You can call our Coronavirus support helpline at 0113 8122600.

Parents and supporters events

Now that term has started, we held an online event to address any questions and concerns you might have. The event outlined the support which is in place for students and the safety measures we have taken.  Below you can watch the recording of the event led by our Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee on 22 October. 

You can watch the recording of our previous information event for parents and supporters led by our Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee on 10 September. This session detailed our revised approach to teaching and learning in light of Covid-19, and outlined our plans to welcome new and returning students back this academic year.

Information event for parents and supporters 22 October 2020

Information event for parents and supporters 10 September 2020