Coronavirus Covid-19

The University of Sussex is closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 coronavirus and is taking all appropriate measures.

3 April 2020

All teaching is taking place online. Only staff carrying out essential activities and students living on site should be on campus.

The University began online teaching from Monday 23 March, after the University Executive Group decided to suspend all teaching because of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

We listened to our whole community in coming to this decision and we believe strongly it is the right one for all.

The wellbeing of our staff and students will always be our number one priority. Staff and students are now working and studying off-campus, with the exception of:

  • students who remain in on-campus residences
  • staff who provide essential services to them
  • some staff carrying out non-student-related but essential activities  

We have extended assessment deadlines and have guaranteed that students' grades won't fall below - but can be higher than - their average for the first semester, provided they pass.

Also, we will not be charging rent for students who have left their University accommodation because of coronavirus.

We are continuing to provide as much help and support as possible to all our students and staff.

The University is providing as much help as possible to the national effort. Brighton and Sussex Medical School has brought forward the final assessments of final-year medical students to enable them to support the NHS at this critical time. We have also donated Personal Protective Equipment to local hospitals and GPs surgeries and we have specialist staff and students carrying out diagnostic testing to help free up hospital diagnostics staff to concentrate on Covid-19 testing.

Further information

All students, staff and visitors to our campus should continue to follow official guidance, which you can find here:

We will of course communicate at the earliest opportunity if there are any significant developments to share with our community. This page will be updated as and when information becomes available and you can see the guidance we have been sharing with our students here.