Coronavirus Covid-19

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

13 January 2021

While the UK is in a national lockdown, at the start of our second semester, the majority of students are studying remotely.

Following the most recent announcement from the UK Government, relating to a national lockdown, the vast majority of students are studying remotely. The Government is due to review this in the middle of February.

Only students studying for degrees in Medicine, Teaching and Social Work are able to learn on campus. This has been in effect from Monday 4 January 2021.

We continue to support students who are resident on campus and who have remained in their student accommodation.

Staff are working from home, except those supporting core campus services for students and a small number of research staff who need to access laboratory equipment. 


In these extraordinary times, the University is working with organisations and communities to contribute towards local, national and global efforts against the coronavirus pandemic. You can read more about our response to Covid-19.


Ensuring a Covid-secure campus

For the safety of those who do need to access our campus at this time, we are closely following guidance from the government and taking comprehensive steps to make sure our campus remains a safe and welcoming place.

We’ve put in place measures including those related to:

  • face coverings
  • hand-washing
  • cleaning regimes for campus buildings and spaces
  • physical distancing on campus
  • Covid-19 reporting
  • communal areas on campus
  • enhanced student support

Visit the Student Hub for more information.

Covid-19 cases amongst our community

We currently have confirmed reports of 43 positive cases amongst our University community (as of 11 January 2021). As well as the students and staff who are positive, all of their housemates/households are also now in self-isolation, as per the Government guidance. We will continue to be open about the number of cases in our staff and student community and we will share updated figures daily via our dashboard at 3pm on weekdays and then provide data on a Monday for the weekend.

We have a clear plan in place for a range of potential changes, which is in line with guidance from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the Department for Education (DfE).

Staff and students in self-isolation

We have a number of students (on and off campus) who have been self-isolating because they have received a positive test result. 

As well as the individuals who are positive, all of their housemates are also now in self-isolation, as per the Government guidance. The signs are that our students are taking their responsibilities to self-isolate very seriously and we are providing them with a range of support measures.

We also have some international students who are self-isolating because they have travelled to the University from a country on the Government’s quarantine list. Students in self-isolation are provided with a variety of services to help them during this time, including food and meal deliveries and welfare support. 

Information and advice for students

The University has provided students with a wide range of information about how the University is operating this term, and all the health and safety measures that are in place. You can read about these on the Student Hub

Further information

Like everyone, students and staff 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 on the Student Hub.