Current lockdown information

The Prime Minister announced a national lockdown. You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can find out about the current lockdown information.and what the local restrictions are.

The University is working closely with the Department for Education and UUK, and we will share updated information and guidance with staff as soon as it becomes available. At this present time, the below information outlines our approach.

Teaching and Learning

The government has said university students should continue studying remotely and not return to their university address.

The only exception at this time is students studying medicine, education, social work and some other healthcare-related courses.

For the majority of our students, learning will remain online until 26 February, with in-person teaching potentially starting again on Monday 1 March. It is difficult to say if the Government will ask that learning remains online for most students for longer.

Throughout Semester 2, we will continue to provide at least 11 hours of live, real-time learning per module. 


Our laboratories will remain open enabling research activities to continue as they have done.

The Library 

In response to government guidance, you can only visit the Library if it is for essential use. It operates using the Click and Collect service during its spring opening hours.

Staff who are currently working from home should continue to do so

Staff who are not required to work on campus should work from home. Those staff who are required to work on campus, such as those involved in teaching, other student facing roles and the delivery of essential services should continue to do so, as we keep our buildings, residences and services on campus open. If you have any questions about this you should contact your line manager in the first instance.

Staff who must travel to work on campus during lockdown

If you are required to work on campus during the lockdown, there is no requirement for you to carry a letter from your employer proving you are an essential worker. You can simply show your university ID card which proves you work at the University of Sussex and are therefore an essential worker as the government has stated that all universities will remain open.

Student travel at this time

The Government has made it clear that students should reamin at home if they can.

Support for staff

We know that the recent news may be unsettling for some of you. The University is here to support you and if you are experiencing difficulties please do speak to your line manager and you may wish to contact the Employee Assistance Programme, which provides a range of confidential help to staff at difficult times, 24 hours a day, 365 days-a-year via 0800 015 5630.

There is also a wide range of resources available on the wellbeing hub