See our plan for the weeks ahead and guidance to keep our community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

As the UK government continues to review lockdown restrictions, Professional Services colleagues, working with Schools, are co-ordinating plans for how students and staff will continue to return to the University of Sussex campus in stages.

If you do have any questions about our phased return to campus you can email

It is clear that a number of lockdown arrangements may be in place for some time. Social distancing and travel restrictions, in some form or another, will likely be in place for several months.

You can read the government’s current information on national restrictions.

Find out how you report symptoms and check return to campus: what you must do for the steps you should take and our return to campus guidance for further information.

See our dashboard for Covid-19 reporting and information to follow the number of cases in our campus community.

Campus re-opening will take place across three broad stages:

  • Stage 1 focused on the initial re-opening of campus over the summer, in July and August.
  • Stage 2 runs from the start of the 2020/21 academic year in September.
  • Stage 3 will begin after January 2021.

This phased campus re-opening is informed by medical advice and government guidance, and is prioritised around:

  • ensuring the safety of students, staff and visitors.
  • supporting students’ education.
  • enabling research to continue.

Liaison with key partners – including Chartwells, Interserve (via Sussex Estates and Facilities), the Co-op, Balfour Beatty and many more – will be a key consideration at all stages.

The Health and Safety Committee, chaired by Chief Operating Officer Tim Westlake, has trade union representation and is meeting every two weeks.

You can view one of the webinars we held for all staff to hear about plans for a phased return to campus and the health and safety measures we have in place. A recording of these webinars and answers to unanswered questions are available from the navigation blocks at the top of our recent communications to staff page.

If you have questions about our plans, email

We have a hotline for students and parents to call if they have questions about our response, plans or support: 01273 876500.