On this page you'll find information on new ways of working at the University of Nottingham as we enter a new phase of the pandemic and what to expect in the 2021/2022 academic year.
Covid safety measures at the University of Nottingham
Whilst government guidelines mean that the wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory, the government expects and recommends that you wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces. This helps you to reduce your risk to others and helps others to reduce their risk to you. Face coverings may be reintroduced should there be local outbreaks or a rise in cases.
Although social distancing measures are no longer mandatory, please be respectful and considerate of everyone in our university and the communities in which we live. We also ask that you continue to observe rigorous hygiene practices, particularly regular handwashing. You can find out more about our Covid measures on our Safety on Campus pages.
Please be respectful and considerate of both our university and city communities, understanding some people will feel more comfortable with the lifting of restrictions than others and that health vulnerabilities remain. Our university values include inclusivity and respect. We have regard for each other’s rights and feelings, and demonstrate this in our behaviour, treating each other with kindness. As we begin this transition into a new phase of living with the pandemic please do remember and embody these values.
Teaching and Learning
Wherever possible classes, seminars, labs and tutorials will be delivered in-person from the start of the academic year, however, in line with most universities, large-scale teaching will continue through a blended approach in Semester 1.
This is in part due to the complexities of timetabling more than 100,000 teaching sessions, but also offers contingency in the event of autumn outbreaks. Local Directors of Public Health have powers to reimpose social distancing requirements in the event of outbreaks - by being cautious now, we can be more flexible later.
We will monitor and adjust our teaching approach according to the progress of the pandemic. We will use the best of digital technologies to support in-person teaching, and to provide live, interactive online sessions, alongside pre-recorded teaching materials for you to work through at your own pace. The mix of in-person and digital teaching will vary by course. Our intention is to resume in-person in Semester 2, subject to the course of the pandemic.
There will be an extended two-week welcome period to help re-acclimatise students to living and studying on campus.
Term begins on Monday 20 September 2021, and students are expected to arrive on campus by then. Following an extended period of Welcome and induction, teaching for the majority of students will begin on Monday 4 October 2021.
For a small number of courses, teaching will begin from Monday 27 September 2021 - or earlier depending on placements/previous practice. Your school or department will notify you if this applies to you.
Students on courses with different patterns of teaching (for example, degree apprenticeships) will receive information about their start dates from their schools or departments.
The term will end on Friday 17 December 2021.
The spring term will commence on Monday 10 January 2022 and conclude on Friday 8 April 2022.
The summer term will commence on Monday 2 May 2022. This is a week earlier than in previous years and will make extra time available for teaching and assessments, should it be required. The term will conclude on Friday 18 June.
More key dates can be found on our website.
The government has implemented its traffic light system for international travel, established by the Global Travel Taskforce, which sets out the measures applying to arrivals from Red, Amber and Green countries. Please be aware of the status of the country you intend to travel to or from before making your journey, so that you understand testing and quarantine requirements for your destination and return.
From 4 October rules will be overhauled.There will be new clearer travel system: red list and rest of world and simpler, cheaper rules for fully vaccinated travellers coming from non-red list countries. Find out more on the Government website.
For information on quarantine arrangements and support for new students, visit the quarantine webpage.
The university is committed to supporting our existing students to access on-campus learning in a safe, measured and controlled way. For any students currently living outside of the UK and who are subject to quarantine upon arrival into the UK, the university is currently looking into how we can support you financially to assist you in travelling to Nottingham to experience face to face learning.
For those of you who have started your studies remotely and have continued to study online, we are excited to welcome you onto campus as soon as possible. Our position for financial support for our current students is under review, and any updates will be published on our website. Please do check back regularly. We anticipate being able to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
International students, visas and immigration advice
The UK government has confirmed that universities can continue to act as the immigration sponsor for a student who is studying remotely. This concession to the immigration rules will apply until 6 April 2022. This is a continuation of a Covid-19 concession to the immigration rules which allowed students to study remotely while holding a CAS or student visa during the last academic year.
The UK government has confirmed that universities can continue to act as the immigration sponsor for a student who is studying remotely. This concession to the immigration rules will apply until 6 April 2022. This is a continuation of a Covid-19 concession to the immigration rules which allowed students to study remotely while holding a CAS or student visa during the last academic year. Different restrictions apply to students arriving from overseas (known as the ‘traffic light system’) depending on level of risk.
Students will need to comply with the following measures, depending on which country they have departed from/travelled through in the preceding 10 days. NB these rules are set to change on 4 October 2021:
Students should refer to the latest information on country risk levels before travelling. Before arriving in the UK, all students should:
- Check the very latest information on entering the UK
- Inform the university when you intend to arrive on campus so that you can be appropriately supported through the process below
- Check the arrivals procedure for the country that you are travelling from/through, and whether that country is on the red, amber or green list
- Ensure that, prior to departing for England, you have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within three days of departure - more information on pre-departure testing is available on the Government website
- Book and pay for a travel test package which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 of your arrival into the country and – in some instances - on or after day 8. More information about quarantine testing is on the Government website. There may be additional help available with some tests via the University- please ask when informing us of your travel plans
- Complete a passenger locator form upon arrival
- Check whether the country you are travelling from is a ‘red list’ country, meaning you will need to complete your quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. Please see the guidance for students who have been in, or transited through, a 'red list’ country in the last 10 days . If this applies you will need to have a quarantine hotel booked before travel or you will not be permitted to fly
- While travelling, remember to follow the safer travel guidelines, and plan ahead to avoid busy times
- Speak to your travel insurer to ensure your policy has covered you for the steps outlined above
If you want to find out more about applying for a visa, you can visit our 10 step guide, or contact our team of visa experts with any questions you may have.
The UK government has confirmed that eligibility for the Graduate Route depends, in part, on a requirement to be in the UK on a student visa for at least 12 months, or where the course is less than 12 months, for the full duration of the course.
However, the UK visas and immigration service has also confirmed that temporary concessions in response to Covid-19 have been extended. These concessions ensure that where students continue their current studies or commence a new course by distance learning from overseas due to Covid-19, they will still be eligible to switch into the Graduate Route if they meet the other requirements of the route and a concession applies.
If you have any questions about visas, please contact our Immigration Advisers. Further detailed information on visas can also be found in the Government guidance for students.
There are no Covid restrictions on the number of people attending or taking part in social or informal sporting activities in public spaces, or on attending sports facilities to spectate or take part in individual or group activities. In line with government guidance, catering outlets, bars and restaurants on campus will open as usual with no requirements for table service.