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An update from Vice-Chancellor Professor Susan Lea regarding the Government announcement on 13 April can be found here.


On Monday 22 February the Government announced the four-step roadmap for easing of lockdown restrictions. How does the Government guidance impact teaching at Hull?

The two key points are:

  • From 8 March in-person learning can resume for students who are studying practical or practice-based (including creative arts) subjects and need specialist equipment and facilities. More detail on this is in the email below.
  • All other students should not return to campus or their term-time accommodation at this time, other than those already permitted to be on campus as per Government guidance.

The Government guidance surrounding students returning to in-person teaching outlines that:

“Students on practical Higher Education courses at English universities who would be unable to complete their courses if they did not return to take part in practical teaching, access specialist facilities, or complete assessments will also return from 8 March. Research labs and libraries can be kept open if needed.

For those Higher Education students that do not need to take part in practical teaching, and do not require access to specialist facilities or equipment as part of their studies, the Government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays, the options for timing of the return of these students. This will take account of the latest data and will then be a key part of the wider roadmap steps. Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any reopening.”

What are the identified courses that should return from 8 March?

The university has outlined which courses are excepted from the above guidance, meaning students on these courses can return to term time accommodation, with some returning to face-to-face teaching as well as being able to access specialised facilities relating to their course and modules.

The following applies Trimester 2 from 8 March 2021:

Drama – All Level 4, 5 and 6 across the below programmes

UA1BAH16 - Drama and Theatre Practice (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Drama and English (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Drama and Film Studies (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAO16 - Drama and Theatre Practice (BA (Ordinary)- Full-Time)


Music – All Level 4, 5, 6, and 7 across the below programmes

UA1BMS16 - Music (BMus- Full-Time)

UA1BMO16 - Music (BMus (Ordinary)- Full-Time)

UA1BMS16 - Music (BMus- Part-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music Production (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAO19 - Music Production (BA (Ordinary)- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Music with Foundation Year (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Music, Theatre and Performance (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Music and Film Studies (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music (Performance) (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music (Songwriting) (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music (Popular Music) (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAH19 - Music (Community & Education) (BA- Full-Time)

UA1BAO16 - Music, Theatre and Performance (BA (Ordinary)- Full-Time)

UA1BAH16 - Modern Languages and Music

PA1MMS16 - Music (MMus- Full-Time)

PA1MMS16 - Music (MMus- Part-Time)


From 8 March, those students who need access to on-campus screen-specific facilities and support (including the Mac labs, Holme House, equipment loan) are welcome to return to campus, as per the new Government guidelines. This will be focused at a module level (rather than a programme level) and will be managed at a local level, with the students concerned being contacted directly by their department.

This may result in some students on the following programmes returning from 8 March

UA1BAH16 - BA Film Studies (with Foundation Year) Full-Time C2016

UA1BAH16 - BA Film Studies Full-Time C2016

UA1BAH16 - BA Digital Design (with Foundation Year) Full-Time C2016

UA1BAH16 - BA Digital Design Full-Time C2016

UA1BAH16 - Drama and Film Studies

UA1BAH16 - English and Film Studies

UA1BAH16 - Creative Writing and Film Studies

UA1BAH16 - BA Media Studies (with Foundation Year) Full-Time C2016

UA1BAH16 - BA Media Studies Full-Time C2016


Students in Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry

In Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry we are aware that some level 6 and 7 students will need access to laboratories and specialist facilities to meet their programme outcomes. This will be managed at a local level and the students concerned will be contacted directly by their department. This may result in some students returning from 8 March. Students with any concerns or queries after receiving information from their departments should contact their Project Supervisor/Programme Director or the Student Hub for further information.

Extension to the accommodation fee waiver

For those students on courses returning on 8 March

  • For those students in the Courtyard, Taylor Court or Westfield Court on courses returning on 8 March, your accommodation fees will be reinstated from the date of your arrival.
  • Booking slots to move back into your accommodation will be available between 4-7 March and you can book your slot online here.

For students not returning to University accommodation until further Government Guidance is issued

  • For students in The Courtyard, Taylor Court or Westfield Court, the accommodation fee waiver will be extended – in the first instance until 12 April. This will be reviewed once we have received further guidance from Government as to when students can return to campus.
  • You do not need to take any action at this time - this will be applied automatically.


How will this work?

  • If you have not returned to the University since 4 January, your accommodation account will remain suspended (i.e. you will not be charged fees from 4 January) until such time as you return.
  • If you are paying your accommodation in three instalments, we will continue to remove any charges from your account for accommodation fees (from 4 January onwards) until such time that the Government advises a safe return to campus at which point we will charge from the date of your return.
  • If you have already paid your accommodation fees in full we will be in touch to advise you further on how we will credit your account with the further 6 week credit.

For students currently living in University accommodation

  • All students who have either remained on campus or have recently returned will not be eligible for an accommodation fee waiver.
  • Any student who returns to the University, for example for a placement or if on a critical course, will be charged fees from the day of return.

For those of you remaining on campus, please know that we will continue to support you:

  • On-campus accommodation remains open and continues to be supported by our accommodation services, catering, facilities and security and maintenance teams. Student Services are also here to help.
  • Please continue to follow the current Government Guidance and do not travel unless it is essential to do so.
  • Please also make sure you are aware of and following all health and safety advice on campus, especially in relation to:
  • the wearing of face coverings on campus, for those without an exemption
  • booking your free, twice-weekly COVID-19 testing online here

For students in private accommodation

We know that many of you are living off campus in private accommodation and unfortunately this is not something the University controls. We understand that you may also be being impacted by the national lockdown and may suffer additional financial hardship because of these measures.

Please know that we are here to help and that you can find more information on financial support and contact details for advice available here. We continue to work closely with Hull University Students' Union and will remain in touch with you.

Update from 27 January - students on critical courses or currently in on-campus accommodation

Critical courses

Students on the following courses may already have returned to term time accommodation and be taking part in some face-to-face teaching, as per the Department for Education guidance on Critical Courses. A list of these courses at Hull is as below.

The following applies for Trimester 2 from 1 February:

Education (initial teacher training)

  • BA Primary Teaching Year 3: 4 January 2021
  • PGCE Primary Spring Placement: 18 January 2021
  • PGCE Secondary School Experience 1: 30 November 2020

Faculty of Health Sciences

For programmes at the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) please refer to the HYMS Page for details and updates.

The list below includes the respective undergraduate, postgraduate taught programmes and apprenticeship variants (where applicable).

  • Advanced Practice
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cancer Imaging
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Colonoscopy; Gastroenterology
  • Health and Social Care (includes University Certificate)
  • Health Professional Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Human Biology
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing (all fields)
  • Nursing Associate
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • Sport Rehabilitation
  • Translational Oncology

The Government Guidance also included a list of exemptions, allowing students in the following categories to return to campus if necessary in the following circumstances

  • Students identified as being on ‘critical’ courses listed above. Students on these courses are advised to return to face to face learning as planned and be tested twice, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days.
  • Students who are without access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their vacation accommodation
  • Students who require additional support, including for mental health issues
  • Students who stayed in Hull over the winter break, including international students
  • Students on placements where the placement provider has COVID-secure measures in place, is permitted to open based on the relevant local restrictions, and is content for placements to continue.
  • Postgraduate research students who require access to specialist facilities on campus are able to do so.
  • International students who have already made travel plans that cannot be delayed


Will students be tested upon their return to campus?

All students who are returning to campus are urged to participate in our COVID-19 mass testing programme. Further details can be found on our guide to mass testing page.

Traveling to campus

The Government has advised that students who are currently at their permanent (likely home) residence, not at their term time address, should remain there and not travel back to Hull, unless identified in the exemptions listed above.

International students

We understand that some international students may have already made plans to travel to Hull from overseas and cannot change these to meet the new Government guidance, we want to assure students in this position that we are able to welcome and support you back on campus. If you need any advice regarding travel please contact

All international students traveling to the UK will be required to complete a passenger locator form before arriving in the UK, and passengers travelling from a country not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate in their accommodation for ten days. Details of the support available for students self-isolating (including food deliveries, laundry provision, etc) can be found on our guide to self isolation page.

I’m currently on campus - can I go back to my permanent (home) residence?

For students currently on campus Government guidance states that you should not move back and forth between your permanent home and student home during term time, and should therefore stay in Hull.

If you need any support during this period please do get in touch as we are here to help. You can contact your personal supervisor or raise a query through MyHull for the Student Life team.

If you recently travelled back to campus, please make sure you have booked in for free, Lateral Flow COVID-19 testing.


What facilities/services will remain open for those on campus?

We appreciate that a number of students will have stayed with us over the winter break, or will fall under the list of students eligible to return in the Minister’s letter. Our campus remains open:

  • The Brynmor Jones Library is available for students at this time.
  • The Library cafe is currently open for takeaway only.
  • The Spar retail outlet will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Allam Sport Centre is unfortunately now closed.


How are we keeping campus safe?

The safety and wellbeing of our community remains our top priority, and here are some ways we are helping keep our campus safe.

You can find out more about how we are keeping you safe on campus.

What support is available for students at this time?

We want to assure students we are here to support you during this exceptionally challenging time.

Student services have a range of mental health and wellbeing support available, which can be accessed here.

What support is available for those who need to self-isolate?

For those students on campus who need to self-isolate we have a range of support available, including food delivery, laundry provision, etc. Details can be found on our guide to self isolation page.


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