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Campus spaces operating on an ‘essential only’ basis

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Although areas of campus remain open, our physical spaces are operating on an essential use only basis – in line with guidance from the Department for Education – to support the following categories of students:

  • those studying medicine, dentistry, nursing and other subjects allied to medicine/health, education (initial teacher training) and social work
  • those on a very limited number of courses which require Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) assessments and /or other PSRB mandatory activity which is scheduled for January
  • those requiring additional support, including those with mental health and wellbeing issues
  • and, in exceptional circumstances, those who do not have access to appropriate study spaces or facilities in their accommodation

We ask that you think carefully before visiting campus or booking a study space, so that we can reduce footfall on campus and protect our spaces for those who need them the most.

Exams begin on 18 January, and we have updated our Mitigating Circumstances Policy to cover technology failure and allow self-certification of illness for up to seven days. It is likely that pressure on these spaces will increase during this time, so please consider if it is essential to complete your assessment or exam on campus. 


If you’re preparing for assessments, the Library has a range of assessment support available to you, including Zoom workshops with Library team members, revise together sessions and online resources you can complete in your own time.

If you’re finding revision stressful, the Counselling Service are holding regular ‘Calm Your Brain’ online sessions. These sessions use guided relaxation to help start your day with a sense of calm and acceptance to enable you to face challenges more easily. You can find out more here and register for the sessions here.

There’s also lots of information on the Student Support website to help you take care of your wellbeing.

If you have questions related to exams of assessments your School may have already provided you with information about who to contact. Otherwise, the exams and assessments FAQ has further details about who you can contact.

If you’re new to the University or need an introduction (or reintroduction) to the Library, head to the Library’s Get Started webpage.

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