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As a prospective student or offer holder, we understand you may have concerns about Covid-19 and the impact of your studies. We’d like to reassure you that we’re here to provide the support and advice you need.

Although we are aware that the government guidelines were changed on 27 January the safety of our staff, students and visitors remains extremely important to us. We will continue to follow government guidelines, as outlined in our Covid-19 Community Charter.

If you're visiting us we ask that you please:

  • Do not visit campus if you're feeling unwell
  • Wear a face covering when indoors on campus, unless you're exempt

Thank you for keeping our campus safe. 

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In time for the start of the academic year 2021/22, we returned to in-person teaching activities as we know it is a really important part of our campus-based courses. We will be continuing with that approach going forward into the next academic year, and beyond.

Even before the Covid pandemic, we used a combination of in-person and online learning, and we will continue to do this across teaching activities, especially as student feedback welcomes the flexibility of this approach and ease of access.

We have, for many years, also run very successful specific online programmes, which have increased access to a York education.

Our shared sense of community and compassion puts our students at the very heart of our University. For the latest information please consult these official sources of information and advice:

A University of York degree is an excellent investment of your time and effort, and we are excited about what we have to offer you. We look forward to welcoming you to York.

The year we came together

We're delighted to announce that the University of York was nominated for both the University of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2021 and Good University Guide 2022. 

These awards recognised our community's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which was inspired by a desire to support and care for others, to work together, and to collectively act for public good.

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Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic – with a focus on transparency, community-building, civic leadership and social justice – demonstrated just how powerful the York spirit can be:

  • We were the first university to launch an Emergency Student Support Fund. Thousands of students gained access to £2m of funding, generously donated from our alumni and friends, which helped those facing unforeseen costs of the pandemic.
  • We also used our position as a research-led institution to help drive new insight into the immediate impact of the virus, and assessed the longer-term implications for our society.
  • But above all, we emphasised care and kindness. From ‘lockdown loot’ goodie bags, self-isolation packages and Christmas hampers, to more than 6,000 welfare emails and phone calls to self-isolating students. We listened to our students, and worked with our Students’ Union to make sure we were doing everything we could to provide support.

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