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COVID-19 - Current Student Guidance

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Covid19 - Current Student Guidance

Advice and guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the latest information on the University's position, whether the University is open, whether anyone on campus has Coronavirus, the symptoms of the virus and more.

Last updated Monday 23th November, 11am

Protecting and supporting the health and wellbeing of our University community is our top priority. The University is taking all precautionary measures in line with the science-led guidance, and instruction, from the UK Government and Public Health England (PHE). In addition, the University is adhering to travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The University will continue to keep our students up to date with our decisions through email and through updates on this page so please bookmark it and refer back here in the first instance if you have questions or concerns.

Current University Position


On-site classes will continue until Friday 4th December. Following government guidelines, all teaching will be online from Monday 7th December.

You will be able to access on-site support services including the Gateway, Wellbeing and Careers until 5pm on Wednesday 9th December. After that, all services will be online only.

The campus will close for the winter holidays from Friday 18th December, reopening on Monday 4th January.


The University of Sunderland in London is currently open for face-to-face teaching from Monday to Friday.

Teaching will be done through a hybrid method, meaning some teaching will be online and some will be done in person in the lecture rooms.

In order to maintain social distancing, we are ensuring two-metre spacing between seats in all lecture rooms with unavailable seats marked off.

Meetings with student services, including the Gateway, Wellbeing, Careers and study spaces will continue as appointment only to maintain social distancing and help us to trace who has been on campus as required by Public Health England.

You now no longer need to book an appointment to visit the Library. 

Appointments can be made through Compass.

Entry into the building is now through the main entrance at the back of the building (Thames Quay entry) and exit will be via the doors onto Marsh Wall. 

We are maintaining the one-way system, however, some changes may have occurred since you were last in the building, so please pay particular attention to the signs. 

Should you have any questions, you can address them to our new Stay Safe Ambassadors, who you will see around the building wearing blue t-shirts.

Please note: You must wear a face-covering in all learning environments and when moving around in communal areas. Face masks will be available from Reception and The Gateway. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, you can get a badge to indicate so from Reception and The Gateway as well.

Face coverings must be worn in our Faith Rooms on Floors One and Three unless exempt.

To be COVID-19 Secure, we have made some temporary changes to the building, the services we offer and the way that you can access those services.

There are a number of precautionary measures in place and the University does expect its whole community to be aware of and follow all Government advice and guidance.

If you need help or advice, contact the University at: 

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