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Latest Updates - COVID-19: 1 March 2021

The Prime Minister has announced the plan to gradually lift lockdown restrictions in England.

The Government has confirmed that for now, only students on programmes that require specialist facilities will be able to recommence in-person teaching from 8 March. Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students on the programmes listed below should continue to check and refresh MyTimetable for further information:

  • Archaeology
  • Biosciences
  • Drama
  • Education (placements will continue as normal)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Maths and Computer Science
  • All Exeter Medical School programmes
  • Mining Engineering
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sport and Health Sciences

We will work with Directors of Education in these subject areas and Public Health officials to determine what activity will restart on campus, as part of a blended education delivery. For activity that will be offered in-person from 8 March, the event description will change to ‘This activity will be on campus from 8 March to the end of term’. The location of the activity will be visible to students and staff on the Friday evening in the week before the activity is due to take place.

Students who are returning for in-person teaching, or colleagues returning to working on campus, must get a test as soon as possible after arriving back, and again 3 days later. We then expect you to take a test twice every week.

When will other students be able to return?

A decision on when all remaining students may be able to return to universities will be made by the UK Government as part of the next phase of lockdown easing. We are hopeful that we may have clarity on the next steps by the week beginning 5 April.

Please remember that those students who require additional support, including those with mental health issues, may return to university sooner in order to access study spaces and support.

We must continue to observe the existing COVID-19 restrictions, engage fully with testing programmes and maintain vigilance in COVID-19 hygiene measures, most notably observing social distancing, wearing face coverings and washing hands thoroughly and regularly.


There are no immediate changes to the current arrangements for research. Staff and PGR students will be able to continue approved research activity on-site (including the use of desk/study spaces where home-working is not possible) and in the field.

We will be investigating the possibility of restarting certain types of fieldwork and research with human participants when we progress to later phases of the roadmap. Current existing processes for amending research activity and approval processes will remain in place.

Please remember that PGR students working on campus should get tested twice a week; and log in to SafeZone when on campus.

Please also remember that if you need wellbeing help or support at any time, you can reach out via our Wellbeing pages.

Please ensure you are aware of the COVID-19 testing requirements and the Coming to Campus guidance