Coronavirus information

Last reviewed on 08/04/20 at 4pm and last updated on 08/04/20 at 11am.

Suspension of face-to-face teaching and closure of non-essential facilities on campus

17 March 2020 – Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

In line with the UK government’s latest advice about coronavirus and in common with many other universities, the University suspended all physical face-to-face teaching (including laboratories, seminars and tutorials) and closed all of our non-essential sites from 5pm on Tuesday, 17 March. Our libraries, Manchester Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and Jodrell Bank, as well as most of our teaching and research buildings, are closed to physical access. Certain essential services and facilities and halls of residence remain open.

More specific information has been emailed to all staff and postgraduate research students, and all taught students.

I appreciate this is a very worrying time and this decision was taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff, which is our primary concern.

Students can return home if they are able to, but we realise that for some of you that may not be possible or that Manchester is your home. For that reason, our halls of residence remain open and essential student support services will continue to be available. Students remaining in Manchester in private accommodation are also able to access support services and advice.

These are challenging times and unprecedented arrangements. I am very proud of the way our University community is rallying together in these difficult circumstances.

I would urge you all to follow the latest expert advice from the National Health Service and Public Health England. Our University also has extensive support services in place for our students and staff.

The most important thing we can do over the coming weeks and months is to support each other.

Kind regards

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor

Read the UK government's response and the National Health Service's advice