These pages have the latest information about the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) and the University's response.

The University is treating this as a major incident. Our top priority is always the health and safety of students, staff and those who make up our wider community across the globe.

At the start of the pandemic we established a Covid-19 Management Group, led by members of the University Executive Board, and our staff have been working hard throughout to prepare contingency plans and manage any precautions we all may have to take as the situation evolves.

We're closely following the latest advice and guidance issued by the UK government, Public Health England and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. We will continue to take all appropriate and necessary steps, as required by the official advice, to keep our community safe.

We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to plan for all possible circumstances, and as the situation changes we will keep you updated with any further action you may need to take. Please keep checking these pages for updates.

Latest information

Updated Tuesday 4 August 2020, 3:45pm

  • The Staff FAQs have been updated with information for international staff who's visas are about to expire.
  • The health and wellbeing of our University community is our number one priority. Autumn term 2020 provides the latest information on how we're preparing for the autumn term and what we're doing to keep our campus safe.
  • The Current Student FAQs have been updated with information for PGR students about the PGR Hardship Fund
  • We are working through the practicalities around recovery planning and a safe return to work on campus with emphasis on a phased return for research and lab work that has been severely impacted by the pandemic. See staff FAQs for further details. 
  • The government has made changes to what people can and can't do. Please refer to this government guidance. For students: if you are currently living in Sheffield and wish to relocate to your family home, you may now do so if your family home is in England. However, leaving the place you live to visit another home for a short period of time - for example visiting your family or friends for a week - is still not allowed.
  • Stay at home for ten days if you have a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough. Anyone sharing your household will need to also stay at home for 14 days from when you first developed symptoms
  • The best defence to prevent the spread of coronavirus continues to be good hand hygiene practices and social distancing

Autumn term 2020

How we're preparing a Covid-secure campus for our students, staff and visitors. You'll find information on: learning and teaching, safety on campus and in the city, and student support.

How we're preparing for autumn term 2020


Support for staff, students and our local community.

Find support

Advice for everyone

Information about the coronavirus, social distancing and self isolation.

Information for all

Advice for current students

Including FAQs for our students.

Current students - latest information

Learning online: guidance for students

Advice for staff

The latest guidance for our staff.

Staff - latest information

Teaching online - support & guidance

Advice for prospective students

The latest for applicants and offer holders.

Prospective students - latest information

Our response to the Covid-19 challenge

The pandemic is creating challenges for all of us. Find out how we're working to mitigate its effects.

How we're helping the national and global effort

Our research and innovation

Explore how we're responding to the Covid-19 challenge with crucial research and innovation, and local and global collaborations.

Covid-19 research and innovation