Following confirmation that one of the two individuals to have tested positive for coronavirus is a student at the University, we want to reassure you that Public Health England (PHE) has advised us that the risk of infection being passed to others on campus is low. 

All relevant public health information, including regular updates, is posted at If you have any concerns about your health in relation to suspected coronavirus we ask that you follow current PHE advice and contact NHS 111.

The University continues to operate normally. We are monitoring the situation closely and we will continue to provide as much advice, care and support as we can to our University community.

We will continue to provide updates on our coronavirus updates page.

Should I wear a face mask?

The advice we have is that the risk of infection is low so extra protective measures are not necessary and it is debatable whether masks will be effective in this situation.

However, it is a recognised custom for Asian communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and, in particular, others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom. Sadly we have reports of staff and students receiving verbal abuse for using face masks and we would encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.


We take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. We encourage you to report abuse to the University or the police.

Published by


Christine Comrie

Student Communications Officer

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