21 April 2022: Covid-19 update - students

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See all of DMU’s Covid-19 health and safety information and guidelines.

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See list of previous updates.

On 1 April, access and guidance for Covid-19 testing changed, in line with the Government’s ‘Living with Covid-19’ guidance. Free universal testing is no longer available and Covid is now being treated in the same way as other infectious diseases, such as flu.


DMU students no longer need to undertake twice weekly testing. As a result, free lateral flow test kits are no longer available. Most people in England are no longer advised to get tested but if you want a test you can buy one yourself - more information on testing can be found here.

Self-isolation guidance

Although there is no legal requirement to self-isolate, the Government is still urging those who test positive (whether you are symptomatic or asymptomatic) to remain at home for five days before leaving isolation. In this scenario online attendance for classes is permitted but in general we expect students to attend all face-to-face classes in-person. The other allowances for online attendance will be for international students who cannot travel due to in-country restrictions or for those who have other extenuating circumstances. If you do not have a legitimate reason to attend online you may be marked as absent. Please note, this does not apply to the small minority of classes delivered online only.

Safety precautions

Covid-19 continues to affect the population so please continue to take steps to reduce the spread of the virus:

  1. Get vaccinated and be up to date with your booster dose(s).
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors or meet outside.
  3. Practise good hygiene:
    1. wash your hands
    2. cover your coughs and sneezes
    3. clean your surroundings frequently.
  4. Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed places where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.

There is NHS guidance about the evolving symptoms of Covid-19 and what steps to take to protect other people if you are unwell with symptoms.

Thanks for continuing to follow safety measures and protecting our university community.

Previous updates:

25 February: New government guidance

20 January: DMU's response to the Government removing 'Plan B' measures

6 January: Return to campus update

9 December: Further changes to Covid-19 safety measures as the Government enacts 'Plan B' measures

29 November: Changes to Covid-19 safety measures on campus from Tuesday 30 November

1 September: Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year

11 May: DMU's response to the Step 3 lockdown review; all remaining student groups to return from 17 May; key safety information; a letter from the Universities Minister to all students

14 April: All students can return to university at Step 3 of the Government's roadmap. Read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP

6 April: DMU's response to the Government's planned roadmap out of lockdown

25 March: Exams guidance

15 March: Important safety information as you return to campus for in-person learning

24 February: DMU's response to the lockdown review; more student groups to return from 8 March and read a letter from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP to all students

18 February: student consultation results and examinations

11 February: Safety-net policy details announced

4 February: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities, student consultation on teaching and exam periods and Your DMU Safety reminder

3 February: Warning about the consequences of holding gatherings and parties

28 January: Student consultation feedback results, exams/assessments and safety-net policy, financial and student support, health and wellbeing

15 January: Claiming rebate on accommodation, Government hardship fund, AV Loans reopening, IT Access Hardship Scheme, student consultation on academic calendar, exams and hardship fund

12 January: Accommodation, hardship fund, buildings and facilities, academic timetable, IT hardship fund and health and wellbeing support

6 January: The national lockdown: what it means for you

5 January: New national lockdown impact for universities and updated Covid-19 guidance

2 January: A letter to students from the Minister of State for Universities: Updated Covid-19 guidance (a message from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Katie Normington)

31 December: New Government Covid-19 guidance: What it means for DMU (a message from the Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andy Collop)