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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)

Dear Students,

As the new Vice Chancellor can I wish you all a Happy New Year! I hope that the year improves for us as it progresses. I’d also like to update you on the return to campus.

We wrote to you two days ago to inform you of the latest Government guidance in response to the recent surge in Covid-19 infections across the UK and its impact on the ‘student return travel window’ –  see return travel window webpage.

The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan, has now written directly to all students with further details of the travel window and you can find her letter here.

In the letter, the Minister underlines the key elements of the student travel return, and the rationale for these changes, including:

  • The changed timetable with the vast majority of students now returning to campus after 25 January
  • The continuing provision of support for those who have stayed in term-time accommodation
  • The vital need for testing for Covid-19 on return to campus (see return travel window webpage for further details).

In the light of this letter and the new information it contains, we are pleased to be able to include additional courses to those that can now return between 4 and 8 January for an 11 January start. These additional courses are: Youth and Community Development (placement only), Medical Science, Criminal Investigation/Policing (for practical sessions in the Crime Scene house), Education Studies (placement only), Biomedical Science and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (MSc).

The full list of courses that should now return next week (4-8 January) to start on 11 January is:

  • Nursing (all 4 fields of practice)
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedicine
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Audiology
  • Social Work (placement and placement preparation only)
  • Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Physician Associate
  • Youth and Community Development (placement only)
  • Medical Science
  • Criminal Investigation/Policing (for practical sessions in the Crime Scene house)
  • Education Studies (placement only)
  • Biomedical Science
  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology MSc 

These students should return as planned between 4 and 8 January and are expected to be tested twice, with negative results, before they return to face-to-face teaching. For further details on arrangements for testing, please go to the return travel window webpage.

All other students – including those on HLS courses Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science, Forensic Science and ADH practical-based programmes Foundation Art & Design, Design Crafts (final year), Fine Art Fashion Design, Performing Arts, Drama that were previously due to return by the 11 January - should now begin their studies online from 11 January and await the communication of a new and revised return timetable later in January. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone as we further adjust to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and you are encouraged to seek help through your Student Advice Centre should you need support.

In her letter, the Minister of State pays tribute to students for their patience and understanding through these challenging times, and we would like to echo the tribute she pays to you all. We remain extremely proud of the way all of you have responded; your support really is playing a vital role in keeping yourself, your loved ones and everyone in the university community safe during these difficult times. Thank you once again.

I look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able to on campus and before that I am setting up some Teams meetings to be able to meet you online, so please look for details via your faculties and the SU.

Best wishes,


Professor Katie Normington


*The information provided in this email bulletin is for students studying a DMU programme that is being delivered at DMU. Students on programmes that are validated by DMU, but are delivered by academic partner institutions (such as DMUIC, Leicester College, etc.), should refer to their institution/college for confirmation of local arrangements.*