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Coronavirus: frequently asked questions

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This page outlines the latest information from Bournemouth University and was last updated at 09.45am on 21 October 2020.

Our primary objective is to support the wellbeing of our students and staff and all decisions will be made subject to national guidance to ensure the health & safety of our community. There are a range of wellbeing services available for staff and students, and can be used if you feel worried. If you are unwell, see information on the NHS website. NHS treatment for Covid-19 is free of charge for everyone, including international students.

Current situation:

  • Our campuses are open with physical distancing measures in place.
  • We are committed to a safe on-campus experience for the autumn term with as much on-campus activity as we are able to provide from 21 September.
  • The majority of education activities this autumn will take place online with some on-campus elements, especially for those courses that require specialist equipment or spaces. 
  • Our SportBU, ResLifeBU and Student Support teams are working hard alongside our Students' Union (SUBU) to ensure your university experience is still full of opportunities.
  • Our student accommodation is open for students as normal, with our ResLifeBU programme too. Our student accommodation partners are working carefully to ensure every building is safe whilst still feeling like your home from home.
  • Subject to national guidance, we’re currently planning to offer a full range of on-campus activities from semester two.
  • We have moved our Graduation ceremonies from November to Monday 1 - Friday 5 March 2021 to give you the opportunity to celebrate this event together.
  • Please read our campus experience statement and our story about what is open from September.
  • The exact number of cases of Covid-19 will be published on our website, sharing the number of new cases each week on a Friday.


New and returning students – September 2020


Managing Covid-19



Positive cases

How will BU handle any positive cases of Covid-19?

Isolated cases will be treated on a case-by-case basis, whilst any identified clusters may be supported in a different manner depending on the circumstances.

We are working closely with local health protection teams, Public Health England South West, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, and our accommodation partners to ensure that our students and staff are supported throughout this period.

What information will you share with staff and students?

We will keep our students and staff updated as much as possible about anything which may affect their studies, research or work, whilst respecting an individual’s right to confidentiality.

We will not be contacting parents, guardians or carers directly, but will keep these pages up-to-date with appropriate information that we hope everyone will find helpful.

I have heard there are cases of Covid-19 in my hall of residence. Can you tell me which flats are affected?

To protect the privacy of those involved, we are not able to inform you of specific persons or households who are isolating. You will be told if you are part of a household with a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 or the NHS Track & Trace service will contact you if you need to self-isolate for other reasons. If you are not directly told to self-isolate then, as per the Government and NHS guidance, you are not considered at immediate risk. However, it is important that you follow the Government guidelines for physical distancing, as well as any other safety measures and instruction provided by the local halls team.



Applicants & future students (January and September 2021 entry)

We understand that you may have questions about how BU’s courses will be delivered in light of Covid-19 restrictions. We are currently running our courses with a blended approach of face-to-face and virtual teaching, with facilities open on campus for all students to use. We are constantly monitoring UK Government advice and guidance and are adapting our approach to ensure we are delivering the best teaching experiences.

Please see our Study pages, where you will find the latest information about our courses and how to apply to BU for 2021 study. The following FAQs have been prepared to help answer some of the questions you may have relating to Covid-19:

Applications process

International students


Specific FAQs for staff

Following Government advice to stay at home, both of our campuses are fully closed, including all staff buildings. Staff should not come to campus for work purposes and should work from home.

A series of Staff FAQs have been created in support of questions associated with working in this situation. 


Specific FAQs for postgraduate researchers

dedicated FAQs page has been set up for current postgraduate researchers at Bournemouth University.