Find out provisional key dates and steps for our re-opening after the Coronavirus lockdown.
Next steps to reopening campus
The University and Students’ Union are working together on this roadmap and we need your support. It’s important that you follow Covid-19 guidance safely, so that we can re-open campus in a sustainable way. You can sign our Community Pledge to join thousands of other students and staff who have committed to following safer practices and looking out for each other.
As part of this, you need to:
- continue following government guidance on washing hands, wearing face coverings and social distancing
- wear a face covering in communal indoor spaces or a lanyard indicating that you are exempt
- take a lateral flow test at least weekly (either at our test centre or using a home testing kit) when you return to campus
- self-isolate for 10 days if you have Covid-19 symptoms, you or a close contact returns a positive test result, or if you are instructed to by the NHS Track and Trace service
- report symptoms, positive tests or isolations to us.
With these measures in place we should be able to return to our normal ways of studying, working and socialising.
In line with the UK Government’s roadmap for England, the dates below are the earliest that these phases would happen. We’ll be regularly updating this page if and when details change.
Current guidelines until 19 July (at the earliest)
From this date, the government says:
- students can return to university
- you can meet outdoors in a group of up to 30 people
- six people or two households can meet indoors
- restaurants, cafes and pubs can serve people sitting inside
- other indoor places, like cinemas, will open
- some larger outdoor sports and shows will allow spectators
- holidays abroad may be allowed.
At Sussex this phase will mean:
- Accommodation - if you have University housing, we'll be in touch to let you know when and how you can move back into your accommodation or collect your belongings. Meeting with friends who do not live in your flat should take place outdoors
- Support services - we're planning a phased increase in face-to-face support services, in line with student demand. Full services will continue to be available remotely for anyone needing to access them
- Sport and activities - organised team sport will continue, on provision of risk assessments and following the guidelines of sports' national governing bodies. Both the Sport Centre and Falmer Sports Complex will be open. Visit Sussexsport for full details and bookings
- Societies and events - groups of up to 30 can meet outside, and groups of up to 6 may book space inside Falmer House. A risk assessment will be required for all student group activity (access the form and other information from the Students' Union)
- Catering on campus - the Chicken Van will open in library square from 11am to 7pm. Arts Piazza cafe will remain open
- Falmer Bar - the inside seating area will open from Monday to Saturday, with Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing measures in place.
From 19 July
From this date (at the earliest), the Government says:
- remaining social contact restrictions will be lifted
- nightclubs will reopen and large events can take place.
At Sussex this phase means:
- Assessment - the resit assessment period in August will be online
- Accommodation - visitors will be allowed in campus residences again (following all government guidance). Our room swap list will reopen
- Sport and activities - no restrictions will apply. Visit Sussexsport for full details and bookings
- Societies and events - Falmer House, including the Common Room, will be open to groups of all sizes, Monday to Friday. Risk assessments may still be required for student group activity
- Catering on campus - Arts Piazza and Chick & Pea will open with no restrictions. Opening dates for Eat Central are awaiting confirmation
- Falmer Bar - will open as usual with no restrictions in place.
We are optimistic that next academic year will be close to normal for students returning to Sussex. We will continue to keep all students updated on the latest developments as they happen.
- Teaching - we are aiming to return to mainly campus-based teaching and learning in September 2021, whilst recognising that some students may need to study remotely
- Assessment - this will be online for the academic year 2021/22 (although there may be exceptions, for example if required by accrediting bodies)
- Accommodation - we are hoping to return to normal allocation of accommodation, with friends and family welcome to visit
- Support services - we expect to offer face-to-face sessions in line with a return to campus-based teaching, alongside the option of online appointments
- Sport and activities - Sussexsport plans to return to normal service, with sports clubs being able to train and compete as before. Visit Sussexsport for full details and bookings
- Catering on campus - Sussex Food catering will return to full service.
The above will be dependent on the government's Covid-19 advice for England.
Key dates in September
- Arrivals weekend - Friday 17 September to Monday 20 September
- Welcome Week - Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September
- Students' Union Freshers' programme - Saturday 18 September to Sunday 26 September
- Start of teaching - Monday 27 September