Since Monday 23 March 2020, when the first lockdown was announced, COVID-19 has altered life drastically for us all.  

As a University we have worked tirelessly to join the national and international effort in fighting the virus. Our academics have been at the forefront of cutting-edge research in the fight against COVID-19 including coordinating vaccine trials, trialling adapted masks to detect if someone is infectious, and helping medics to communicate whilst wearing PPE.

Care and compassion have been central to supporting our students, staff, and the wider community. From providing practical and emotional help to those isolating, and setting up lateral test centres, to volunteering on the front line and in schools, we continue to build on our heritage of kindness. See more on our response to COVID-19

We’re recognising the opportunities that the pandemic has provided for us too and how we can adapt for the better. 

We acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for some, with many who have lost loved ones. We commemorate those who have died in the past year and will support our staff and students who have been affected by bereavement.

Thank you to the dedication of the NHS staff, key workers, researchers and volunteers, and the whole University community, who have – and still do – continue to show resilience, hope, and determination in the face of adversity.

Lockdown: A year in video

Hear about life in lockdown for some of our Citizens

Lockdown: A year in the news

Our University, academics and their research have been in the news.