University announces campus closure

The University of Leicester has announced that it is to temporarily close the University from 5.00pm on Friday 20 March, to protect and support all students and colleagues during the COVID-19 outbreak.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nishan Canagarajah wrote to staff and students to say he was bringing the end of term forward by one week, and students were advised to return home if possible. Students unable to return home will be supported at University accommodation.

The plans have been put in place in line with the latest Government guidelines to avoid unnecessary travel and to work from home where possible, and to support the community amidst the closure of all schools, nurseries and colleges.

Professor Canagarajah said: “In the interests of safeguarding our students, staff and the community during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken the decision to temporarily close all buildings on campus, in line with the latest Government guidance.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Our priority remains the safety of our community, staff, students and anyone who engages with us. We remain vigilant and are following guidelines issued by Government and Public Health England.

“We need to pull together, offer support and take this challenge one day at a time. Let’s work together to stay safe and healthy.”

The closure follows a move to remote learning for students through the delivery of online lectures and virtual seminar groups, to ensure that disruption to students’ studies is minimised as much as possible.

Remote working has already been facilitated by the University for as many staff as possible.

All information relating to the University’s response to COVID-19 is on the website and updated regularly. Any enquiry about COVID-19 and the University of Leicester can be emailed to