Coronavirus information for current students

We cannot wait to welcome you back

We are committed to providing exceptional medical education and on producing clinical and academic leaders of the future who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a changing NHS landscape.

We have been working hard to develop plans for the academic year 2020/21 in light of COVID-19 to ensure we continue to provide a high quality learning experience, while ensuring your safety and wellbeing.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We recognise that these are unusual circumstances.

The information below we hope will address any queries or concerns that you may have.


What can I look forward to?

Hull York Medical School is a strong community, comprised of individuals (staff and students) who are committed to working together and supporting each other.

We are extremely proud of how our staff and students have responded to COVID-19 situation.

As returning students you can look forward to a breadth of learning opportunities, delivered by inspirational tutors who will bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience, and the support you need to progress through your programme. 

When will term start?

We are intending to start the academic year 2020/21 on the dates previously advertised and planned.

You can view term dates below:

Do I need to be on campus in September?

We are looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students onto our Hull and York campuses in September.

It is the expectation that students should be available, in Hull or York, to be able to start or recommence their studies from the appropriate date when induction and teaching starts.

We do appreciate that this may not be possible for some students, for example, due to local restrictions or for those who are shielding, and we are here to support you in undertaking your studies and enjoying a wider student experience whatever your circumstances.

If you have any concerns please contact Student Support via email at

Will there be an induction?

You will have an online induction before you return which provide opportunity for you to connect with your classmates and your tutors and find out more about what to expect in the first term.

What support will be available?

Colleagues across the school will be on hand to support you as you continue your journey with us.

Your Academic Tutors/Personal Supervisors will be your key point of contact, whether studying online or on campus and will provide academic and pastoral support as well as signposting to other support should you need it.

You will also have the support of your Programme Director, Programme Delivery and Assessment Teams and Student  

Our Student Support Team will be here to help too. They will be offering online appointments to provide support and guidance.

You will also have access to the support services of our Universities who will offer advice and guidance in areas such as mental health support, general welfare, specific learning difference and disability inclusion, with a range of tools and resources also available.

What if I have an existing health condition?

We recognise that some students may have existing health concerns which may put them at increased risk.

We are committed to supporting students to undertake their studies.

If you have concerns please contact

How will my programme be delivered?

We are committed to providing exceptional medical education and on producing clinical and academic leaders of the future who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a changing NHS landscape. We have been working hard to develop plans for the academic year 2020/21 in light of COVID-19. Our aim is to ensure that all students meet the GMC learning outcomes for graduates and progress through their programme and that we deliver our programme in line with social distancing guidance.  

Some teaching will be live and face to face with a member of staff (either on-line or on-campus where physical distancing allows) and some will be supported by a member of staff but they will not necessarily be ‘present’ when you engage with your learning materials online. This is an established and successful teaching and learning model that is often referred to as blended learning.  

Blended learning offers you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, to review material when you want to and to personalise your learning to some extent. It enables active learning because it has a focus on the discussion and application of knowledge with tutors and peers rather than on knowledge acquisition and recall. Blended learning supports the development of digital competence.  

From September, our ambition is to offer an on-campus teaching and learning experience for all students. This will comprise online synchronous (those sessions where students are engaged in learning at the same time) and asynchronous (not real time) learning activities, face-to-face activity on campus, practical teaching sessions in our specialist facilities and a supportive and engaging learning environment, complemented by online delivery of our lectures.  

Each student will therefore have both physical time-tabled activity and directed learning clearly articulated on a weekly basis through Blackboard - our online learning environment.  

There will be reduced campus-based teaching until end of this calendar year, with a blend of socially distanced campus-based activity in line with social distancing guidelines and online sessions. As government guidance changes and restrictions are hopefully lessened, we will introduce more face to face teaching.   

All current students should have received a communication from their relevant programme director outlining specific changes to their programme for the academic year 2020/21. If you have any queries or concerns please contact your relevant programme director.  

What if there is a further lockdown?

We are continually and proactively monitoring latest guidance and advice.

The plans we have put in place across our postgraduate programmes are agile and will enable us to respond if there is a second national lockdown or local lockdown.

Delivery of your programme will continue, either online or as a revised blend, depending upon lockdown requirements.

Should there be any changes we will aim to communicate these clearly and swiftly.

What will the Medical School be doing to protect my safety and wellbeing?

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our main priority.

We, together with our Universities, are closely and proactively monitoring guidance from Government and Public Health England.

We are taking comprehensive steps to make sure our campuses remain safe and welcoming places for you to live, work and study.

We are also working closely with our NHS Trusts, primary care and community providers to ensure that they have support in place to safely welcome and support students while on clinical placement.

As we move closer to the start of term and as part of our induction for new students, we will ensure that students are given clear guidance as to the use of our teaching spaces plus other measures we have introduce to keep our students and staff safe.

What if I am travelling to/returning to the UK from an overseas location requiring self-isolation or quarantine?

If you have travelled overseas to any destination which requires a period of self-isolation or quarantine on return in the UK you must ensure you account for the self-isolation or quarantine period when making your travel plans, to ensure that you are able to safely attend face to face teaching sessions on campus when required.

Visit the UK Government website for the latest travel advice.

Who can I contact if I have any further queries?

We will be providing regular updates to all those returning in September 2020 so you have all the information, guidance and support you need to continue their journey with us.

If you have further questions please contact:

For Medicine/Medicine with a Gateway Year enquiries:

For Postgraduate Taught Programmes:

For Postgraduate Research Programmes:

For Student Support: