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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page last updated: 30/10/2020

Health and wellbeing

We can all protect ourselves and others by following government advice around social distancing, shielding of extremely vulnerable people, self isolating and testing and tracing if we display any symptoms, no matter how mild.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you need to book a coronavirus test you can apply online or call 119.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

Wellbeing support

Plus Icon What to do if you have coronavirus and you feel unwell

Most people with coronavirus (COVID-19) experience mild symptoms that can be managed at home without medical intervention. 

Take paracetamol to ease discomfort and reduce your temperature. You can also take ibuprofen if necessary. Drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest. If you have a cough lie on your side or sit upright rather than lying on your back. Try a teaspoon of honey and drink warm fluids. If you are experiencing breathlessness turn the heating down or try opening a window (don’t use a fan as this can spread the virus). Keeping as relaxed as possible can help. Try breathing slowly through your nose and out through your mouth, relaxing your shoulders, and sitting upright and comfortably in a chair. You can find more tips and information at NHS guidance on managing symptoms at home.

Feeling breathless can be a sign of a more serious coronavirus infection. If you feel breathless and it's getting worse, get medical advice from the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

It’s important that you complete the reporting form at the top of this page if you have symptoms of coronavirus, have received a positive test result, or are having to self isolate because of contact with others, so that you can let us know if you need any help, support or further advice. If you prefer you can call 0113 8128507 or send an email to Student Services will then ensure that your concerns are addressed by the appropriate team. To find out more about the range of support available to our students see our Student Information Page and our A-Z of Services.

NHS Volunteer Responders can also help you while you have to stay at home (self-isolate).

Plus Icon Student Services

Student Services are supporting students and colleagues via their normal online web, telephone and email services. 

We appreciate that many of you may have gone home or may be self-isolating at various points in the coming weeks and we want to ensure that we will continue to support you during this time.

Our services include Disability Advice, Student Money, Student Wellbeing, and the Student Advice Hub. If you’d just like someone to talk to or you’re unsure how these services might help you our Student Advice Hub is there to listen, advise or point you in the right direction.  You can call them on 0113 812 3000 or email 

All our telephone lines are open as usual 09.00-17.00, Monday to Friday, and details for all teams can be found at our A-Z of Services and at the Student Hub.

It is really important that you keep your contact details in MyBeckett up to date to ensure we are able to support you during your online teaching period. 

Please ensure you continue to keep your ID card safe so that you can access services on campus. In the eventuality that you do require a replacement card you should contact the Student Advice Hub.

Plus Icon Who can I speak to for emotional support?

We understand that this situation is unsettling. Our Student Wellbeing Team continue to provide telephone support and counselling, and can also direct you to a range of self-help resources. Please go to the Student Wellbeing pages to find out more. 

In addition, our chaplains can provide a confidential ‘listening ear’ to students and colleagues of all faiths and none; more information is available here.

The university also offers an online counselling service via Kooth Student which is accessible during afternoons, evenings and weekends. To access the platform please sign up with Kooth Student directly.

Plus Icon What support is there for disabled students?
If you have a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Director will have reviewed this, liaising with the Disability Advice team to ensure your needs are met. View our updated Disability Advice on how reasonable adjustments and disability support will work in 2021.
Plus Icon Leeds Beckett Students' Union Advice Service

Leeds Beckett Students’ Union Advice Service provides confidential and independent free help and advice to all students at Leeds Beckett University. The LBSU Advice Service offers a wide range of information, advice and representation. 

It's important to look after yourself at university, whether that's making time to see your GP, taking some well deserved self care time or even just making sure that you switch off at the end of the day. Visit the Students' Union website for more information on how to contact the LBSU Advice Service.

Plus Icon Is bereavement support available from the university?

Bereavement support is available to students via the Student Wellbeing Team and Chaplaincy. Visit our Student Wellbeing page for more information or contact us: or 0113 8128507.

Plus Icon I am a student with underlying health conditions. What should I do?

If you are in the group of people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable eg those with medical conditions, a weakened immune system and/or are pregnant, depending upon current infection rates in the community and Government guidance you may wish to reflect upon whether you come onto campus or stay at home to study. 

If you intend to stay at home then please notify your course by contacting your Course Director or Course Administrator directly. Please note you should always follow Government guidance.

Plus Icon Self-isolating support

If you need support self-isolating, visit the following websites:

  • Find help in your local area 
  • If you or someone else you  care for need support during isolation, visit the NHS Volunteer Responders website or call 0808 196 3646 (08:00 – 20:00). NHS Volunteers are people in your community who have offered to help pick up groceries, collect prescriptions and talk to you if you need support.
  • Read guidance on shielding and protecting people who are at high risk from Covid-19 on the Government website.
  • We recognise that self-isolation can be hard. If you are feeling low or worried, check out these tips and advice from the NHS.
Plus Icon NHS Little guide to feel better

The NHS in Leeds has provided a feel better guide to help keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best this winter. The guide will help you find the right health service when you're not feeling too well, as well as a range of information and advice.

Plus Icon Government advice and helpful resources on mental health and wellbeing

Our self-help page provides you with a range of information, resources and tools aimed at promoting your wellbeing. You can access this information alongside support you may already be receiving; or if you don’t feel ready to speak to someone but would like some further information on how to cope.

There are a number of helpful resources to help maintain mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak:

Alongside using these resources we strongly encourage you to talk to your local doctor or appropriate health professional about any concerns you may have. The information provided in the resources are not a substitute for proper diagnosis or treatment by an appropriate health professional.

For guided self-help information on specific topics, please take a look at a collection of comprehensive self help guides developed by the NHS Foundation Trust.


Plus Icon Leeds is now listed in the very high alert (tier three) COVID alert levels, what does this  mean?

As Leeds continues to show an increase in the level of Covid-19 cases it will be considered to be a very high alert (tier three) area in the Government Covid-19 alert levels strategy from midnight on Monday 2 November.

Moving to a very high alert area means new rules and guidance, specifically geared towards how Covid-19 is spreading in Leeds, will be introduced. For more information, please visit the Leeds City Council coronavirus page or you can view this graphic from the Government that explains the impact of being a very high level tier three region.

Plus Icon What is being done to keep us safe in Leeds?

We are pleased to welcome students back to Leeds. Here is a joint message from Leeds’ higher education leaders, students’ union leaders and the city council about how we're working together to stay safe.

Plus Icon What are the latest rules for gatherings in Leeds?

  • From midnight on Monday 2 November new restrictions have been introduced in Leeds, meaning extra measures have been put in place to control the spread of the virus within the community.
  • Leeds is now in the very high alert (tier three) category and is subject to additional restrictions on household mixing. In tier three, households cannot mix indoors, including in homes, leisure or hospitality venues, you can only interact with your household and support bubble indoors.
  • Groups of six from more than one household can meet in some outdoor settings including parks and public gardens but cannot meet in private gardens.
  • Existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents will remain exempt.

Plus Icon Is there anything I can do to make it safer for myself and others?

Yes, as well as the restrictions above people in Leeds are also being advised:

  • Not to socialise with people you do not live with, unless they are in your support bubble, in any public venue either in Leeds or elsewhere. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks.
  • Not to visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.
  • To follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of the areas affected, wear a face covering on public transport and try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble.
Plus Icon Where can I find more information about campus security and behaviour guidance?
Please read our Campus Security, Police Advice and Behaviour Guidance for more information on how we will keep you safe on campus and ways that you can help yourself. 
Plus Icon What is my responsibility in the community?

Our relationship with our neighbours is very important to us. As a student, you need to be aware of the responsibilities you have while on campus and living as part of the local community. 

Please conduct yourself at all times in a manner that demonstrates respect for the residential areas that you live in which will also enhance your own experience. 

For the benefit of all, students should not organise parties, play loud music or engage in antisocial behavior which impacts on neighbours.

This is a timely reminder following the launch of a trial initiative last weekend aimed at reducing noise and nuisance behaviour.

The universities across Leeds have been working in partnership to support additional Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team (LASBT) and police patrols as part of an ongoing commitment to maintaining an inclusive community.

It’ll see extra LASBT Officer and Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) patrols until the end of July 2021 which will also lead to increasing your safety. 

Officers will initially cover the busier periods such as weekends and key dates in the calendar, focusing on areas where you live including Woodhouse, Hyde Park, Burley and Headingley.

The patrols will be supplementing the resources that are currently already in place which are designed to create a positive environment for you and local residents to live together harmoniously.

We have a process for members of the local community to report anti-social behaviour and we will carry out disciplinary action on those students found to be involved.

The universities take student behaviour in the community very seriously, also providing a dedicated Neighbourhood Helpline for people to report issues and working in partnership with LASBT to share information. 

In addition, we encourage your neighbours to use the helpline and we work with Leeds Anti-social Behaviour team and West Yorkshire Police to respond to any nuisance or disorder.

Please be good neighbours and be aware of the responsibilities you have as members of the community and ambassadors for the university. 

Plus Icon How does the ‘rule of six’ law on gatherings affect me as a Leeds Beckett student? 

It is against the law to participate in a gathering which consists of more than six people. In England, groups of more than six are not allowed to socialise unless they are in the same household.

Plus Icon How should I travel to campus?
You should only come to campus when necessary.

The Government recommends that if you can, walking or cycling is the best way to travel during the pandemic. These are also sustainable modes of transport. You can hire a bike from the university from £35 for three months with a £50 deposit.

There is limited pay and display parking available at both campuses if you are travelling by car. If you are using public transport to travel to campus please allow extra time as capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing. You must wear a face covering and follow Government guidance. Make sure you wash your hands before you travel and after.


Plus Icon How to wash your hands

Following the Public Health England and NHS advice you must regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds at a time. 

This short film follows people taking part in typical activities to show just how many things they typically touch and to remind people how important it is to wash their hands.

Plus Icon Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn in some parts of the campus. Students should carry a face covering with them at all times and look out for the signs that indicate if they are in a face covering zone. Advice has also been issued on face coverings for the reopening of buildings and campuses in Higher Education. 

Face coverings for students will be available at our libraries, sports receptions and from campus ambassadors located at prominent entry points to buildings.

Some people who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering. You can download templates from the Government website for an exemption card and badge

Plus Icon Campus Ambassadors
Campus ambassadors will be in place for the first few weeks of term to help colleagues and students get to know the new one-way systems and find hand sanitiser stations. They will also promote the guidance around social distancing and face coverings.
Plus Icon Self-isolating guidance for individuals, shared households and those living in halls of residences

If you have symptoms you must follow government guidance around testing and tracing and self-isolation.

You should contact the university to make us aware if you are self-isolating. Please contact the Student Advice Hub via the online reporting form via phone on 0113 812 8507 or by email:

Although you might not be able to entirely separate yourself from family members or flatmates, the advice is to limit contact as much as possible. You should follow the NHS guidance around reducing the spread of infection in your home.

Plus Icon What is a 'household' at university?

At university, a household will generally be people who are living in a shared house or flat and sharing a kitchen. It doesn't include everyone in the same hall block.  

Plus Icon Guidance for sharing accommodation whilst self-isolating

If you are self-isolating it is important that everybody you share your living accommodation, or who is in your social bubble, follows the government guidance on self-isolation and testing and tracing.

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