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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page last updated: 31/07/2020

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.

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

The Government is advising all those who are 70 years and over and those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (Covid-19) to be more stringent in following social distancing measures.

Students who have one or more of these characteristics, a weakened immune system, underlying health condition, or are pregnant should stay at home and notify your School.

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Student Services will be 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 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 will 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 once things return to normal. 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, the university 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 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 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 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 on 0113 81285 or by email.

If you live in university accommodation, you must inform the accommodation team. Arrangements will be made to provide necessary pastoral and practical support.

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 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.

Plus Icon What support will there be 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.

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