COVID-19: here's how we're handling it

COVID-19 secure 2020

Staff and student welfare is something we take very seriously, which is why we have a dedicated team in place to closely monitor and manage the Coronavirus situation. Rest assured we’re doing everything we can.

Following guidance from Public Health England, Universities UK and the NHS, face-to-face teaching is no longer taking place on site, and assessments are cancelled until the spring/summer exam period.

But our commitment to the Aston Uni community doesn’t stop there. Most learning is available via remote channels and we’re just a phone call or message away from answering any questions you may have. No query is too small and no concern is too trivial ­– just take a look at the FAQ pages below in the first instance.

Read our stories on supporting the national effort against COVID-19.

Aston Students’ Union has set up a virtual campus group on Facebook to support students. Visit their Facebook group to see their events.

Please try not to worry and, most importantly, stay safe.

Following COVID-19, see our Assessment and Examinations update.

Michelle Donelan (MP), Minister of state for Universities gives an update on the battle against COVID-19.

Key points

  • There will be no face-to-face teaching, which includes seminars, tutorials, and lab-based classes, after Tuesday 17 March until at least the end of June.  

  • We are cancelling all assessments that you would come on campus to complete e.g. exams, presentations and lab assessments, until the end of the spring/summer examination period. See our detriment policy.

  • All buildings on campus are now closed, with the exception of Conference Aston and the University nursery*.
  • The advice from Public Health England is that the overall risk to the population is "high". 
  • Aston has established a team to closely monitor and manage the situation and is acting on advice of Public Health England, Universities UK and the NHS. 
  • We will be updating this advice as new Government and Public Health England guidance emerges.
  • For any general student queries or queries about teaching, assessments and exams please contact
  • For absences and visa queries please contact

*Access will be restricted to a small number of staff required to maintain essential building services and research facilities.