Information for researchers

Guidance on what the ongoing situation means for you as a postgraduate researcher, supervisor or member of staff conducting or supporting research.

This page was last updated on 26 February 2021 at 14:40 (GMT)

Update following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, 22 February, setting out a roadmap for the gradual easing of national coronavirus restrictions in England

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Andy Long has set out what the Prime Minister’s announcement means for our university and for postgraduate research students.

Research staff, including postgraduate research students, should continue to work and research from home wherever possible; however, work and research that cannot reasonably be carried out at home can continue in our Covid-secure campus buildings.

Our existing approval processes for undertaking on-campus research will continue to ensure our resources are used effectively, while keeping you safe with social distancing measures and other safety protocols.

Please discuss any concerns with your colleagues and line manager and continue to adapt projects wherever possible to overcome the current challenges.

Covid-19 testing for research staff

All staff, including postgraduate research students, can access the university’s testing service and are strongly advised to take asymptomatic Covid-19 tests at least once a week.

These tests are highly accurate and can tell if you are in the early stages of infection, whether or not you are showing symptoms. By taking part in regular testing, our community shows our campuses and facilities are Covid-secure and enables them to be kept open. 

Please visit Covid-19 testing for all staff for the latest information about asymptomatic testing. Staff working from home can also access the testing service, but please do not take any unnecessary risks in travelling to our testing stations.

Covid-19 resources for researchers

Please visit these pages for Covid-19 resources and information, including:

  • how we are prioritising research and planning for planning for recovery
  • guidance for postgraduate research students and their supervisors
  • policies on the resumption of travel and field work
  • guidance on research involving participants

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If you have any feedback or suggestions, email

Covid-19 resources

Making a difference

Our researchers are supporting the local, national and global effort to tackle the pandemic, including:

  • developing an in-house Covid-19 testing service, designed to tackle asymptomatic transmission among students and staff
  • beginning clinical trials for a DNA vaccine
  • studies on the impact of lockdown and the pandemic on the economy, society and our communities 

Our research response

Our researchers and research students have also been working and volunteering in the community and with the NHS.

Join the effort: find out about secondments and volunteering for staff and students

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