Coronavirus outbreak advice and statement

 It is our top priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, and to ensure our community is kept aware of the developing situation.

Published: 30/01/2020 12:30
Last updated: 13/02/2020 13:54

​​​​​​​​​The University of Gloucestershire recognises that staff, students and visitors will have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. It is our top priority to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors, and to ensure our community is kept aware of the developing situation. ​​

The risk to the UK population has been assessed as moderate and there are now a small number of confirmed cases of this new infection in the UK. Should things develop further, the University has plans and protocols to manage the evolving situation. The University is ensuring that the advice from Public Health England and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is made available to all our staff and students as it is updated. 

The FCO advises against all but essential travel to mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macau), and have now advised UK nationals to leave China where possible..

Staff or students who have returned to the UK from Wuhan and Hubei Province in the last 14 days have been advised to do the following:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as with other flu viruses
  • Contact NHS 111 to inform them of recent travel to the city. 
Staff or students who have returned to the UK from China (other than Wuhan and Hubei Province), Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau, within the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should immediately do the following:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Please follow this advice even if symptoms are minor. ​

The University has made information available for all staff and students about where to go if they have concerns and will continue to monitor the situation carefully. If there is any change to the current advice or any developments, this page will be updated. ​

For further information and advice please refer to the Public Health England website​, which is updated daily.