Our commitment to our students

The safety of our students, staff and the wider community remains of paramount importance to us, and we continue to monitor and follow Government guidance around Covid-19. We have worked with our local authority partners to deliver our safety measures throughout the pandemic, and we are continuing to follow the Government's roadmap announcements.

We are currently working towards Phase 4 on our Road to Reopening @WLV. This means we have prepared our buildings and teaching spaces to welcome students back to campus, in line with Government guidance.

As long as Government guidance permits us to do so, we plan to return to our normal levels of on-campus teaching as much as possible in the next academic year. We have learned a great deal from the last 18 months , and students have reported positive aspects of having access to online resources and support. We don't want to lose these positives and will build them into the way we teach next year. We will also need to be ready to move back to fully online at short notice should Government guidance change.   

Support is here for you, and our teams are ready to answer any queries you may have - we are here to help.

Professor Geoff Layer



Phase 1: Lockdown 

  • Most University buildings closed
  • Digital learning and assessment
  • Student accommodation available to those who need it
  • Small numbers of support staff on campus
  • Planning for reopening

Phase 2: Preparation for students returning 

  • Reopening of some buildings: our research labs, for example.
  • Digital learning and assessment
  • Student accommodation available to those who need it
  • Planning and testing of social distancing
  • Increased number of staff on campus

Phase 3: Welcome

  • Larger numbers of buildings open including libraries, social spaces and catering
  • Blended learning: mixture of face-to-face and digital teaching, in line with Government guidance
  • Student accommodation in use with social distancing
  • Continued use and review of social distancing
  • Larger numbers of staff on campus
  • Continued access from off-campus for students and staff who need to shield


Phase 4: Moving forwards 

  • Working towards all buildings being open, including social spaces and catering outlets
  • Rebalancing of face-to-face and digital learning
  • Student accommodation in use in line with social distancing guidelines
  • Some staff on campus, some working remotely