Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information


Novel coronavirus (Covid-19)

The University’s Executive has decided that staff and students should NOT travel overseas on university business.

In exceptional cases, if you believe that your overseas journey is essential, you should complete a risk assessment and provide an explanation of why you consider the journey essential, and submit the documents to your Dean of College or the Director of Corporate Services (on behalf of Professional Services), who will then decide whether to approve the journey.

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Frequently Asked Questions - Staff
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Frequently Asked Questions - Students
Public Health Advice


Overseas Travel - once approval (Covid-19 travel) has been received

As a member of University staff or student it is very likely that you will travel abroad during the course of your work or study.   In the event you do intend to travel overseas it is essential that you follow the requirements of the University’s Overseas Travel Policy and plan your trip and prepare yourself accordingly.  The Staff and Students Travel Handbook provides a range of useful information.

The University provides Free Travel Insurance to staff and students travelling overseas on University related business.  When registering for Insurance you will be given a contact number which will take you to GLOBAL RESPONSE who can support you in a medical emergency. Global Response may then, dependent on the emergency forward you to DRUM CUSSAC who support them.  In addition, before travel VISIT the DRUM CUSSAC site for PRE-TRIP TRAVEL ADVICE.

Also REGISTER with DRUM CUSSAC to access the following services:

  • RiskMonitor Traveller –Live Incident Alerts and Country Profiles
  • TravelPrepare – E-Learning Modules
  • GlobalSOS – 24/7 security support and advice

The World Travel Guide Net is another useful tool when planning your trip, including the essential 'Before You Go' to make sure you have considered Visas, Health etc and other things which may have time constraints

Travellers should be mindful that some countries and regions may have different attitudes towards certain travellers, for example, lone females, LGBT.  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has some really useful information for LGBT and lone female travellers with links to other organisations to help prepare and identify countries and regions which may potentially be unsafe.  There is also a helpful E-learning Module on the Travel Prepare site.

The key stages when organising a trip are:

 STEP 1:


 STEP 2: 

 Travel Insurance (and compulsory Travel Insurance Form)

 STEP 3:

 Risk Assessment

 STEP 4:

 Travel Health Essentials (includes Vaccine information)

 STEP 5:

 Travel Basics


The following are useful sources of information when preparing for any overseas trip.  See STEP 4: Travel Health Essentials for specific links relating to overseas travel health advice, including vaccination requirements.