Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The safety and wellbeing of the Keele community is our highest priority and we continue to monitor the situation, adopting the advice from Public Health England, to ensure the welfare of our staff, students and visitors.

We are updating these pages as the situation develops, so please check them regularly. You should also consult these official sources of information: 

The University has reduced its level of operation in order to allow as many people as possible, and who can, to work from home. Only a small number of staff are now formally permitted to come onto campus to carry out essential responsibilities - as directed by their line manager. If you do not have permission then you will not be allowed into University buildings. Staff and students who are still living and working on campus during this period must ensure that the new government measures are followed at all times.

If you are self-isolating then please notify us via our coronavirus notification forms which can also be used to submit specific enquiries that require a University response:

About the virus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:

  • Cough
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Fever

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Please keele up to date with the latest government advice to prevent infection.