Durham and Northumbria Universities cancel classroom learning amid coronavirus outbreak

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Durham University and Northumbria University have cancelled all classroom-based learning. From Monday, all classes will be taken online.

A Durham University statement said:

The health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues is our top priority and we are working hard across the University community to prepare for the possible spread of the virus, provide up to date information and advice and offer support as the situation develops.

We are in regular contact with colleagues at Public Health England and other UK universities and we will contact our students and colleagues by email and update the guidance on this webpage as the situation develops.

The University said it will remain open, but academic staff are being asked to change the format and delivery of their teaching from Monday 16 March until the end of Term (Friday 20 March).

Northumbria University tweeted:

We have taken the decision that from Monday 16 March classroom-based teaching and learning activity will be replaced by online delivery. We have contacted students with more information about this. Guidance is also available on the Student Portal.