Student and Staff Wellbeing

Coronavirus / Covid-19 - Updated Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – update

We understand that this is a really concerning time for everyone in our community and we’re here to provide as much support and advice as we can. The University is reflecting the advice from Public Health England (PHE), NHS, Universities UK and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Our most important consideration is your health, wellbeing and safety. You, as part of the Newcastle University community, can help us by staying up to date with this guidance. Further advice will be published on these webpages as and when required.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The situation around the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues to change rapidly.

The latest advice, which is available on the Public Health England website, asks people to stay at home as much as possible. Current advice limits travelling outside of the home to shopping for basic essentials, to do one form of exercise a day and/or to travel to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary.

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK has been provided on GOV.UK. Please look at this advice, which includes important information on social distancing and on those people who may be at higher risk.  

Our Frequently Asked Questions will be updated regularly with information for students and staff.

Health and Wellbeing Support Services

All Student Health and Wellbeing support services remain available and are now being delivered remotely using telephone or video call. 

For pastoral support please contact:

Support is also available from our specialist disability teams using the email addresses below:

You can also find advice and support on the Student Minds website.

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Poem of the week

To support your wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak, we're featuring a poem of the week. Our second poem of the week is chosen by our Chancellor, Imtiaz Dharker.

She said: “It is so good to have news of the staff and students of Newcastle University. I see they are continuing to do great work in the face of a world that has suddenly changed. What has not changed is their sense of community, kindness and the creativity I have come to admire.” 

Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still
for once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for a second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Pablo Neruda
translated by Alastair Reid