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Winter break

Like all universities in the UK we are now making preparations so that those of you from outside the region can return safely to your families for the winter break and you will be able to get an asymptomatic test before you leave.

The government has stated that students should be allowed to return to their home address from 3 - 9 December and each university will manage this transition period in the safest way possible.

At LJMU, with the exception of students in clinical disciplines, we will be ceasing all face to face activities in each School and Faculty beyond the dates below and teaching will be adjusted so that you won’t miss any live virtual sessions.

Phased transition of students home for the winter break by Faculty and School

Thursday 3 December – Faculty of Health (non-clinical programmes) and Faculty of Business and Law

Friday 4 December - APSS (Art and Design/Screen School/Justice Studies)

Monday 7 December - APSS (Education/Humanities and Social Science)

Tuesday 8 December – Schools in FET (Civil Engineering, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics)

Wednesday 9 December – Schools in Science (Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Sport and Exercise Sciences)

The rest of the semester will then continue up until the winter break with your timetabled online sessions. Just to be clear, the university will be open for all students who remain in the city and you can continue to access services and facilities. You may also have seen that this week our libraries have extended their bookable space times.

We have published further guidance on this microsite for students who are travelling home or staying in Liverpool over the winter break – find out more.

It is important that all students follow the government’s guidance whether they are staying in Liverpool or travelling elsewhere- this includes getting a test if they are leaving the city.

Get a test before you travel from Liverpool

To ensure that the virus is not being transmitted widely as a result of student travel, all students are advised to be tested before they leave Liverpool – you should be tested twice, 3-5 days apart, using the quicker mass testing technology that has been deployed across the city for the past month.

LJMU students are being advised to utilise the testing centres at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool at the Albert Dock, next to the M&S Bank Arena or the Liverpool Tennis Centre. No appointment is necessary and the centres are open from 7am to 7pm, seven days per week. Find out more about the testing centres.

We will keep this page and the rest of the website updated if there are further developments. Thank you for your continued understanding and help at this challenging time. Please follow the links below for further information. If you have questions or concerns that are not covered on these pages, or you have any feedback on the information provided, please contact