Updated: A tool to help you self-assess your 'Covid vulnerability'


We are encouraging all of our students to join us on campus from September 2020 because we want you to make the most of the whole student experience. But we also recognise that some students may need support because of their increased vulnerability to Covid-19. This tool allows you to self-assess your Covid-19 vulnerability.

This year we will deliver teaching in a blended mode, with some sessions taking part on campus and others online. We know that accessing face-to-face learning and our campus services, Libraries and other socially distanced activities such as welcome week are important, and we are aiming to do this as much as possible within the government's guidelines. We are putting in a range of health and safety measures to ensure our campuses are safe.

However, we are also aware that some of you may have concerns about joining us in person during Term 1 due to Coronavirus-related circumstances. This could be due to your own health, the health of members of your household, or because you are unable to get to the UK. We understand this and we will look to see what we can do to assist you with this where programme requirements allow for it.

We also recognise that some students may want and be able to return to campus but will need support to do so because of their increased vulnerability to Covid-19. 

If you need help to decide whether you are at higher risk to return, then you can use this self-assessment tool* to help you assess your risk. If your results are at high or very high risk please contact who will liaise with our Student Wellbeing Services and your faculty to see what it may be possible to arrange for you.

About the self-assessment tool

The self-assessment tool uses a medical risk assessment developed by the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisors (ALAMA). It allows you to assess your vulnerability to Covid-19 based on the main risk factors associated with the disease (age, sex, ethnicity, BMI and medical conditions).

The tool was updated on 28 August to reflect changes in ALAMA's methodology. 

In particular, scoring for Body Mass Index (BMI) and medical conditions is now related to an individual's age. 

If you have previously completed the questionnaire you may wish to do so again, particularly if you have a relevant medical condition and/or high BMI (>/= 30).

* Faculty of Education Health & Human Science (FEHHS) students

If you are studying in FEHHS and your course includes a mandatory placement or period of work experience, your faculty team have sent you a link to a separate questionnaire designed for your placement/work experience, which you are required to complete.