The government has released a roadmap identifying key stages where we will see the relaxation of restrictions. Whilst we must keep in mind that the dates outlined are not guaranteed, there is hope that there is an end in sight. This means that by the next academic year, we can hope for the return of physical activity and some kind of normality for our student groups. 


In the meantime, the roadmap outlines that some in-person activity will be able to resume in term three, assuming each criteria for moving to the next step is met. To summarise what each step means for student groups, we’ve outlined our own timeline below based on government guidelines.


Road to Return

Step One 

8 March - 29 March

Step Two 

(not before) 12 April

Step Three

(not before) 17 May

Step Four

(not before) 21 June

8 March - Virtual activity only


29 March - Rule of 6 in public outdoor spaces


For those in local area already 


Can attend pubs outdoors in groups of 6


Outdoor organised sport activity can resume

Can have outdoor gathering of no more than 30 (providing space can facilitate 30 people socially distanced)


Can attend pubs indoors in groups of 6


Indoor space tbc, rule of 6 would apply

Restrictions to be lifted, but exact details are still to be confirmed


As mentioned, the dates are subject to change but as the government provides further updates on each step, we will make sure to reach out as soon as possible to confirm what impact this will have for your plans. 


Step One &Two

Step one of the roadmap should mean that you will be able to have in-person activity outdoors in groups of six from the 29 March. From the 12 April, at step two, you will be able to attend a pub outdoors in groups of six. 


Here are some key things to bear in mind:

  • The University will be reaching out to students soon with when they will be able to return to campus and resume face-to-face teaching. Students should not come back before their specified date, which means any student group activity should only be planned for those already in the local area. 

  • The Rule of Six means that your activity can only have a maximum of six people (from any household outside) at any given time, and you must be socially distanced at all times.

  • In a pub setting, you are able to book multiple tables of six but these tables must not mix. The pub’s risk assessment should reflect being able to enforce this.

  • For all activity planned, you must submit a risk assessment and event proposal using the form on this Freshdesk article with two weeks’ notice. Events are unable to go ahead without approval from the Student Opportunities team.

  • We have updated the Student Group Activity & Risk Assessment Guidance document so check it out for some useful information on what activity is and isn’t permitted and some tips on completing a risk assessment. 

  • Make sure to read through the Membership Disciplinary process outlined here.