Safe Return to Campus - HDR Candidates and Honours Research Students

Return to campus of HDR candidates and Honours research students will be phased and gradual, in-line with the approach outlined here.

It is important we work together as a community to continue to limit the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we have many high-risk groups on campus. This collective effort is only ensured if all students and staff fully comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in the Safe Return to Campus guide.

While we are planning for a return to campus at the beginning of Term 3, we recognise that some students will still be unable to return - which is why we will also maintain or prepare online alternatives for Term 3. We do expect the recommencement of many face-to-face tutorials and practicals, however all lectures will remain online. You can find all current courses offerings in the UNSW class timetable

Further information on when courses will resume face-to-face will be provided in due course.  In the meantime, a broad outline of our phased approach to the resumption of on-campus learning and activity is here. 

The timing of your return to campus is different depending on what type of student you are. The following timetable provides a broad outline of our phased return to campus activity:  

May/June 2020

  • Return of campus-dependent research community
  • Return of campus-dependent staff 
  • Partial re-opening of library - essential visits only via booking system

July/August 2020

  • Return of student-facing staff and remaining researchers

September 2020 onwards

  • Full re-opening of library and campus amenities
  • Return of onshore students on-campus activity 
  • Return of all other staff


  • Return of offshore students
  • Recommencement of large events

You must adhere to the phased return timeline outlined above. This means only campus-dependent HDR candidates and Honours research students can currently seek permission to return. 

To obtain approval to be on campus your Supervisor must request permission via the ‘Safe Return to Campus’ approval process.

HDR candidates and Honours research students already active on our Sydney campuses must also go through this process, led by their Supervisor, to re-confirm their approval to be on campus.

Yes. All HDR candidates and Honours research students planning to return to campus, or who are already on campus, must read the Safe Return to Campus guide and complete the Safe Return to Campus training module below.



Are you having issues marking yourself as having completed the training? You can complete it here.

Yes. HDR candidates and Honours research students are not permitted to return to campus, or continue to be on campus, without explicit approval via the 'Safe Return to Campus' approval process. Speak to your Supervisor about obtaining permission if you are eligible.

We are being deliberately cautious and taking a phased approach to the return of campus activity. This will allow us to prepare our campuses and update and test our policies and practices so that we ensure a safe return for everyone. 

This is why only students and staff with explicit permission are allowed on campus. Your co-operation and support are crucial for a successful and safe return to campus activity.