Commemorating HM Queen Elizabeth II

Following the sad death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, please see below for details about:

Bank Holiday Arrangements

Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday. This will allow students, along with staff, to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

The following arrangements will be in place at the University on 19 September:

  • There will be no teaching on 19 September. All classes that were due to take place on this day will be re-scheduled
  • The Elgar and Peirson Buildings, the Campus Shop and the Accommodation Hub will remain open at the St. John’s campus. The Students’ Union Hangar Building will be open after 5pm. The Charles Hastings Building will remain open at the City Campus
  • All other buildings, including The Hive and the Arena, will be closed
  • All recreational activities taking place before 5pm will be postponed. Activities taking place at the St. John’s Campus after 5pm will go ahead
  • The State Funeral will be broadcast live in the St. John’s canteen.

If you need urgent assistance on the 19th, please speak to staff at the St. John’s or City Campus receptions, who will be able to direct you. You can also refer to online resources and information on our website.


Act of Remembrance at the University

There will be a short act of reflection and remembrance at the University on Thursday (15 September) at 12:30. This event is scheduled to coincide with the first of four full days that the Queen's body will lie in state in Westminster Hall, where she will remain until the morning of the funeral.

Students are invited to gather with staff at the flagpole at the St. John’s campus for a two-minute silence. Anyone who is not able to attend the event is invited to mark the silence wherever they are.

A national moment of reflection will also take part on Sunday (18 September) at 8pm.


HM Queen Elizabeth II:  Service of Thanksgiving

There will be a County Service of Thanksgiving at Worcester Cathedral on Sunday (18 September) at 4pm. All are welcome to attend.


Welcome Festival

Welcome Festival Activities are continuing during the national period of mourning to allow all new and returning students to settle into campus, meet new people and join clubs and societies. There have been a few changes to the Festival programme as a mark of respect. See the latest programme:

Welcome Festival Programme