We must all play a role in preventing the spread of Covid-19. Please take a moment to read the information here.

What should I do if I think I have Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.  You can find more detail on the NHS website:  

If you think you have Covid-19 you must follow these three steps immediately:

  • Get a test. This will confirm your circumstances and inform the actions you need to take. Book a NHS test online alternatively if you are having any problems accessing the service call 119 (NHS Test Booking Line 07:00-23:00).
  • Self-isolate. Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have coronavirus (COVID-19).  This helps stop the virus spreading to other people.  Please review this NHS guidance on Self Isolation.  If you need support on self-isolating please review our help pages
  • Inform the University. Letting us know will mean that we can liaise with the Test and Trace service so that we and/or they can get in touch with and provide guidance to students and staff you may have had close contact with.  Please note that this will be done anonymously. Please use this webform to let us know.

You will also need to inform those you share a household with. Please see this guidance related to self-isolation affecting students.

What should I do if my Covid-19 test is positive?

If you test positive for Covid-19 you must:

  • Self-isolate. This will be for at least 10 days; NHS guidance related to particular circumstances should be reviewed and you must follow guidance from NHS Test and Trace.
  • Inform the University. Letting us know will mean that we can liaise with the Test and Trace service so that we and/or they can get in touch with and provide guidance to students and staff you may have had close contact with.  Please note that this will be done anonymously. Please use this webform to let us know.

You will also need to inform those you share a household with. Please see this guidance related to self-isolation affecting students.

What should I do if someone I live with tests positive for Covid-19?

If someone you live with tests positive for Covid-19 you should:

  • Self-isolate. If someone you live with tests positive for Covid-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you must self-isolate for 10 days and follow this NHS guidance. (Anyone who is already self-isolating for 10 days or more will be able to end their quarantine from Monday 14 December when the rule changes from 14 days isolation to 10)
  • Inform the University if you become symptomatic or test positive. Letting us know will mean that we can liaise with the Test and Trace service so that we and/or they can get in touch with and provide guidance to students and staff you may have had close contact with.  Please note that this will be done anonymously. Please use this webform to let us know.

I have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.  What should I do?

You must follow the instructions of Test and Trace if asked to self isolate.

How does Self-isolation affect Attendance Monitoring or staff absence reporting and what should I do?

The guidance above details the actions you must take to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep the University Community safe, additionally you should follow the normal absence reporting procedures.

Students: in all circumstances where you cannot attend sessions due to self-isolation you should also inform the University via the self-certification system in attendance monitoring. You can do this through MyHud.

Staff: you should follow normal absence reporting procedures which include speaking with your manager and updating your records in MyHR.