Stay at home guidance

Although the legal requirement to self-isolate after testing positive has ended we expect our community to continue to act mindfully before coming onto campus.

Please note; students on placement/colleagues who also work in health care settings should continue to follow NHS guidance.

If you have a high temperature (either on its own or with any other symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19) or you do not feel well enough to carry out normal activities, you should stay at home and avoid contact with others until you no longer have a high temperature or until you feel better. If you are due to be on campus but have symptoms you can book a PCR test. You can then return to campus if your test result is negative and you feel well enough. The PCR test centre is open Monday-Friday.

When you go for your test please go straight to the test centre, and then straight back home afterwards avoiding contact with others wherever possible. It is recommended that you walk or drive to the test centre, and do not use taxis or public transport.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The three main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Aside from the three main symptoms listed above it may help to be aware of reported additional symptoms associated with COVID-19. These are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Persistent headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting

If your test result is positive you should stay at home and avoid contact with others for 5 days, or longer if you still have a high temperature or feel unwell. Guidance states you should stay at home for 10 days if coming into contact with those at high risk from COVID-19. Please remember to continue to let us know if you test positive for COVID-19. Staff should also contact your line manager to let them know. 

If you leave your home while you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and a high temperature or feel unwell, or after testing positive for COVID-19, avoid close contact with others (particularly those with a weakened immune system, if known), wear a face covering and avoid crowded places. You should also follow this guidance if you live in the same household as, or have stayed overnight in the same household as, someone with COVID-19.

Support for students 

There is support available for students who are required to stay at home.

The University’s Student Services team offer comprehensive support to all students across a number of areas including:

  • Student Welfare Advice and Guidance
  • Counselling Service
  • Mental Health Advisory Service
  • Advice and Guidance
  • Disability Advice and Guidance
  • International Advice and Guidance
  • Money Advice and Guidance.

You can contact the team for support through video (Microsoft Teams or Zoom), phone and email between 9am and 5pm each day.

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