Safety: rules, restrictions and guidance
To keep our community safe, we all have a role to play. It is our social responsibility to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
At all times, please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on coronavirus.
- Wear a face covering in teaching spaces, meeting rooms and around campus unless exempt.
- Keep a safe distance from others and follow campus signage.
- Wash your hands often throughout the day and make use of hand washing facilities and sanitisers on campus.
- Allow plenty of time to make it to any scheduled teaching.
The UK is in a national lockdown.
This means you must stay at home except for specific reasons, for example exercise or to buy essentials such as food.
You must not leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).
Holding or attending gatherings of people outside your household is illegal and could lead to a significant fine. The government has introduced new fines for those who breach lockdown by attending illegal gatherings.
Find out what you can and can't do during the national lockdown on the government website.
In shared spaces with people from outside your household, including corridors outside of a flat, you should practise social distancing.
NHS Test and Trace
If you are told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days.
If you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace but you are not displaying symptoms, other people in your household do not need to isolate – but you must avoid close contact with them.
- Practise social distancing with people who you do not live with.
- Walk, cycle or travel by car if you can.
- Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops and supermarkets (unless exempt).
- Recognise others may be shielding or vulnerable and may not be able to wear coverings.
Students: Respect our code of conduct. Where necessary, the University will take action, including potential disciplinary action to protect the city-wide and University communities.
If someone in your household displays symptoms, or receives a positive test result for Covid-19, all other members of your household should stay at home for 10 days (whether they have symptoms or not).
The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or – if they do not have symptoms – from the day their test was taken.
Inform the University if you are self-isolating for this reason.
You must complete the form when you begin self-isolating, even if you have no symptoms. (For example, if you have been identified as a contact and asked to self-isolate by NHS track and trace or if someone in your household has symptoms and is awaiting test results.) If you develop symptoms while self-isolating, please complete the form again.
Staff: notify your line manager as soon as possible.
Full step-by-step guidance for individuals, line managers and faculties/departments can be found on our managing a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 protocol.
We have worked closely with public health experts to open a Covid-19 rapid testing facility for our students. The test centre is available on a voluntary basis if you're a University of Sheffield student living in Sheffield with no Covid-19 symptoms.
Support – get in touch
Our extensive range of support services for students and staff are all available online.