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.


Government guidelines

At all times, please continue to follow the latest government guidelines on coronavirus.

On campus

Your safety remains our priority, so we’re continuing to take precautions in the new academic year.

  • Wear a face covering in all communal indoor settings where you are in close proximity to other people. This is expected of all staff and students unless exempt.
  • Take two rapid lateral flow Covid-19 tests per week 
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home

If you experience any Covid-19 symptoms: Self-isolate, book a test, and inform the University.

Collect a face covering on campus 

Face coverings are available at reception points: 

  • The Arts Tower
  • Bartolome House
  • Crookesmoor 
  • The Dainton Building
  • The Dental School
  • The Diamond
  • Elmfield
  • ELTC
  • Firth Court
  • Hatfield Building
  • Hicks Building
  • Jessop West
  • Medical School
  • North Campus
  • Portobello Centre
  • Sam Fox House
  • Sir Frederick Mappin Building
  • Students’ Union
  • The Octagon Centre
  • Velocity Village/Solly Street
  • Western Bank Library
  • 9 Mappin Street

Download the NHS Covid-19 app 

The NHS Covid-19 app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in.

Please download the app and scan the QR codes when visiting any of our pubs, bars, restaurants, cafés, gyms and libraries. 

As well as downloading the app and scanning the QR codes, you should still let the University know as soon as possible if you develop symptoms or if you have a confirmed positive test, so that we can identify and alert close contacts on campus. 

You may receive a 'potential exposure' alert from the app if it identifies possible contact with a confirmed coronavirus case. Receiving this alert does not mean you need to self-isolate - if you are required to self-isolate you will receive a specific notification advising you to do so.

Download the NHS app for free 

At home and in the community

Continue to follow government guidelines on safety to minimise the risk of transmission wherever you may be.

  • You must wear a face covering in shops and on all public transport, including taxis and private hire vehicles
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.

Book a Covid-19 vaccination

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.

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 (unless you are not required to self-isolate – see updates on self-isolation rules).

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.

Updates on self-isolation rules

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you should stay at home and self-isolate immediately for 10 days. You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. If this PCR test result is positive, you must continue to self-isolate.

If you live with or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19, you must stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days if:

  • you are not fully vaccinated
  • your household member/contact has been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. This applies even if you have been fully vaccinated.

Even if you do not have symptoms, you should still get a PCR test on GOV.UK

If you live with or have been in contact with someone who has not been identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant, and you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to self-isolate. Instead you should book a free PCR test as soon as possible.

Further NHS guidance on when to self-isolate

For students: inform the University if you are self-isolating.

How long to self-isolate (NHS website)

Students: complete the online Covid-19 form

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.

Covid-19 testing

Staff and students are strongly advised to take regular lateral flow device tests by booking a slot at our on campus covid-19 test centre, collecting a test kit from sites across campus or ordering testing kits to be delivered to your home.

The testing centre is for staff and students who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University. Don't book a test if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last 90 days.

Covid-19 testing


You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We’re encouraging all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

How to book a covid-19 vaccineNHS England has published a document containing FAQs about student covid-19 vaccinations in England, including questions about international student vaccinations.  

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.