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

  • 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.

Raise a concern

If you would like to raise concerns about a breach of Covid-19 rules at the University or in student accommodation, let us know.

Raise a concern about a breach of Covid-19 rulesWhen a concern is raised, we will investigate and, where appropriate, take necessary action against any misconduct.

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

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

What you can and cannot do - government website

How the Covid-19 rules change on 17 May (government website)

Travel and access to campus facilities

Social distancing

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.

What to do if someone in your household has a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19

In the community

  • 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 has a possible or confirmed case of Covid-19

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.

How long to self-isolate (NHS website)

Inform the University if you are self-isolating for this reason.

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.

Our Covid-19 Testing Centre

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 are all available online.