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

We are reviewing our Covid-related policies and procedures in light of the new lifting of lockdown restrictions. This review takes into account the latest guidance from the Department of Education and central government alongside advice from our own academic experts and local partners, including the local Public Health Team. As we have done throughout the pandemic we will continue to review our guidance and keep staff and students informed of any changes.

Your continued safety in our learning environment is our primary concern. While we continue our review, and begin to make changes on-campus, we ask that you:

  • continue to maintain two-metre social distancing when visiting the campus
  • wear a face covering when working or interacting with people at less than two metres distance from you
  • do not come onto or remain on campus if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone experiencing symptoms must self-isolate, book a test, and inform the University as soon as possible.

In addition:

  • 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 and in the community

Cases of Covid-19 remain high. Continue to follow government guidelines on safety to minimise the risk of transmission wherever you may be.

  • Limit the close contact you have with people you don't usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
  • The government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

Travel and access to campus facilities

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.

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

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.

Covid-19 testing

We’re offering free tests for staff and students using lateral flow testing kits, which provide results within 24 hours. In addition, staff and students can collect self-test kits at various sites across campus. Continue to follow government guidance to minimise the risk of transmission wherever you may be.

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.

How to book a test and collect self-testing kits on campus

Vaccination centre

The Octagon – closes after Friday 30 July

The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Octagon (open from 8am–5pm) will close after Friday 30 July.

The vaccination is administered in individual, screened booths to ensure privacy.

You can book a vaccine appointment online if you are 18 or older.

Everyone aged 18 and older is also welcome to use the walk-in service at the Octagon. To access the walk-in service, just turn up and collect a ticket, which will give you a time window for your vaccination. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis from the start of each day.

The vaccination centre continues to provide second doses for people who have received the first dose of the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. You should wait eight weeks before receiving your second dose, in line with the latest guidance.

Sheffield NHS Vaccination Centre

A new vaccination centre for Sheffield is open near the Northern General Hospital:

  • Sheffield NHS Vaccination Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JN
  • Appointments are available 7.40am–6.40pm. There is currently no walk-in service.

Book your vaccination online

Booking a Covid-19 vaccination

You can book a vaccine appointment at any vaccination centre convenient to you. Everyone aged 18 and over living in the UK is eligible for a free Covid-19 vaccination, regardless of their nationality or immigration status.

If you’re an international student, you need to register for free with a UK GP surgery to access vaccinations. All University of Sheffield students who live in Sheffield can register with our University Health Service.

Support – get in touch

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