How we’re keeping our community safe

We're closely following the latest government guidelines to keep our community safe.


Safety measures on campus

Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, and our local public health teams and academic experts have advised that there is a low risk of transmission within teaching spaces.

The following safety measures are in place for our staff, students and visitors: 

  • We have increased social distancing in teaching spaces from 1.5 to 2 metres
  • Hand sanitiser is available across campus for frequent use throughout the day.
  • One-way systems are in place with clear signage to maintain social distancing.
  • We're limiting the numbers of people on campus at any one time.
  • Corridor doors are held open magnetically (and automatically close in the event of a fire alarm).
  • Toilets and frequently used areas are cleaned multiple times each day.
  • All teaching follows guidelines around social distancing.
  • We're recording contact details for visitors on campus for track and trace purposes.

Our decisions and actions to help keep you safe (Google Document)

Further information for staff

Keeping vulnerable students and staff safe

Coronavirus can make anyone seriously ill but for some people, the risk is higher, as highlighted in the Public Health England report.

The University has undertaken risk assessments and equality impact assessments to identify and reduce risks for different groups. Departments are taking Covid-19 risk factors into account in their plans for the autumn semester, including age, ethnicity and existing health conditions.


If you are a staff member returning to campus in person, any extra precautions are provided in detailed instructions you receive from your department.

How we're tracking and tracing Covid-19 cases

As part of our measures to keep our community safe, we're closely monitoring Covid-19 cases through our University track and trace system. 

The University Covid Contact Tracing Team is responsible for the contact tracing of student and staff Covid-19 cases. Please add their telephone number +44 114 215 7700 to your contacts. If they call you please make sure you answer if it is safe to do so. The team does not take incoming calls and will call you back if you are unable to answer. 

Our timetabling system and attendance monitoring are important as they allow us to trace confirmed cases of Covid-19 back to teaching rooms. In addition, seats in teaching spaces are now numbered across campus. It is essential that you keep a record of your seat number in your face-to-face classes, as this will enable us to more accurately alert those who may have been exposed to Covid-19 and contain the spread of the virus.

Covid-19 testing

Students and staff who don't have any Covid-19 symptoms can book a rapid lateral flow test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre on campus. Self-test kits are available for collection at various sites across campus.

Covid-19 Testing Centre and self-testing kits

Vaccination centre

The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Octagon is closed.

Sheffield NHS Vaccination Centre

A 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.

Covid-19 statistics

Our Covid-19 statistics page provides information about confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the University. It explains the process we follow when we receive notification of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 and how we're supporting students and staff who are self-isolating.

Support – get in touch

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