Symptoms, testing and self-isolation

If you're self-isolating for any reason, or if you have symptoms, please tell the University.



Complete the online Covid-19 form

  • You must complete the form when you begin self-isolating, even if you don't have symptoms – for example, if you've 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 waiting for test results.
  • If you develop symptoms while self-isolating, please complete the form again.

Once you've completed the online form, the University will contact you to offer support. We're offering daily welfare check-ins for all students who are self-isolating, to make sure you receive the support you need. 


    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.

    What to do if you have symptoms

    1. Stay at home and self-isolate if you have:

    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

    NHS guidance on self-isolating

    2. Book a test straight away, however mild your symptoms

    Tests are free. If you are a student, give your term-time address.

    Get a test online on GOV.UK. Call 119 if you don't have internet access.

    If you are a student on clinical placement, your academic department may advise you on alternative arrangements for testing.

    3. Inform the University that you have symptoms, or if you are isolating

    This will enable us to monitor for positive Covid-19 cases for track and trace purposes, and provide you with any support you may need.

    Who can't get a free test

    You can't get a free NHS test unless you have symptoms, or you've been asked to by your local council, or you've been told to by your hospital, or you're taking part in a government pilot project. This applies even if: 

    • you live with someone who has coronavirus
    • you’ve had close contact with someone who has coronavirus
    • you’ve come to the UK from a high risk country
    • you’re planning to leave the country

    If you develop symptoms, you should only then order a test. 

    Support – get in touch

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