Symptoms, testing and self-isolation
If you're self-isolating for any reason, or if you have symptoms, please tell the University.
- 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
2. Book an NHS test straight away to check if you have coronavirus, however mild your symptoms
Tests are free. If you are a student, give your term-time address.
Get a free PCR test online on GOV.UK. Call 119 if you don't have internet access.
If you are a student on a clinical placement, your academic department may advise you on alternative arrangements for testing.
Please don't get a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. This test centre is only available to University of Sheffield students and staff who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms.
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 PCR test
You can't get a free NHS test (also known as a PCR 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 PCR test.
Support – get in touch
Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.