Symptoms, testing and self-isolation

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


Tell us if you're self-isolating


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 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.

    Getting a PCR test if you have no symptoms

    You can also use this service if:

    • you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive
    • you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace
    • a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test
    • you’re taking part in a government pilot project
    • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
    • you’ve received an unclear result and were told to get a second test
    • you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
    • you’re in the National Tactical Response Group

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

    Getting tested for travel

    You can't use this service to book tests for travel. Find out what you need to do to:

    Updates to self-isolation rules for those fully vaccinated 

    If you have been fully vaccinated in the UK, you no longer need to self-isolate if you’re identified as a close contact of someone with Covid-19. Instead you should book a free PCR test as soon as possible.

    Further NHS guidance on when to self-isolate

    Support – get in touch

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