Feel safe and protect others
Self-isolation is essential to help limit the spread of coronavirus and protect each other. However, we know that it can be stressful. We've provided some helpful FAQs on this page to support you if you need to self-isolate.
Do remember that our student support services continue to be available to you online while you are self-isolating. If you have any specific concerns, the Rapid Response Team will be able to advise you on who to speak with. Alternatively, contact The Compass and they will point you in the right direction.
Advice for all students
If you have any symptoms of coronavirus you should self-isolate immediately and contact the Rapid Response Team
The symptoms include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
You should also self-isolate if:
- You live with (or are in a support bubble with) someone who has symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive
- You've been told you have to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app.
- You have arrived in England from abroad from a 'red list' country, or from an 'amber list' country and not been fully vaccinated - see GOV.UK: how to quarantine when you arrive in England
You usually have to self-isolate for 10 days if you've tested positive for coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has it. We recommend you refer to the full NHS guidance, but the key points are summarised here:
You must self-isolate for at least 10 days if:
- You have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
- You have symptoms of coronavirus and you tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test.
- You tested positive but have not had symptoms.
If you have symptoms, the 10 days start from when the symptoms started.
If you have not had symptoms, the 10 days start from when you had the test. But if you get symptoms after your test, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when your symptoms start.
If you live with someone who has symptoms or who has tested positive.
You must self-isolate for 10 days if you live with (or are in a support bubble with) someone who:
- Has symptoms of coronavirus and tested positive, had an unclear result or did not have a test
- Tested positive but has not had symptoms.
This is because it can take 10 days for symptoms to appear. The 10 days starts from:
- When the first person in your home or support bubble started having symptoms
- The day they were tested, if they have not had symptoms – but if they get symptoms after they were tested, self-isolate for a further 10 days from when their symptoms start.
Get a test to check if you have coronavirus if you get symptoms while you're self-isolating. If your test is negative, you must still keep self-isolating for the rest of the 10 days. If your test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when your symptoms started. This might mean you're self-isolating for longer than 10 days overall. You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if you do not get any symptoms.
If you've been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app - you must self-isolate for 10 days if either:
- You get a text, email or call from NHS Test and Trace telling you to self-isolate.
- You get an alert from the NHS COVID-19 app telling you to self-isolate.
This is because you've been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus and there's a chance you might have caught it. You need to self-isolate for 10 days because it can take 10 days for symptoms to appear.
As per the Public Health England guidelines, you must not leave your household during your period of isolation.
We have developed a blended approach to learning, so that you can continue your studies with us safely and access the support you need during this time.
No. Being in self-isolation means that you must not meet other people outside of your household, you should not have any visitors and you must try to keep 2m away from all other members of your household to prevent any spread of infection.
It is vital that you follow the rules regarding self-isolation. This is to ensure we protect the students and staff of the University and safeguard the health of our wider community by stopping the spread of coronavirus. We need everyone to play their part.
You can find full details of how to self-isolate on the NHS website.
No. Whilst you are self-isolating, there are restrictions on your movements and you should not leave your accommodation. The only exceptions to this are if you need to leave home to go to a test site or if there's an emergency, for example, if you hear the fire alarm. This includes not leaving your accommodation for exercise or to do laundry. This is in line with current Government advice.
If you feel that you may come to harm by remaining in your household, then you should call our Security team – 01326 255875.
You may also wish to refer to NHS Guidance on how to avoid spreading the virus to people you live with.
Breaking self-isolation rules endangers the health of others. It can result in disciplinary procedures for both staff and students, as well as incurring significant fines from the University or the police if they are notified.
If there is an incident in progress, please contact Campus Security, who will address the situation.
We know that having to self-isolate can be difficult. Our student support services continue to be available to you online while you are self-isolating. If you have any specific concerns, the Rapid Response Team will be able to advise you on who to speak with. Alternatively, contact The Compass and they will point you in the right direction.
T: 01326 370460
Our Living Support and Wellbeing team offer a wide range of support including self-help, online resources, advice and information, and referrals where needed.
All students can also access our online self-help tool SilverCloud for support with changing negative thought processes that lead to anxiety, depression and stress.
If you need medical assistance, please call the NHS on 111.
If a friend or contact is unable to collect your prescription, please contact your pharmacy to see if they can arrange delivery.
If you have tested positive for coronavirus but have mild symptoms or aren't displaying symptoms at all, then you will be able to continue your studies online. Remember, you must not leave your household during your period of isolation.
The NHS Guidance on what to do if you get coronavirus symptoms for a second time is as follows:
If you get symptoms of coronavirus again, you must self-isolate immediately and ask for a PCR test. The symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
If someone you live with (or someone in your support bubble) gets symptoms again, you must also self-isolate immediately. You must self-isolate again even if you've had a positive test result for coronavirus before. You probably have some immunity to coronavirus but it's not clear how long it will last.
You can request a test for coronavirus via the Rapid Response Hub.
Advice for International Students
UK Government coronavirus regulations mean that many travellers arriving in the UK from a 'red list' or 'amber list' country will need to self-isolate upon arrival.
We advise you to check the Government website for the latest information on travelling to the UK and the current requirements and restrictions in place for your travel. This applies to UK residents and visitors to the UK.