Guidance and support for those self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 then you need to let us know so that we can support you. Let us know via our online notification form as soon as possible.
Letting us know also means that we can trace others on campus who you may have been in touch with recently.
You should get a free NHS test as soon as possible. Until you have the test results, you and anybody who you live with must self-isolate. You should follow NHS advice after receiving your test result.
Once you’ve notified us, you will find all the information you need to help you manage your self-isolation below. We are here to offer you advice and support and you can contact our Student Services team.
There is also detailed information available about how to long self-isolate for on the NHS website.
Unless you are feeling very unwell, you should be able to continue with your studies online during your self-isolation. Depending on your programme, any in-situ sessions that you miss during your self-isolation will either have online equivalents or digital learning options that allow you to participate in similar ways. Some sessions may be re-scheduled to a later point in the academic year when you are able to attend them safely.
It is important that you keep in contact with your Programme Directors during your period of self-isolation, if you are well-enough to do so, so that you remain up to date with your course.
If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the operator that you have Covid-19 symptoms.
Just like many families, it isn’t always possible to self-isolate entirely on your own. If you are living with other people then you should aim to keep two metres from them and use your own eating and drinking utensils, dishes, tea towels, towels, and food etc.
Try to use the kitchen after everyone else. When you do use the kitchen, make sure you clean the areas that you have touched before you leave the room. You can use the cleaning kit provided in your kitchen or washing up liquid and warm water for this, then dry the areas with the blue paper or a separate tea towel.
We will provide you with black bin bags. Please put all your waste in them and then, when they are full, leave them outside your flat or block entrance. They will be collected by the Hall Steward. If you need more bin bags, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep everybody safe, our staff will not enter your household whilst you are self-isolating. They will wait for 72 hours after the household has finished self-isolating before they return to clean the kitchen and bathroom.
In the meantime, you can use the cleaning kit provided in your kitchen. If you need it replenishing, please let us know at email@example.com and we will deliver more supplies.
You should continue to report any maintenance issues and, unless it’s an emergency, Estates will carry out repairs when you have completed your self-isolation. If it is an emergency, Estates will attend and will let you know what to do to keep you and our staff safe.
During self-isolation, you and all your possessions should remain in your accommodation. Therefore, please keep your laundry in your bedroom and do not attempt to use the laundry facilities on campus during your isolation period or for 72 hours after it has finished. After that, you can then safely take your laundry to a launderette.
No. It is very important that you do not invite or allow visitors, such as friends and family, to enter your household or your room. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household then you will need to speak to them via telephone or online.
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have symptoms of Covid-19, then your entire household will also need to self-isolate, and therefore it is still okay to mix with those within your household (without going outside) but you should still keep your distance from each other where possible.
Leave your room, making sure you have suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry and that you are wearing a face covering. Try to avoid touching handrails and doors as much as possible, and avoid close contact with others.
Once outside, tell the fire steward that you are in isolation, so they can let you back into your room as a priority. Whilst outside please keep at least two metres from other people.
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should get a free NHS test as soon as possible. Until you have the test results, you and anybody who you live with must self-isolate. You should follow NHS advice after receiving your test result; if you test positive you should usually self-isolate for at least 10 days, and anyone you live with should self-isolate for 10* days.
If you have not had any signs of improvement and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 and let our Covid Response Team know via firstname.lastname@example.org about the advice you have been given.
*Guidance updated 14/12/2020 to reflect change in Government guidance on close contact self-isolation period reducing from 14 days to 10 days