Last updated: 25 February 2022

Covid-19 FAQs

Covid-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to continue to take precautions to ensure the University remains an educational hotspot and Covid coldspot.

Steps that you can take to stay safer and help protect others

All of us can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks:

  • See the latest Government guidance
  • Get vaccinated and get your booster dose. Over 90% of the University community is vaccinated and this continues to be the key to success in avoiding and minimising illness arising from Covid-19 infection
  • Continue to practice good Covid hygiene, including washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and remembering to 'catch it, bin it, kill it' when necessary
  • Continue to wear a face covering in busy indoor spaces
  • Let fresh air in if you are indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer
  • Continue to take regular lateral flow tests
  • Do not attend campus if you test positive for Covid-19 or are feeling unwell
  • Take a PCR test if you have any symptoms of Covid-19
  • Tell your line manager if you are a staff member who tests positive for Covid-19, so that it can be reported
  • If you are a student who tests positive for Covid-19 you should report your absence as soon as possible via your SOLE page
  • People with Covid are not legally required to self-isolate, however, guidance recommends that those who test positive stay at home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days. You can return to your normal activities however, after you have tested negative on two consecutive days following that initial five-day period. Take a look at the revised Government guidance on what to do if you or a family member test positive.

Where to find more information


As always, your first point of contact for support should be the Firstpoint team.

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If you have detailed question about Covid and the support available to you, please speak to your line manager in the first instance.

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Further and more detailed University guidance is available on the University’s Covid-19 Sharepoint site, including the Covid-19 Policy and Guidance for Managing Shared Office Spaces and Meetings which all University staff are encouraged to read.

Overseas travel

Any University business related overseas travel will be subject to the approval of the Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive. 

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