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Additional COVID-19 guidance

Additional COVID-19 guidance

For the latest public guidance, advice and information on COVID-19 and current social distancing instructions in place across the UK, please refer to the below websites and resources:

Please note that guidance may vary between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please check all relevant regional guidance when travelling between the UK home nations.

Risk Assessment

For further information about Staffordshire University’s planning for the 2020/21 academic year, please download our full-length Corporate Risk Assessment for COVID-19.

Stay alert

The UK Government’s current messaging states that we can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible;
  • work from home if you can;
  • limit contact with other people;
  • keep your distance if you go out (at least 1 metre apart, and 2 metres apart where possible); and
  • wash your hands regularly

 Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

COVID-19 Response and Support for Students

Our response and support processes are designed to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our students. By understanding these, keeping informed and taking action when it’s necessary, we will be able to offer information advice and support 

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are studying at the University

Take action – If you are at home or in University Halls of Residence when you experience symptoms, stay there and do not come onto campus. If you are on campus, make sure you maintain two metre social distancing, wear your face covering, apply hand gel and immediately head home.

Tell your course leader – email/call your course leader and let them know you are experiencing symptoms.

Request a test – don’t delay, as soon as you have symptoms request a free test (in person or by post) from the NHS here:

Report your symptoms – you must report any symptoms immediately on our online form

We’ll support you – you’ll receive information after you have notified us.

Isolation – to ensure the safety of others, you need to immediately self-isolate. If your test result is positive you’ll need to remain in isolation for 10 days, and members of your household (including flatmates if you are living away from your family home) will need to isolate for 14 days. If your test result is negative there is no need to continue isolating. More information on how to self-isolate from the NHS can be found here.

Getting your test result – you’ll receive this from the NHS within 48 hours (although we know that this is currently taking longer) and you’ll need to let our COVID-19 Support team know the result immediately.

What to do once you've received your test results:

If your test results are negative, as long as you feel well and have not been told to isolate by NHS test and trace, you no longer have to isolate.

If your test results are positive:

The NHS test and trace system will send you an email or text and you’ll need to give details of your close contacts.

Once you have completed the online form  the COVID-19 response and support team will contact you to offer information advice, guidance and support. If you’re isolating within University accommodation, we can help to organise food and other essential resources so you don’t have to leave your accommodation.

Completing a period of self-isolation/recovery

Keep isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. Anyone you live with, and other close contacts identified, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.

If you have any health concerns about your recovery support is available through the NHS – read more here.

When can I come back to campus if I have had a positive test?

You can come back to campus after isolating for 10 days as long as:

  • you do not have any symptoms
  • you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these can last for weeks after the infection has gone

You can find more information on how long to self-isolate for on the NHS website here.

 Stay at home and follow self isololation guidance

Stay at home and follow the self-isolation guidance 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're waiting for a coronavirus test result;
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus;
  • you live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive; or
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

If you are self-isolating:

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can;
  • do not go on public transport or use taxis;
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home;
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care; and
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

Detailed self-isolation guidance can be found on the NHS website.

If you are self-isolating and are a Student at the University, please ensure you fill out Self-Isolation Declaration form for students

There is separate advice if you're told by NHS Test and Trace that you've been in contact with a person with coronavirus.

For information about self-isolating when you come to the UK, see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

General Travel Guidance

If you can, you should walk or cycle as much as possible. Plan ahead and read the Government's cycle safety and road safety tips.   

If you are using public transport to get to the University, please continue to follow the latest government guidance to ensure you are travelling safely. The guidance is also helpful for your travel at the beginning and end of term.

This includes:

  •  Planning your journey in advance and avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like rush hour.
  • Wearing a face covering over your mouth and nose unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons. It is important face coverings are worn for the whole of your journey, whether in a transport hub or when on public transport. You could be fined up to £3,200 if you don’t wear one and aren’t exempt.
  • Maintaining social distancing guidelines.
  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitising regularly to help protect fellow passengers and staff.

If you are travelling by car, read the Government's helpful tips and advice for road users. If you are sharing a car with another household please follow government guidance to help you stay safe:

  • Share your car with the same people each time.
  • Open the windows for ventilation.
  • Wear a face covering for the duration of the journey unless you are exempt for age, health or equality reasons.
  • Consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle – e.g. leave some seats free.
  • Clean your car between journeys including door handles and other areas that people may touch.
  • Travel in the smallest groups and keep as far apart as you can. 

See additional government travel guidance