Last review: 16 April 2021

Requirements for staff and students

If you develop any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, you must remain at home for at least 10 days and get a PCR test:

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss or change to sense of smell or taste.

Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test, and this can be arranged via

Only get a PCR test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested.

If you do not have symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 following a PCR test, stay at home for 10 days from the day the test was taken. This is because you can still pass the infection to others. If you do develop symptoms after your test, restart the 10-day period from the day your symptoms develop.

Staff and students will only be allowed back on college premises after they have self-isolated in accordance with Government guidance.

All other household members who remain well must also stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.

The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

If you/your household are self-isolating

Stay at home while you are waiting for a home test kit or a test site appointment. You may need to leave your house to visit a COVID-19 test site or in certain circumstances, but do not leave your home for any other reason, and only exercise within your home, garden or private outdoor space.

Avoid contact with other household members as much as possible. This helps prevent the spread of the virus to family, friends and the wider community, particularly those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Follow the general advice to reduce the spread of the infection within your household -


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