Positive Covid test – reporting no longer required

July 8th, 2022

This article has been updated to confirm university policy is for staff to isolate at home where they feel unwell or are displaying Covid-19 symptoms. 

Updated 8 July 2022

Staff and students are no longer required to report a positive Covid-19 test to the university.

Staff should use the central sickness reporting mechanism and alert their line managers, as determined by their departmental process.

Students should report sickness using the process described in their school handbook.

The extensive Covid-19 vaccination programme, alongside development of anti-viral and other treatments which better treat those who do experience more severe symptoms, mean that we no longer need to monitor and manage outbreaks of the virus in the same way.

The end of the academic year brings a natural transmission break on our campuses, and allows us to move to a lower level of infection management, which is appropriate to the current stage of the pandemic.

We would encourage people to continue to follow government advice on living safely with Covid, which emphasises the importance of being vaccinated and continuing to use a mask in enclosed spaces. If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as Covid-19, and you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

The university expects and strongly recommends that staff and students who test positive for Covid-19 continue to isolate at home for at least five days or, if you are continuing to test, for as long as you test positive. For more detailed information, please refer to our Safety on campus webpages.

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