Guidance on teaching arrangements, safety, wellbeing, support and more.
Latest Covid-19 guidance
Updated 25 February 2022
What has changed?
Government has set out its intention to begin to treat COVID the same as other infectious diseases, such as flu. Remaining domestic legal requirements in England ended on 24 February, this means:
- The legal requirement to self-isolate ends. Until 1 April people who test positive are still advised to stay at home. Adults and children who test positive are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
- The government will update guidance setting out that people with COVID should be careful and considerate of others, similar to advice on other infectious diseases. This will align with testing changes.
- Self-isolation support payments, national funding for practical support and the medicine delivery service will no longer be available.
- Routine contact tracing ends, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app.
- Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.
- Healthy adults are no longer eligible to order free lateral flow tests (LFT) on the NHS, this means that lateral flow tests are no longer available to collect from campus.
What does this mean for our University community?
Between now and 1 April, if you test positive for COVID please stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least five full days, then continue to follow the guidance until you have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
From April we ask that everyone considers the safety of others and takes a sensible approach: if you are feeling unwell, with a cold of flu-like symptoms, please stay at home to recover.
We are working through the changes and how they impact on a number of areas, we will continue to update this page.
How can I keep myself and others safe?
Do continue to keep yourself and each other safe by following and supporting the measures and guidance in place on campus. These are:
- Wear a mask. You are encouraged to wear a face-covering indoors, particularly in crowded spaces, and teaching spaces such as lecture theatres. Masks should continue to be worn during clinical practical sessions - such as for nursing or optometry - which involve close contact with others. Please respect those who choose to wear a face-covering and those who are exempt.
- Grab a jab. Make sure you receive all doses of the COVID vaccine you are offered, including a booster. This is the greatest hope of keeping infection rates down. It’s easy to ‘Grab a Jab’ at one of the walk-in vaccinations centres. You can find your nearest vaccination centre on the NHS Bradford district website.
- Stay at home if you are feeling unwell/have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Let the University know if you have COVID-19 symptoms or receive a positive result by completing the reporting a positive result or suspected covid case form (on SharePoint).
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Testing for students and staff
We still need to remain vigilant and be mindful of our actions in order to limit any further spread of the disease – it is, therefore, important to note that social distancing, mask wearing, and testing guidelines remain in place.
The Government is providing home testing kits to students and staff to increase testing uptake and help limit virus transmission.
Upon return to campus, all students and staff are encouraged to take three supervised tests (three to five days apart) at an asymptomatic testing site on campus - this is currently located in the Great Hall in the Richmond Building. Booking can be accessed via this link.
After this, students and staff will also have access to home testing kits throughout the summer term through both the Government’s offer of free rapid LFD tests twice weekly to everyone in England, and ‘University Collect’ services, under which universities will distribute tests from communal locations on campus, such as libraries. This is in addition to the onsite testing already offered.
All tests will be free, and all students and staff who test positive from an LFD test will need to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they receive a negative PCR test within two days.