City has published updated advice for its students and staff on the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest information for students and staff

Last updated: 20 Sep 2021 1:31pm
  • For the most recent information about Covid-19 and what that means for City, read our news story.
  • For information about the 2021/22 academic year, read our latest email.
  • For the latest opening times at City, read our Covid-19 status page

Accessing our campus safely

To welcome back students and staff who need to use our campus, we have now opened up all our buildings. All members of City’s community will need to work together to keep each other safe when on campus, so please make sure you read the safety measures City is implementing and follow the guidance to help ensure social-distancing and hygiene guidelines are followed.

It is important to consider that some members of our City community may wish to take a cautious approach when on campus. Please be considerate of this and try to provide space for others. We must continue to work together and be kind as we navigate this next step.

Before you arrive on campus

  • Stay at home if you’re unwell - If you feel unwell but don’t have Covid-19 symptoms, or your Covid-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness which could be passed on to other people.
  • Book regular Covid-19 tests - to reduce the spread of the virus and keep all people on campus safe, it is important that you take asymptomatic tests twice a week to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 – even if you have been double vaccinated. You should only come onto campus if you have received a negative result. You can access free lateral flow tests by:

These lateral flow tests are for anyone without symptoms - if you do have any symptoms of Covid-19 please book your test through the NHS and let us know by completing this form.

While you’re on campus

  • Follow the key actions below that we’re asking all students, staff and visitors to adopt in order to keep themselves and each other safe.
  • Collect your new student ID card by emailing Security to let them know what time you will collect it.

Working together to keep our City community safe

What we are doing 

  • Switching air handling units to fresh air (no recirculated air) in City owned premises, in keeping with HSE guidance, to help with ventilation; where natural ventilation exists the windows will be open.
  • Continuing to update risk assessments for all activities.
  • Reduced occupancy will be maintained in offices and teaching spaces as we transition to the new academic year.
  • Keeping hand sanitation stations across our buildings.
  • Continuing our enhanced cleaning programme and providing cleaning products to wipe down surfaces before and after use.
  • Keeping safety screens for our reception and library desks.
  • One-way arrows will remain in our buildings.
  • Offering ongoing support for self-isolation – if you have symptoms, please stay at home, get a test and let us know.
  • Ensuring anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable is supported
  • Continuing to follow our Covid-19 Outbreak Plan which is approved by our local branch of Public Health England and kept under review.

What we need you to do

  • Take asymptomatic tests twice a week to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, and only come to campus if this test is negative. You can access free lateral flow tests by ordering home tests from the Government website, collecting them from your local pharmacy or using your local testing centre.
  • We expect you to wear a face covering in potentially crowded or enclosed spaces, unless you are exempt. This includes when you are moving around inside buildings on campus, some teaching spaces, corridors or kitchens.
  • Please respect other students’ and staff members decision to wear a face covering and where possible, wear a face covering if another person is uncomfortable.
  • Let us know if you have symptoms of Covid-19, test positive or are self-isolating – by completing this form. This applies whether you are studying campus or remotely.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.

Looking after your own health

You can find the latest information about Covid-19, including symptoms, social distancing guidance and track and trace on the NHS coronavirus website.

What to do if you have symptoms

If you have any of the main symptoms of Covid-19, get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result. Please also let us know by completing this form.

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you're worried about your symptoms
  • you're not sure what to do

Call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not go to places like a GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

What to do if your test is positive

Stay at home, self isolate and please confirm your positive test with us as soon as possible by completing this form.

How to avoid catching or spreading Covid-19

In line with public health advice, we ask you follow these hygiene practices to protect your own health and that of others:


  • get vaccinated – everyone aged 18 or over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now
  • meet people outside if possible
  • open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
  • limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
  • wear a face covering when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
  • wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day


  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean