Below you will find information about preparing for isolation, and what you need to do to isolate. You will also find further information on the NHS website.


Preparing for self-isolation


While studying, you will need to self-isolate if you develop symptoms, a member of your household develops symptoms, or you are asked by the NHS Test & Trace service. 

We recommend that you take steps to prepare so that you can enter self-isolation immediately if required. For example, you should consider the following:


  • Speak to a friend (outside of your household) to set up a ‘buddy’ arrangement where, if one of you needs to self-isolate, the other could help by bringing essential food and medicine to your door, and checking to make sure your symptoms are not becoming worse
  • Make sure you know how to access all of your course content online
  • Set up an account with an online supermarket delivery service
  • Set up an account with an online food delivery company
  • Add local take-away providers to your phone or computer
  • Keep a small number of longer-life food products to be ready if you need them.


What to do when you need to isolate


It is against the law not to isolate when you are told to do so by an authorised person, such as people working for the NHS Test and Trace service, Public Health England or the local authority. The government website provides further advice about what you can and cannot do while you are self-isolating, and how long you should self-isolate for. 

If you have symptoms or receive a positive test result, you and everyone else in your household needs to remain at home. You must not attend face-to-face classes or other events/appointments, go to work or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis.


You should continue with your studies, if you are well enough to do so. You should identify and engage with the online teaching for each of your modules. If you are not sure how to do this, please seek advice from your taught programme office. If you are too ill to participate in online learning, you should use the departments normal mechanisms for reporting absence.


Food and essential items:
When your household is self-isolating, nobody should go out, even to buy food or other essentials, Any exercise should be taken within your home.

If you need help with buying food or other essentials, or picking up medication, you should ask others for help. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Delivery drivers should not come into your home, so make sure you ask them to leave items outside for collection. 

If you need to collect items that have been delivered outside, and it is not possible for someone who is not self-isolating to collect these for you, we advise that you:

  • Wash/sanitise your hands before leaving your own space
  • Wear a face covering
  • Collect your delivery as quickly as possible
  • Return immediately to your own space
  • Do not stop to engage in conversation with others on the way


If you find you are struggling to manage either practically or emotionally during your self-isolation period, or you have concerns about another student, please contact or call +44 (0)1895 267045 who will try to identify how best to support you.