Keeping Covid safe

Returning to campus

Test, Trace and Protect

The University's Test, Trace and Protect process complements those by NHS and Public Health England. It includes a proactive programme of identifying and contacting anyone who might have come into ‘close contact’ with a confirmed case of Covid-19 on campus. If you have received a positive test for Covid-19 you will also need to let us know using the Covid-19 reporting form. 

NHS app and QR codes
Students are encouraged to download the new NHS COVID-19 app and will be expected to use the app to scan the relevant QR codes when visiting any our catering outlets across campus as well as the Library. We are also exploring the use of the QR codes in other high-traffic, non-teaching spaces on campus. The app can be downloaded from app stores for free.

If you need support or are worried about a friend then please visit the Your Wellbeing section of the intranet for more information. 

Covid: Five ways to stop the spread

  1. Cover up: wear a face covering indoors
  2. Keep your distance and use the one-way systems on campus
  3. Wash up: wash your hands and sanitise them regularly 
  4. Self-isolate and test: if you get symptoms, however mild, get tested straight away and follow self-isolation advice
  5. Socialise sensibly: follow local guidance on who you can socialise with and where


Please follow the latest Government guidance. 

Although lockdown restrictions have lifted, the latest Government advice and guidance can be found on the website


NHS Test and Trace

You can be tested for Coronavirus if you develop symptoms

  • If you do develop symptoms then you and your household must self-isolate straight-away.
  • You should order a FREE test from the NHS immediately.
  • If you test positive, the NHS Test and Trace Service will then contact you to identify anyone else that you have been in recent close contact with.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive then the NHS Test and Trace Service will contact you and let you know what you must do next. 
  • The University has a walk-through coronavirus testing facility on South Gate Car Park  (near to Sport & Fitness).

    The facility, which is part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing, is open now, 7 days a week from 8.00am-8.00pm and is open to students, staff and members of the community.  Anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test at the facility which takes less than a minute. Although this is a walk-through facility you will still need to book a slot for a test or by calling 119. 

  • You can collect a free home testing kit from various locations across campus and the Vale Village.

Covid Vaccine

Everyone aged 18 and over is now able to book their first Covid vaccine. In order to receive your vaccination invite, it is very important to ensure you are registered with a GP surgery near the University.  International students who have paid a surcharge upfront and registered with the NHS can also receive their Covid vaccine. More information can be found here. Wherever you are in the UK you can book a vaccination appointment via the NHS website

Covid-19 Community Conduct Commitment

At the University of Birmingham we expect all members of our community (students, staff and visitors) to act as good citizens and be proactive in taking measures to maintain the safety and wellbeing of themselves and others, as well as those living in our neighbourhood community. We want to remind you that it’s important to follow UK Government and any local restrictions, whether on campus, or in your homes and gardens. 

We also want to be really clear that our Code of Conduct, for all students, can be applied in these circumstances to behaviour both on and off campus, and online. We expect all students to follow the current guidance on:

  1. Social distancing;
  2. Social gatherings (including halls and private sector accommodation);
  3. Following Covid safety guidance on campus (including directional routes within buildings, maximum room capacities, and behaviour);
  4. Hygiene, particularly in public or communal areas;
  5. Wearing of a face covering (unless exempt);
  6. Test and trace (understanding the symptoms, getting tested immediately and working with the University and Public Health England to identify any close contacts).

Please read the full commitment

View the University regulations

Where we receive reports of inappropriate behaviour or conduct, these will be taken seriously and investigated. Where necessary, the University will take appropriate and proportionate action against anyone found to be compromising the safety and wellbeing of others, in accordance with our regulations.




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