Keeping Covid safe


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, and Sports & Fitness. 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.

Returning to campus

Covid: Five ways to stop the spread

  1. Cover up: wear a face covering inside wherever a 2 metre distance isn’t possible
  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


Remember: Please follow the Rule of 6 and other social restrictions

It is against the law to socialise in a group of more than 6 people, indoors or outside, anywhere in England.

That means, no parties, or social gatherings of more than 6 people, in any setting (unless you all live together in the same flat or house, or are in the same support bubble).

In Birmingham, household to household socialising is not permitted.

That means, you cannot visit other flats or houses / only the people you live with can be in your flat or house.

Universities are exempt from the rule of 6, but only for educational activities, not social events.

That means, teaching will be in groups greater than 6, with additional safety measures in place. On campus socialising will be restricted to socially distanced groups of 6. 

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.

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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