Test, Trace and Protect

COVID-19 reporting form
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Test, Trace and Protect process

The University's Test, Trace and Protect process complements the NHS and Public Health England process. It includes measures to ensure that students and staff understand the symptoms of Covid-19, when and how to get tested, how to report a positive test to the University, and guidance for close contacts of a confirmed case of Covid-19 on campus. 

The University's approach to reduce and tackle the impact of Covid-19 also includes a range of other measures to ensure we are operating as safely as possible, including: Covid-building risk assessments, signage across campus, the expectation that face coverings are worn in all teaching, learning and research settings unless an individual or activity is exempt, enhanced cleaning, strong encouragement of both regular testing and the Covid-19 vaccine and access to hand sanitisers across campus.

For international travel, staff and students are reminded that from 9th January, fully vaccinated passengers returning to the England from overseas can choose to take a lateral flow test instead of a PCR test after they arrive in England. If you take a lateral flow test and test positive, you will need to self-isolate and take a free confirmatory PCR test. Testing for unvaccinated passengers will remain as per current rules. Please the government guidance on covid-19 test before travelling to England, for more details.

Local Management Groups (LMGs) have been established in each College/Professional Services area who will be responsible for the management of any notification of positive cases within their area.

 There is comprehensive government guidance available on a range of Covid-19 related matters, including:

Asymptomatic home test collection

  • Covid-19 home-testing kits to allow staff and students to undertake twice weekly asymptomatic testing before coming to campus, continue to be available from the below campus locations. If you have one of the main symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), even if they're mild, do not come onto campus. You must get a PCR test as soon as possible.
  • If you do test positive for COVID-19, you must also ensure that you report this to the University via the reporting form as soon as possible – this form should be filled in irrespective of whether you are currently accessing campus.
Campus sites opening hours
Aston Webb Student Hub  Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 / 13:00-15:00
Sport & Fitness Monday - Friday:  06:00 – 14:30
Medical School reception Monday - Friday:  08:30 – 17:30
Business School reception Monday - Friday:  10:00 – 16:00
School of Engineering [Stores: Room G20] Monday - Friday:  09:00 – 12:30 / 13:30 - 15:00
Student accommodation sites  (reception areas)
Jarratt Hall Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Pritchatts Park   Monday - Friday: 08:00 – 16:00
Metal Works Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 17:00
Battery Park Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
Oak Brook Park Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 18:00
The Vale (reception) Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 17:00


We are encouraging all staff and students to take up the offer of a vaccine and to get their booster vaccinations as soon as they are eligible to do so. This is our best protection against the coronavirus for our community, friends and families and to minimise any disruption.

 A 1st, 2nd, 3rd or booster dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine can be booked on the NHS website here.

Weekly reported cases for University of Birmingham staff and students

We are publishing a weekly report on the total number of new reported COVID-19 cases among our staff and students from the first week of teaching on campus this Academic Year. The figures will be reported weekly, on Wednesdays, covering new cases in the previous seven days. As well as overall numbers, the data include a figure for those who have been on campus (not including student residences) in the two days prior to symptoms starting or testing positive because these are key factors for understanding and minimising the risk of potential on-campus transmission.

COVID-19 staff figures, period of reporting: Wednesday 12 January 2022 to Tuesday 18 January 2022
Total staff populationTotal number of staff who have tested positive in the last 7 daysSub-total of staff who have been on campus two days prior to symptoms/positive test*
Circa 8,000 105 48
COVID-19 student figures, period of reporting: Wednesday 12 January 2022 to Tuesday 18 January 2022
Total student population (UK-based)Total number of students who have tested positive in the last 7 daysSub-total of students who have been on campus two days prior to symptoms/positive test*
Circa 30,000 58 17

*On campus means any non-residential setting and may include office, teaching, research, study, retail and/or recreational settings. The current analysis of data does not indicate any transmission in a teaching setting in this reporting period.

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