The latest information and advice for our community in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. We are committed to supporting our communities and partners and will continue to update you on the latest advice and guidance.
The health and wellbeing of our entire community is our first priority
Since the Covid-19 outbreak first emerged, the University worked hard to develop and deliver a comprehensive action plan with our communities safety at the heart. We have been, and will continue to, follow UK Government guidance and work closely with health authorities and Public Health England to ensure we stay up to date with the latest information relating to the pandemic and our community.
UK Government guidance
On 1 April, the UK Government's plans for living with Covid-19 was updated to reflect the lifting of the remaining legal restrictions in England.
- The legal requirement to self-isolate has now ended, although the Government advises people with Covid-19 symptoms or who test positive to exercise personal responsibility and stay at home, avoid contact with other people for at least five full days and then continue to follow the guidance until they have received two negative test results on consecutive days.
- Fully vaccinated adults and those aged under 18 who are close contacts are no longer advised to test daily for seven days and the legal requirement for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to self-isolate will be removed.
- Routine contact tracing has ended, including venue check-ins on the NHS COVID-19 app.
- Free symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public has ended, but free symptomatic tests to those at the highest risk from Covid-19 will continue.
People are encouraged to follow public health advice, as with all infectious diseases such as the flu, to minimise the chance of catching Covid-19 and help protect family and friends. This includes letting fresh air in when meeting indoors, wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, and regular hand washing.
The full Government guidance is available to read here.
The UK Government has also withdrawn its Covid-19 guidance for higher education providers and published guidance on how educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather in its place.
Staying safe at Surrey
We will continue to monitor the situation and maintain contingency plans in order to help keep our community safe and ensure we can continue to work, study, socialise and live on campus without detriment to our health, safety and wellbeing.
We encourage everyone to play their part in protecting our community through exercising personal responsibility and being considerate towards others.
In order to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our community and to ensure continuity of our services, we urge everyone to book their Covid-19 vaccination or booster injection.
If you haven’t already, please book your vaccination online now.
If you are not already registered with a local GP then we recommend that you do this as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to book your vaccination. This should be a GP located close to where you will be living over the summer months.
- Register with a GP if you are still living in Guildford
- Register with a GP if you are living elsewhere in England.
It is no longer a requirement to take a test before returning to work, live or study on campus.
People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19
If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, and you have a high temperature or you do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to follow the UK Government guidance and stay at home and avoid contact with other people until you no longer have a high temperature (if you had one) or until you no longer feel unwell.
Testing positive for Covid-19
If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, follow the UK Government guidance and stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test.
You are no longer required to report a positive test result with the Rapid Response Team. Sickness and absence reporting will revert back to the pre-pandemic protocols and procedures.
It is no longer a requirement to wear a face covering whilst moving through buildings and within teaching, learning and study environments, moving around shared occupancy and open plan office spaces, however we continue to encourage you to wear face coverings in busy spaces in line with the UK Government guidance.
Support for you
We recognise that this continues to be a challenging time for everyone in our community and we care about keeping you safe and well. We have a range of wellbeing support services available, and urge anyone with concerns for themselves or others to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All catering options, together with all student support services including the Library, MySurrey Hive and Nest, study spaces and Academic Hives, continue to be open (face-to-face and online) as usual for all students, and dedicated silent study rooms are available for students to book to undertake exams in the Library and MySurrey Hive.
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)
Although the advice to shield has ended, clinically extremely vulnerable people must continue to follow the guidance that are in place for everyone.
The government is also advising clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue to take extra precautions to protect themselves. Please contact the University's Disability and Neurodiversity team if you have any specific queries about your own situation.
Our Security team is available 24/7 if you require emergency assistance: Call +44 (0)1483 683333.
The Centre for Wellbeing is available Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 689498.
Our University coronavirus enquiries helpline is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm: Call +44 (0)1483 685510 or email email@example.com.
As a community, we need to ensure all advice and guidance is being followed for the health and safety of ourselves and others. If you wish to report a breach, anonymously or with contact details, please use our Report + Support service. For urgent assistance, call Security on +44 (0)1483 683333.