Advice for students and staff

If you are coming onto campus and do not have symptoms of COVID-19

Ensure you are tested for the virus every time you come onto campus. Find out more and book your test here.

Do I have to have proof of a covid test in to come on campus? 

Yes. You can either get tested in one of our test centres on campus, or provide evidence of a negative test result from home at our receptions. Guidance is provided on the website.

I cannot be tested for Covid because I am exempt. 

That's fine, please speak with your School Office to receive an exemption letter which you can show if challenged.

I’ve recently had covid and therefore have a temporary exemption for testing, what do I need to get access to campus? 

An exemption letter from your School Office

My personal commitments make it difficult to come to campus early to be tested, what can I do?

Test at home in the time that you do have and just show the email or test confirmation of a negative result at campus. Guidance is provided on the websiteYou can order packs of tests to your home or collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from a local pharmacy for free.

I’m awaiting the result of a covid test, what should I do? 

If it is a PCR test because you have symptoms or suspect that you may be at risk of having contracted Covid do not come onto campus, contact and follow the instructions that you receive. If you have tested on campus and are awaiting that test result it is ok to come onto campus but if the result you receive is positive you must leave campus, order a PCR test and contact to inform us. 

If you have symptoms (headache, runny nose, sneezing and sore throat, persistent cough, or change to your sense of smell or taste)

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and need to self-isolate, or need to self-isolate for other reasons

If you have tested positive for Covid-19

How will I know if I need to self-isolate?

When a person who has symptoms receives a positive test for COVID-19, the NHS Test and Trace service will ask them to share information about their close contacts just before and after they developed symptoms.

Any non-household contacts who need to self-isolate will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. They will receive a formal notification (either a phone call, letter, email or text message) setting out what to do.

The period of self-isolation will be for 10 days from the point of most recent contact with the person who has tested positive for coronavirus.

I’ve been on campus/in close contact with another student or colleague who has symptoms or a positive test. What should I do?

You don't need to self-isolate while the person with symptoms waits for their test results, unless you feel unwell yourself. However, if you are concerned that you were in close contact but have not been contacted by NHS Test and Trace you can contact the London Met's Covid Response Team via to find out more.

I’ve tested positive and/or have to self-isolate how do I catch up on my classes?

We expect to experience pandemic-related disruption for some time. If you are unwell/ or self-isolate you will be able to access learning materials as well as recordings of some, but not all, of your teaching sessions via Weblearn. As with any period of sickness students are expected to catch up independently. Your academic mentors can also provide useful suggestions and support on how you can catch up and get back on track with your studies so do reach out to them.

My lecturer has tested positive – what happens to our classes?

In the event your lecturer is absent because of Covid the School will attempt to arrange cover, if this is not possible the class will either be rescheduled or cancelled. It is at the discretion of the member of staff to decide if they want to deliver their session online however the University will assume they are absent through sickness and are not expected to work whilst unwell. We want to look after everyone in our community and we appreciate your understanding and help with this.

What are the Covid rules I need to be aware of when I’m on campus?

All the information you need about our rules for keeping everyone safe on campus are available on the website.  Please keep checking back to keep up to date with the latest guidance to ensure you play your part in keeping our community safe.  We know everyone, staff and students, are doing the best they can as we resume our activities after the extended period of restrictions.  Unless you are exempt you are required to wear a mask and undertake a test whenever you come to campus.  This is so we can minimise the risk of disruption to  teaching and learning activities.  Refusal to wear a mask without proof of exemption may be treated as a student conduct matter.  

What does it mean to self-isolate?

  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home;
  • do not attend work. You will need to contact your line manager/ supervisor and tell them that you have been told to self-isolate;
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care;
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible;
  • if you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days;
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate unless a person in that household has had symptoms, but they must take extra care to follow the guidance on social distancing and handwashing and avoid contact with you at home.
  • Further information for staff working is available on StaffZone.

Staff guide to reporting and managing potential cases (log in required).