Advice for students and staff

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

If you have symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss 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.

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).