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Covid 19 (Coronavirus) - Student Guidance

Protecting and supporting the health and wellbeing of our University community is our top priority. The University will continue to keep our students up to date with our decisions through email and through updates to this page so please bookmark it and refer back here in the first instance if you have questions or concerns.

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Hygiene Advice

The World Health Organisation advises that there are a few simple steps which we should all follow in our efforts to limit transmission of coronavirus:

  • washing your hands often - with soap and hot water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport. (We have hygenic hand rub in major student footfall areas)
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue (or your sleeve but not your hands), then safely disposing of the tissue: Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

What are the main symptoms?

Symptoms to look out for are high temperature (fever), a new continuous cough and difficulty breathing.

What should I do if I have these symptoms?

The NHS advise the following:

If you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough and live alone then stay at home for a full 7 days

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in your house became ill.

Report your absence to the University by:

Logging your absence through the TDS Student Portal as you would as usual at
Please visit here for guidance and links to mobile apps to access the portal

Email us at and tell us you are staying at home.

Please do not come into University or go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

If your symptoms do not get better after 7 days or your condition gets worse or you feel that you cannot cope with your symptoms at home then:

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service
Please only telephone 111 if you cannot get NHS help online.

For comprehensive information on what to do, visit

What is self-isolation?

Self-isolation is about protecting others and stopping the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). It is very important that anyone who has or might have been exposed to the virus limits the number of people they come into contact with for 14 days. This is the most effective way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.

If you are asked to self-isolate, please follow the advice which is there to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. Self-isolation may seem tricky at first, but across the country, hundreds of people have already successfully done it. If you have been told to self-isolate too, all the instructions you need to follow are available in this advice sheet and the tips in this blog should help to make things easier.

You can read more on self-isolation HERE as well about the new rules and omn staying at home and away from others in light of the government lockdown .

Need to get in touch?

You'll be able to find a whole host of information within our FAQs or if you have a specific enquiry please Submit and Enquiry on Compass.

If you're a current student with a concern, and would like to speak to someone at the University, please call The Gateway on 0191 515 2222.

Please note, although we are committed to repsonding to every enquiry, our phonelines may be busy and you may be able to receive a quicker response to your questions from opur FAQs or by Submitting an Enquiry online.

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