Symptoms and Steps to Take

Find out about the symptoms to watch for, self-isolation and the steps to take for reporting COVID-19.

Symptoms and self-isolation

For students

Covid-19 Steps to take

Student

who has tested positive or is self-isolating

Complete online form

and provide UU Close Contacts if you have tested positive

Inform your Course Director

Inform PHA NI Contact Tracing

Fill in the
contact tracing form

Self-isolate for 10 days from required date

Household members and Close Contacts to self-isolate depending on their vaccination status

Get COVID-19 advice and guidance for Northern Ireland from PHA NI

For staff

Further guidance for staff and line managers about developing symptoms at work and self-isolation is available at our Sharepoint Site

Covid-19 Steps to take

Staff Member

who has tested positive or is self-isolating

Inform your Line Manager

and complete COVID-19 Self-isolation or SAF1 as required

Complete online form

and inform UU of Close Contacts if you have tested positive

Inform PHA NI Contact Tracing

Fill in the
contact tracing form

Self-isolate for 10 days from required date

Household members and Close Contacts to self-isolate depending on their vaccination status

Get COVID-19 advice and guidance for Northern Ireland from PHA NI

  • Symptoms

    Be alert for the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19):

    • a high temperature: this means a person feels hot to touch on the chest or back (there is no need to measure their temperature) or
    • a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) or
    • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste: this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

    Refer to the PHA symptom checker if in any doubt.

  • If you develop COVID19 Symptoms on campus
    • Inform your Course Director/ Line Manager without delay and arrange to leave for home straight away.
    • Avoid touching anything unnecessarily.
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue and put it in a bin, or cough/sneeze into your arm.
    • Put on a face covering if not already wearing one.
    • Try to maintain a minimum of 2m social distance from others as you leave the campus.
  • What to do if you test positive for COVID19

    Please inform your Course Director and complete online the COVID-19 Notification Form

    Staff should also complete COVID-19 Self-isolation Notification and SAF1 as required

    Complete the HSCtracing close contact form online using the code you received

    Self-isolate for 10 days from your first symptoms or from your positive PCR if asymptomatic.

    Members of your household and Close Contacts may need to self-isolate depending on their vaccination status.

  • What is a Close Contact 

    A close contact can be:

    anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19

    OR

    anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test:

    • face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre
    • skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time
    • been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact
    • sexual contacts
    • been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)
    • travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

    Stay up to date on NI Direct

    Close Contacts and self-isolation

    If you are fully vaccinated

    If you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your 2nd dose) via an approved vaccination scheme, you are not required to self-isolate.

    Instead, you should get a PCR test on the second and eighth day after your last contact with the positive/index case.

    You can book a test.  This test is free of charge.

    In this circumstance, students may attend lectures and Staff can work on campus

    If you are not fully vaccinated

    If you are not fully vaccinated, you are at high risk and must self-isolate.

    The self-isolation period includes the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 and the next 10 full days.

    You should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible within your 10-day isolation period.

    Please also complete and submit the UU COVID-19 Notification Form and notify your course director/line manager.

    In this circumstance, students cannot attend lectures and Staff cannot work on campus.

    Approved vaccination scheme

    To confirm if you have had an approved vaccination, please check the guidance on the government webpages

    If you have been vaccinated outside of the approved list, then you are not classified a double vaccinated and must self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

  • Approved vaccination scheme

    To confirm if you have had an approved vaccination, please check the guidance on the government webpages.

    If you have been vaccinated outside of the approved list, then you are not classified a double vaccinated and must self-isolate if identified as a close contact.

  • Guidance if you are returning to your studies after travelling

    Take care to follow the travel guidance if you are entering or returning to the UK following travel.

    The regulations mean that you must self-isolate for 10 days if you return to Northern Ireland from a country outside the Common Travel Area (CTA) unless you are travelling from, or transiting through, a low to medium risk country that is exempt.

    You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in Northern Ireland if you're returning from certain countries.

    The exemption details are continually reviewed in line with public health guidance.

    If you’ve been abroad and you're required to self-isolate on your return from travel, you should:

    • head straight home or to your accommodation which is the address you provided on the contact form.
    • self-isolate in one place for the full 10 days
    • not come onto campus for study
    • not go into public areas
    • not go shopping – ask friends or family for support, or use online delivery
    • only use public transport if you've no other option and be sure to follow all guidance for public transport

    We have put in place self-isolation 10-day packages for students joining us from overseas or who are returning from travel.

  • How we will support your learning if you are affected by COVID19 How we will support your learning if you are affected by COVID19 

    We will support you to continue to learn and progress in your programme if COVID affects your studies.

    Students who are self-isolating will be able to access course materials and participate in class activities remotely.

    All our support and wellbeing services are fully accessible online, and our Student Wellbeing team is on hand to provide additional support to deal with self-isolation, wherever you live – on campus, off campus or at your family home.

  • What to do if are unable to attend an on-campus teaching session because of COVID19 

    If you are unable to attend a scheduled class on campus because of local restrictions where you live, or because you are symptomatic or have been advised by the PHA that you have been in close contact with a person who has COVID19, here’s what to do:

    Let your Course Director know straight away by e-mail, telling us:

    • the nature and timing of self-isolation/restrictions
    • the date and time of the campus-based teaching session(s), the associated module/course and module coordinator.
  • What to do if you are unable to attend an on-campus teaching session that includes an assessment, because of COVID19

    After sharing details with your Course Director, you will be asked to complete an EC1 form for extenuating circumstances.

    Your Course team will aim to provide you with another on-campus session later in the semester. It is possible that an alternative date may have to be offered in semester 2 or 3.

    In this case, you will simply defer the assessment in semester 1 and progress into the next semester(s) carrying the assessment deferral.

Download the StopCOVID NI App

Developed by the Department of Health, the Northern Ireland STOPCOVID NI app helps to speed up the process to identify people at risk of catching the virus and slow down its spread. Using the app along with existing public health measures will help the public to stay safe when they meet up, socialise, work or travel.

You can play your part in controlling the risk of a second wave of the virus by downloading the StopCOVID NI app from Google Play or Apple AppStore and enabling Bluetooth on your smartphone.