This page contains everything you need to know about the procedures we have put in place and the support available to you while you are in quarantine or self-isolation, as well as other helpful information.

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Self-isolation
Vaccination
Quarantine information
Lateral flow testing
Support and advice
Accommodation-related information

Self-isolation information

Why have I been asked to self-isolate?

You have been asked to isolate if you have

  1. tested positive for coronavirus yourself (or anyone in your household/bubble), or
  2. have symptoms yourself and are awaiting a test/result (or anyone in your household/bubble) or
  3. have been instructed to isolate by the NHS as you’ve been identified as a close contact with a positive case.

Will I be supported if I have to self-isolate?

Yes - please see the accommodation and wellbeing-related information below.

How long do I need to isolate for?

The message you receive from the University or from NHS track and trace will inform you of your isolation period.

How do I self-isolate?

If you’ve been told to self-isolate by the NHS track and trace or the University, you must stay at home/in your accommodation. Do not go on public transport or use taxis. Do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home. You must not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care. Do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one. Find out more about when and how to self-isolate on the NHS website.

If you have, or do develop symptoms during this time, you must get a PCR test.

Booking a test

If you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been asked to book a PCR test, you can do so by:

  • visiting the walk-in testing centre on the edge of the Cranfield campus in Medway 3.
  • use the NHS Covid app to book a test or book one online here.

You will also need to complete this form and email it to coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk.

I have received a negative test result during my self-isolation period. Can I stop isolating?

You do not usually need to self-isolate if you get a negative result. But you may still need to self-isolate if:

  • someone in your household has tested positive,
  • you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive,
  • you're going into hospital – keep self-isolating until you go in.

Find out more about what to do if you get a negative test result while self-isolating.

Who do I need to inform that I’m isolating?

If you have been told to self-isolate, you must get a PCR test and let the University know by emailing coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk. If your test is positive, you will also need to complete this form and email it to coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk.

We will be in touch to offer support and discuss what else you will need to do.

If you’re in on campus accommodation, the accommodation team will also need to be made aware, so please let us know if this is the case.

What to do if you become unwell

If you begin displaying coronavirus symptoms, you should take a PCR test. These are free and you can take one by:

  • visiting the walk-in testing centre on the edge of the Cranfield campus in Medway 3.
  • using the NHS Covid app to book a test or book one online here.

If you have symptoms, you should make the University aware by emailing coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk. We will be in touch to offer support and discuss what you will need to do.

You can check if you need medical help by using the NHS coronavirus service or the NHS Test and Trace app if you have this downloaded to your mobile device.

Please do not leave your accommodation to go to your GP, urgent care centre, hospital or pharmacy, unless you are instructed to do so. Information about symptoms is available on the NHS website.

What to do if you receive a positive test result

If you take a lateral flow test or PCR test and receive a positive result, you should complete this form and email it to: coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk. We will be in touch to offer support and discuss what else you will need to do.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days, then use the NHS coronavirus service.

If you do not have internet access, call 119 from a UK mobile. For a medical emergency, dial 999.

What happens if I do not follow the rules for self-isolation?

There is a legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19, or you are contacted by NHS test and trace to say you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.

The most serious consequence is that you may be putting the health and lives of yourself, your friends, University staff and others in our community at risk. The current measures are written into UK law and breaking a period of self-isolation is now a criminal offence, punishable by large fines and potentially leading to a criminal record which could have an impact on future employment. It could also result in significant sanctions from the University that can include suspension and expulsion.

Vaccination

Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to the UK?

The government website tells you what you must do before you travel to England and after you arrive. What you must do depends on whether you qualify as fully vaccinated under the rules for travel to England.

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not.

If you have already been vaccinated in your home country, it may still be necessary for you to quarantine for 10 full days on your arrival in the UK.

When you are here, you will be able to receive a first and/or second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. The National Health Service (NHS) has published a set of questions and answers specifically for students in higher education about the UK's Covid-19 vaccination programme which you may find helpful.

If I have had my vaccination outside the UK do I need to quarantine on arrival? 

From 4am on 4 October, if you’re coming to England from a non-red list country and have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the bodies you do not need to quarantine on your arrival in the UK. Find out if you are classed as fully vaccinated on the government website. 

Is getting a top-up/mixing vaccines from overseas safe? 

Recipients of a vaccination outside the UK, should contact a GP or a clinician at a vaccination centre to discuss whether further vaccination is appropriate. Clinicians will only advise additional vaccination where this is safe.

If I get a top-up will I be recognised as fully vaccinated and can I apply for vaccine certification?

Current clinical guidance advises that individuals should not seek to receive a further course of vaccination on top of their vaccines unless explicitly advised. The primary purpose of receiving a vaccination is to ensure individuals are provided with health protection against Covid-19. For travel certification purposes, the NHS Covid Pass will only show 2 vaccine doses - the first and last vaccine dose an individual has received. Mixed doses currently do not qualify for relaxed health measures at the UK border.

If I have had my vaccination overseas do I have to self-isolate if I am a close contact of someone who has tested Covid positive?

Currently only those vaccinated in the UK are exempt from self-isolation if in close contact with someone who has tested Covid positive.

Where can I get my vaccination once I am in the UK?

You can make an appointment online. Some centres also hold walk-in sessions where a booking is not required to attend.

The NHS advises that you eat before you attend so that you do not turn up on an empty stomach and that you also wear loose clothing, particularly on your arms.

You do not need to be registered with a GP to get a vaccination.

If you are attending to receive a second vaccination, you will need to take information about your first – date you received it, batch number and the expiry date of your vaccine.

Quarantine information

Why do you need to quarantine?

There are different rules to follow regarding quarantine and Covid testing, depending on which country you are travelling from. You can read all the new rules on the government website.

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country or territory in the 10 days before you arrive in England. Red list rules apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not. 

The reason for having a quarantine period is that it can take up to 10 days for someone to develop coronavirus symptoms. In this time, they could unknowingly pass the virus onto others, even if they don’t have symptoms.

If you need to quarantine on arrival in the UK, you/your family will need to stay in your room/household or managed quarantine hotel for 10 days and will be unable to leave your accommodation even to go for a walk or visit a shop. Any breaches will be taken seriously by the University and could result in formal action.

Please note, the quarantine period is 10 full days. Your day of arrival in the UK is classed as day 0. 

Do I still need to quarantine even if I have proof of a negative coronavirus test to travel to England?

Yes – if you are not classed as fully vaccinated or travelling from a 'red list' country or territory. Even though you have provided a negative test for entering the country, you must follow the quarantine rules when you arrive in England. 

If you are classed as fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine. You are still required to take a test on or before day 2 of your arrival. 

I have been vaccinated in my home country- does this mean I'm classed as 'fully vaccinated'?

If you have been vaccinated in your home country, you can read about whether you are classed as 'fully vaccinated' for travel purposes by the UK Government on their website.

How do I arrange for a 2 and 8 day coronavirus test?

Before you travel to England, you will need to book and pay for Government travel packages relevant to the country or territory that you have travelled from. These can be booked and paid for via the  UK Government website. You will be required to include the test booking reference number on your passenger locator form. 

How will I receive my 2 and 8 day coronavirus tests while in quarantine?

When you book your tests, you will need to state your UK student accommodation address. If you do not know your student accommodation address, you can use the university address as your delivery address - Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire, MK43 0AL. If you are asked to include a telephone number, you can use the Mitchell Hall number - 01234 754342.

If you are living in on-campus accommodation, we will provide you with information about the process we have put in place for the delivery of your tests to your quarantine location and then the collection and onwards posting of your completed tests.

If your tests do not arrive, please contact your test provider. 

What happens if I test positive for Covid-19 while in quarantine? 

If your day 2 or day 8 test is positive, you will need to quarantine for a further 10 days. The 10 days start from the day after you took the test, or from when you first had symptoms if that is earlier. 

People you live with in the UK, or people you are staying with, should also quarantine for 10 days from the date of your positive test.

If it is your day 2 test that has come back positive, then you do not need to take your day 8 test.

‘Test to Release’ scheme to reduce quarantine period

The UK Government’s 'Test to Release' scheme involves you arranging a PCR test with a private test provider. If you receive a negative result, you are able to reduce your time in quarantine. You will still need to quarantine for five days before you can take this test. Full information about the 'Test to Release' scheme is available on the Government website.

The Lateral Flow Test is not a PCR test and therefore cannot be used to reduce the amount of time you need to quarantine under the ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

Leaving quarantine – what you need to do

If you choose to take a PCR test under the Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme and receive a negative result and can, therefore, leave quarantine early, you should make the University aware by forwarding the test result confirmation email onto coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk.

If you are living in student accommodation and receiving food deliveries, you will need to make the Campus Services team aware that you are coming out of quarantine early by emailing MHReception@cranfield.ac.uk.

Lateral flow testing (LFT)

We strongly recommend that you take a lateral flow test twice a week (every three or four days). Free home testing kits can be collected from:

  • the Sports Hall on the Cranfield campus from 8.30am to 10.30am, Mondays and Wednesdays
  • workshops at Shrivenham
  • or you can collect them from participating pharmacy or ordered online

Can a lateral flow test be used as the test that needs to be taken on day 2 and day 8 of quarantine?

No. Anyone travelling to England from overseas will need to take the Covid-19 tests sent in the Government travel test package. These need to be booked and paid for in advance of any travel. Further information can be found on the UK Government website.

Please note, a negative result does not enable you to leave quarantine early.

Further information about LFT has been published here.

Support and advice

Wellbeing advice and support services

  • Confidential wellbeing support is available through our Student Advice Centre: studentadvice@cranfield.ac.uk.
  • Togetherall – you can contact Togetherall, a 24/7 free online support service which offers self-assessment tests and interactive group courses to help you manage your health and wellbeing. Go to togetherall.com/en-gb and sign up with your University email address.
  • UNIHEADS – this is an online training module on understanding mental health and managing your wellbeing during self-isolation/social distancing, specifically aimed at students. Simply use your University email address to log in: uniheads.co.uk/students.

Further information is available on the intranet.

What to do if you become unwell

Should you become unwell with coronavirus symptoms, test positive for Covid-19, or are contacted by the University or NHS to say you have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, you must self-isolate inside your accommodation. Information on self-isolation can be found here.

If you begin displaying coronavirus symptoms, you can check if you need medical help by using the NHS coronavirus service or the NHS Test and Trace app if you have this downloaded to your mobile device.

What to do next

  • If you take a lateral flow test or PCR test and receive a positive result, you should complete this form and email it to: coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk We will be in touch to offer support and discuss what else you will need to do. Please only use this email address for the purposes of reporting symptoms or a positive test result.
  • If you have symptoms, you should make the University aware by emailing: coronavirus-reporting@cranfield.ac.uk. Again, we will be in touch to offer support and discuss what you will need to do.  Please only use this email address for the purposes of reporting symptoms or a positive test result.
  • Please also make your SAS lead, course director or research supervisor aware.

Please do not leave your accommodation to go to your GP, urgent care centre, hospital or pharmacy, unless you are instructed to do so. Information about symptoms is available on the NHS website.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days, then use the NHS coronavirus service.

If you do not have internet access, call 119 from a UK mobile. For a medical emergency, dial 999.

Accommodation-related information

We have published the information below based on the type of accommodation you are staying in to support you. It covers topics such as food/drink and other information specific to your accommodation.

Student and hotel accommodation on campus

Fire safety

You are only able to leave your room during your quarantine period if the fire alarm sounds. If this happens, you must evacuate the premises and go to the nearest assembly point, while observing social distancing. Assembly fire point signs are green and have ‘AP’ written on them.

If you are staying in student accommodation, a fire safety leaflet was included in your accommodation welcome pack about the procedures in place. If you are in one of our hotel rooms, please see the evacuation plan displayed in your room.

Food and drink

Meals will be delivered to you throughout the day.

  • Your lunch will be delivered between 11:00 and 14:00.
  • Your evening meal between 17:00 and 20:00.
  • Your breakfast for the following day will be delivered with your lunch.
  • Soft drinks and water will be included with your meals.

When each delivery arrives, a member of our catering team will knock on your door. Please wait two minutes before opening the door to collect your food to ensure social distancing is maintained. Hot meals should be consumed within half an hour of these being delivered to you. If you have any special dietary requirements that you have not yet made us aware of or you require any essential supplies, please let us know by emailing Quarantine-Food@cranfield.ac.uk.

Waste collection

We will provide you with two rubbish bags on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and these will be left outside your room. Please place any waste inside the first bag and tie it with a knot, then place the bag inside the second bag and tie it with a knot. You should then place this outside your bedroom door between 20.00 and 23.00.

Smoking

If you are a smoker and wish to smoke during quarantine, you will need to contact us first by emailing oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk so that we can let you know where your designated smoking area is.

Parcel deliveries

If you are expecting any parcels, these will be delivered to Main Stores. You will then receive an email to your Cranfield email address once your parcel has arrived asking you to confirm the room that you are staying in so that it can be delivered to you. While in quarantine, we ask that you only order small-sized, essential items.

Please do not order cooking implements or portable heaters as these are a potential fire hazard and are not permitted in University accommodation.

Larger items above the weight of 10kg will be kept safe in Main Stores until you are able to collect them after your quarantine period has finished.

Delivery of your 2 and 8 day Covid-19 test to you while in quarantine

If you are required to quarantine in on-campus accommodation, you will receive written information about the delivery and collection of PCR tests on your arrival.

Got any questions?

General questions - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch by emailing: coronavirus-questions@cranfield.ac.uk

Accommodation queries - If you need to speak to our accommodation team, please email oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk.

Emergency contact - In an emergency, please contact the Duty Manager on: 07766 780726, who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Live Chat - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch using our Live Chat function. Visit: https://www.cranfieldlivechat.co.uk.  

Student Advice Centre - If you need to speak to our student advice team, please email: studentadvice@cranfield.ac.uk

Other key points of contact are:

  • Your SAS team,
  • Your course director,
  • Your research supervisor.

Couples or family housing on campus

Fire safety

You are only able to leave your room/household during your quarantine period if the fire alarm sounds. If this happens, you must evacuate the premises and go to the nearest assembly point, while observing social distancing. Assembly fire point signs are green and have ‘AP’ written on them.

In your accommodation welcome pack given to you in the autumn, you will find a fire safety leaflet about the procedures in place – please take a moment to read this and familiarise yourself with the information.

Food and drink

You will be able to order groceries online and these can be delivered to your accommodation. Please see the list below of websites that offer contact-free deliveries in the local area. Most supermarkets that offer online ordering also have an app that you may wish to download.

If you have any queries, please contact Quarantine-Food@cranfield.ac.uk.

Waste collection

If you are living in couples accommodation, we will provide you with two rubbish bags on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and these will be left outside your room.

Please place any waste inside the first bag and tie it with a knot, then place the bag inside the second bag and tie it with a knot. You should then place this outside your bedroom door between 20:00 and 23:00.

Smoking

If you are living in couples accommodation and wish to smoke during quarantine, you will need to contact us first by emailing oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk so that we can let you know where your designated smoking area is.

If you are living in a family house, you may only smoke in your garden.

Parcel deliveries

If you are living in couples accommodation and expecting any parcels, these will be delivered to Main Stores. You will then receive an email to your Cranfield email address once your parcel has arrived asking you to confirm the room that you are staying in so that it can be delivered to you. While in quarantine, we ask that you only order small-sized, essential items. Please do not order cooking implements or portable heaters as these are a potential fire hazard and are not permitted in University accommodation.

Larger items above the weight of 10kg will be kept safe in Main Stores until you are able to collect them after your quarantine period has finished.

If you are living in a family house, you are able to order items to be delivered directly to your address.

Delivery of your 2 and 8 day Covid-19 test to you while in quarantine

If you are required to quarantine in on-campus accommodation, you will receive written information about the delivery and collection of PCR tests on your arrival.

Got any questions?

Live Chat - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch using our Live Chat function. Visit: https://www.cranfieldlivechat.co.uk.

General questions - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch by emailing: coronavirus-questions@cranfield.ac.uk

Accommodation queries - If you need to speak to our accommodation team, please email oncampus@cranfield.ac.uk.

Emergency contact - In an emergency, please contact the Duty Manager on: 07766 780726, who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Student Advice Centre - If you need to speak to our student advice team, please email: studentadvice@cranfield.ac.uk

Other key points of contact are:

  • Your SAS team,
  • Your course director,
  • Your research supervisor.

Private accommodation off campus

Food and drink

You will be able to order groceries online and these can be delivered to your accommodation. Please see the list below of websites that offer contact-free deliveries in the local area. Most supermarkets that offer online ordering also have an app that you may wish to download.

If you have any queries or experience any problems with food deliveries, please contact the University’s accommodation team by emailing offcampus@cranfield.ac.uk.

Got any questions?

Live Chat - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch using our Live Chat function. Visit: https://www.cranfieldlivechat.co.uk

General questions - If you have any questions while you are in quarantine, you can get in touch by emailing: coronavirus-questions@cranfield.ac.uk

Other key points of contact are:

  • Your SAS team,
  • Your course director,
  • Your research supervisor.