**Update 24/09/20 The NHS COVID App is now available and we recommend all members of our community make use of it. You can find more information on the app, how it works and how to get it by clicking here.**

As Bishop Grosseteste University prepares for the start of the 2020-21 academic year it is important that all members of the University community keep BGU informed if at any point they are concerned they have contracted Coronavirus.


Staff and students should use the form on this page to declare if they are self-isolating or require support.

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A coronavirus is a type of virus which as a group are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What should I do if I think I may have contracted coronavirus?

  • If you are not feeling well you should not be in classes/at work.
  • If you have any of the symptoms listed below, you should follow Government advice and self-isolate for 14 days
    • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above).
    • a new, continuous cough.
    • a loss, or change, to your sense of taste and smell
  • You should also immediately arrange to be tested
  • In this instance you should also notify your tutor/line-manager along with the University about your absence through the self declaration form below
  • If your test results are positive you should follow all guidance given to you by the NHS and once again use the form below to keep BGU informed.
  • The University will then contact you via email and arrange a telephone conversation about supporting you whilst away from classes/work.
  • Opportunities for working from home, digital learning and academic extensions will be made available to you.
  • If you are aware that any of your fellow students, colleagues or indeed yourself have pre-existing medical conditions that have not been made known to Student Advice or HR please encourage those concerned to contact these teams as soon as possible.

Testing and Self Isolation Declaration

If you suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms you must:

Once completed a member of the University’s administrative team will be in touch to discuss further arrangements.

Also use this form to inform the University if you need to self-isolate even if you do not have any suspected symptoms, because for example you are:

  • Returning from foreign travel – and the need to self-isolate for 14 days on return to the UK.
  • Being part of a self-isolation bubble – if someone in your household has suspected symptoms or has tested positive then you too must self-isolate.
  • People at high risk (extremely clinically vulnerable) – due to the currently low transmission rates the Government is no longer advising to shield. You should have been written to by the NHS and are advised to take extra precautions and monitor for any local outbreak situations.

If you are concerned about the mitigation measure that have been put in-place at BGU or any person’s anti-social behaviour which you believe might be a risk to you or others please email us on covid19advice@bishopg.ac.uk. We will contact you and determine how best to resolve the situation.