Health & Safety

Confirmed or Suspected Infectious Illnesses, including COVID19

If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, a positive COVID test result, are a household contact of a positive COVID case or are self-isolating due to any other infectious illness, please let the University know by using the relevant form below

What should I do if I have symptoms of a respiratory infection or I test positive for COVID?

It is important the University is aware as soon as possible of all suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in our community of students, staff and others/visitors. This is because we have a responsibility to protect the health of our community.

NOTE: Whilst the legal duty to self-isolate came to an end on the 24th February, Government advice remains that people who have symptoms of a respiratory illness, e.g. Flu or COVID, should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 days. We expect and strongly encourage all of our staff and students to follow this advice and notify us using the relevant form below.

This will help us take swift action where appropriate to minimise the risk to others and enable us to liaise with external bodies such as the UK Health Security Agency and local authorities to ensure that actions are effective and proportionate.

If you have any questions about how best to isolate, please contact the Health & Safety Unit.

As per UK government guidelines, if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Symptoms of COVID 19, Flu and other common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that is unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea, feeling sick or being sick

How do I notify the University?

Please read the relevant information below first and then follow the link to the associated form, regardless of whether you have been on campus in the last few days.

STUDENT Notifications

Please do not use this form for any reason other than short term infectious illness. If you have an ongoing health condition or vulnerability which requires reasonable adjustments to be made, please email your request, along with any medical evidence you may have, to wellbeing@gre.ac.uk.

Please do not use this form for any reason other than to tell us about short term infectious illness. If you have an ongoing health condition or vulnerability which requires reasonable adjustments to be made, then please email your request, along with any medical evidence you may have, to wellbeing@gre.ac.uk.

The form accessed below is for University of Greenwich students who are in the UK and attending the university or staying in the halls of residence AND have developed symptoms of a respiratory infection, received a positive COVID test result (Lateral flow or PCR) or have been asked to isolate due to any other short term infectious illness.

Please complete the student notification form to submit your notification.

Note: submission of this notification is not a claim for extenuating circumstances. In addition to completing this form, you must follow the normal notification of absence procedure: If you know you are going to be absent for up to three calendar days, you must submit apologies via the online system here. For absences of more than three calendar days, you must complete an Authorised Absence Form, which must be authorised by your Programme Leader. We do not offer any online classes this year (2022/23), you must therefore catch up with any missed content via your Moodle resources and meeting your relevant module tutor.

If you are unable to attend an exam as a result of COVID, please also visit our Extenuating Circumstances webpage. for more information about how to submit an EC claim.

STAFF Notifications (including PhD students, contractors and visitors to campus)

Staff and PhD students – using the form accessed below, notify the University of self-isolation for any reason (respiratory infection symptoms/a positive COVID test / as a result of household contact with a positive case) and of any difficulties caused by illness or self-isolation.

Contractors and visitors - If you have been on campus in the last seven days, and have developed symptoms of coronavirus or have tested positive, please complete the Staff reporting form linked below (noting where appropriate your relationship to the University) or call the Safety Unit on 020 8331 9917.

Please complete the staff/PhD notification form to submit your notification.

What happens after I notify the University?

When you submit a notification to us, there are a team of departments waiting to respond and action accordingly. A member of the Health & Safety Team may also contact you, to discuss your circumstances. Please see our protocols for more details about the actions that will be taken.

How will the University process the personal data collected when I notify?

Our Covid-19 privacy notice details how the University will process personal data for contact tracing and outbreak management.