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We each have a duty to protect ourselves and each other through the pandemic and below are steps which must be taken by all staff and students.


You must self-isolate immediately if you feel unwell with symptoms of coronavirus. This could include any of the following: a new, persistent cough, a temperature or a loss of taste or smell, arrange a test through the NHS website or by calling 119. If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. If you get symptoms while you're self-isolating, the 10 days restarts from the day after your symptoms started.

From Monday 16 August, people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. This is provided you received your final dose of an MHRA-approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to contact. Instead of self-isolating, you will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible to check for the virus and variants of concern. You can go to a test site or order a PCR home test online (see link below) or by calling 119.

Click here to order a free home PCR test. 

You must notify the University if you have a positive coronavirus test or are self-isolating, providing details of dates and locations of any time on site. Students should contact Staff should contact their manager and HR via

How we can all help

Let’s all play our part to minimise the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand gel frequently and whenever leaving any space on campus.

  • Wear a Type II face mask when on the university site in communal areas, in clinical and lab settings and in crowded areas, which could include lecture theatres if they are at capacity. If you wish to wear a face mask anywhere else on site, please do so. 

  • Cover coughs or sneezes using a tissue or your elbow.

  • Test yourself twice weekly. You can collect LFD Covid-19 test kits from the university reception between 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday. Please ensure you register your result, whether it is positive or negative, linking it to St George’s, University of London. Details of how to do this can be found here.
  • Keep informed of any changes to guidance, checking your emails regularly for alerts from the University.

  • Remind and respect others, prompting others to follow the rules to keep us all safe, but being aware that some people are exempt from requirements to wear a face covering. Do not take offence if you receive a reminder yourself.

  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can. We strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible, if you have not done so already. All adults within three months of their 18th birthday and older are now eligible.  

    You can get vaccinated at St George’s Hospital using their walk-in service. You do not need to be registered with a GP to access a jab.

Welcome back from Jane Saffell

Jane Saffell, the Deputy Principal (Education) welcomes students back to St George's, University of London and sets out what you can expect from our teaching staff and facilities this year, including changes in place on campus due to Covid-19.


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