Self-isolating or staying at home

What to do if you need to self-isolate or stay at home or care for a dependant in relation to Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

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The government has said to stay at home for 14 days if you or anyone in your house have either:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

You will also be told to stay ay home for 14 days if you have been contacted as part of NHS Test and Trace.

This means you need to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. It is fully explained on the NHS website. There is detailed advice on GOV.UK.

If you need to tell Goldsmiths about this


You don't need to tell your department if you are staying at home or self-isolating and still able to study as normal. If you are concerned your studies have been impacted contact your department or tutor.

If you live in Goldsmiths accommodation email (no matter who manages your accommodation). Accommodation services will provide advice about self-isolating in halls.


We expect that the majority of Goldsmiths staff will now be working at home until further notice.

You should still notify your line manager of your situation if you are unable to work due to sickness, whether you are suffering from Covid-19, suspected Covid-19 or another illness. You must also keep in regular contact with your line manager.

If you are self-isolating but able to continue to work from home please fill out a declaration form

If you unfit for work you should report this as usual in line with the sickness absence policy by recording your absence on Business World. Use the 'Remote Working' from the quick links section of Goldmine to access Business World from home. If you cannot access this then your line manager should do this for you if possible.

HR will be monitoring the self-isolation and sickness absence reports submitted in this way. You do not need to notify HR outside these processes.

There is further information on temporary changes to workplace policies due to Covid-19 on Goldmine.

Page last updated 29 May