This information indicates what you will be asked to do and what you can expect if you are asked by the RVC and/or the NHS track and trace system to self-isolate due to contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case.

Rules have recently changed regarding self-isolation if you have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.

  • You will not need to self- isolate if you are fully vaccinated with vaccines administered by the NHS or are under 18 years 6 month old or are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons.
  • You will need to take a PCR test though and, if positive, will need to self-isolate. You will need to self-isolate if you are unvaccinated or received vaccinations in any other system than the NHS. Thus vaccination in countries outside of the UK will not exempt you from self-isolating if in contact with someone with COVID-19.

Firstly, if this happens, we appreciate your help and co-operation in this period of self-isolation to protect yourself and our community – thank you. We understand this will be a worrying time for you and we are here to provide help and support.

What You Will Be Asked to Do 

  • UK Government guidance asks that those required to self-isolate follow specific rules for that period. Please click this link to the latest update of this guidance.
  • You will be asked to self-isolate for a 10 day period. This 10 day period starts the day after close contact with a COVID positive or suspected COVID positive person.
  • If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, do as instructed by them. Please let testandtrace@rvc.ac.uk know what you have been advised.
  • Continue to test using LFT test twice a week and also obtain an NHS PCR test (either at a testing centre or have it mailed to you), (unless you have had a recent COVID infection within 90 days) and act according to the result.
  • If you start to develop symptoms during this self isolation period, then you must self-isolate for a further 10 days, which starts the day following the start of your symptoms, regardless of what day you are on in the original 10-day isolation period.
  • If you become symptomatic during your self-isolation period, please inform the Advice centre immediately so that we can provide you with additional support. You may also require to have another PCR test if you develop symptoms to confirm your diagnosis.
  • Maintain good hygiene within your household and in particular, any communal areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Face coverings should be worn within your household for the self-isolation period, preferably disposable ones that are changed regularly, or fabric masks that are washed at 60 degrees.
  • As indicated above, there are exemptions from the requirement to self isolate. These exemptions include those who are double vaccinated by the NHS. If you are exempt, please inform the RVC through use of the link to the self isolation form or contact testandtrace@rvc.ac.uk. Please note that exemptions do not apply if you become symptomatic or receive a positive LFT or PCR result.
  • Unless you are exempt from the requirement to self isolate, you must not leave your household for any reason (other than obtaining a PCR test) during this self-isolation period.

Support that You Will Receive from the RVC 

  • Food, medicines and other deliveries – you will need to be responsible for purchasing and keeping your food and medicine stocks at an appropriate level. For those in Halls of Residence on the Hawkshead or Camden Campus, the Campus Services Assistants will help facilitate deliveries arriving at campus to your flat as you will not be able to leave your accommodation to collect them.
  • In an emergency, we will help those students who are experiencing difficulties in getting food or medication, due to lack of delivery availability, in their purchasing of basic supplies. We emphasise this will be emergency provision and therefore limited to basic necessities until a student can obtain a normal delivery. It is better to plan ahead and be COVID-19 prepared; have at least 3 days food and medication supply in your accommodation to reduce the chance of such emergencies arising and sign up to a supermarket delivery service ahead of time. Ensure you have sufficient LFT test kits.
  • Regular contact calls with your tutor to discuss your academic programme.
  • Regular contact by phone, email or text from Student Success Coaches to help you keep up with your academic schedule and manage any assessments.
  • A wellbeing call from the Advice Centre who will advise you on available support and act as a point of contact for any non-academic queries or concerns you may have.
  • For those in Halls of Residence on the Hawkshead or Camden Campus Subsidised access to essential laundry services – an emergency service will be available that requires 72 hours quarantining of the laundry prior to it being cleaned and returned to you (i.e. a 4-6 day turnaround). All laundry will be done at high temperature so not suitable for some materials. There is a charge per item to the student for this service (prices available on request).

Managing Your Wellbeing

RVC Advice Centre

The Advice Centre has a range of mental health support for students. We have a team of Student Wellbeing Advisers, Counsellors and a Mental Health Adviser who are here to help. To find out more

Togetherall is a digital mental health and wellbeing support service which is available online, 24/7 via computer, tablet or smartphone

  1. To sign up visit www.togetherall.com
  2. Click 'Register' and then select the 'I'm from a University or College' tile.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your RVC email address and you can then set up an anonymous username.

The site is anonymous and the RVC will not be able to identify anyone using the site.

KickStart - Wellbeing online learning unit – This will help you reflect on how you can build and maintain your wellbeing. Please go to Life Skills to Thrive to access the wellbeing unit.

5 Ways to BE Well – Check out the full calendar of events and activities to help you take a break, reflect, learn, relax – to support your wellbeing. Many events are recorded if you weren’t able to attend.

Accessing urgent support

Information about how to access support out of working hours can be found here.

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