COVID-19 Isolation and Testing – staff

Symptoms and Self-isolation

Updated and detailed guidance about self-isolation and shared spaces is available from Public Health England on the government website.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 – a recent onset of any of the following – a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell however mild, the advice is to self-isolate at home immediately for the updated duration of at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 by requesting a test from the NHS or by through the University’s in-house testing service (see more below).

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of COVID-19, then you must stay at home for at least 10 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. The 10-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill.

If anyone else in the household starts displaying symptoms, they must stay at home for at least 10 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in their original 10-day isolation period.

Fellows, Research Associates and Common Room Members
If you have visited the college recently, please notify us should you be required to self-isolate or if you test positive for COVID-19.  Our single point of contact is Teresa Strike at (cc to Gillian Cane at This notification is only necessary if you have been on college premises within the relevant period of time. Students and Staff should continue to follow the protocols here.

COVID-19 Testing Early Alert Service

The University’s in-house COVID-19 testing service is now open to all staff of the University and colleges, providing rapid access to free testing if they think they have coronavirus symptoms (minor or major). The central testing site in the city centre is the first to open, and is located in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (ROQ). A second testing site at the Old Road campus in Headington is scheduled to open in September when students begin returning to Oxford for the new academic year.

The Early Alert Service: testing for COVID-19 (EAS) is a free, customized service for students and staff of the University that  benefit the local community by reducing the risk of a further COVID-19 outbreak and reducing the pressure on NHS testing facilities. The EAS will offer a test if you do not have the main symptoms of COVID-19 but have other symptoms which may be similar to or confused with those of COVID-19. If your symptoms are assessed by the EAS to fall outside of the main COVID-19 symptoms then other members of your household will not need to self-isolate unless you subsequently test positive. The service is aligned with NHS and PHE guidelines and uses proven technologies and standard NHS procedures.