You can now download two apps designed to help you stay safe and informed.

The national NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS Covid-19 app brings together functionality and information to help you protect yourself. And by using it, you help protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities.

What the app does:

  • Trace: Get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.

  • Alert: Lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.

  • Check-in: Get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus.

  • Symptoms: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test.

  • Test: Helps you book a test and get your result quickly.

  • Isolate: Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

You will see QR codes to scan to check in at various venues on campus including the Library, bars, restaurants and Sports Training Village.

The NHS and the government do not have access to any of the data gathered, for more see the NHS FAQs.

You can download the app for iOS and download the Android app.

Alongside the NHS Covid app, you can also use the NHS app to view a record of your Covid vaccinations and get your NHS COVID Pass for event trials in England and travel abroad. You can download the NHS app for iOS or download the Android app.


The University is also offering free access to the Safezone app, which supports emergency messaging and can help contact tracing, tailored to our University community.

SafeZone will:

  • enable you to immediately contact the Security team or wellbeing services in an emergency

  • highlight notifications during an emergency situation

You can download it for iOS or download the Android app and sign in using your University username and password.

To make full use of all the features, we advise you allow location services on your device and stay ‘checked in’ while on campus or in University buildings. Your location is only visible when you are on campus or in University buildings and checked in, or you raise an alert and move out of these areas until your alert is resolved.

Even when you’re not on campus or in University buildings, SafeZone can provide useful location-based functionality, for example notifying you of accidents or emergencies in the local area. Please note any location sharing data is deleted after 30 days.

To find out more, there are short films on how to check in and how to raise alerts.

If you have any questions or requests, please use Topdesk to let us know.

Note: If you are a Student or Tier 4 visa holder, you are also required to use the SafeZone app for academic engagement monitoring requirements from the start of the academic year 2021/22.