Complete the student self-certificate form

Updated on 4 May 2021

You can self-certify, without seeing a doctor, for the first 7 days of an absence. You may need this form as evidence for mitigating circumstances, or for absence reporting.

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If you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you must:

Then also complete the form on this page

Adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic
  • You do not need to provide medical confirmation of a period of self-isolation and/or Coronavirus (Covid-19) diagnosis, instead you can self-certify. You can do this for an absence/illness of up to 14 days - you will not need a medical certificate from your GP.
  • It may also be difficult to get a medical certificate from your GP at this time for any other medical issue, and the School Mitigating Circumstances Committee will take this into account, so please do not worry if you cannot provide all of the evidence normally required for mitigating circumstances.
  • If you have been involved in providing support to the Coronavirus effort, as a medic, nurse, social worker, educator, or carer for an affected person(s) or in any other capacity you can self-certify and explain the nature and extent of your contribution for the School Mitigating Circumstances Committee to consider.
  • Other instances, such as technology issues including problems with internet access and access to IT equipment, or carer responsibilities such as looking after your children, dependents or others.

How to report an absence

  • Stay in contact with your School Office, and wherever possible, on first day of absence.
  • All sections of the form to be completed.
  • The form must be emailed to your School Office, along with your Mitigating Circumstances Application Form and, if appropriate, any other evidence which supports your application.
  • The University Health Service will only provide a doctor’s letter (if appropriate), if you have actually been seen by medical/nursing staff whilst unwell. Letters will not be given retrospectively.

Details of absence

  • The self certificate normally only covers the first 7 days of absence.
    • In instances related to coronavirus you can self-certify for a period for up to 14 days, you will not need a medical certificate from your GP.
  • If you find it difficulty to get an appointment with your doctor during the coronavirus pandemic you may self-certify during this period using this form.
  • A GP may provide evidence of illness but may charge for this service.
  • If you have been seen by a GP whilst unwell, you can contact the GP medical centre/practice to discuss obtaining a letter without booking another appointment
  • Remember to include weekends and days on which you were not timetabled to attend in the dates of absence.

Reason for absence

  • Try to give as many details as possible.
  • Words like "unwell" or "illness" are not acceptable.
Where to submit your self-certificate form

For use in mitigating circumstances for absence reporting please email this form to the appropriate email for your course

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Download self certificate form (Microsoft Word)

Health Service

+44 (0)1382 384168

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