Book a COVID-19 test

Although the legal testing requirements have ended we expect our community to continue to act mindfully before coming onto campus. If you are due to be on campus but have symptoms, our free PCR test centre will remain accessible for you to book a test.

Booking a test

Our PCR test centre is located in a portacabin stationed opposite the Sports Centre and 502 Teaching Hub on central campus (see grid E6 on the campus map (PDF).

To access a test you will need to book online.

The test centre is open Monday - Friday and you will be able to see available booking slots online. 

The tests will be conducted using self-swabbing supported by Covid Advisory Service staff who will provide information and guidance on site.

You will need your staff or student ID number handy in the booking process (you can find this on your staff or student card).

If you have difficulties booking a test online because of a disability, you can book a test by calling 07825 733906.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are coming to campus to access a PCR test try to avoid contact with others. It is recommended that you walk or drive to the test centre and do not use taxis or public transport. 

In line with NHS priorities this test is not available for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Although free Lateral Flow testing (for those without symptoms) has now been removed for the majority there are some exemptions to this. Please see the Government website for exemptions.

Please note, we are not able to offer testing to members of the general public or anybody who is not part of our university community.

Students on placement/colleagues who also work in health care settings should continue to follow NHS guidance.

Waiting for your test results

Test results are usually received within 48 hours and will be sent via email.

Students

  • If you need support at home while waiting for your test results please let us know by completing the COVID-19 Self-Isolation Form.
  • Let the people you live with and anybody you have been in close contact with (for 48 hours before your symptoms started) know that you have symptoms and are testing for COVID-19. This will help them to be aware if they subsequently develop symptoms. 
  • If you live in University halls please let your hall manager or hall reception know. If you are in private halls of residence, you should inform your halls’ nominated contact. If you are unsure who this is contact the Hall reception.
  • If you are employed outside of the University you may need to let your employer know.

Staff

  • Let the people you live with and anybody you have been in close contact with (for 48 hours before your symptoms started) know that you have symptoms and are testing for COVID-19. This will help them to be aware if they subsequently develop symptoms.
  • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to let us know that you are staying at home.
  • Inform your line manager that you have symptoms and are currently staying at home.
  • If you are unable to work because you are unwell please follow the sickness absence procedure and inform your sickness absence administrator.
  • Staff can find more information about sickness pay and working from home on the HR Intranet.

Find out what to do once you have received your test result

 

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