A message from the University Secretary on the University's response to a tightening of restrictions due to the new, highly transmissible strain of COVID-19
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Message from the University Secretary: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre on campus
COVID-19: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre on campus
A new COVID-19: ‘No Symptoms’ Student Test Centre will be available on campus from 30 November in the Pathfoot Building. The free tests are specifically for students who aren’t displaying any symptoms (asymptomatic) but who could nonetheless be carrying Coronavirus. It is important that you do not attend the test centre if you have symptoms or have a current positive test.
By getting tested you will be able to plan with confidence for your safe travel home for the winter break – bringing peace of mind to you and your loved ones that you aren’t infectious and don’t pose a risk of spreading the virus to family or friends.
Part of a UK-wide initiative in partnership with UK Government and NHS Scotland the tests (you are required to take two) will be conducted using Lateral Flow Devices, with results being sent directly to you within 60 minutes of being tested.
Students living in university-managed accommodation as well as in private accommodation can get tested.
Book your tests
The test centre, accessed via the back entrance of the Pathfoot Building, will be open Monday-Friday (9.00 am – 5.00 pm) from 30 November to 8 December. Students should take two free tests – spaced three days apart—and it is recommended that your second test date is as close to your planned travel home date as possible. Should your first test be positive you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days in line with self-isolation guidance and should not attend for your second test.
The testing window, up to 8 December, ensures that should anyone test positive and be required to isolate, they will still be able to get home in good time for Christmas.
To book a time slot for your quick, safe, self-administered test please visit the Eventbrite booking page. Please bring your mobile phone to your appointment – this is necessary to complete the NHS registration process. To find out more information about the test please visit our no symptoms testing page.
Whilst voluntary, I would strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity to undertake testing before travelling, to enable you to make an informed decision about getting home safely for the holidays and to avoid the unnecessary risk of spreading the virus to family and friends.
University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer
COVID-19 Response Lead