The Government expects all students and staff accessing university facilities to take a COVID-19 asymptomatic test twice a week, even if you are vaccinated.

Regular testing will help to break the chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure your safety on campus.

 

The government is recommending that students and staff should take a lateral flow test twice a week.

Daily testing instead of self-isolation for contacts who are fully vaccinated and have been in contact with someone who has tested positive 

Those in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate except if they are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months or not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons. Contacts who are exempt from self-isolation must take a daily asymptomatic test for 7 days first thing in the morning each day before going out.  If they receive a positive asymptomatic test they should self-isolate immediately.

You do not need to take this test if:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms and are in self-isolation. 
  • If you have tested positive within the last 90 days and are clear of symptoms.

How do I get a test?

You can order online test kits that you can carry out at home.

You can also pick a test kit up from Anselm, Augustine House and St George's receptions in Canterbury, and Rowan Williams Court reception and the Hub at Medway.

FAQs

You may feel fine, but it is good to know that you are OK to protect your friends, housemates, cohort and wider community.

The lateral flow test is :

  • An approved and trusted way of testing. 
  • A quick and easy swab with the process only taking about 15 minutes and results available in 1 hour or less.

Regular testing will help to break the chains of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure your safety on campus.

Students

All students coming on to campus are expected to take tests on an ongoing basis, twice a week, even if vaccinated.

Staff

The asymptomatic testing scheme has also been extended to staff – if you are a member of staff who will be physically present on campus, we encourage you to arrange an asymptomatic test twice a week.

They are not for:

  • Those who have COVID-19 symptoms and need to self-isolate.
  • Those who have had a positive test within 90 days

If you do not get tested, you should self-isolate for 10 days, to reduce the risk of transmission between home and university.

 

Yes, you should still take part in the asymptomatic testing scheme if you have received one or two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Even if you have been vaccinated, you are still able to transmit the virus to other people. It is not possible for the vaccine to cause a positive result, so please follow existing self-isolation advice if you receive a positive asymptomatic test result after having the vaccine.

 

For the latest government advice for international travellers please click here.

Before arriving in the UK, all students should:

Before arriving in the UK, all students should:
• check the very latest information on entering the UK
• understand your vaccination status - there are different rules for travellers depending on whether they are fully vaccinated or not.
• check if you are travelling here from a red list country

Please note that the asymptomatic tests would not be valid for any of the above purposes.

After following the correct arrivals procedure, students should follow instructions on ongoing asymptomatic testing.

We work in partnership with our placement providers to support you in a safe working environment. This means that your placement organisation will have risk assessments in place to provide a COVID secure environment and this often includes the opportunity to take a COVID test with them.

If students are on a placement and not attending university facilities, they should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at their placement. 

If you have any questions, please contact your Programme/Placement Team for advice and support.

You can order a test kits that you can carry out at home.

This test is only for those who are not displaying symptoms. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms you need to book your test here.

Students and staff who have had a positive test within 90 days do not need to be tested. 

If you receive a positive test, get a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

You should report ALL test results online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void.

The Government has asked students to be tested at the point they return to campus. Then once back on campus to be tested regularly, twice a week. 

You do not need to take a test or self-isolate if you have tested positive within the last 90 days and are clear of symptoms. 

Testing once back on campus

The government is recommending that any students living in their student accommodation or accessing any University facilities (even if you are not attending face-to-face teaching) should take an asymptomatic test twice a week.

The asymptomatic testing scheme has also been extended to staff – if you are a member of staff who will be physically present on campus, we encourage you to arrange an asymptomatic test twice a week.

 

Daily testing instead of self-isolation for fully vaccinated household and close contacts

From 14 December, household contacts who are fully vaccinated must undertake a daily asymptomatic test for 7 days, ideally first thing in the morning each day before going out. This replaces the requirement for a PCR test, but you must still arrange a PCR test if you receive a positive asymptomatic test within these 7 days, or if you begin to experience COVID symptoms yourself.

 

All test results should be reported online to NHS Test and Trace whether positive, negative or void. 

Positive Test

Upon notification of a positive test result, students and staff are legally required to self isolate immediately on the day of the test and for at least the following ten full days and contact tracing will be initiated. 

From 11 January 2021, if you have a positive LFD test result and you are not experiencing symptoms, you do not have to get a follow-up PCR test – however, you must continue to self-isolate.

If you are a student you should let the University know by completing this form so we can advise and support you. If you are a member of staff please complete this form

 

Negative Test

  • Even if you are negative remember you still have to follow the latest Government guidelines. 

 

You should report ALL test results to NHS Test and Trace, whether positive, negative or void.

 

If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you will have to self-isolate for 10 days and your household, support bubble or close contacts will also have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Failure to comply with self-isolation requirements may result in a fine of up to £10,000. 

We are here to support you throughout your self-isolation, ensuring you can stay safe, well and continue with your studies as much as possible.

Click here for details.

If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms self-isolate and stay at home, do not come to campus or visit an asymptomatic test centre.

You must take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. 

Please let the University know by completing this form.

Remember to follow the government guidance on self-isolation. Self-isolation, whilst disruptive for those affected, is an essential part of the fight against the virus. 

The university offers a range of support for those in self-isolation

Lateral flow tests are very accurate (highly specific), which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive). However, in mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive result. If you test positive, you should book a PCR test by the NHS website to confirm your result. 

A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time. There is, however, the potential for the test result to be a false negative and that an individual is infected with Covid-19, but not yet have a high enough level of the virus for this to be registered by the LFD test. There is also the potential for an individual to become infected in the hours or days after taking a LFD test. It is therefore extremely important that every individual:

  • Follows the latest UK Government rules on social distancing; and
  • Maintains sensible control measures such as “hand, face, space” (washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and maintaining social distance with those outside your household), keeping to the “rule of 6” outdoors, and not mixing with other households indoors.

The test is an additional control to be used in conjunction with the other measures.