December 14th, 2020
Staff testing continues to the end of term with nearly 2,500 staff having been tested so far. The number of active cases of Covid-19 continues its downward trend and has reduced by 99% since October to 13 active cases. There are no active cases amongst staff, with 13 active cases among students, from a population of 35,000
All staff including postgraduate researchers with a University email can access the testing service at one of our dedicated testing stations outlined below.
Staff can access an asymptomatic test (saliva) test until 17 December at the times and locations below, and from 4 January at the times and locations below.
There are no limits on the number of asymptomatic tests you take. Staff who are on campus regularly should consider taking a test twice a week.
Staff working from home off campus can also access the testing service, but we ask you not to take any unnecessary risks in travelling to our testing stations.
Testing is, of course, voluntary but we hope that the testing service for staff will offer reassurance at this time and keep our community safe.
You can find out more about our winter break plans for our students here and about the different types of tests on offer.
Testing should never be seen as a substitute for any of the Covid-19 security measures in place across campus or the wider local public health rules. We are offering access to regular asymptomatic testing to provide staff with additional reassurance and peace of mind.
Please do be aware that the testing service is, by definition, for staff who do not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must isolate and book an NHS test as soon as possible.
You do not need an appointment to obtain and submit your test. Please ensure you haven’t eaten for two hours prior to submitting your saliva sample. You’ll need to visit one of the following testing locations:
University Park Campus
Monday to Thursday, 10am–4pm (last session 3:30-4pm)
Monday to Thursday, 10am–4pm – (last session 3:30-4pm)
Monday to Thursdays, 10am–4pm (last session 3:30-4pm)
Monday to Wednesday, 10am-3pm (last session 2:30-3pm)
Please visit the testing service website to find out more, look at the instructions on how to submit your saliva sample and log your sample online at the testing service website. Please return your saliva sample to one of the locations, (confirmed on the testing website by the end of this week) within two days of taking the test.
What happens next?
The University Testing Service aims to process tests by the next working day, subject to demand and capacity.
If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted via phone or text to the number you provide and sent an email providing information and advice on what to do next.
If you receive a negative test result, you will be sent an email confirming this.
Full details of the support available to students and staff is available on the University’s coronavirus pages
Thank you for your support in helping us tackle the spread of Covid-19. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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