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Coronavirus testing for students

Get screened to keep you, your mates and your lecturers safe

To keep the campus as safe as possible, you should get rested regularly for Covid, even if you don't have symptoms.

If you have Covid symptoms you should book a test with the NHS to see if you are carrying the virus.

If you don't have Covid symptoms you can arrange a test through the University.

If you test positive you'll be given instructions by NHS Test and Trace and you must tell the University by informing:

  1. your MyPort Hub
  2. personal tutor
  3. and the University's central COVID team using this Covid Report Form

If you don't have coronavirus symptoms

Collect an at home test kit

The University's asymptomatic testing site closed on Friday 28 May. Instead University students can collect home test kits from campus, to test yourself at home and register results online.

Collect your home testing kits

You can visit the University's test collection service to pick up your testing kits. There is no need to book an appointment - this is a walk in service.

Please wear a face covering and follow all other Covid safety measures - including sanitising your hands, social distancing, follow one way systems, and more - when you come to see us. 

When you arrive, the Collection Service team will be there to welcome you, and explain how the service works. This will include informing you of the data procedures covering the service and the need to record your results online via the Government website (whether you test positive or negative). You will need to provide some basic information and you will then be provided with up to two boxes of home test kits (each box contains enough materials to complete 7 lateral flow Covid-19 tests).

Location and timings

During the graduation period, the service will move between two locations to help anyone who needs to access a test before their ceremonyuy. It will be either on:

The availability is as follows:

Date Location Time
Wed 21 Jul Park building 8.30am - 4.15pm
Thu 22 Jul Park building 7.30am - 5.30pm
Fri 23 Jul Park building 7.30am - 5.30pm
Mon 26 Jul Park building 8.30am - 4.15pm
Tue 27 Jul Park building 7.30am - 5.30pm
Wed 28 Jul Park building 7.30am - 5.30pm
Thu 29 Jul ULC building, collect only 10.30am - 5.15pm
Fri 30 Jul ULC building, collect only 9.30am - 4.15pm

Finally, you can also order or collect home testing kits via the Government website, wherever you are in the UK.

Recycling your kits and PPE

As long as you were not Covid-19 positive at the time of use, you can recycle your used test kits (in the plastic bags provided), and used PPE like face coverings, to the Collection Service Centre for recycling.

Drop these materials in the recycling bin at the Centre, and when full, the bin will be collected by ReWorked who recycle the material into new products such as furniture.

More information on testing and travel.

Home testing and Collection Service FAQs

Any University student or staff member who is not currently experiencing any Covid symptoms. You can pick up kits for another student or colleague, but you must provide details for them also, in case the kits need to be returned.

These tests are Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) – a clinically validated swab antigen test that doesn’t require a laboratory for processing and can turnaround results within an hour at the location of the test.

This technology means we can provide testing to large numbers of people quickly. These test results will enable students and staff to have a greater degree of certainty that they are not infectious or can isolate themselves more quickly if they are.

Each kit contains 7 tests, and is made up of the following items:

Covid testing kit contents

You will be able to collect 2 kits, each with 7 tests in, when you visit the Collection Service Centre.

You will take the test kits home, read the instructions, prepare the test area and check the test kit contents. You will then swab yourself, process the test sample and report test results to the NHS. 

You can also set up NHS accounts to register results, so that you don’t need to enter all of your details every time you register results. When registering your results, you will have the option to confirm that you are a student or staff member at the University - please do so and record the result to our test site ‘University of Portsmouth - LFD Collection Point - University Learning Centre Test site ID: BGQO’.

All the instructions are provided for you with the test kits and available on the Government website.

You should follow the instructions given in the results notification message to take the follow-up PCR test to confirm the result. You may order a home test kit or visit a local authority symptomatic test centre for this.

Delaying a confirmation test will mean that the NHS will not be able to contact trace as quickly - so it is really important that you get a confirmation test done as swiftly as possible.

Until you get further advice, you and everyone in your household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days. This includes the day of the test and the next 10 full days. You should only leave home for the follow-up test.

If you test positive you'll be given instructions by NHS Test and Trace and you must tell the University by informing:

This will allow the university to support you through our welfare and wellbeing provisions and to track infection rates within our community.

If you have recently tested positive for Covid within the last 90 days, you are likely to have developed some immunity. You are exempt from routine re-testing by PCR or LFD tests within a period of 90 days from your initial illness onset or test (if asymptomatic) unless you develop new Covid symptoms.

However, you may choose to take a LFD test after the isolation period. If you are found positive on LFD test, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days or longer if symptomatic. This should only be done after completion of the required self-isolation period.

You are still required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90 day window.

If you have any questions about the Covid testing provided via the University, please contact covidtesting@port.ac.uk.

You will need to provide us with your name, phone number and email address. We will record this alongside the individual ‘kit’ number on each test kit box you are issued.

This data may be used in two ways. If we are informed of any defects and a need to recall test kits, we can contact those who are in possession of affected kits directly and efficiently. The University will also sent out periodic reminder emails to register results, including information on how to do this and what to do if you test positive (you will have the opportunity to ‘unsubscribe’ to the reminders)

Government privacy information

University of Portsmouth Data Privacy Statement

The University is participating in the University Collect programme that allows students and staff to pick up lateral flow testing kits from campus from the 5th floor of the University Learning Centre, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2SA.  The kits for this service are supplied by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

When you collect a kit, we will note the serial number of the kit we provide you with and will ask for your name and contact details (email address / telephone number) so that if we become aware that there are any issues with specific testing kits, we can contact the relevant people and ask you to return the kit you have and to pick up another.  Your contact details will not be shared with anyone else in relation to this service.

Additionally, we may send you emails to remind you to log your test results online via the government reporting portal and the University process to follow if you were to test positive.  We believe it is within our legitimate interests to use your contact details in this way, but should you have any queries, please feel free to contact covidtesting@port.ac.uk in the first place. You will be able to unsubscribe from receiving these emails at any time.


If you have coronavirus symptoms

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, book your test through the Government's national booking portal to one of a network of testing sites

If you test positive you'll automatically be entered into the NHS test and trace system. You must also inform your MyPort Hub, Personal Tutor and the University's central COVID team using this Covid Report Form.

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