Coronavirus testing for students
Covid information for students
To keep the campus as safe as possible, you should get tested regularly for Covid, even if you don't have symptoms.
If travelling between home and University, you should take a Covid test at home before travelling to university. Once you’ve arrived, you should take 2 lateral flow tests (3 to 4 days apart) using home test kits or at a community testing site in Portsmouth.
If you test positive you'll be given instructions by NHS Test and Trace and you must tell the University by informing:
If you don't have coronavirus symptoms
Lateral flow testing
If you don't have symptoms, you can:
- Pick up free lateral flow testing kits from one of nine locations across campus
- Order rapid lateral flow testing kits from the Government website to be delivered to your home
- Pick up a testing kit from a community collection point near you
- Go to a community testing site to be tested
Collect a test kit on campus
You can visit the University's test collection service to pick up your home testing kits. There is no need to book an appointment - this is a walk in service. Just arrive at one of the below nine help desks during normal opening times:
If your lateral flow test gives you a positive result, it's likely that you are carrying Covid-19. You must book a follow-up PCR test through the NHS website for confirmation, and follow self-isolation instructions.
You must tell the University by informing:
Reporting your results
It's important you report your test results, whether positive or negative. These results, once reported, will show on your NHS app, and can be used as proof of Covid status for entry into some venues and events.
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), along with used PPE like face coverings.
Drop these materials in the recycling bin at University Library, and when full, the bin will be collected by ReWorked who recycle the material into new products such as furniture.
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.