Coronavirus testing for students
Covid information for students
To keep the campus as safe as possible, we are offering two types of testing for our students.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you can book a test with the NHS on campus to see if you are carrying the virus.
If you don't have symptoms of coronavirus you can book 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:
We encourage you to participate in this free voluntary testing so that we can monitor the virus at our University, and keep each other safe.
If you don't have coronavirus symptoms
If you don't have any symptoms you can be tested voluntarily for free as part of the University's screening programme.
The way you get a test will change due to a Government initiative to offer large-scale testing to students before the Christmas break. Depending on when you need to take your test, different slots will be available:
|Your planned test date||Test slots and locations||How to book|
|Monday 30 November - Wednesday 9 December||Spinnaker Sports Centre
Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm
|Thursday 10 December - Wednesday 16 December||Spinnaker Sports Centre
Monday - Friday, 10.00am - 4.00pm
|Booking will be available in due course|
Book your tests for travelling home for Christmas
Monday 30 November - Wednesday 9 December
We’re expanding our free testing services for students without symptoms to help you to travel with confidence to see family this Christmas, if you plan to do so.
It’s important that all students aim to take two tests, three days apart, before travelling during the Government's designated travel window between 3 and 9 December.
Once you receive your second negative result by text or email it’s important that you then travel as soon as possible. In most cases you’ll receive results within 48 hours.
This testing is only for students who don’t have symptoms, but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. If you have symptoms please instead book a test through the NHS portal.
To book a test:
- Book your two slots three days apart using the dates below
- Complete the online consent form you receive by email
- Read more what to do at the testing site and what to do afterwards.
Test dates at Spinnaker Sports Hall
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 including the facility at Eldon car park. This is run in partnership with the Government and Portsmouth City Council. Please be aware that availability may be limited at times as the national system deals with increased demand, and any changes in Government testing policy will affect this system.
Face coverings are mandatory at this facility except for babies and toddlers. If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, you can book an alternative test through the government portal below.
- Book an appointment through the Government's national booking portal
- Arrive at the facility at the correct time, and administer the swab test yourself. Follow the instructions provided.
- Test results will be sent by text or email.
- 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.