On campus Covid testing to be replaced by home testing from June 2021

Covid testing kit

  • 24 May 2021
  • 2 min read

With the end of the academic year, the demand for on campus tests has dropped and we will now free up the Spinnaker Sports Centre for other activities.

Over the time the centre has been open we have tested thousands of staff and students helping to identify early any positive cases and supporting students to self isolate safely. 

Our Spinnaker Testing Centre will be closing on 28 May, with a new home testing kit collection service starting on campus from 2 June.

Staff and students will be able to collect kits from the Collection Service Centre on the 5th floor of the University Learning Centre (the former Highbury College building) on Winston Churchill Avenue to test themselves at home. You can collect up to two home tests kits, each of which has 7 lateral flow tests, including instructions for their use and how to register your test results. 

While infection rates within the University and wider Portsmouth community is low it is still important to continue to get tested regularly. By doing this we can all help to keep the infection rate down and continue to enjoy the reduced restrictions on our day to day activities.

Information on where and when you can collect kits and more information on the process is available on MyPort.

Helping reduce plastic waste from testing

The use of lateral flow tests and PPE (such as facemasks) is really important but it does generate additional plastics waste  something as a University we are working hard to reduce. 

To help address this problem we're excited to announce that we will have PPE/used test kit recycling facilities available at Collection Service Centre on the 5th floor of the University Learning Centre (the former Highbury College building).

As long as you have not been Covid-19 positive at the time of use, please bring back your used test kits (in the plastic bags provided) or used PPE (like face coverings) to the Centre and we will have a bin you can deposit these into. 

When full, the bin will be collected by ReWorked who recycle the used kits/PPE into other products such as furniture.