covid-19 testing

Page last updated 17/04/2021

Covid-19 test for students with no symptoms

Testing for students

 All Leeds Beckett University students, in Leeds, should take two Covid-19 tests a week, whether accessing campus or not.

Testing is available at both our City and Headingley campuses. You do not need to pre-book a test on campus, you can now walk up for your test.

Students can speed up the process by creating an NHS Test and Trace account.

Setting one up is simple and requires an email address and mobile phone number and means you will not have to re-enter your details every time you take a test, saving time for you and the NHS.

Regular testing has the potential to identify anyone who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is therefore unaware they have coronavirus. This will help break chains of transmission among households and reduce the risk of onward transmission. 

If you have symptoms, you must follow Government guidance and book an NHS test.

Testing for staff

Some staff are required to be on campus and we are now able to offer these colleagues lateral flow tests in line with the Government’s recommendations. These staff have been contacted directly by their manager.

What is the lateral flow Covid-19 test?

We have put arrangements in place for on-campus testing of students with no Covid-19 symptoms and prepared FAQs explaining the process.

The free lateral flow test involves a swab from your nose and throat that you take yourself. Your swab will then be tested by one of our onsite testing personnel to determine the result. The result isn't instant and isn't known to the university for each individual. Staff will be available at the testing site to help and guide you. The test may be a little uncomfortable but isn’t painful and takes around 15 minutes. You’ll need to follow social distancing by staying at least two metres from other people at the test site, including staff.

About 1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms. Lateral flow tests can detect the virus in people without symptoms and enable them to self-isolate quicker, helping to break the line of transmission. 
Testing reduces the risk of Covid-19 transmission. The more people that get tested, the better we can mitigate the transmission of Covid-19 to help protect your friends and lecturers and for your university experience to improve quicker and your education continue.
Lots of people taking lateral flow tests allows us to detect positive cases, take quick action to prevent the spread of coronavirus and break chains of transmission. 
Lateral flow tests have been through a rigorous validation programme.  Evaluations from Public Health England and the University of Oxford show these tests are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in universities. 

 

There’s an explanation on the differences between the two tests on the Government website.

Taking the test is voluntary and is just one of the measures that we can use to help stop the spread of the virus. You should continue to observe the Public Health England guidance on ‘hands, face, space’ as well as the Covid safety measures in place on campus. The current national Covid-19 restrictions can be found on the Government website.

The lateral flow test is designed to detect low levels of virus in individuals with no symptoms but who could still be infectious and pass the virus to others. By taking a test, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.

 

The Government is recommending that all students take two free lateral flow tests per week as one of the measures to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. If you test positive on either of your tests you must self-isolate for 10 days.

How can I speed up and simplify the regsitration process if I am having to test twice a week?
The Government highly recommends participants to register for an NHS Test and Trace account to speed up and simplify the registration process. Once an account has been created, a simple login will spare them the effort of re-entering their details the next time they get tested.

Participants can create an account or log in to their account by tapping ‘NHS Continue with NHS login’  saving their information for quick and easy future testing.

The free lateral flow test involves a swab from your nose and throat that you take yourself. Your swab will then be tested by one of our onsite testing personnel to determine the result.

The test will take about 15 minutes to complete.

A positive LFT result is less likely to be a false positive the more Covid-19 there is in the population. However, to ensure full accuracy, it is required that any positive LFD tests are confirmed with a follow-up PCR test.

More information on lateral flow tests can be found on the Government website.

It is expected that you will receive your results within 24 hours of taking the test. The average time is 39 minutes. You will receive a message with your results by text or email, depending on which details you provided when you registered.

You should limit your social contact and interaction with other students until you receive a second negative test.

We encourage you to bring your student ID card when coming onto campus. If you forget your card on the day of the test, an alternative form of photo ID, along with your booking confirmation email will be permitted. Please contact the Student Advice Hub Team if you have any further queries regarding campus cards on 0113 812 3000 or campuscard@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Who is eligible for a test?

This free test is open for all students who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 (asymptomatic).

All Leeds Beckett University students, in Leeds, should take two Covid-19 tests a week, whether accessing campus or not. 

If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must follow government guidance and book a test through the NHS website and self-isolate.

Where possible you should get tested at the same time as other members of your term-time household.

Some staff are required to be on campus and we are now able to offer these colleagues lateral flow tests in line with the Government’s recommendations. These staff have been contacted directly by their manager.

Any individuals contracted by the university to work on campus alongside staff and students are able to access testing at either testing centre. It is recommended that contracted employees provide evidence of the work they are undertaking, e.g. confirmation email, when they are attending their test.

If you have had a positive Covid-19 test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and have been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again. Government guidance says that if you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 90 days, you are likely to have developed some immunity. You only need to be tested again within 90 days if you develop new Covid-19 symptoms and that needs to be done via the NHS website using a different test and you will need to follow the latest guidance on self-isolating.

Government travel advice to and from the UK is being regularly updated. From 5 January 2021 the UK Government is advising against all international travel unless it is essential.

On 8 January 2021, the UK Government announced additional measures which mean that passengers arriving from all international destinations will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test result received within 72 hours before departing for England.

If you do intend to travel, you will need to provide evidence of your negative Covid-19 test result, you must also provide your journey and accommodation details via the passenger locator form. You will need to complete this within the 48 hours before you travel and show your completed form when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy, or showing it on your phone.

Passengers travelling from a country not on the exemption (travel corridor) list will need to self-isolate upon arrival. Please ensure that you fully read the guidance on how to self-isolate. This includes information on how to travel to the place where you are self-isolating, how to self-isolate in your accommodation and what to do if you get coronavirus symptoms during the process.

You can choose to pay for an accredited Covid-19 test from a private testing provider after five days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing you from the need to isolate from day 6. More information on the Test to Release scheme is available on the Government website.

All Leeds Beckett University students, in Leeds, should take two Covid-19 tests a week, whether accessing campus or not. 

This test is for Leeds Beckett University students. Friends and family can access community testing.

No, this test is aimed at students. Family members of students are not eligible. If family members experience COVID-19 symptoms, they must follow standard government guidance.

Yes. Even if you have had your first vaccination against Covid-19, we would encourage you to take two lateral flow tests when attending campus. It is still possible to contract and spread Covid-19 after having the first vaccination, so by accessing regular testing you will be helping to keep our campuses as safe as possible.

Where can I get a test?

Testing will take place at one of our two test centres at Headingley or City Campus.

•    Headingley – Tennis Centre, Carnegie Sports Centre, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QQ
•    City - Events Hall, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, Portland Building, Portland Way, Leeds, LS1 3HE

Campus testing maps

Our test centres at both campuses remain open. Testing will be carried out daily between the following hours:

Monday - Friday
City Campus 08:30 - 14:00
Headingley Campus 09:00 - 14:00

Campus testing maps

•    Your student / staff ID card
•    A face covering. You’ll need to:
o    Make sure it covers your mouth and nose
o    Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again. If possible bring your personal alcohol hand rub as you will be required to clean your hands before testing.

If you are showing symptoms, you must not book an asymptomatic test – instead, you must book a test through the NHS Test and Trace Service.

If you have symptoms, you should stay at your term-time address, must not come to campus or travel, and follow Government guidance on self-isolation. Anyone in your household must also follow Government guidance on self-isolation. You should follow NHS website guidance to get tested as soon as possible.

The closest testing site is the walk-through testing site at the Gryphon Sports Centre on the University of Leeds campus (Woodsley Road, LS2 9LZ) which is open seven days a week from 10:00 until 19:00. Full details about testing sites and other options such as postal testing kits are available on the NHS website.

What should I do if I’ve had a PCR test or have had/been around a positive case?

No, if you have had a positive Covid-19 test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and have been recorded as a positive case on the national system, you do not need to be tested again. Government guidance says that if you have tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 90 days, you are likely to have developed some immunity. You only need to be tested again within 90 days if you develop new Covid-19 symptoms and that needs to be done via the NHS website using a different test and you will need to follow the latest guidance on self-isolating.

Yes, please walk in for your test.

Yes, please walk in for your test.

What do I do when I get my results?

▪ Before you get a tested, should make sure you have arrangements in place to travel home safely in the event you test positive. 
You should walk, cycle or drive wherever possible.
 ▪ If driving, you should try to be the only person in the vehicle, but can share a car with their household or support bubble if necessary. You should open windows, wear a face covering and sit far away from others if sharing a car. 
▪ You should plan your journey ahead in the event you test positive, and should not use public transport or a taxi or private hire vehicle to return home.

 

If the first lateral flow test is negative, you should limit your social contact and interaction with other students until you receive a second negative test. Please continue to follow guidance on local restrictions. When you have received two negative tests you are able to visit campus for in person teaching and to access campus facilities.

If you receive a positive LFD result, you should arrange a confirmatory PCR test through the NHS as soon as possible. In addition, you should also:
•    self-isolate immediately
•    follow the stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

If you have a positive test, anyone you live with should follow Government guidance on self-isolation unless they are participating in the specific trial of regular testing for contacts – in which case they will be given specific instructions on what they can and cannot do during this period.

No, please follow Government guidance and self-isolate at your term-time address.

If your result is negative, you do not need to inform the University. If you are asymptomatic and have received a positive lateral flow test, you (and anyone you live with) should self-isolate immediately. You should then book a full PCR test as soon as possible. If the result of the confirmatory PCR test is positive, please inform the University. You only need to inform us if your confirmatory PCR test is positive.

The average time to receive your results is 39 minutes but it can take up to three days. If you don’t receive your results you can call the NHS on 119 to ask whether they have this information.

If your LFD test result is invalid or inconclusive, you will need to take another as soon as possible. 

Once you have provided a sample at the Test Centre and it has been anonymised (via the application of a barcode), the university will be unable to retrieve or extract your data. When you register your sample with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) they will become the Data Controller. They may, depending on the outcome of your test results, share your data with the NHS Test and Trace service and with Public Health England, who may in turn share your results with your GP and with the university.

To understand how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) processes your data, please visit the DHSC Data Privacy Notice.

Users can input their positive LFT result into the NHS app, using a token ID from CTAS which would then trigger self-isolation and tracing. They can also register their test result online at gov.uk or use the phone number in the test kit’s instructions.

Testing accessibility information

Assisted testing is available for anyone who may require additional help with the process – including assistance with the swabbing of their throat or nose, or help with reading instructions. If an assisted test is required, please inform staff upon arrival, when completing registration.

Appropriate face coverings need to be worn throughout the testing process whilst in the testing facility apart from when guided by a testing professional to remove it when your sample is taken.

Should you have age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering, please wear a visor to the site and alert the site manager about your situation as soon as you arrive at site so that they can take additional precautions. If you do not have a visor one will be provided for you.

Yes, should you have age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering, please wear a visor to the site and alert the site manager about your situation as soon as you arrive at site so that they can take additional precautions. If you do not have a visor one will be provided for you.

Other information

If you have access to lateral flow testing trust via your Trust you will not be required to take further lateral flow tests if you visit one of our campuses.

We've worked hard to make sure you feel safe and confident about being on campus. However, you should only come to campus when necessary.

You should also continue to observe the Public Health England guidance on ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ as well as any additional Covid safety measures in place on campus and any restrictions that are in place for Leeds.

Please check our 'be safe on campus' pages for more information.

The testing programme for students with no Covid-19 symptoms does not replace current testing policy for those with symptoms. This is a new technology to identify individuals who don’t have any symptoms, but who may be asymptomatic carriers and therefore could still spread the virus to others.

Please email Student Services: student.coronavirus@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.