covid-19 testing

Page last updated 19/11/2020

Covid-19 test for students with no symptoms

Testing for students

The Government is recommending that all students take a free lateral flow test for Covid-19 before returning for any in-person, on campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities.

Testing will be available at both our City and Headingley campuses from Tuesday 5 January to Sunday 14 February.

Booking is now available via MyHub.

The Government recommends that two tests be taken, three days apart, as close as possible to the start of teaching.

You will be asked to book both tests when you complete the booking form. Your second test should be three days after the first and as close as possible to your first in-person, on-campus teaching.

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 any additional Covid safety measures in place on campus and any restrictions that are in place for Leeds.

Testing for staff

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

FAQs

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.

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

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’ as well as any additional Covid safety measures in place on campus and any local tier restrictions that are in place for Leeds.

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

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

It is recommended that all students should book a test before they return to any in-person, on-campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities.

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 colleagues will be required to be on campus to support ongoing university provision. If you are required to work on campus your manager will confirm this with you. Those colleagues required to be on campus can now book two lateral flow tests in line with the Government’s ‘test to return’ initiative. Your manager will contact you to let you know how to book your test.

Taking the test is voluntary and is just one of the measures that we are continuing to use to keep our university community safe. You should continue to observe the Public Health England guidance on ‘hands, face, space’ as well as any additional Covid safety measures in place on campus and any restrictions that are in place for Leeds.

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.

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 book a test.

Yes, please book a test.

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 and local tier restrictions that are in place for Leeds.

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.

 

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.

Appointments must be made in advance. Testing is available until 14 February but we encourage you to take into consideration when your on-campus, in-person activities start. Tests need to be booked by 08:00 am the day before you want to get tested. Booking a test is simple and quick, please follow these steps:

•    Click on the booking form link, which takes you to MyHub. The form will open automatically once logged in and your personal details will already be populated.
•    Choose Headingley or City Campus for your test and then the date and time you would like to attend. If there are no slots at City, please check Headingley where we have greater testing capacity.
•    Agree to the consent statement to process your booking.
•    Your booking will be confirmed with an email. On the day of each test you will get a reminder text message.
•    Booking is available from 5 January until 14 February, but we encourage you to book as early as possible. Testing is open until 14 February. If you're not able to make your test slot please cancel so it can be released to another student.
 

Please revisit the booking form and try to book an alternative slot.

Tests need to be booked by 08:00 am the day before you want to get tested.

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.

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

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 will be open from Tuesday 6 January until Sunday 14 February. Testing will be carried out daily between the following hours:

January 2021

Tuesday 5 to Friday 8             09:00 – 16:00

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10     11:00 – 15:00

Monday 11 to Friday 15          09:00 –16:00

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17  closed

Monday 18 to Friday 22         09:00 – 16:00

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24  closed

Monday 25 to Friday 29          09:00 –16:00

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31  closed

February 2021

Monday 1 to Friday 5              09:00 –16:00

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7       11:00 – 15:00

Monday 8 to Friday 12            09:00–16:00

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14   11:00 – 15:00

Campus testing maps


•    Your student / staff ID card
•    Your phone, and/or confirmation email. If you do not have one of these then a staff member at the site will help you
•    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.

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.

The Government is recommending that all students take two free lateral flow tests for Covid-19 before returning for any in-person, on campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities. The test is for those with no symptoms.

If you test positive on either of your tests you will be required to take a test through the NHS Test and Trace service and will need to self-isolate until you receive the result of this test.

You should still book and take the first test that is available to you in the booking system and then book a second test as close to three days later as possible.

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.

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.

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.

If your result is negative you don’t need to let us know. If your result is positive please inform us.

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 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.

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

If you do test positive for Covid-19, you must book a test through the NHS Test and Trace Service. You should stay at your term-time address, self-isolate immediately and inform Leeds Beckett through the online reporting form. On confirmation of a positive test through the NHS Test and Trace Service you should follow Government guidance.

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.

Yes you can return and get tested. Book your slot here.

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

If you need to cancel your booking, simply click here, if you aren’t already signed into MyHub you’ll need to sign in. Select ‘Booking form: Covid-19 test for students with no symptoms’ from  the list of form submissions, if you have more than one appointment booked check this is the one you want to cancel, then click ‘Delete submission’ under actions at the top of the page.

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.

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.

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.

The Government is recommending that eligible students take two free lateral flow tests for Covid-19 before returning for any in-person, on campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities. The test is for those with no symptoms.

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

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

You may be able to access lateral flow testing through your local community testing programme or through the community testing programme in Leeds.