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COVID-19 testing and reporting

Testing remains an important step we can all take in terms of looking after our own health and that of other students and staff. 

When planning to come onto campus, you must take a lateral flow rapid test before using any of our buildings or facilities, and take regular tests – ideally twice a week – thereafter. This will ensure that you are safe to carry out activities on campus and will help to minimise the risk of unknowingly infecting students and staff.

Please read through all of the important information on this page  - this will help to keep our campuses safe.

How can I get a test?

Undertaking a test is as simple as A, B, C.

The three main ways to take an asymptomatic rapid lateral flow test are: 

A: Swabbing Centre - LRV

The University will continue to operate on-site supervised lateral flow testing in the LRV (Leek Road) on the Stoke-on-Trent campus for staff, students, and the public. Lateral flow rapid tests are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

To book a lateral flow rapid test, please follow the instructions below: 

‘Walk in’ appointments are also possible, so please call in when you are on campus. 

B: Universities Home Testing Programme

All staff and students can now be part of the Universities Home Testing Programme, which allows everyone to collect a free home testing kit from the University. These free tests are available from the following main Collection Points, Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm:

  • Stoke-on-Trent – available at the LRV (open Tuesdays and Thursdays)
  • Stafford – available at the Security Lodge
  • Shrewsbury – available at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Information Point
  • London – available at Reception

We also have the below pop-up collection points on our Stoke-on-Trent campus to give you more options for collecting:

  • Cadman Main Entrance (College Road) – Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm
  • Squeeze Box (College Road) – Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm
  • Ember Lounge (College Road) – Monday to Friday 11am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 5pm to 11pm
  • College Road Shop – Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6pm
  • Verve (Leek Road) – Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm
  • Leek Road Shop – Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 7.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm

Every student and member of staff can collect one box of seven tests in the first instance and then return to the collection points when they have one test remaining.

There is no need to book a slot for collecting your home testing kits, please just drop in at the nearest collection point.

Please remember, lateral flow rapid testing is only available to individuals who do not display COVID-19 symptoms.

C: Community Testing Centres

Staff and students should take advantage of the lateral flow testing facilities operating in their local areas. Centres can be found by visiting ‘Find a rapid lateral flow test site in your area.

Many of these community testing centres offer home testing kits that you can take away and use to test at home – this is known as ‘universal testing’.

The lateral flow test kits from the University may vary to the home tests given out at Community Testing Centres. There are different types of lateral flow tests so make sure you read the instructions before you do the test, as they have different waiting times and tests require either a:

  • Throat and nose swab
  • Nose swab only

From Tuesday 11 January 2022, if you have a positive lateral flow test result, you must self-isolate immediately following the current Government advice, and you won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should still self-isolate and take a PCR test.

How do I use a home test?

For a step-by-step guide on how to use your rapid lateral flow home test kit to test yourself, please visit the Government website, read the instructions in the test kit or watch this NHS video guide.

How often should I test?

Two times per week

You should undertake a test twice a week, to help maintain our COVID-secure campuses, and to protect fellow students and staff and your wider friends and family.

We would encourage you to test even more frequently, particularly if you expect to be in a period of high risk that day, for example crowded and enclosed spaces.

Do I have to report my test result?

Test reporting is essential. Report Each Time.

It is vital that you report that you have been tested. Universities are monitored on the testing levels of staff and students, and this information informs Government policy on how universities can operate during the pandemic. Therefore, we must test and report that we have been tested.

How do I report my test result?

Depending on how you get tested, please report your test using one of the options below:

  • If you got tested at the on-site Swabbing Centre  – the staff at the centre will log that you have undertaken a test. There is nothing further you need to do.
  • If you visited a Community Testing Centre – you must complete our 10 second reporting form or visit Beacon and simply click the COVID-19 Test Report tile.   
  • If you used a Home Testing Kit from a Community Testing Centre
    • You must complete our 10 second reporting form or visit Beacon and simply click the COVID-19 Test Report tile.     
    • You will also be required to register your test and result with the NHS - details will be in the home testing kit instructions.
  • If you used a Universities Home Testing Kit – you will only be required to register your test and result with the NHS - details will be in the testing kit instructions. As part of this reporting, you will be able to select Staffordshire University from a drop-down menu.

Reporting your result to the NHS via the Government website

When you are reporting your result to the NHS via the Government website you will be asked to provide “the name or postcode of the education provider” - please enter Staffordshire University (ST4 2DF). 

What happens if my test result is positive?

You must self-isolate immediately if:

  • You have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, whether you are vaccinated or not
  • If you are not fully vaccinated* and you are in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

*Full vaccination means you must have received your final vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to close contact with a positive case.

From Tuesday 11 January 2022, if you have a positive lateral flow test result, you must self-isolate immediately following the current Government advice, and you won’t be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is a temporary measure while COVID-19 rates remain high across the UK.

Lateral flow tests are taken by people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should still self-isolate and take a PCR test.

Students: You must fill out the self-isolation form if you need to self-isolate. On submission of the form our COVID Support and Response Team will then be in touch to offer key support. Students can also contact the team via telephone on 01782 298 500 or via email covid-19@staffs.ac.uk.

Staff: If you need to self-isolate, please ensure that you advise your line manager as soon as possible. You should also email AskHR@staffs.ac.uk (9am-5pm Monday to Friday), as it is vital that a centralised record of any possible cases on campus is maintained.

Find out what action you need to take if your PCR test is positive for Covid-19.