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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 take a test as soon as you arrive on campus before using any University facilities or attending face-to-face sessions.  Please remember that you are required by the Government to carry out a PCR test, following a positive Lateral Flow Test result.

Please remember that even if you have had one or both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination, you can still catch the virus and you can still pass it on to others. It is important that you continue to get tested regularly.   

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

You can also view a simple step-by-step guide on testing and reporting at the University via our Beacon app. 

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 at the LRV*

The University will continue to operate on-site supervised lateral flow testing at the LRV Swabbing Centre on the Stoke-on-Trent campus for staff, students, and the public. Lateral flow rapid tests are available between the hours of 9.30am and 3.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

To book a lateral flow rapid test at our LRV Swabbing Centre, please follow the instructions below: 

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

*Please note, the testing centre will be moving from the LRV to a marquee behind the Sports Centre on our Leek Road site from Monday 27 September 2021.

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
  • Stafford – available at the Security Lodge
  • Shrewsbury – available at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Information Point
  • London – available at Reception

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

  • Cadman Main Entrance – Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm
  • Squeeze Box – Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 4pm

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 local 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 now 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

Following a positive Lateral Flow Test result, you must book a PCR test via the NHS portal to be absolutely certain that you do have the infection, and that you do need to self-isolate for 10 days from the original test result. 
 
Please remember that even if you have had one or both doses of your COVID-19 vaccination, you can still catch the virus and you can still pass it on to others.

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.

Please remember that even if you have had one or both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine, you can still catch the virus and you can still pass it on to others. If we don’t continue to test regularly, we could unwittingly play our part in the further spread of the virus.

Therefore, please take a test twice per week, whether you are on campus regularly or not, to keep everyone safe.

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 Swabbing Centre at the LRV – 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”.

    If you are new to the platform, please either enter Staffordshire University (ST4 2DF) or Staffordshire University (E20 3BS) for our London campus.

    If you have used the platform before and have an account, the education provider details may autofill to Staffordshire University: BEPM or Staffordshire University: BEQE (for London). If not, please enter Staffordshire University (ST4 2DF) or Staffordshire University (E20 3BS)

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.
 
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.

If you are fully vaccinated (you received your second vaccination at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case), and you don’t have any symptoms, the University’s position is in-line with the Government guidance that states you do not need to self-isolate as the protection from the vaccine replaces the need for contact isolation. 
 
PCR testing is advised by the Government if students have been a close contact, and all students and staff are still encouraged to take regular lateral flow tests and report their results through the Government website.
 
Staff: You should self-isolate immediately. 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.

Following a positive Lateral Flow Test result, you must book a PCR test via the NHS portal. This is to be absolutely certain that you do have the infection, and that you do need to self-isolate for ten days from the original test result.

If you are fully vaccinated (you received your second vaccination at least 14 days prior to contact with a positive case), and you don’t have any symptoms, the University’s position is in-line with the Government guidance that states you do not need to self-isolate as the protection from the vaccine replaces the need for contact isolation. 
 
PCR testing is advised by the Government if students have been a close contact, and all students and staff are still encouraged to take regular lateral flow tests and report their results through the Government website.

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