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Keeping COVID-19 safe - get tested regularly
We are offering regular COVID-19 tests to all colleagues who are already working on, or plan to return to work on our campuses. It’s fast and easy.
If you are travelling to or from overseas, please visit our International Travel webpages
Home test kit collection
We have a number of different venues on and off campus where you can book a test and we are now offering free home test kits so that you can test yourself regularly in your own home.
Colleagues in Cornwall, please book to collect a home test kit from the Penryn Campus Sports Centre or Falmouth University’s Falmouth Campus Reception.
Colleagues in Exeter, you can drop into any of our campus collection points
Details on how to registrer your results can be found in the tab below.
Book your test at your nearest test centre
Remember - if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms however mild, you must follow a different test process to ensure we can prevent onward transmission. Book your test through our Rapid Response Hub.
If your test is positive:
If you receive a positive LFD test result, you must self-isolate immediately and book a confirmatory HALO/PCR test. You can do this by contacting the Rapid Response Hub or filling in our online results form:
- Exeter students and staff please use the Exeter COVID-19 online results form
- Cornwall students and staff please use the Cornwall COVID-19 online results form
If you're based in Exeter, you can also let us know via text. Just text your name to - 07481 343395
We’ll deliver this test to you and you’ll get the results within 24hrs.
If your result is negative, you’re free to come out of self-isolation.
If the HALO/PCR test confirms that you’re positive, you’ll need to continue self-isolating for 10 days. Your housemates will also need to self-isolate during this time.
Information on the support available to you if you test positive can be found on our dedicated self-isolation webpages.
If your test is negative:
If you have not been on campus before you should try to get two tests before you arrive. If both tests return negative results then you can consider that you do not pose a high risk and can begin working on campus, with the approval of your line manager. Please continue to follow our COVID-19 secure measures around campus and ensure you follow the Government guidance on hands, face, space to help us protect our community. Please continue to book two tests every week, to protect yourself and the University community.
Reporting your home test results
Once you get your home test result, you must report this to the Government’s online LFD result registration. Details on how to do this are included in your kit. You must report your result whether it is negative, positive or void.
If you test positive, you must self-isolate and also book a confirmatory HALO/PCR test. You can do this easily through the University and we offer a faster test result than the NHS testing process, which means you’ll be out of isolation much quicker. We can also offer you additional support throughout the process and during your period of self-isolation.
Don’t forget, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, the test you need is different. Please contact our Rapid Response Hub to book your HALO/PCR test.
There are a number of COVID-19 measures in place at our campus testing centres to make sure that everyone remains safe when getting a test. Our campuses are currently much quieter than usual, so you will find it straightforward to social distance on campus when travelling to the test site.
Everyone that enters a test centre is required to wear a mask, socially distance and sanitise hands at regular check points.
In the test centre there is strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedure (as set down by Department for Health and Social Care) and stringent infection prevention measures. All of our staff working at the test centres undergo thorough training on the testing process and COVID-19 safety measures.
You will do your test in a self-contained booth with someone to guide you through a perspex screen. After you leave the booth is cleaned using antiviral spray to a high standard.
In most cases you should have the results by text and / or email within 24 hours for our HALO tests and is likely to be sooner for LFD tests. If you test negative for either HALO or LFD testing, you can consider it safe to access shared teaching, study and social spaces. Please continue to follow our COVID-19 secure measures around campus and ensure you follow the Government guidance on hands, face, space to help us protect our community. Please continue to book two tests every week, to protect yourself and the University community.
If you have taken an LFD test or tests, if either test returns a positive result then an additional HALO test will also be offered and you can book this through our Rapid Response Hubs in Exeter and Penryn. If that is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days and our testing wellbeing team will contact you to check you have the support you need during this time. Please self-isolate and minimise your contact with others between a positive LFD test and your confirmatory HALO test.
You’ll also find details of all the support available to anyone who tests positive on our Coronavirus Advice for Staff website.
If we can’t read the sample it means it’s not possible to say if you were infectious when the test was done. You’ll need to book to take the same test again as soon as possible.
You do not need to self-isolate if your sample cannot be read. You only need to self-isolate if:
- you have or get symptoms of coronavirus
- someone you live with tests positive, or has symptoms and has not been tested yet
- you’ve been traced as a contact of someone who tested positive
- the test you provide identifies you as being asymptomatic.
No. Please do not return to University if anyone in your household has any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss of teste/smell) or has tested positive for COVID-19. You are required to complete 10 days in self-isolation from the date anyone in your household returns a positive test result. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 yourself, you must not travel until you have completed this ten day period in self-isolation. If you subsequently develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when symptoms start. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 while you are away from University, please seek a test through the Government testing service.
Once you have completed your time in self-isolation, you may return to campus paying careful attention to safe travel guidance and the restrictions in your local area.
It is possible for some COVID-19 tests to detect residual virus for some time after you have recovered from COVID-19 infection. This means that, even if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are no longer infectious, there is a possibility that you may return a positive COVID-19 test result.
Previous Government advice was that you should not get a PCR or LFD test if you have already tested positive in the past 90 days. This advice still applies to PCR tests. However since 27 January 2021 this advice no longer applies to the LFD tests that the University is currently using as part of the mass testing programme for students and staff. This means that if you have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you should still book two LFD tests a week to protect yourselves and our community.
The original advice remains in place for PCR tests such as those offered by the University’s supplier HALO. The HALO PCR test may pick up residual virus up to 90 days after an individual has had COVID-19 and recovered. Therefore anyone arriving from overseas who wants to use the Test to Release scheme (which requires a PCR test) cannot do so if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 3 months, If you do get tested and test positive, you will be required to self-isolate for an additional 10 days from the date you were tested thereby extending your time in self-isolation significantly.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 again, even if you have recovered from COVID-19 previously, please arrange a test immediately through our Rapid Response Hub.
We understand that circumstances may occasionally require you to change or cancel a booking for a test. If you need to do so, please follow these steps:
- If you have booked an LFD test after travelling to University from within the UK or after you have remained in your term time accommodation over the winter break, then retrieve your booking confirmation email which comes from “COVID-19 January Testing.” In this e-mail there is a link to ‘Change your appointment.’ If you click this link, you can change or cancel your appointment.
- If you have arrived in the UK from overseas and booked a HALO PCR test as part of the ‘Test and Release’ scheme, please contact the Rapid Response Hub to change your booking.
Yes. It can take several weeks for the vaccine to offer maximum protection from COVID-19. Furthermore, we don’t yet know whether individuals who have been vaccinated could still transmit COVID-19 disease to others. Therefore, any student or staff member currently using our campuses should to continue to get tested twice per week. Continue to book your tests through our testing pages for students or staff as appropriate.
No. The Lateral Flow Device test used in the University mass testing programme detects a different protein of the virus than the one encoded in the vaccine. The HALO PCR tests used for testing symptomatic cases detect different genes of the virus than the one included in the vaccine. There is no possibility that the vaccine will cause you to test positive for COVID-19 if you have not contracted the virus.
Please check what you need to do before arranging to travel overseas - our 'international travel advice' webpage has everything you need to know.
Before travelling back to campus, you should read the Government’s safer travel guidance for passengers. There are some key features to consider, including:
- make sure you review the latest government guidance for local restriction tiers by area
- if possible, travel using private transport rather than public transport
- if travelling in a private vehicle, avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or support bubble
- wearing a face covering while travelling unless exempt, especially if using public transport
- where possible, keep a safe distance from people from other households when travelling
- wash or sanitise hands regularly
- avoid the busiest routes where possible, as well as busy times like the rush hour
- download the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters
- if using public transport, book ahead wherever possible to let transport providers know you will be using the service
- please be aware of the latest Travel Advice for Trains from South Western Railway if you wish to travel by rail.
If you are entering the UK from a country not on the travel ban list, you may wish to utilise the Test to Release Scheme, to potentially shorten your time in self-isolation. Please note the Test to Release Scheme does not replace the separate Government day 2 and day 8 tests, which still must be booked and taken.
The scheme is not available to anyone who has been in or through any country that is subject to a travel ban in the 10 days before arrival in England. Please check that the country you are travelling from, or any country you are travelling through, is not on the travel ban list before booking a test for Test to Release.
The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.
Find out more on our dedicated Test to Release information page.
If you need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, please see our Coronavirus Advice for Staff for frequently asked questions and information, including specific advice for staff who need to self-isolate.