Please visit our staff testing webpage for further information.
Be a part of the study and find out more about how you can be involved by visiting our website.
We have created a letter which lets you know what to do if there has been a positive case in your student household. You can view or download this letter below:
Keeping COVID-19 safe - get tested regularly
All students, who have returned to term-time accommodation (private or University residences), should get tested twice a week, every week. 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.
Students in Cornwall, please book to collect a home test kit from the Penryn Campus Sports Centre or Falmouth University’s Falmouth Campus Reception.
Students in Exeter, you can drop into any of our campus collection points
Details on how to register your results can be found in the 'Reporting your home test results' 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. 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.
How to report your home test kit result – choices to make:
Who was the test for?
Please select Option 2
- A nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider
Which of these best describes you?
Please select Option 1 or 2
- Work for a nursery, school, college, university, childcare provider or other education provider (teaching and other staff)
- Go to school, college or university (students and pupils)
What's the name or postcode of the school, college or university?
Please input Exeter and look for the relevant LFD Exeter University site*. Please do not enter ATS site ID
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.
*Sites (if you are unable to find the correct site please ensure you select an LFD: Exeter University option)
|LFD: University of Exeter, Lemon Grove Streatham||EX4 6TG||Test site ID: BGKU|
|LFD: University of Exeter, St Luke's Sports Hall||EX1 2LU||Test site ID: BGKW|
|LFD: University of Exeter, Streatham Sports Hall||EX4 4QN||Test site ID: BGKX|
|LFD: University of Exeter, Drive Through Car Park B Streatham||EX4 4RN||Test site ID: BGKY|
|LFD University of Exeter, Devonshire House Streatham||EX4 4PZ||Test site ID: BGOA|
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.
The Government has announced that students in Higher Education can return to face to face teaching from 17 May. Students will now begin to see physical locations revealed in MyTimetable for activities that will take place from Monday 17 May.
Please ensure you complete COVID-19 LFD testing on arrival to campus, being tested twice, three days apart.
Whilst not mandatory, we recommend that you book two tests, every week – this will help us protect our University community and allow us to manage any infection and subsequent transmission.
If you live at university, you should not move back and forward between your permanent home and student home during term time.
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.
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.
Government Guidance for Students Returning to Campus in the 2021 Spring Term relating to this topic has been updated:
If a student has recently (within 90 days) tested positive for COVID-19, they are likely to have developed some immunity. If a student has had a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test in the last 90 days through NHS Test and Trace and been recorded as a positive case on the national system, they do not need to be tested again within that time period if they are asymptomatic. They are still required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive case, even if this is within the 90 day window.
This means that if you have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you do not need to get tested provided you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Please note this means that anyone arriving from overseas who wants to use the Test to Release scheme cannot do so if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. 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.
In most cases you should have the results by text and / or email within 24 hours for our HALO tests and 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. Make sure you follow the COVID-19 rules for the tier that Exeter or Penryn is in at the time.
Positive case arriving from within the UK:
If you receive a positive LFD test result, this triggers the legal requirement for you to self-isolate for 10 days from when you tested positive. Your household will also need to self-isolate, so you should inform anyone you live with as soon as you test positive. You should expect to be contacted by NHS Test and Trace to establish your whereabouts and close contacts in the previous 48 hours to the test.
We also ask that you let us know if you test positive by completing the results form here. This is so that we can provide you with any support you may need as quickly as possible and take action such as informing our accommodation team that your household is in isolation.
Positive ‘Test to Release’ result: If your HALO ‘Test to Release’ test returns a positive result then you will need to continue your self-isolation for an additional 10 days from the day you took your test. Our testing wellbeing team will contact you to check you have the support you need during this time.
If you need to self-isolate, you’ll find details of all the support available to you on our dedicated self-isolation webpages.
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.
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.
Everything you need to know about travelling overseas either to or from University can be found on our 'international travel advice' webpage - please check this before making any travel arrangements.
If you are entering the UK from a country classified as amber, 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.
Please check that the country you are travelling from, or any country you are travelling through, is not classified as red list or green 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.
Please always follow the latest advice and guidance from the NHS organisation where you are on placement as these instructions may differ from the general University and public advice - because of additional NHS requirements which exist for staff and students who work and study in healthcare settings.
No, students studying health programmes do not need to undertake the LFD tests if you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days.
Please contact your Trust Occupational Health Department to get a confirmatory PCR test. Please isolate whilst you obtain this test and the result. If the PCR test is negative, you can come out of isolation and continue with placements and on campus learning. If the PCR test is positive you must isolate for 10 days and follow the isolation advice and stay out of placement for 14 days. The isolation starts either from day of start of symptoms or date of your COVID-19 test if asymptomatic.
Please contact the COVID-19 HR Absence Hub at the RD&E or your local Trust for a PCR test. If you are away from the University, please get a test at a Government testing centre. You must self-isolate until you have your result.
You must self-isolate for 10 days from the day after the date of first symptoms or date of test if asymptomatic. You must also inform the Trust OH department and the University via the self-declaration form (below) that you have tested positive. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days if you are hospitalised for COVID-19.
We also ask that you let us know if you test positive by completing the relevant results form:
Self-declaration form - fill in the form here
Every time you use an LFD, you must log the result with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, even if the result is negative. If the result is positive, please get a confirmatory PCR test via the Trust and follow the guidance above.
Yes, this is vital. If you are coming back to campus, please start undertaking the twice weekly LFD tests and ensure you have a negative result before restarting placements.