If you are travelling to or from overseas, please visit our dedicated travel webpages for information.
Be a part of the study and find out more about how you can be involved by visiting our website.
Please visit our Rapid Response Hub for further information.
Keeping COVID-19 safe - get tested regularly
It continues to be vitally important that everyone gets tested twice a week, every week, to help protect our University community. It’s fast and easy.
We have a number of test centres across our campuses where you can continue to get tested with either LFD or PCR/HALO, or collect an LFD home test kit to test yourself regularly at home. Locations and opening times are available on our website. The types of tests we have available are outlined below:
Symptomating testing - HALO/PCR tests
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please click on the Streatham PCR/HALO button. You must ensure you register on the HALO testing system BEFORE you arrive at the testing centre. Details of how to do this can be found on our designated webpage. More information on our PCR/HALO testing is available on our Rapid Response Hub.
Home test kit collection
We are now offering free home test kits so that you can test yourself regularly in your own home. Please ensure that results of home test kits are reported as per the instructions included in your home test kit box.
Colleagues in Cornwall, please book to collect a home test kit from the Penryn Heart Reception or Falmouth Campus Reception.
Colleagues in Exeter, you can drop into any of our collection points on campus - opening times on our website
Book your test at one of our test centres
Book your regular LFD test using the relevant button below. Please note, LFD testing is no longer available on Penryn Campus and colleagues should collect a home test kit as outlined above.
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 via the Government booking website
Please ensure you let us know your results via 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
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 if they do not meet the current isolation exemption rules.
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 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 enter the LFD University of Exeter postcode - EX4 4RN. 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 Government booking website
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 symptomatic 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.
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.
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 this webpage.
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
- check with your operator reagrding policies they may have in place
- keep windows open for ventilation, where possible
- if using public transport, consider travelling at off-peak times, and using quieter stations and stops
- if travelling in a private vehicle with others, keep windows open and consider wearing a face mask
- where possible, keep a safe distance from people from other households when travelling
- wash or sanitise hands regularly
- 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.