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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.

LFD testing 

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

If you would prefer to take your LFD test at one of our test centres, we are offering on-site LFD testing in Exeter only - opening times can be found here. Please book your regular LFD test using the relevant Streatham or St Luke’s booking tab below.

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:

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.

Frequently asked questions

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.

The Government advises that if you have had a confirmed PCR test for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you do not need to be tested again within that time period if you do not have symptoms. This also includes not taking regular LFD's during this time unless you have symptoms. 

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.

If you have tested positive for the COVID-19 variant Omicron and NHS have confirmed this via Test and Trace, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of your vaccination status. People you have been in close contact with will also need to isolate, even if they are double vaccinated.  Please visit our self-isolating pages for support.

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. 

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.

Most infections with COVID-19 resolve within the first 4 weeks. “Long COVID” is an informal term that is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after an acute infection of COVID. Depending on how long you have ongoing symptoms for, it can be called one of 2 things:

  • Ongoing symptomatic COVID This is where your symptoms continue for more than 4 weeks. If your symptoms last for longer than 12 weeks, it will then be called;
  • Post-COVID Syndrome This is where your ongoing symptoms continue for longer than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by any other condition.

If you are concerned about any of your symptoms contact your GP – they should offer you an initial consultation and provide access to any further assessments or care that they determine you need. For more information on “Long COVID” then please visit the NHS dedicated guidance.  

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, it's reccommended to wear a face covering, 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 covering
  • 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.

If you are travelling to University from overseas, there are a few important things to consider. Please check our 'international travel advice' webpage to find out everything you need to know.

Disclaimer - LFD Testing

A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time. There is, however, the potential for the test result to be a false negative and that an individual is infected with Covid-19, but not yet have a high enough level of the virus for this to be registered by the LFD test. There is also the potential for an individual to become infected in the hours or days after taking a LFD test. It is therefore extremely important that every individual continues to test twice a week. 
Due to the potential for the LFD test to return an incorrect result to an individual, the University of Exeter cannot guarantee that the LFD test result an individual receives is accurate. Consequently, the University of Exeter does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the LFD Test and under no circumstances will the University of Exeter accept liability for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered by an individual which results from or is in connection with an individual having taken an LFD test provided by the University of Exeter.”