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Covid-19 testing

What do I do if I have symptoms or test positive?

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or receive a positive test please let us know immediately by completing the form on e:vision, that way we can ensure you are receiving the support you need and can carry out our own test and trace with students and staff as well as additional cleaning if required.

You should continue to self-isolate and follow any instructions received by the University or by NHS Test and Trace - this may include arranging a PCR test. 

What is the difference between PCR and rapid lateral flow tests?

  • PCR tests are mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
  • Rapid lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test

Grab a jab

Getting all doses of your Covid-19 vaccine is the greatest hope of keeping infection rates down. Anyone over 18 can visit a walk-in vaccination centre. You can find your nearest centre here, or you can book a vaccine appointment in advance by calling 119.

Black bollards with red tape outside the entrance of the shop in the Ricmond building atrium
A member of staff dispensing hand sanitiser from a pump bottle at the entrance to the Richmond building

Test and Trace

We are operating a Test and Trace Procedure for students, staff and visitors. The Test and Trace scheme is a key part of the UK’s ongoing response to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 symptoms section sets out what you need to do if:

  • You experience COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • You receive a positive test confirming that you have COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • You are notified by NHS Test and Trace or by the University that you are a contact of someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

These measures are necessary to limit the risk of COVID-19 spreading on campus, should anyone test positive for the virus. They will also help us to support you if you are unwell or need to self-isolate.

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Your responsibilities on campus

Each and every one of us has a responsibility to keep each other safe whilst we are on campus. We have worked hard to make sure our campus is COVID-secure, but we also need your help.

Social distancing

Social distancing is an important way in which we can reduce the risk of infection transmission within our community. Make sure you follow one-way walking routes around campus and adhere to new rules set out for physical teaching sessions and laboratories.

Two students wearing face masks are seated at a table in the Richmond building atrium


One of the biggest contributions you can make to your safety and that of others is to follow guidelines on best hygiene practice. Wash your hands regularly and make use of the hand sanitisers that have been installed across the campus.

A person dispensing hand sanitiser from a wall mounted unit

Face coverings

Everyone must wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces, including in lecture theatres, in the Atrium, Student Central and in campus retail outlets (Hidden Disabilities Sunflower lanyards are available from Disability Services - complete the form to apply).

This will include but is not limited to, wearing face masks in lecture theatres, in the Atrium, Student Central, and in campus retail outlets.

Student wearing a facemask