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Return to campus testing in the new year

The University of Bradford will be providing testing for all students (as well as staff) returning to campus in the new year who are showing no symptoms of COVID-19 (asymptomatic).

This is in line with government guidance and is part of the plan for students to return in a phased manner during January and February. Online teaching and learning will continue until 25 January 2021, with some exceptions for certain programmes. Your programme leaders will provide details.

We are strongly encouraging all students without symptoms to book appointments to be tested on return. You should book for two tests, three days apart. Please book your tests as close as possible to your return date.

The purpose is to make sure that should you need to self-isolate, you have the opportunity to do so, keeping everyone as safe as possible on returning to campus.

Testing will be taking place from 4 January 2021 until 8 February 2021. As before, it will take place in the Sports Hall at Unique Fitness and Lifestyle at the edge of campus on Great Horton Road. Parking is available on campus in all existing car parks except Shearbridge car park. This includes accessible parking areas.

The process is quick and simple. The tests are easy to self-administer, and results will be sent by SMS or email via the NHS track and trace system, usually in a matter of hours.

It's important to remember that even if your tests come back as negative, you must continue to abide by the government's guidance and restrictions, as well as the University's own guidance for when you are on campus. In particular, everyone should continue to observe the 'hands, face, space' message. Wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser, wear a face covering where required and keep social distancing - stay two metres apart. 

What does the process look like?

Please arrive at least five minutes before your appointment. You’ll need your University identification card, you’ll need to sanitise your hands and wear a face covering other than for the test itself (unless you have proof of exemption). Staff will be there to direct you, but the entrance is via the fire exit doors opposite the Chesham Building.

Below is a summary of the testing process. See the full testing process.

Before the test

You’ll be asked if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you are, you’ll need to book a test through the usual NHS Test and Trace Service.

You’ll then be shown to a testing pod where you will be given a registration card, a barcode and a swab stick in a sealed packet. You must retain your registration card as this will be the only record of your test. If there’s a delay in getting your result to you, this number will be used to identify your test swab.

You’ll need to scan a QR code or visit the government's Register a coronavirus test (lateral flow test) web page with your mobile phone and enter the details requested on the Gov.UK website.

The test

The next stop is the testing booth, where you’ll find all the equipment needed to carry out the test. There will also be instructions for taking the test, but essentially it involves using a swab to take both a throat and nose sample, which is then handed to one of the staff. Once you’ve done this, sanitise your hands and then leave by the entrance on Great Horton Road. That’s it. Just wait for your result.

Remember, you should have two tests, three days apart.

How to book a test

You can book a test appointment online.

It’s important to remember that even if your tests come back as negative, you must continue to abide by the Government’s guidance and restrictions, as well as the University’s own guidance for when you are on campus.

If your test comes back positive

You will need to take a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to confirm whether you have the virus, and you will have to self-isolate while waiting for the result.

You must also notify the University via e:vision.

Once the form is submitted, we will contact you to make arrangements to support your study and to make sure you receive further health and wellbeing support or other practical assistance.

If the result is positive from this PCR test, you will need to stay in your term-time accommodation for 10 days of self-isolation.

Arriving in the UK

If you are an international student arriving in the UK, please see our information on arriving in the UK.