Who are the tests for?

These Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are for all students and staff who do not currently have symptoms of Coronavirus and have not received a positive test for Covid-19 within 10 days.

If you do have symptoms, as a student you must follow our Isolate, Test, Tell guidance, if you are staff you must do the same and let us know.

Why is the University offering rapid Lateral Flow Tests?

The University wants to offer students and staff the chance to take a test and get a rapid ‘snapshot’ of whether they currently have Covid-19.

The tests form part of a Government programme to help keep you, our campus and wider communities safer by reducing the potential of the virus spreading.

It’s important to be clear that the test tells you whether you have Covid-19 at the moment you take it. It does not tell you whether you’ve previously had Covid-19. If you get a negative result, it does not mean you will remain Covid-negative for any specified length of time.

Therefore, it remains vitally important that everyone continues to observe Covid-19 guidance, including socially distancing, wearing face coverings when required and regularly washing your hands.

Are the tests free?

Yes, the tests are free of charge.

Are the tests mandatory?

The tests are not mandatory.

When are the tests available?

The tests are available from 4 January to 5 February 2021.

When should I take my tests if I am returning to Bath?

Take your tests on campus as soon as possible after your arrival and before accessing University facilities (e.g. the Library). You should also limit contact with others until you receive a negative test result.

What if I choose not to take a test when I return to Bath?

If you choose not to take a test, you should self-isolate for 10 days.

How do I book?

You can book your tests by using this online form.

You should aim to book two tests, three days apart.

If you are a student who has been away over the winter break, the first one should be as soon as possible after your arrival.

If you are a student who has remained on campus or in the city, or if you are a member of staff, you are welcome to book a test or tests in coordination with your return to campus.

What happens if I need to change or cancel my booked test?

Towards the bottom of your confirmatory email, you will find a link highlighted in blue – change your appointment - that enables you to amend or cancel your booking.

Should I take a Lateral Flow Test if I have previously tested positive for Covid-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days you are likely to have developed some immunity, and therefore a repeat test is unlikely to be necessary. If you do decide to take a LFT please ensure you do not do so within your period of isolation, or if you still have a high temperature, following the last confirmed test.

Where will the tests take place?

The testing site is at The Edge building on campus.

When attending, you must follow Covid-19 rules at all times including social distancing and wearing face masks where required.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your library card/staff ID, a face covering (unless you are exempt) and a wifi-enabled electronic device to register your test with the NHS Test and Trace website. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water for after the test.

What is the test like?

The test involves self-administering a nose and throat swab. The sample is processed on-site by trained operatives.

Who will administer the tests?

You will need to self-administer the swab following simple step by step instructions. Advisors will be on hand if you need assistance. Once you have completed the swab, you will pass this to a trained operator who will then complete the test process.

How will I find out my results?

You will receive an e-mail and/or a text message with your test results from NHS Test and Trace. Only you will receive the results from NHS Test and Trace. The University will not receive them.

What happens if I test positive?

If you receive a positive test result from NHS Test and Trace, you will be informed by them as to what action you should take. If you are a student you will need to let us know so we can offer you support, especially if you need to self-isolate in University-managed accommodation. If you are a member of staff please let us know.

How long will it take to find out my results?

You should receive your test results within 24 hours, and usually much sooner.

Watch: The national coronavirus testing programme at the University of Bath

Freya Jackson tells us about the national student Covid testing programme at the University, including where to get a test, the testing process and how to book.