Who are the tests for?

These Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are for all students 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, you must follow our Isolate, Test, Tell guidance.

Anyone currently in self-isolation may leave isolation for the purposes of taking a test, unless you have symptoms. At all times you must follow Covid-19 guidelines including observing social distancing and wearing face coverings where required.

Are the tests free?

Yes, the tests are free of charge.

Are the tests mandatory?

The tests are not mandatory. They form part of a Government programme to provide assistance in keeping you, your families, friends, and communities safer by reducing the potential of the virus spreading while there is increased travel over the winter break.

When will the tests be available?

We will be running testing between Monday 30 November and Wednesday 9 December to enable you to travel within the Government’s ‘student travel window’ which runs from 3 - 9 December. However, we will have tests available until at least 14 December if you are unable to travel within the window (e.g. if you are a doctoral student who has research work to complete) and further details will be published in the coming 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, with the second test around 24 hours before you intend to travel.

How many tests do I need?

The Government advises that students should take two tests, three days apart. The scheme aims to offer our students two tests. There is provision in the Government guidance to offer one test if availability is restricted, and we will update you on our capacity once the booking system opens.

How many test slots can I book?

The recommendation is that you take two tests, 3 days apart. Out of consideration for all of our student community we ask that no-one books more than 2 test appointments, so that the largest possible number of test slots are available to everyone. If someone books more than two tests we may cancel the excess appointments.

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.

Can I leave self isolation to take a Lateral Flow Test?

If you are self-isolating but you do not have symptoms, you should take a test, following Covid-19 rules including social distancing and wearing a face covering.

If you then test negative, you can travel, using private transport wherever possible, but must continue to self-isolate at your destination for a period of 14 days.

If you are self-isolating due to a previous positive Covid-19 test, you should follow the advice in the previous question.

Where will the tests take place?

We have two testing sites: one on campus at The Edge building and one at our Dartmouth Avenue building in Oldfield Park at Unit 1 Linear Way, Dartmouth Avenue, Bath, BA2 1AS.

You should book a test at your nearest site. Students living in the city should try to use the Oldfield Park site and students living on campus should try and use The Edge site.

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

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 should begin self-isolating. You will need to let us know so we can offer you support, especially if you need to self-isolate in University-managed accommodation.

When you receive your test results NHS Test and Trace may give you further instructions.

After your isolation period is over, you can travel to your destination.

What happens if my tests are negative?

If you receive two negative tests you should arrange to travel as soon as possible (and in any case within 24 hours) following the second negative test.

How long will it take to find out my results?

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

What happens if I test negative but someone in my household tests positive?

If you receive a negative test result but are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you can choose to travel but must complete your self-isolation at your destination for a period of 14 days. Please be mindful of any vulnerable people in your destination location when making this decision.

You should use private transport wherever possible, but if you have no other option than to use public transport you should follow safer travel guidance for passengers and strictly observe social distancing measures, wear a face covering and wash your hands thoroughly and regularly during the journey.

What do I need to do in order to prepare to travel?

Whether you are travelling in a private vehicle or on public transport, please read the Government’s ‘Safer travel’ guidelines

In order to support those of you making long international journeys, the university is providing free transport to both Heathrow and Bristol airports.

What happens if I am unable to travel during the student travel window?

Government guidance is clear that students should travel within the student travel window. We are staggering the end of in-person teaching to allow for this. The dates of the student travel window have been selected to enable you to travel to your destination for the festive season even if you receive a positive test result and need to self isolate for 10 days.

If you are unable to travel during this window, we will try to make sure we have tests available after this time, but encourage you to use the travel window if it is possible to ensure you can get to your destination for Christmas if you wish to do so.

I am intending to travel internationally and need a PCR test – what do I do?

This Government scheme uses lateral flow tests, not polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

If you need a PCR test for international travel we can support you, please fill in our booking form. You will need to take this test at least 3 days before you travel in order for you to receive the results in a timely fashion, so please get in touch with us as soon as possible to make arrangements.

In order to support those of you making long international journeys, the university is providing free transport to both Heathrow and Bristol airports.

When will testing be available for staff?

We are currently exploring how we might make testing available to certain staff groups after 9 December. We will provide further information on this as soon as it is available.

Where can I find more information?

For more information please visit the Office for Students end of term 2020 FAQ.