Covid-19 regular testing for staff

Staff who are expected to attend campus regularly for their work can have a test on a weekly basis to check whether or not they have Covid-19.

As part of our ongoing commitment to keeping our campuses as safe as possible, we have made arrangements for all staff who are working on campus to be tested regularly.

Any member of staff who returns to work on campus is asked to have a test prior to working and should also have at least a weekly test thereafter. If you are working on our East Midlands campus you can book a test using this form.

For colleagues in London testing is available Monday to Friday, and can be accessed on the ground floor between 10am and 2pm. Booking is not required in London.

What will happen if I have a test which turns out to be positive?

If your lateral flow test is positive, you will need to take a confirmatory PCR test. You will be asked to go home immediately and to self-isolate in line with government guidelines. We will inform the NHS Test and Trace service. You will need to advise your manager of your positive test.

How can I get a weekly test?

You can book tests online through this website.

I’ve heard in the press that the lateral flow tests are not very accurate, why are we using them?

There have been concerns about the reliability of lateral flow tests. A review by Oxford University found they could pick up 76.8% of cases, rising to over 95% for people with high viral loads, their sensitivity has been lower in 'real-world' scenarios. When mass-testing of the public was trialled in Liverpool, accuracy fell to 58%. This means accuracy was lower in a situation where the public were administering their own tests with little training. The void rate on the tests is seen to be indicator of how well the tests are being performed. We have an extremely low void rate, it is fair to assume that our detection rates are closer to the laboratory standard results.