Updated 4 March 2021
We are providing lateral flow rapid testing facilities on campus for students, postgraduate researchers and staff who are eligible to come onto campus and who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19 (known as being asymptomatic).
If you are a student returning to Leeds you are advised to book two lateral flow tests, three days apart on arrival in Leeds (or if you are travelling from outside the UK, at the end of your self-isolation period). For more information on returning to Leeds, see the Spring term arrangements.
We are also encouraging all staff and students who are on campus to take a twice weekly lateral flow test.
This regular testing will help break the chain of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and further ensure everyone’s safety on campus, enabling a return to face-to-face teaching for more students as soon as it’s possible.
The asymptomatic tests are easy to self-administer. Results will be sent by SMS or email via the NHS test and trace system within an hour. You should do another test if you do not get your result within 12 hours.
You can only book a test if you aren’t showing any coronavirus symptoms. It will help to identify if you are asymptomatic and carrying the virus – in which case you will need to self-isolate to avoid transmitting the virus to others.
Testing if you have any symptoms
If you are showing symptoms, you must not book an asymptomatic test. Instead, you must book a test through the usual NHS Test and Trace Service.
If you test positive at any time for COVID-19 please remember to let us know so we can support you.
Frequently asked questions
Booking a test
- How do I book a test?
- I’m already back in Leeds or didn’t leave Leeds over the winter break. Should I still take a test?
- Can I book both tests at once?
- Do I need to book soon?
- Can my housemates be tested at the University if they aren’t students?
- What should I bring with me to the test?
- What if I choose not to have an asymptomatic lateral flow test when I return?
- I have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Do I still need to take a lateral flow test?
- What happens if I test positive?
- What do I do if my results are negative?
- Where do I go to get tested?
- How long do the tests take?
- How and when will I get my results?
- How long will it take to get results?
- What should I do if I don’t receive my result after taking a test?
About the tests
- Do I need to self-isolate between two tests?
- How long should I wait between two tests?
- Do I need two tests or will one do?
- I’ve recently had a positive test result, using the NHS Test and Trace service (also known as a PCR test), do I still need an asymptomatic test before travelling from Leeds?
- I took a PCR test before travelling to the UK. Do I need to take another test in Leeds before I can access campus facilities?
- Other than me, who will see my results?
- For travelling purposes, is the asymptomatic test a PCR test?
- Is the University checking that people have been tested before allowing them to use the facilities?
- What is a Lateral Flow Device test?
- What is the difference between the tests?
Information for staff and postgraduate researchers
- Do I have to take the test before I can work on the campus?
- I only need to come onto campus once a week, do I still need two tests?
- I’m already working/I’ve already been working on campus – should I still take a test?
- How often should I take a test?
- I am working from home and not expecting to come onto the campus for work yet – can I still get a test?
Booking a test
Yes, please take an initial test followed by the twice weekly tests.
Yes, you can book your second test in advance. To do this you will need to submit two separate bookings. Please remember to cancel your second test if the first result is positive.
To ensure you get the test dates you want we recommend you book a test as soon as possible.
I’m a student. Can my housemates be tested at the University facility if they aren’t University students?
No. You need to be a registered University of Leeds student, postgraduate researcher or member of staff to book a test in University of Leeds testing facilities.
- A charged phone, laptop or device with confirmation of your booking.
- We need your student or staff ID card to verify your identity. Ideally please bring that, but if you don’t have it please bring another form of photo ID.
- A face covering or mask. Make sure it covers your mouth and nose. Wear it at all times except when your sample is taken. A staff member will tell you when you can take it off and put it back on again.
- If possible, bring your personal alcohol hand sanitiser as you will be required to clean your hands before testing.
- A bottle of water, if you want one as we can’t provide water at the testing centre.
All students are strongly encouraged to take an initial lateral flow test followed by the twice weekly tests. This regular testing will help break the chain of transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and further ensure everyone’s safety on campus, enabling a return to face-to-face teaching for more students as soon as it’s possible.
Yes, there is no guidance at this stage to state that receiving the vaccine means you are exempt from taking a lateral flow test. We request that you continue to take a test in line with the University’s guidance.
You need to continue with the twice weekly tests. Negative tests do not remove the risk of transmission – you must continue to follow good hygiene, wear a face covering (unless exempt) and observe social distancing measures.
The Asymptomatic testing facility is located in the refectory – follow the signage. Further details are on the booking form.
The testing process takes around 15 minutes.
You should receive a message with your results by text or email within an hour of taking the test. How you receive your results depends on which details you provided when you registered.
If you haven’t received your test results within 12 hours, please retake the test in the next available slot.
About the tests
If you test positive on either of your tests you will need to self-isolate.
If you test negative you do not need to self-isolate.
The two tests should be taken three days apart.
You need to do two tests. Research suggests that the asymptomatic test has been found to have a lower sensitivity than the NHS Test and Trace service (PCR test)with the potential to miss some COVID-19 positive cases. Taking two tests close to each other will pick up cases that were not present in the first round of testing.
I’ve recently had a positive test result, using the NHS Test and Trace service (also known as a PCR test), do I still need an asymptomatic test?
If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for COVID-19 you are likely to have developed some immunity and government advice is that you should not be re-tested within 90 days of that test, unless you develop any new symptoms of COVID-19.
I took a PCR test before travelling to the UK. Do I need to take another test in Leeds before I can access campus facilities?
Yes, please take an initial test followed by the twice weekly tests.
Once you have provided a sample at the Test Centre and it has been anonymised (via the application of a barcode), the University will be unable to retrieve or extract your data. When you register your sample with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) they will become the Data Controller. They may, depending on the outcome of your test results, share your data with the NHS Test and Trace service and with Public Health England, who may in turn share your results with your GP and with the University.
No. The asymptomatic test is a Lateral flow test, not a PCR test. You will need to check with your destination as to the rules and criteria they require for you to travel there.
No, due to the complexities of this a physical check will not be taking place.
You can encourage and remind others that there are testing facilities available on the campus and you may wish to signpost them to the booking website to arrange for a test.
The testing facilities are currently in place until further notice. This is under constant review by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Lateral flow antigen tests are intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate.
Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted on campus as a self-test with supervision from trained personnel.
These are for people with symptoms (such as the one located in the gryphon sports hall) and booked through the NHS Test and Trace process.
The PCR test looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). It requires a laboratory to be processed and it takes longer to receive the results.
Asymptomatic (lateral flow) tests
These tests are for people without coronavirus symptoms. They use a lateral flow antigen test, which detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus. These are quicker tests, that produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed.
FAQs for staff and postgraduate researchers
No, but we we encourage you to take a test as soon as possible followed by the twice weekly lateral flow tests.
In this case we would encourage you just to take the test on the day you are coming onto campus.
Yes. We are encouraging staff to take a test on a twice weekly basis.
We are encouraging all staff and postgraduate researchers who are working on campus to take a test on a twice weekly basis.
I am working from home and not expecting to come onto the campus for work yet – can I still get a test?
No. The testing facilities are solely for staff, postgraduate researchers and students who are working or studying on the University campus. Those not required to work or study on the campus should not attend just to be tested.
If you have a question that isn’t covered by the FAQs above, then please let us know by using this Microsoft form.