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Covid-19 testing information for March returners

Testing information for if you're coming back to campus this spring and planning on travelling home for Easter

9th March 2021

Following information released by the government on students returning to university and the communication sent out to students by Course Leaders, we'd like you remind you about testing requirements if you are returning to campus this spring. 


It is essential that all staff and students returning to campus and/or student accommodation are regularly tested for Covid-19.

  • You should book one test as soon as you return, and a second three days later.
  • Please ensure you minimise all social contact until you have received two negative test results.
  • We're making two tests available for staff and students per week for those who are regularly on campus. Please take into account your timetables and do not travel in just for a test. For example:
    • If you are only on campus Tuesdays, you will need to take one test every Tuesday morning.
    • If you are on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will need to take one test every Tuesday morning (not on Thursday, as tests should be three days apart).
    • If you are on campus on Tuesdays and Fridays, you should take a test every Tuesday and Friday morning.
  • If you receive a positive test, or have been asked to self-isolate, please let us know by emailing so we can make sure you are getting all the support you need. Staff should inform their Business Partner.
  • If your LFD test is positive for Covid-19 you should book a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible and you and your household group must self-isolate until you receive that result. If your PCR test is positive, you and your household group must self-isolate for 10 days in your current residence.

You can view our testing FAQs and book a test on our website. 

Easter break

Following updated guidance released yesterday, Monday 8 March, the government are permitting students to go home for the Easter period if necessary.

If you do decide to go home, please make sure you are tested before travelling in both directions. You can book a slot at our campus testing site here >

International students are also allowed to return home once for their Easter break, which includes a journey involving overseas travel. However, in order to minimise transmission, and because travel restrictions could change while students are overseas, making it harder for students to get back into England, the government strongly advise students not to travel, and to remain in their term-time accommodation.

Don't forget to keep checking our website for regularly updated information and FAQs.