Safe return to Campus
We're working with the Scottish and UK Governments to provide you with free NHS COVID-19 tests.
Tests are for students with NO COVID-19 symptoms.
Tests will be available to all students and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this, as part of your planned return to campus.
Getting tested will be an important step in ensuring that campus – and the wider Strathclyde community – is safe and that we minimise the risk of virus transmission.
Tests are for all students, whether you stay in residences, private accommodation or with family.
Do not attend our Test Centre if you have COVID-19 symptoms.Book your test
Rapid test for students
|Who's it for?||Students with no COVID-19 symptoms|
|How much is it?||Free|
|Where is the test centre?||Barony Hall|
|When is it?||
- Lateral Flow testing is a new NHS test
- the NHS tests are for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms
- the new tests are rapid and deliver results in about 15-20 minutes
- you must be tested twice
- the NHS tests are free
- the Strathclyde Test Centre has been designed in line with Government regulations
Do the right thing
The NHS tests are voluntary, but we strongly recommend that you take a test. The tests are for asymptomatic students.
You must book in advance. Book now and don't miss out.Book your test
What happens at the test centre:
You will need two tests, 3 to 5 days apart. The tests that are used at the Centre are less sensitive than other tests used by the NHS. Two tests are therefore recommended.
- if both tests are negative: you should continue to follow all Government advice and guidance to help keep you and the community safe
- if either test is positive: you should self-isolate and book another test through NHS inform. Please remember to inform the University using the COVID-19 Notifications Webform
Strathclyde COVID-19 Test Centre location
Our Centre is open during January and February 2021.
Appointments are available on Mondays and Thursdays.Book your test
Scottish Government Information for Students
The Scottish Government has published a useful guide and Frequently Asked Questions. It includes questions on the Testing Programme and returning to campus in 2021.
University of Strathclyde FAQs
We have produced our own FAQs below to help Strathclyde students understand more about our Test Centre in the Barony Hall.
We are working with the Scottish Government to deliver the UK Government’s student testing programme. This new NHS test is called lateral flow testing and it is a new rapid test which can deliver a result within 30 minutes.
Each eligible student will be offered two lateral flow tests. After the first test with a negative result, a second test should be taken between 3 and 5 days after this. The tests will be conducted on campus, by the University. The tests use a self-administered swab from the nose and throat, done under supervision in the Barony.
Your test should only take a few minutes to complete. You will receive a sealed swab and will be given direction on where in your mouth and nose you will need to swab.
If you receive two negative test results, you will know that you can travel home with minimal risk of infecting others. You should leave your current household within 24 hours of testing negative.
Testing will be available to all students and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this, as part of your planned return to campus. You are eligible whether you stay in residences, private accommodation or with family.
It is very important that:
- you have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days
- you do not currently have COVID-19 symptoms
- you have not been identified as having been a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
The tests we provide in the Barony are for students with NO COVID-19 symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms you should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test through the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.
The main COVID-19 symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you have booked a test through the Strathclyde COVID-19 Test Centre, please cancel your booking.
Students with no symptoms of COVID-19 are invited to take a test by booking online. You will then visit the Barony Hall at your allotted appointment where you will register your details on your mobile device and get tested by use of a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). Please remember to bring your smartphone.
You will receive your test results from the NHS. You must then follow national and University COVID-19 guidelines. The University will not be informed of the results of the test.
The NHS tests are voluntary, but we strongly recommend that you get involved. Taking the tests will allow you to know that you are keeping your friends and the Strathclyde community as safe as possible.
- arrive at the Test Centre five minutes before the time of your appointment
- make sure you have your University ID with you
- you'll need a smartphone to log your test details. Please have one with you if you can. If you don't have one, we'll be able to give you access to a smartphone
- wear a face covering and respect social distancing guidelines on campus
From the time of your appointment or booked slot, based on current experience with other pilot centres running in universities in the UK, we believe that the end-to-end testing process takes around 7-8 minutes (including registration), then 20-30 minutes for the test results thereafter.
You will need two tests, three to five days apart. The type of tests that we are using - lateral flow tests - are less sensitive than other tests used by the NHS which is why two tests are recommended.
When you arrive at the Barony, you will receive test kit, test card (with QR code) and a set of barcodes with a unique reference number. You will scan the QR code on test card and self-register your personal details on the Government registration portal.
You will need to use the unique reference number to complete your registration. This unique reference number is used to link you to your individual test samples and results.
You will then go to the test area and hand your barcode to a Strathclyde operative and self-administer a nose and throat swab under supervision.
The sample will then be processed by a trained operative with results uploaded to the Government website. The University will upload the test results and the linked unique reference number found on the barcode. Neither of these data are personally identifiable. Personal data relating to testing results will not be known or retained by the University.
You will then leave the Barony Hall (with barcode attached to test card) and will receive and act on test results received from the Government website either by text or email.
No, there is no cost to you.
In the Barony Hall, Rottenrow East, Glasgow
Yes, we will provide access to a smartphone at the Test Centre.
If you have tested negative once, you MUST get a second test. Book online here.
If you have tested negative twice, you should continue to follow all Government advice and guidance to help keep you and the community safe.
If either test is positive, you will need to self-isolate and book a further test using NHS Inform.
Please remember to inform the University using the COVID-19 Notifications Webform. And don't worry, we are here to support you if you test positive. Watch our video at the bottom of this page to find out more.
Lateral flow tests are less sensitive than the PCR tests used by the NHS for people who have symptoms. What this means is that they do not pick up all the same infections that PCR tests do. This is why we recommend two tests, ideally three to five days apart.
Please book your second test after you have received the results of your first test. You should book the second test three to five days after your first test has been carried out.
Lateral flow tests are very specific, which means that only a very small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive).
In mass testing, because so many people without symptoms are being tested there is still the possibility of getting a false positive result.
Therefore, if you test positive on a lateral flow test, you will be asked to have a confirmatory PCR test via NHS Inform to reduce the risk of a false positive. If you have received a positive lateral flow test, you should self-isolate until you have received a negative PCR test result.
Yes, testing is open to all students who plan to travel from their term-time address to another household at the end of term.
Asymptomatic testing at the University will utilise a Lateral Flow Device which is a clinically validated swab antigen test that does not require a laboratory for processing and can turnaround results within an hour at the location of the test.
Lateral Flow Antigen testing involves processing a throat and nasal swab sample with an extraction fluid and a Lateral Flow Device (LFD). The LFD detects a COVID-19 antigen that is produced when a person is infected with COVID-19.
Coloured strips on the LFD show whether the test is valid and antigens are present in the sample.
Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.
The Scottish Government is asking students to continue to act responsibly and follow the guidance and restrictions in place in the area where you are living over the winter break to minimise the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19.
They are also asking you to voluntarily reduce your social mixing for ten days before returning to university. This means going out only for essential reasons including learning, food shopping and exercise.
When you arrive at campus, you should also minimise your social mixing for ten days. This is to help minimise the transmission of the virus.
The Scottish Government has published guidance on this and other areas on the Student Information Scotland website.
The minimum possible personal data will be used by the University of Strathclyde to help facilitate the screening programme. Most of this data – such as your name, email address and accommodation address – will already be held by the University.
Do you have COVID-19 symptoms or need to self-isolate?
If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result, or have been asked by the NHS to self-isolate, or you are displaying symptoms, please notify us via the Covid-19 Notifications Webform. If you are notifying on behalf of someone else, or have an enquiry in relation to notification please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about what you should do if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, if you have received a positive test or if you have been asked to self-isolate.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our students is our priority. Find out more about the help and support you will get from the Strathclyde community if you need to self-isolate or quarantine due to Covid-19.
If you're planning to travel home over the Christmas break please check the travel requirements for your country and any transit stops.
Please note that you may need to arrange a private test that meets your destination country’s requirements- please check the requirements for your destination country carefully. The asymptomatic tests being offered on campus may not be accepted by other countries as proof of “fitness to travel”. The PCR tests offered by the NHS for those displaying Covid symptoms should not be used for this purpose and may not be accepted by the authorities in your destination country.
Scottish Government travel advice - end of term & Semester 2
The Scottish Government has also issued guidance on students travelling at the end of term.
Christmas - guidance for the festive period
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