Coronavirus
Strathclyde COVID-19 Test Centre

Regular testing at Strathclyde

We're working with the Scottish and UK Governments to provide you with regular NHS Lateral Flow COVID-19 tests. 

Tests are for Strathclyde students and staff who are studying, working and living on campus.

Getting tested regularly is an important step in ensuring that campus – and the wider Strathclyde community – is safe and that we minimise the risk of virus transmission.

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

Do not attend our Test Centre if you have COVID-19 symptoms. 

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Rapid tests for Strathclyde staff & students

Who's it for?

Strathclyde staff and students studying, working or living on campus.

Tests are for people with no COVID-19 symptoms.

How much is it? Free
Where is the test centre? Barony Hall
When is it?

Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday mornings

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Tests at home & in the community

You can now order COVID-19 Lateral Flow Tests online or pick them up from a site in your community.

You may prefer to do this than travel to campus. Find out more about this new service on the Government’s website.

Order lateral flow tests

Do the right thing

About Lateral Flow tests

  • Lateral Flow tests are NHS tests
  • the tests are for people with NO COVID-19 symptoms
  • Lateral Flow tests are rapid and deliver results in about 15-20 minutes
  • you must be tested twice
  • the tests are free
  • the Strathclyde Test Centre has been designed in line with Government regulations

Do the right thing

Lateral Flow tests are voluntary, but we strongly recommend that you take a test. The tests are for asymptomatic staff and students.

You must book in advance. Book now. 

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Getting your test

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    Arrive 5 mins early
    Visit the Test Centre five minutes before the time of your appointment
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    University ID
    Make sure you have your University ID with you
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    Bring your smartphone
    You'll need a smartphone to log your test details. Please have one with you if you can.
  • Face mask icon
    Face covering & social distance
    Wear a face covering and respect social distancing guidelines on campus

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Testing positive or negative - what happens next?

You will need two tests, 3 to 4 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.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus. 

Find us on campus

Strathclyde COVID-19 Test Centre location

Barony Hall
Rottenrow East
Glasgow

Opening hours

Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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Frequently asked questions

We are working with the Scottish Government to deliver the UK Government’s university testing programme. The NHS test is called lateral flow testing and it is a rapid test that can deliver a result within 30 minutes.

Every student and staff member who are working, studying or living on campus will be offered regular 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 either test is positive, you will need to self-isolate and book a PCR test using NHS Inform. Please remember to inform the University using the COVID-19 Notifications Webform.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

Students

Testing will be available to all Strathclyde students whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research student. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this. You are eligible whether you stay in residences, private accommodation or with family.

You must be a Strathclyde student. Students from other institutions should check with their college or university to find out what their arrangements are.

Staff

Testing will be available to all Strathclyde members of staff who are working on campus. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this.

Everyone must note that 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. 

Yes, you must continue to get tested regularly even if you have received both doses of vaccination.

Students and staff who are working, studying or living on campus and have 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, family and the Strathclyde community as safe as possible.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

Our Test Centre is open. Appointments are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

Only pre-booked appointments will be accepted at the centre. Please book online here.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

  • 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, 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 to ensure an accurate result.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

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 a PC at the test centre but you must be able to provide a mobile phone number for test results.

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.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus

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 four days apart.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

Please book your second test after you have booked your first test. You should book the second test three to four days after your first test will be carried out. Our Test Centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

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.

Regular testing

We recommend that you get tested regularly. You can book as many tests as you need to support your time on campus.

No. Like anyone in the population if you have symptoms you should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test through NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816.

If you have booked a test through the Strathclyde COVID-19 Test Centre, please cancel your booking. 

You must follow the guidance on international travel and quarantine as appropriate when arriving back in Scotland. 

If you can’t attend your appointment please cancel it. This allows the appointment slot to be used by other Strathclyde students and staff.

Yes, testing is open to all students.

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 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.

Read our Privacy Notice for our COVID-19 Test Centre

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 covidnotifications@strath.ac.uk.

Are you experiencing Covid-19 symptoms?

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.

Support for students who need to self-isolate or quarantine

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.