Test to help protect your fellow students, staff and the community when you arrive on campus.
Due to the national lockdown measures now in place, the government has asked all universities to help reduce the number of students travelling to university following the winter break. The information below will explain when your face-to-face teaching or assessment will commence and help influence your campus arrival date - whether you are returning to continue your studies or commencing a new course. For further reassurance, we will be offering everyone weekly Covid-19 testing. This will be available whether you have travelled to campus or stayed in or around the city during the winter break and national lockdown measures.
Testing will help identify and isolate any positive cases early cases and, hopefully, reduce onward transmission of the virus to your fellow students, staff and the wider community.
The plans outlined below will support the government’s programme for the safe movement of students and national lockdown measures. All you need to do is arrange your arrival date, based on the guidance below, and book tests – please follow the step-by-step approach below:
The government has recently updated its guidance for students returning to University or commencing their studies in the spring term. Find out what this means for you below:
The government guidance recognises that some students have remained on campus during the break and others may have a compelling reason to travel before the start of their in-person teaching – for example because they are unable to study from home, need to sit their online exams on campus, do not have alternative accommodation or for health reasons.
Students travelling to campus for these reasons and those who have remained in Nottingham should also book weekly Covid tests through the University Testing Service (see below). Ultimately, your return date is up to you but, regardless of when you return, your in-person teaching, placements and assessments will not commence until the date notified to you by your school.
Campus facilities such as libraries, study spaces and catering and retail outlets will remain open to support those on campus from the start of term. However, our sports provision will be curtailed in line with the national lockdown measures which came into force on January 5.
If you are an international student travelling to England you must present a negative test result up to 72 hours prior to your departure. From Monday 18 January, if you are unable to present a negative test result, you may be fined £500 on arrival into England.
Arrivals and testing hubs will be set up at East Midlands Conference Centre (EMCC) on University Park (building #60 on map), Portland Building (building #15 on map), Coates Building (building #36 on map) and at Jubilee Hall, Jubilee Campus, so you can pick up your keys and access testing before joining your household.
EMCC hub is for students in Willoughby, Cavendish, Ancaster, Nightingale, Beeston, Rutland, Sherwood, Derby, Lincoln, Lenton, Cripps, Hugh Stewart, Dagfa and Varsity Halls as well as those at the Orchard Hotel.
Jubilee Hall hub is for students in Jubilee, Southwell and Melton Halls.
You will all be asked to book a date/time slot for your arrival on campus. When you book this, you will automatically be booked in for tests to take place at the same time.
We are asking all students in University-managed halls to take BOTH an Asymptomatic (saliva) test and a Lateral Flow (swab) test. These will both be available at the EMCC.
You should limit contact with others while you await your result – this will reduce the risk of transmission between housemates and reduce the risk of whole households having to isolate. The Lateral Flow test will give a same-day result and enable those who test positive to isolate immediately and seek a confirmatory NHS (Pillar 2) test. The Asymptomatic Test has greater sensitivity, returns results usually within 24 hours and can tell you whether you are in the earlier stages of infection. If you test positive through the Asymptomatic Test, you will again need to isolate in line with Government guidelines and seek a confirmatory NHS (Pillar 2) test.
The Jubilee Hall arrivals hub will offer the Asymptomatic (saliva) Test only. These students will also have the opportunity to take a Lateral Flow (swab) test at EMCC and can find out how to do this from staff at the Jubilee Hall hub. You should limit contact with other people until you receive a negative result..
You will be asked to liaise with your housemates and agree a suitable and staggered arrival date.
You will all be invited to book a test via our Asymptomatic Testing Service once you know your date. Please use the booking system below to book a test on the date you plan to arrive in Nottingham.
Asymptomatic testing will be available at Portland and Coates Buildings on University Park, at Jubilee Hall on Jubilee Campus, Sutton Bonington and at the Royal Derby Hospital. You can choose the location that best suits your needs, but you should limit your contact with other people until you receive a negative result (usually within 24 hours).
Students located near Royal Derby Hospital do not need to book, you can collect and drop off your sample at the Building Attendant Office, Main reception (Tuesday and Friday, 9am – 2pm).
If you test positive, you will need to isolate in line with Government guidelines and seek a confirmatory NHS (Pillar 2) test.
We are actively planning testing locations off campus which may suit you better and we will advise you of these once they have been secured.
Please see guidance on the importance of weekly testing.
Click the link below and then select your chosen location from the "Type of Event" drop-down in the search bar and click "Search".
If you live in a UoN Managed Hall, please use the Event Type “January 2021 Arrivals” – please only book ONE slot – if your situation changes, please cancel your booking and THEN book a new slot
If you live in External Halls or a Private Residence then, please use the Event Type “Asymptomatic 2021 Testing”.
Please be aware that if you test negative with the lateral flow test (swab) and positive with the asymptomatic test (saliva) you will need to take a further asymptomatic test (saliva) at 2–3-day intervals for 7 days. You will need to isolate until you have received a negative asymptomatic test (saliva). We will support you through this process.
Book a test
This is the government’s lateral flow test, which detects antigens via a quick swab down the back of the throat and up the nose.
Length of time to get results: within a few hours. Official confirmation of the test results will be sent to you via SMS and/or email, using the information you provide on the day.
What happens after? Once you have taken the test, you should limit your contact with others as much as possible while waiting for the results.
If you receive a negative result, the government says that you do not need to self-isolate (unless otherwise indicated).
If you receive a positive result, you should self-isolate and should take a confirmatory NHS test and follow the relevant guidance in doing so. You must also notify the University under the Isolate, Notify, Test process so you can be supported during this period.
If the NHS test comes back positive, then you should continue to isolate for the required period. If the test result is negative, you do not need to self-isolate.
This is the University’s Asymptomatic Testing Service, which detects the virus through a simple saliva sample.
Length of time to get results: the next working day
How to log your sample: Please log your sample here
What happens after? Once you have taken the test you should limit your contact with others as much as possible while waiting for the results.
If you receive a positive result, you should self-isolate and should take a confirmatory NHS (Pillar 2) test and follow the relevant guidance in doing so. You must also notify the University under the Isolate, Notify, Test process so you can be supported during this period.
Book a test
The Government has advised that all students travelling to Nottingham should be tested using facilities in their home towns and cities, if available, ahead of returning.
The government advice for international students travelling from overseas for the Spring term is to consider whether they in fact need to travel to the UK at this time. Those students should consider delaying if travel arrangements can be rearranged without undue costs. If they return before their in-person teaching start date they should let their School know so they can be supported during the lockdown period. Further details on arrangements for international students can be found on the government webpages.
Those who do travel, who would ordinarily be subject to a 10-day quarantine period (due to travel from a country not on an exempt list), will have the option to take an accredited (see FAQS) coronavirus (Covid-19) test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing students from the need to isolate from day 6.
The scheme is voluntary and applies to those self-isolating in England only.If you do not want to opt into the Test to Release scheme, you will need to self-isolate for 10 full days after you were last in a place not on the travel corridors list.
More details on the Test and Release scheme, including a list of private providers, which the government has said meet the required standard, can be found here
New travel restrictions
New travel restrictions were introduced on 18 January to protect against the risk of unidentified new coronavirus strains.
This means that travellers to the UK must have proof of a negative coronavirus test that they have taken in the 72 hours before leaving, must have filled in a Passenger Locator Form and must quarantine for 10 days on arrival. You can find more information on how to get a coronavirus test ahead of travel to the UK here and more about this announcement here.
The Government has also announced that, from 4am on 15 January 2021, passengers who have been in or transited through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Panama, Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores), Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days will no longer be granted access to the UK.
If this applies to you, you should get in touch with your Head of School so arrangements can made until restrictions are lifted and/or you are able to travel.
International students considering study in the UK should be aware that visa concessionsallow for the ongoing provision of online learning for the duration of the academic year 2020/21. More details are on the government webpages.
Where students are resuming face to face teaching, or where the exemptions outlined above apply, travel to return to university counts as a “reasonable excuse” for travel. This includes family or others within the household who travel with you to transport you back to your term time address.
If you are travelling by private vehicle you should try to avoid car sharing with anyone outside your household or support bubble and should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers to reduce the risk of transmission where this is not possible.
If you are using public transport you must book ahead wherever possible and follow the guidance. This includes:
Please continue to notify us through the Isolate, Notify, Test process if you become symptomatic or receive a positive test, even if you are not on campus. If you are reporting from outside of your term time address, you should select ‘I’ve left my halls and returned home’, so that we know the cases are not on site, or in private student accommodation in Nottingham. This will help our preparations for the start of term.
If you cannot return to University because you are isolating please complete the forms above, explaining your return is delayed, so we can support you and advise on next steps.
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