All staff including postgraduate researchers with a University email can access the University’s testing service by booking an online appointment or simply turn up at one of our dedicated testing stations.
Testing step by step guide
- Step 1: Book a test
- Step 2: Attend the test at one of our testing hubs
- Step 3: Log your sample
- Step 4: We aim to deliver results via email the next working day
- Step 5: See guidance below for postive and negative results outcome.
If your sample tests positive for Covid-19, we will contact you via phone and email using the details you provided on your testing materials. If we can’t get hold of you, we will send a text asking you to call us back. If you receive a positive result from a University test, then you should act as if you are symptomatic and you will be advised to follow the Isolate, Notify, Test process.
You can leave self-isolation to take a confirmatory NHS (pillar 2 test). You must return to your accommodation immediately after taking the test until your isolation period is complete, or if you are notified that the test result is negative. If the result of your government test is negative, then this overrides the result of the University test.
If you have already informed us that you are isolating and subsequently need to let us know the outcome of a Covid-19 test, please do so within 48 hours by either phoning the HR telephone helpline on 0115 748 4800 or by emailing email@example.com.
If you receive a negative test result, you will be sent an email confirming this. Please do bear in mind that a negative test result does not mean you aren’t infected, as we know that the virus is only detectable at certain times, particular in those who are asymptomatic. This is one of the reasons we are encouraging regular weekly testing.
- We aim to process your test normally by the next working day, subject to demand and capacity
- There are no limits on the number of asymptomatic tests you take. Staff who are on campus regularly should consider taking a test, at least once a week
- The University is in full support of staff on campus accessing asymptomatic testing during paid working hours
- The University has a number of support available for staff who test positive
- To support our commitment to EDI we are now offering quiet times for testing at EMCC from 4pm until 5.30pm on Weds. Testing locations are all wheelchair accessible with toilets nearby
- The testing process is quick, private and you can also book the same slot every week to suit your schedule
Staff working from home off campus can also access the testing service, but we ask you not to take any unnecessary risks in travelling to our testing stations. Before staff get tested, they should make sure they have arrangements in place to travel home immediately and safely in the event they test positive.
Please do be aware that the testing service is, by definition, for staff who do not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must isolate and book an NHS test as soon as possible.
Anyone with any specific needs can get in touch with the testing team on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can facilitate these for you and enable you to take your Covid test at least once a week.
Find our testing service locations and times
University Park Campus
- Portland Building, the Welcome Zone on C floor
Monday to Thursday, 10am–4.30pm (last session 3:30-4pm)
- The Pope Building, room A17
Monday to Thursday, 10am–4.30pm – (last booking slot 3:30pm-4pm)
- West Atrium (previously Jubilee Conference Centre)
Monday to Friday, 10am–4pm (last booking slot 3:30pm-4pm)
Saturday, 10am-12pm (last booking slot 11.30am-12pm)
- Main Building, room A32, Bonington Student Village
Monday to Wednesday, 10am-3pm (last session 2:30-3pm)
King’s Meadow Campus
- Former Costa space near reception
Every Wednesday, 10am-12pm
Royal Derby Hospital
- Building Attendant office, Main reception
Tuesday and Friday, 9am-2pm
Queen's Medical Centre
Wednesday, 1.30pm - 3.30pm and Friday, 11am - 1pm
Support for staff who test positive
Should you test positive, the University has a number of resources available to support you during your self-isolation period. You can also talk to your line manager about any concerns you may have.
Thank you for your support in helping us tackle the spread of Covid-19
Please note, that asymptomatic testing should never be seen as a substitute for any of the Covid-19 security measures in place across campus or the wider local public health rules. If you have any questions, please get in touch.