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Asymptomatic Testing on Campus

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Asymptomatic Testing on Campus

Asymptomatic testing is the process for testing those who do not present with symptoms of Covid19. The aim of the testing is to identify people who are infectious but are not showing symptoms to help reduce transmission. 

Sunderland City Council is managing asymptomatic testing and is offering this service to returning students.

What is the test?

The test that will be carried out at the on-campus testing facility is a Lateral Flow (LFD) test.

Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test people without symptoms of Covid-19. This helps to identify and isolate more people who are at high likelihood of spreading the virus and break the chains of transmission.

A Lateral Flow Test detects the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab sample to the device's absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

How can I book a test?

For students who are eligible to attend campus, prior to the first visit we strongly encourage students to arrange three Lateral Flow tests. Once a student has arrived we encourage students to arrange free twice-weekly Lateral Flow tests.

These tests are designed to find people who might be carrying the virus without knowing it and therefore help reduce transmission. The testing centre is located in Unit 1, Tech Park beside Murray Library and is being run by Sunderland City Council.

A testing slot can be booked here.

Showing Symptoms?

If you think you have symptoms of Covid19 it is important that you follow the NHS advice and get a free PCR test via the NHS.

You will need to report your symptoms on our online form at https://go.sunderland.ac.uk/reportcovid

The main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid19) are:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different from normal.

To protect others, do not attend campus or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus and stay at home until you get your result. If you miss any class, whether it is on campus or online, please report this absence via TDS Student Portal.

If you miss class, whether online or on-campus due to having symptoms/self-isolating you will then need to report your absence through the TDS Student Portal

International Students

There are reports that some students arriving from overseas mistakenly think the University’s asymptomatic testing process exempts them from having to book and pay for a travel test package.

It is very important that international students know and understand the right information.

Before travelling students should:

  • Check the latest information about entering the UK.
  • Note that all inbound UK travel corridors have been temporarily suspended to protect against new international variants of Covid-19. All passengers are now required to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival.
  • Note that certain countries are now on a ‘red list’ – students arriving from these countries may need to quarantine in managed quarantine hotels.
  • Remember to follow the safer travel guidelines, and plan ahead to avoid busy times.
  • Speak to their travel insurer.

Students must follow the law on international travel, which means before they travel they should:

Take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result 3 days before they travel

  • Complete a passenger locator form detailing where they will quarantine upon arrival.
  • Book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantine.
  • Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.
  • British or Irish nationals or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, who have been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before their arrival will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless they are exempt.
  • Third-country nationals with residence rights include those with student entry clearance (i.e. student visa), those with EUSS leave, and those with biometric residence permits, among others. If an individual does not have residence rights, they cannot travel to the UK if they’ve visited or passed through a ‘red-list country’ in the last 10 days.
  • Even those who have not been in or through a ‘red list’ country will need to quarantine in their own accommodation for 10 days if they are travelling to the UK.
  • Everyone must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine.
  • Travel advice may change while individuals are overseas. Everyone intending to travel to the UK is advised to regularly check all relevant guidance pages for http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for updates.