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  1. What you are asking students to do regarding Covid testing?

    You are required to take two Lateral Flow tests as per Government guidance if you will be starting placement and/or attending for face to face teaching at University very soon OR...

  2. What do I need to know before I visit the Library?

    Wherever possible you must use the Library online. Our main advice to you is to talk to our Library staff through Library Talk...

  3. What are these tests called?

    Lateral flow antigen tests are a new kind of technology that can be used to test people without symptoms of Covid-19...

  4. Do I need to do these tests in order to pass my course? Why do I need to do two tests?

    No, this will not have implications on whether you pass the course. You are required to take two tests...

  5. When do I need to take these tests, and how often.

    You should take a test in time for the start of face to face teaching or placement, but complete the two tests within a few days of starting.

  6. My test dates mean I will miss teaching, what should I do?

    Testing is an acceptable reason for missed teaching in this scenario. We will endeavour wherever possible to provide material for missed University teaching...

  7. I have had 2 tests from another source in the last 2 weeks- Do I need to book a university test?

    It depends. If you have had a PCR test then you do not need another test. If you had 2 Lateral Flow Tests...

  8. How long should I leave before my first and second test?

    The Government recommends that the gap between tests should be three days. If you are unable to book a test within this time period...

  9. Can I get a test delivered to my home instead of going to a test site?

    You can only access a home test if you have symptoms of Covid19...

  10. What do I do while I am waiting for my second test?

    The Government guidance to universities is that you restrict social contact whilst awaiting test results...

  11. Is it possible to receive a test within my local area or would you advise travelling to university?

    If you can get a test in your local area that would be absolutely fine and would avoid you travelling but if you do get tested you must still complete your Covid Journal...

  12. If I book a test local to where I live, it doesn’t appear to be free if I don’t have any symptoms – how do I get a free local test?

    There is certain eligibility criteria for people to be able to get a free test in their local area. Please visit the NHS Covid19 website...

  13. I have had a negative test recently and I have been shielding since. I am ready to start placement. Do I need to endanger myself by going for these extra tests?

    If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should follow resumed shielding guidance and should not attend work, school, college or university....

  14. I am negative can I now ignore social distancing and stop using a mask.

    No. You must continue to observe all the Covid 19 rules within the university...

  15. What would happen if I come on to campus without being tested?

    The mandatory testing (or 10 days of self-isolation) is required by government. As a result, the University would view a breach of this as a breach of its Student Code of Conduct....

  16. I have been told my LFD test is positive what should I do?

    if your LFD test shows that you are positive, you will need to report this on your Covid Journal and also book a confirmatory test via the NHS...

  17. If my placement and my university lectures are all online would I still need a Covid test? My placement is remote learning

    If your placement is taking place remotely you will not require a test. For some University ITT courses there will be face to face teaching on Campus...

  18. I’m still within the 90 day period of testing positive for Covid, am I exempt from the Testing being arranged now or do I still have to take this test?

    The Covid 19 helpline (119) is advising that anyone who has had a positive test in the past 90 days may still test positive even though they are no longer contagious...

  19. As a teaching or health student classed as having Critical Worker Status does that mean our children can attend school?

    If you are classed as a critical worker, based on Government guidance your children should be able to attend school but you would need to check with your local school...

  20. Can I cancel the tests if no longer required or suitable times?

    If you no longer require a test that you have booked you will be able to cancel it buy contacting the testing site manager...

  21. I have signed up to be tested at my placement – do I still need to do another test for the University?

    No. If your placement host have included you in their mass testing arrangements you do not need to do another test but please remember to record your results with us...

  22. I am in the clinically high risk category for Covid19. Could you clarify if I am expected to attend face to face this semester and if I am required to take tests each time.

    There is additional advice for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and households with a possible or confirmed coronavirus infection...

  23. Should I book a test as close to the start date of my placement as possible?

    The tests should be taken as close to the start date of your placement. For example, if your placement is due to start week commencing 18th January, you will need...

  24. I need to isolate until 13th January following a positive result – can I book a test after this?

    The Covid 19 helpline (119) is advising that anyone who has had a positive test in the past 90 days may still test positive even though they are no longer contagious...

  25. I have a negative result ready to start placement. Do I still need to get more tests done?

    It depends. If this was a negative PCR test or you have done two LFD tests within a period of 3-5 days then you do not need further tests and can start your placement...

  26. If I get tested each week as part of my job, will I still need another test?

    No but you would need to record two negative results on your Covid Journal on eVision...

  27. What would happen if we were not allowed to complete our placement? For example, extended lockdown or schools withdrawing from placement.

    We have experience from the first lockdown and we were in a similar position last year and placement students from last academic year successfully completed their course...

  28. If we are on placement and tested positive for Covid19, would I just have to adhere to whatever the placement host advises we do?

    Yes you should follow the placement organisation’s advice but also report your covid symptoms or positive test via our Covid Report Form

  29. Which links do I use to record that I have had a negative test or if I have tested positive?

    This will depend on what test you have had and the result you have had from those tests...