Asymptomatic Testing

Regular Asymptomatic testing sites are set up on all four UCA campuses. It is only through testing that we can isolate and prevent the virus from spreading, protect the UCA and wider community and keep our campuses open.

Testing is only for students and staff with no symptoms. You need to book two tests, three days apart before accessing our facilities and then twice weekly thereafter. Booking slots are being offered to different groups of students on a staggered basis.

Click here to book your Covid-19 asymptomatic tests!

For more information on testing please refer to the FAQs below or if you’re a UCA student find out more on myUCA.

If you are a student returning to the UK please do not come to our testing sites until you have completed your self-isolation period - more information can be found in our FAQs below.

  • Who is the testing for?

    It is vital that all UCA students and staff take part in testing, except for students returning to the UK from another country. If you are in this category, you will need to self-isolate or get a 'test to release' PCR test.

    The testing is only for people who have no symptoms (asymptomatic). Please do not come to be tested on campus if you have symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate but NHS Test and Trace.

    If you are under 18 you will need consent from your parent or guardian to take part. Please bring a signed Consent Form with you to your test. 

    If you have travelled into the UK you must self-isolate for 10 days. Once you have completed self-isolation and have received 2 negative tests as part of your Travel Test Package, you can start taking part in regular twice-weekly asymptomatic testing on campus.

  • How do I book a test?

    Please book online through our Covid-19 test booking centre (external link). If you're on campus and are due a test, you can also drop-in to our test centres to see if there is an available slot. Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked, so please book in advance to secure a slot at your chosen time.

    Register for a Coronavirus testing account (external link) to speed up the registration process.

    If you are under 18 you will need consent from your parent or guardian to take part. Please bring a signed Consent Form with you to your test. 

    You should book two 5-minute slots three days apart before accessing our facilities and then twice weekly thereafter. 

     

  • Where is testing taking place at UCA?

    Testing is taking place on all four UCA campuses. Testing is taking place at the following locations 

    Canterbury - The Student Bar – Ground Floor (map)
    Epsom - The Auditorium – Ground Floor (map)
    Farnham - The James Hockey Gallery – Ground Floor (map)
    Rochester - The Project Space – Ground Floor Students’ Union area (map)

    Book online via our Covid-19 test booking centre.

    Please only come to the testing centre if you are a UCA student or member of staff. If you are under-18, you must bring consent from a parent or guardian.

  • I am feeling unwell or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, should I be tested?

    No, please do not come to our test centres if you have symptoms or are a close contact of a confirmed case. You should self-isolate and follow NHS Test & Trace as per Government guidance. Please report your positive result or self-isolation to Campus Registry and your Programme Director.

    Canterbury: campusregistrycanterbury@uca.ac.uk
    Epsom: campusregistryepsom@uca.ac.uk
    Farnham: campusregistryfarnham@uca.ac.uk
    Rochester: campusregistryrochester@uca.ac.uk

    Support is available from the university if you need to self-isolate so please get in touch with our Gateway team

  • How does the testing programme work?

    Full details on the testing programme, including the testing process, what to bring and what to do when you get your results, is available to staff and students on the following channels:

    Students – Coronavirus section on MyUCA

    Staff – Coronavirus section on the Staff Portal

  • What about online learning?

    From the 12 April we are returning to blended learning across all our courses. 

    Student unable to return will be able to fully engage with their course online for the rest of the academic year.  Please speak to your course teams if you have any questions about timetables or online learning. 

  • What about international students coming or returning to the UK?

    The UK has introduced new travel restrictions that mean all our students will have to self-isolate for 10 days on arrival if travelling from outside the UK. Students arriving from ‘red list’ countries can enter the UK but will need to self-isolate in a quarantine hotel.  

    Before travelling you must: 

    • Check entry requirements and restrictions that have been introduced for the country you will arrive from  
    • Take a Covid-19 test and receive a negative result during the 3 days before you travel 
    • Book a compulsory Travel Test Package, which will include Covid-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine. This costs £210 
    • If you’re travelling from a country on the red list, you will need to book a quarantine hotel at a cost to you of £1,750 
    • Complete apassenger locator formwithdetails of where you will quarantine when you arrive and your Travel Test Package booking reference number   

    Go to the UK Government websitefor further details.  

    The new travel measures set out by Government do incur additional costs for our students coming to the UK. We don’t want this to put you off joining us on our campuses and so we are offering to pay up to £210 towards the cost of either the Travel Test Package or the Test to Release scheme. This cost will only be reimbursed for one entry into the UK.

    Once you have completed self-isolation and have received 2 negative tests as part of your Travel Test Package or the Test to Release scheme, you should start taking part in regular twice-weekly asymptomatic testing on campus.   

     

     

     

  • What is a Lateral Flow antigen test and what’s involved?

    Lateral flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted at a dedicated testing site as a self-administered test with supervision from trained personnel.

    The test involves applying a swab to the throat and nose. The sample is processed on-site, and the results are available in less than an hour. Lateral flow tests are newly validated technology, they are safe, and the results are reliable.