Test and Trace

The NHS COVID-19 app

We encourage all staff and students to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help prevent the spread of the virus:

Active scanning of other people around you

Please ensure your Bluetooth is turned on. Your mobile phone will scan other mobile phones around you and identify when you have been near another person for more than 15 minutes. If one of those people then test positive for COVID-19, you will get an alert to your phone telling you that you are at risk of being infected and need to self-isolate. This information is anonymous and you will not be notified as to who has tested positive.

Venue check-in

Scanning the QR code displayed at a venue, for example a pub or restaurant, logs your attendance. If a person attending the venue at the same time subsequently tests positive, you will then receive an alert to your mobile notifying you that you are at risk of being infected and need to self-isolate.

Testing

We encourage all students to test regularly and especially before returning home for Christmas or travelling. You can order a test kit to your home or pick a kit up from the main reception at College Lane of de Havilland, Monday – Friday 08.00 – 16.00 during term-time.

This will help to prevent outbreaks and limit the spread of the virus to friends and family.

If an individual tests positive for COVID-19

If a student or member of staff tests positive for COVID-19 they should follow the advice given by the NHS Test and Trace Service and provide details of their recent close contacts.

If you are a student or staff member and you test positive you should not attend the University. Students should notify the Dean of Students team and staff should inform their line manager. If a student lives in Halls of Residence, the Dean of Students Office will provide support during their self-isolation.

Read more about self-isolation guidance

If you test positive for COVID-19 (Omicron or other variants), fully vaccinated close friends, close contacts and members of your household should take an NHS lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If they test positive, they should report your test result on the government website and begin self-isolation.

Adults who have had one vaccine and unvaccinated adults must self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace

From Tuesday 14 December, those who are fully vaccinated (have had two jabs) and have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 (Omicron or any other variant) should take an NHS lateral flow test every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. If you test positive, you should report your test result on the government website and begin self-isolation.

Daily rapid testing applies to all contacts who are:

  • fully vaccinated adults – people who have had 2 jabs
  • all children aged 5 to 18 years, regardless of their vaccination status
  • people who can prove they are unable to be vaccinated for clinical reasons
  • people taking part, or have taken part, in an approved clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine

Adults who have had one vaccine and unvaccinated adults must self-isolate for 10 days if they are a contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19 – Omicron or not.

You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.