Covid-19 testing for students and staff

Staff and students who regularly visit campus are strongly advised to take twice weekly lateral flow device tests by booking a slot at our on-campus Covid-19 test centre, collecting a test kit from sites across campus or ordering testing kits to use at home.

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Our on-campus Covid-19 Testing Centre

We’re offering free tests for staff and students using lateral flow testing kits, which provide results within 24 hours.

In addition, staff and students can collect self-test kits at various sites across campus. Continue to follow government guidance to minimise the risk of transmission wherever you may be.

Location

Our Covid-19 Testing Centre is open at the Octagon Centre, Meeting Room 1. 

Opening times

Mondays and Thursdays, 9.30am–12.30pm

Who the test centre is for

Our Covid-19 Testing Centre is available on a voluntary basis to: 

  • University of Sheffield students living in Sheffield
  • University of Sheffield staff whose role requires them to work on campus.

When you shouldn't use the test centre

Please don't use our on-campus test centre if you are showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University. Don't book a test if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last 90 days.

Note that:

  • For students arriving from overseas: you cannot fulfill Covid-19 tests required for travel to the UK at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. Follow the guidance for international travel.
  • If you are travelling outside of the UK: this test will not provide any documentation needed for overseas travel. 
  • If you are self-isolating in the UK following overseas travel: a test result from our Covid-19 Testing Centre is not applicable to the Test to Release Scheme. For further information, read our guidance for international travel.

How to get a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre

Our testing centre is for University of Sheffield staff and students who are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, self-isolate, book an NHS test and inform the University. Don't book a test if you have received a positive Covid-19 test result in the last 90 days.

Book a test at the University's Covid Testing Centre

You may find it helpful to download the NHS Test and Trace app prior to your appointment. However you do not need the app to access testing at the centre.

You will receive your test result by text or email. You should expect to receive your results within 24 hours.

Your personal data will be collected and processed for the purpose of booking a test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre. Read our Data Privacy Notice.

How to reschedule or cancel your test

If you can no longer attend your booking, reschedule or cancel your appointment:

If you want to reschedule your booking for a different time on the same day, edit the booking (do not delete it).


Self-testing

Self-test kits can be used in combination with our test centre to meet the expectation of two tests per week. It is recommended that wherever possible you should undertake three supervised tests at our testing centre before transitioning to home testing to ensure you are confident in conducting the test. After this, you may choose to fulfil your two tests per week through our Covid-19 Testing Centre, or a self-test kit.

What to do if you receive a positive test result

Order testing kits

Order free rapid lateral flow test kits on the government website to use at home.

Collect testing kits

Self-test kits are available for collection from various sites across campus. Staff and students must bring their Ucard to collect a test kit.

Collection points from 10am–2pm:

  • Solly Street
  • English Language Teaching Centre
  • Elmfield
  • Medical School
  • AMRC Training Centre
  • Students' Union
  • Our Covid-19 Testing Centre: Level 4 of the Students' Union

Collection points from alternative times:

  • Heartspace (Student Recruitment Office) - 10am–3pm
  • The Diamond - 10am–4pm
  • The Edge reception - open 24/7

What to do if you receive a positive test result


Vaccinations

You should get your vaccination as soon as you are able. We’re encouraging all students and staff to book their vaccination before the start of the academic year, wherever possible.

How to book a covid-19 vaccineNHS England has published a document containing FAQs about student covid-19 vaccinations in England, including questions about international student vaccinations.  



What to do if you receive a positive test result

If you receive a positive test result:

Do not book a second test at our Covid-19 Testing Centre.

What to do if someone you live with tests positive


Clinical placements

Students undergoing clinical placements may be expected by their provider to demonstrate a negative test before undertaking their placement. In some cases a negative lateral flow test result will be sufficient and you should use your text message or email confirmation as evidence of this. In all cases you should follow the advice and guidance from your provider and contact your academic department if you have any questions or concerns.

Support – get in touch

Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.