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COVID-19: Advice for Staff, Students and Community
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Rapid COVID-19 testing for staff and students

Information on how to obtain and use free, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing kits for staff and students.

 If you are displaying symptoms or think you might have COVID-19, please  seek a test via NHS Test and Protect.

You can find more information on testing on the Student Information Scotland website.

Asymptomatic COVID-19 tests

Why should I take the tests?

One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus unwittingly. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately. 

Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is essential as it will help us quickly suppress the spread of variants. Through new testing technology, positive cases of variants of concern are being detected faster than ever before. More people getting a test will increase our ability to identify and control variants

The tests can help make sure you are at low risk of being infectious and therefore will be unlikely to pass on the virus. We all need to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus and protect our families, friends and the wider community. Participating in the test will help protect the people you care about, will help fight the pandemic and could save lives.

As part of our campus golden rules, we encourage full vaccination and twice weekly testing.


They are known as lateral-flow device (LFD) tests. It usually involves taking a swab from your mouth and nose. It only takes a few minutes. You will be notified of the test result by email or text within 24 hours by NHS Test and Protect, and possibly much faster.

The Scottish Government recommends that you take two tests, at least three days apart and ideally not more than five days apart, to have the greatest level of confidence that you are not infectious.

Testing is voluntary and available on a repeat basis (weekly or twice weekly if preferred) and must be booked in advance.

How do I get tested?

We are advising all our students and staff to test themselves twice weekly, and to support this there will be two LFD Collect sites based on the RGU campus, at the Student Helppoint within the Ishbel Gordon Building and the main reception in the Central Services Building. You will be able to pick up an LFD kit, which includes seven tests, as regularly as you require.

The tests available on campus may differ to those you have done at home previously and will only require a swab from the nose. When you receive the result (after approximately 30 minutes) you must register this online, following the instructions which come on the pack.

The LFD Collect sites will be operational from 11am - 3pm each weekday from Tuesday, September 14.

LFD tests are only for those without any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, please isolate immediately and book a free PCR test through the UK wide existing arrangements:

I’m an international or EU student, should I still take a PCR test after I’ve travelled?

This will depend on whether the country you are travelling from, or any countries you are travelling through, are listed as Red, Amber or Green. Find out which countries are currently on the Red, Amber, and Green lists:


No. You are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test to help stop the spread of the virus, but participation is voluntary. On your return to campus you should also arrange for two lateral flow tests, 3-5 days apart, as soon as possible.

Test Results

What happens if I test positive?

It is essential that anyone who tests positive, or who shares a household with someone who has tested positive, does not come to the university. They should self-isolate along with all members of their household in accordance with the guidance set out by NHS Inform.

You will be notified by email or text if you test positive and may be asked by NHS Test and Protect to take a further type of test, which they will arrange with you. If the Test and Protect test is positive, you are requested to inform your line manager (if staff) or the university health and safety team right away on 07966 923668 (if student).

Follow our guidelines for self-isolation, pending the result of your Test and Protect test. 

What will happen if my first lateral flow test result is negative?

If you test negative on your first test then you should take another test at least three days apart and ideally not more than five days apart. You should still continue to follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance and any additional restrictions in your local area.

What happens if I receive two negative tests?

If your second test is also negative, then you should continue to follow FACTS and the guidance for the area you are staying in.  A negative test result still means that there is a risk you could have or develop COVID as a test is a reflection of one point in time. If you test negative but you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you should self-isolate where you are in line with current guidance.

You should continue to follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance at all times. As part of our campus golden rules, we encourage full vaccination and twice weekly testing.

Will the University be informed of my test results?

No. The test is personal to you. We will not be informed of your test results. 

Further information

Keep up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 public health measures and guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government through NHS Inform.

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