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COVID-19: ADVICE FOR STaff, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY
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COVID-19

Rapid COVID-19 testing for staff and students

RGU is working with the Scottish Government to provide free, asymptomatic COVID-19 tests for all staff and students.

29 JUNE 2021: In line with Scottish Government advice, the COVID-19 testing centre located at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood Building closed on Monday 28 June. Although the testing centre at RGU is closed, we must reinforce the need for regular testing. The Scottish Government has made home-testing kits available to everyone. Free lateral flow home test kits, the same as those offered at the testing centre, are available for pick up from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites, by ordering online or by phone, for people to test themselves twice-weekly. You can find out more and order your test kits online.


The Scottish Government has agreed that the University can now undertake regular asymptomatic testing on our campus for both staff and students. These tests are available to staff delivering essential activities on campus or accommodation sites and students who have to be on campus for teaching, research, study or for wellbeing reasons.

Separately, the Scottish Government has introduced a test at home before travel scheme, to identify asymptomatic individuals before they travel, potentially spreading the virus.

This PCR testing scheme is only for students who reside in Scotland and are yet to return to term-time accommodation to allow them to continue with critical on-campus teaching or placements

Both testing options are only for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. 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. Since rapid testing was introduced, over 120,000 positive cases that would not have been found otherwise have already been identified by LFDs. By making rapid tests available to everyone, more cases will be detected, breaking chains of transmission and saving lives.

Alongside the rollout of the vaccine, regular testing is going to be an essential part of the easing of restrictions 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.

WHAT DO THE TESTS INVOLVE?

They are known as lateral-flow tests. It involves you 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.

WHAT WILL THE TEST SHOW?

The test will determine if you are currently infectious with the COVID-19 virus.

WHERE WILL THE TESTING CENTRE BE?

The testing centre will be housed in the Sir Ian Wood Building on campus with a separate entrance to avoid the main thoroughfare of the building. Do not enter by the main entrance of the Sir Ian Wood Building for your tests as you will not be able to access the testing centre this way. You will be given detailed instructions as part of your booking.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TESTS?

The tests are intended for staff delivering essential activities on campus or accommodation sites and for those students who have to be on campus for teaching, research, study or for wellbeing reasons are returning to their-term time accommodation for the new term.

HOW CAN STUDENTS BOOK THEIR TESTS?

Students can book a test through ASK RGU. The test centre is open to students from 9am-11am every Monday and Thursday morning at the Sir Ian Wood Building.

You will not be able to attend the test centre in the Sir Ian Wood Building or receive your free asymptomatic COVID tests without an appointment booked through ASK RGU. You must arrive at the Sir Ian Wood Building as close as possible to your allotted time slot, which will help avoid congestion or queues forming. If you do arrive early you must strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines.

To book an asymptomatic COVID Test 1 or Test 2:

  1. Log into ASK RGU  with your Student Number and RGU network password
  2. Click book appointment
  3. In Available Appointments filter available appointments enter the key words COVID or Test or Asymptomatic to see appointments in the next two weeks
  4. To see appointments more than 2 weeks away use the Show appointment search options and select Category COVID Test

We will have facilities to provide tests for up to 12 students at a time, so you will be booking into a multi-person appointment.

Once you have booked an appointment a confirmation email will be sent to your RGU Email.

HOW CAN STAFF BOOK THEIR TESTS?

Staff can book in for a test using this link from Thursday 15th April. Please book a first and second test from the link provided. The test centre is open to staff from 8am-9am every Monday and Thursday morning at the Sir Ian Wood Building.


PCR testing scheme for Scottish-domiciled students

How do I book a test?

You can request a free PCR test through the UK wide existing arrangements. When booking a test, you should answer ‘No’ to all questions until you reach the question "Why are you asking for a test?" 

This question should be answered by selecting: "My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms."

If your result is:

  • Negative - you should try to travel to your term-time accommodation within 48 hours.
  • Positive - you must not travel and should follow existing self-isolation guidance.

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

No. The purpose of the test at home before travel scheme is to identify asymptomatic individuals before they travel, potentially spreading the virus. As you have already travelled, and quarantined as a result of international travel, you should not request a PCR test through this scheme.

Can students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland access the pilot scheme?

Currently, the test at home before travel scheme is only available to Scottish students studying at a Scottish institution. A reciprocal arrangement that will allow all UK students to be tested is being discussed with the other UK administrations, but this is not in place yet.

Do I need to pay for a PCR test?

The PCR tests available through the test at home before travel scheme are free. PCR tests needed for other purposes, for instance international travel, are not covered by this scheme and may need to be paid for privately.

Do I need to prove I have a negative test before I return to campus?

No. You are strongly encouraged to take a PCR test through the test at home before travel scheme 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.

If I am already in my student accommodation, should I take a PCR test?

No. The purpose of the test at home before travel scheme is to identify asymptomatic individuals before they travel, potentially spreading the virus. As you have already travelled, you should not request a PCR test through this scheme.

Do I still need to take lateral flow tests at the RGU testing facility?

Students who are returning to term-time accommodation and all students who are due to begin in-person teaching must still take two free lateral flow tests. The two tests should be booked three days apart, with the latter being as close as possible to the start of your in-person teaching.

The RGU test-site is operational within an isolated zone in the Sir Ian Wood Building on a Monday and Thursday between 9am and 12noon.

Tests must be booked in advance through ASK RGU. You will not be able to attend the test centre in the Sir Ian Wood Building or receive your free asymptomatic COVID tests without an appointment through ASK RGU.

This testing is only for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are displaying symptoms or think you might have COVID-19, please seek a test via NHS Test and Protect.


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 book another test within 3 days. 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. 

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. 


What happens now?

Please talk to your family and friends about the test. Please ensure you check your RGU email account regularly for updates and reminders.


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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