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COVID-19 - Overview

Updated: Friday 8 January 2021

Campus Rapid Testing

UPDATE: Government guidance has outlined that students should remain in their current residence where possible during the national lockdown, announced on Monday 4 January. The Testing Centre will remain available for students who have returned to term-time addresses.

In line with the Government’s plans to help you return to campus in a safe manner after the festive period, we will be offering students and staff without symptoms the opportunity to take part in Covid-19 testing in January 2021.

For students, this service will run from 4-18 January, bookable on MyAUB via eVision. These tests are voluntary and free, and results are available via NHS Test and Trace within 24 hours. If you are under 18, you must gain parental permission before being tested. You can read a copy of the Testing Site disclaimer below.

If you are experiencing symptoms, you must use the NHS Test and Trace system that is already in place. You must not attend the AUB Testing Facility. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you should not take the test.

We understand that you may have lots of questions about what to expect, so we have put together some information and FAQs below.

If we haven't been able to answer your questions, please email our student services team at

UPDATE: University staff can also opt to be tested at the site between 4-29 January, but should only do so if they are required to work on university campus during the national lockdown period, announced Monday 4 January. Staff should not make non-essential journeys to the university if they are not required on campus.

Staff will be able to access testing upon arrival after showing their university ID to site staff. You should follow all advice at the site, and adhere to Government guidance regarding isolation and further testing.

If you test positive for Covid-19, you should advise your line manager and begin self isolation, in line with Government guidance. You should follow all direction from NHS Test and Trace, who will be advised of your result.

You should not need to attend the test centre if you have had Covid-19 or tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 90 days, as this may return a false positive result, and you will have developed a level of immunity as a result of contracting the virus.

You are advised to get tested twice in order to confirm your result, and all students are invited to book tests on eVision via MyAUB. If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you should not take the test.

It is your decision whether you wish to get tested. It is not compulsory for students. However, testing will be able to provide reassurance that you will minimise the spread of Covid-19 and protect AUB staff, friends and family.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you should not take the test.

If you have any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have tested positive for the virus, you should begin self isolation in line with Government advice, and return to campus only after this period has ended.

So that we can help support you during this time, you should let us know about your positive result by emailing should not visit campus or book a second test at the university test centre if you have symptoms or have received a positive Covid-19 test result.

Each test is done in two phases. You will be given an initial test for Covid-19 using a device called a lateral flow device (LFD) – which will give a positive or negative result. A result will be sent to you via NHS Test & Trace within 24 hours.

If you test negative, you should have a second LFD test a minimum of three days later. If you test negative a second time, your result has been confirmed.

If you test positive in either test, you should begin self-isolating immediately and follow the standard process from NHS Test & Trace. You will be offered a confirmatory PCR test to validate your result. You should order a postal testing kit via NHS Test & Trace as soon as possible and you should not attend the university testing centre.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days, you should not take the university COVID-19 test.

You should also let us know that you have tested positive by contacting, so we can put any support in place for you.

If someone in your household tests positive for Covid-19 you should follow NHS Test & Trace process and self-isolate immediately. You should not attend the university test centre until you have completed your self isolation.

No, the Government guidance states that if you need to take a Covid-19 test before you travel to another country, you should not use the NHS testing service. Instead, you should arrange to take a private test.

Also, please bear in mind that restrictions in other countries may be different and could affect your return to the UK. You should check the measures in place in both locations. You can read more international travel advice through the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

The testing facility will be in the sports hall on BU's Talbot Campus, which is across the road, opposite AUB's Student Services building.

You are able to contact AUB Student Support, who will be able to help with a range of counselling services, advice and guidance. If you have recently tested positive for Covid-19, or you are currently self isolating, please contact so that our team can assist you.

There are also a number of local support services that you can use:

COVID-19 Community Response Helpline via Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council on 0300 1237052

NHS 111’s online service, which offers information on healthcare services near you.

Connection, a Dorset-based 24/7 mental health helpline on 0300 123 5440

The Retreat, a safe place to discuss your problems and access peer support locally.

The Cameron Grant Memorial Trust, 24/27 mental health support text service. Text CAM to 85258.

Samaritans, emotional support for people in distress, call on 116 123 or email

Cruse Bereavement Care, emotional support for people affected by bereavement, on 0808 808 1677.

A negative test result provides information about the level of the virus at one point in time. LFD tests can sometimes produce false negative results. They may also produce a negative result if someone is infected with Covid-19 but has not yet developed a high enough level of the virus for the test to register it. Whilst it is impossible to eliminate this risk entirely, taking the second LFD test offered to you helps to reduce the possibility of a false negative result.

If the test produces a positive result you should follow UK Government guidance and seek a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible.

An individual may become infected, or more infectious – enough to be detected, at any point after taking an LFD test. It is therefore extremely important that everybody behaves as though they may be infected:

- follow the latest UK Government rules on social distancing; and - in particular, practice “hands, face, space” - wash your hands, wear a face covering, and maintain social distance with those outside your household.

The LFD test is an additional control to be used in conjunction with the other measures. It is not a replacement for them.

Due to the potential for the LFD test to return a negative result when it should not, or when an infection is not detectable by it, Bournemouth University* does not make any warranty or representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the LFD test. To the greatest extent the law allows, Bournemouth University shall have no liability for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered by an individual, including personal injury or death, which results from or is in connection with an individual having taken an LFD test provided by it.

* For the purpose of this disclaimer any reference to BU also includes the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).