Covid-19 testing for students

All Keele students who are living or coming onto campus are encouraged to continue to get tested every three to four days using rapid result Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests.

Regular Covid-19 tests for students coming onto campus

All students using campus facilities need to ensure that they get tested every 3-4 days. This aims to provide you with an additional level of reassurance, in addition to adherence to the current national measures and the approach that the University continues to take to ensure its operations and facilities are Covid-secure.

Anyone who is living on campus or coming to campus still needs to get tested twice a week using rapid result lateral flow (LFD) tests. Our testing facility in the Sports Centre has closed for the summer, but LFD test kits can be collected from the Sports Centre or Pharmacy on campus during their opening hours, collected from community locations, or ordered online. Wherever you get your test kits from, when reporting your results on the NHS website, you should choose the test centre code BGQP – Keele University.

Testing is quick, easy, and free, and helps to keep our campus community safe.

FAQs about our testing programme

*Updated on 28 January to reflect the change in national guidance: no confirmatory PCR test is required, and anyone receiving notification of a positive LFD will trigger the legal duty to self-isolate for 10 days from when they receive that notification.

Please see our 'what to do' pages for guidance and support if you test positive and/or need to self-isolate.

You should:

If your test is positive, you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days after the date of the positive LFD test, following Government and University guidance. This is a legal requirement for all, from the point of notification from NHS Test and Trace. We have services in place to support you if you need to self-isolate.

Asymptomatic testing relates to testing large groups of people who are not showing any symptoms of Covid-19. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should notify the University and book a Covid-19 test in the usual way, through the NHS.

We are committed to doing everything we can to minimise the spread of Coronavirus. By identifying and isolating those who are infected but do not show symptoms, the rate of transmission can be reduced.

Where tests are negative, there is a reduced risk in returning to Keele, and therefore a reduced risk of transmission to student and local communities once students return.

Lateral flow antigen tests are intended to detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad.

The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependant on the presence of the virus.

Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate.

Swabbing and processing of these tests will be conducted at a dedicated testing site either by trained personnel or as a self-test with supervision from trained personnel.

Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe, inexpensive and the results are trusted.

You are strongly encouraged to get tested. This is not compulsory, but is intended to provide additional assurances that, where tests are negative, there is a reduced risk of transmission to student and local communities.

This not only protects your fellow students, but the wider public by minimising the spread of the virus.

Why we need to process your personal data

The information you provide in the Lateral Flow Test Registration form will be used by the University to ensure the safe and effective organisation of testing and movement of students during the pandemic. The University is processing this personal information as it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest in accordance with Article 6.1(e) of the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you indicate within the form that you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, this information is processed in accordance with Article 9.2(g) of the General Data Protection Regulation as it is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest in the area of public health during the pandemic.

Information Storage and Sharing

The University’s data processor, Eventsforce, will host registration data; this will be stored securely for 21 days before deletion, during which time transfer outside of the EU may occur due to cloud storage provision.

Information may be shared with the NHS and/or Staffordshire County Council to support Test and Trace in the event of a potential or actual outbreak of COVID-19. Staffordshire County Council and NHS Test and Trace will handle all data securely and ensure it is used only for the purposes of protecting public health, including minimising the transmission of COVID-19. 

On the day of your test:

  • At the testing site, you will receive a set of barcodes with a unique reference number (supplied by DHSC) and will need to use this number to complete your registration. This unique reference number is used by DHSC and NHS Test and Trace to link you to your individual test sample and results.
  • You will then self-administer a nose and throat swab under supervision and staff will process the test. You will receive notification of your result via SMS and/or email from NHS Test and Trace.

Further Information

For further information of how the University processes your personal data, the rights you have in connection with that processing and the contact details of the Data Protection Officer, please see the University’s main privacy notice.

Gov.uk: To find out how your personal data is used when you register for a coronavirus test, read the coronavirus privacy notice.