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. LFD test kits can be collected from the Sports Centre, Denise Coates Foundation Building, or the Students' Union, 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.

Access to PCR Testing

If you need to access a PCR test, you can book a test via the gov.uk website - click here. If you are unable to access a local test site, you can also order a free PCR test to be delivered to your home address through the same website.

If you are living on-campus and need to order a home PCR test, please get it delivered to the University post-room, the postcode for which is ST5 5BG. You will then need to arrange for the kit to be delivered to your halls of residence using the post delivery service for students who are isolating.

FAQs about our testing programme

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 in line with Government 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.

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.