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Testing and vaccination information

Covid Testing

All students across the country should take a Covid test before they travel back to university, either through your local community testing programme or by ordering a free test online.

On arrival at university, you will need to take 2 LFD tests (3-4 days apart) and then test twice weekly thereafter. Students living on campus will be provided with test kits in their rooms at the start of term and we also have boxes of tests available on site for all students to collect – collection is available from Reception, Student Services and the Post Room.

Tests can be collected on campus or ordered online


The Government is strongly encouraging all students to take-up the offer of both doses of the vaccine, as soon as you become eligible.
COVID-19 vaccination is now being offered at local sites run by GPs or community pharmacies, at larger vaccination centres and in some hospitals.

You can book your appointment now at a vaccination centre, a community pharmacy run site or at some GP run sites through the national booking service website or by phoning 119 (free of charge).

Whilst students are encouraged to obtain both vaccines before starting or returning to University, the NHS will be providing vaccination services (Pfizer) on Campus during some weeks of the first term for anyone needing their second vaccination or those who have not yet been able to access any vaccination services. Your NHS number and GP Practice Name will assist in the booking process if you could have these to hand. Further details on dates and location on campus of the vaccination centre will be circulated to students by e-mail and text.

Research has shown the vaccines help:

  • reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19
  • reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19
  • protect against current COVID-19 variants

Getting both your jabs ensures greater freedom –and it won’t cost you a penny.

Protect yourself. Young people may be less likely to end up in hospital than older people, but ‘Long Covid’ can affect people of any age –and can have serious and debilitating long term effects.

Information for students on the vaccine has been published by the NHS and is available at FAQs for students in higher education institutions. These FAQs provide a range of important information including advice for international students.

Further information and support for students on vaccinations can also be found on the Office for Students FAQs.

*Students who have had their first vaccination in Wales, Scotland, Ireland or abroad and seek their second jab in England may find that the Covid Pass/Vaccination Status information does not synchronise efficiently/quickly. Double vaccination before travel to University is therefore also recommended where possible for this reason.

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