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Temporary enhanced Covid-19 testing on campus

Enhanced Covid-19 testing is now available for people living on or regularly visiting campus due to a rise in cases in the local area since the beginning of June. This asymptomatic testing service is available at Junction on central campus. Book your test here.

We are currently able to provide PCR as well as LFD tests to students and staff who are asymptomatic as part of our enhance testing programme, requested by Public Health. You will be offered a PCR test when you come for your appointment and can choose to have both tests so that you receive results quickly from the rapid LFD whilst waiting for the lab results of the PCR test. Your testing supervisor will talk you through both processes.

This is a precautionary measure to prevent any potential spread within our campus and local area and to protect all members of the community.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should book a test at the Test and Trace service at Gibbet Hill or your local NHS testing centre.

National easing of Covid restrictions: update on arrangements at Warwick from 19 July

Read an overview of arrangements at Warwick following the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July.

    Asymptomatic testing

    Twice weekly asymptomatic testing until 24th September.

    The asymptomatic testing centre is in the Junction. Find the Junction on the interactive map.

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond.

    The asymptomatic testing service is only for people who have no symptoms of Coronavirus. If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, please refer to the University’s dedicated test and trace service.

    You can book a test at the University testing site or order and collect a home testing kit.

    Book a test at the University testing site:

    • Tests can be booked at the government testing centre at the Junction on campus Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17:40. You can book appointments in blocks of two each week to fit around your schedules.

    Order and collect a home lateral flow testing kit:

    • You can order a home testing kit that you can collect from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building). The home testing kit will contain seven lateral flow tests, you should take two each week (three to four days apart).
    • This is a service for staff and students at Warwick who have previously taken at least three supervised Covid-19 tests (PCR or lateral flow) on-campus or elsewhere. If you have not had supervised Covid-19 tests previously, please book a supervised appointment.

    Book or collect your asymptomatic tests


    Frequently asked questions

    Teaching and Learning

    Research

    Vaccinations

    Read vaccination FAQs provided by the NHS.

    Asymptomatic testing

    About the tests

    How to organise your test

    Results

    Travel

    International travel and student arrivals

    International student arrivals - additional FAQs

    Government guidance on entering the UK and what you need to do before you leave for the UK

    Government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel bans to the UK

    Accommodation and arrivals

    On-campus accommodation - additional FAQs

    Off-campus University managed accommodation - additional FAQs

    Wellbeing support

    Financial support

    Facilities

    Face coverings


    Teaching and learning

    Which students can return to campus?  

    Since the start of the summer term, many students have already returned to term-time accommodation for blended learning. Those of you on practical courses have already been able to return to face-to-face teaching. The Government is permitting all remaining students – in Warwick’s case, Arts and Social Science students, to return from 17 May. We’re very pleased to be able to welcome you all back.

    If you are returning to campus you are encouraged to get tested before you travel, either by home testing or at a community testing facility. Upon your return, you should then be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

    Will there be any mitigating measures in recognition of the disruption the pandemic has caused to students?

    We have worked together with the Students’ Union on putting the mitigation package together and aligned ourselves to the agreed set of principles across our Russell Group peer institutions to support you. The resulting package of mitigation support is specific to the structure of Warwick degrees and the volume of assessment undertaken by students.

    Details of the Mitigation Package can be found on the Teaching, Learning and Assessments page.
    There are quite a few mitigation arrangements we have put in place, noting that you all may be affected by the pandemic in different ways. Please do read the provided information carefully to ensure you do not miss out on mitigations available.

    We will continue to work with the Students’ Union and your department on supporting you with your studies. We are particularly aware that there are some specific concerns for students who have not had an opportunity to undertake examinations in recent years (in school or at university) and will be reviewing feedback from your department and student representatives to ensure those students have the support they need.

    Your department will contact you through the usual means, and you are encouraged to contact your Personal Tutor or the relevant departmental contact, if you have specific questions not already covered in the guidance provided here or by your department.

    How do I request an extension to an assessment?

    We introduced a new self-certification policy at the beginning of the academic year (2020/21) that allows you to request an automatic five working day extension to deadline(s), for all eligible assessments falling within a five-day window. You normally have two self-certification extension requests per academic year.

    You can also continue to request extensions on specific assignments (specific extensions) using your department’s normal extension procedure.

    Find out more about Self-Certification Extensions and Specific Extensions. 


    Research

    Can research continue?

    Research students will be able to continue in-person research activities if the research cannot reasonably be conducted from home. This also applies to PGR students.

    What is the COVID extension policy for funded PGR students?

    You can view the funded PGR student policy.


    Asymptomatic testing

    What is asymptomatic testing?

    Asymptomatic means someone who has no symptoms of a disease, in this case coronavirus. Evidence has shown that people infected with Covid-19 can have no symptoms and still transmit the virus to others without being aware. It is important that we take steps to reduce the risk of transmission by identifying those who may not know they have the virus.

    How can I get an asymptomatic test when I return to University?

    The Asymptomatic testing service at the Junction can currently be booked Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17.40. You can also order a home testing kit that you collect from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building). We will update testing plans when revised information is received through the government.

    Book or collect your asymptomatic tests

    Do I have to take a test when I return to university?

    The latest government guidance is that students returning to campus should be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take twice-weekly lateral flow tests – whether or not you are receiving face to face teaching until we receive guidance to stop. You can book asymptomatic tests at the Junction on campus or order a home testing kit that you collect from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building).

    You do not need to take a lateral flow test if you have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days

    Do I need to get two negative results before I can re-join face to face teaching?

    The latest government guidance is that students returning to campus should be tested three times (3-4 days apart) at the University asymptomatic testing site. You should then take twice-weekly lateral flow tests – whether or not you are receiving face to face teaching until we receive guidance to stop. You can book asymptomatic tests at the Junction on campus or order a home testing kit that you collect from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building).

    You do not need to take a lateral flow test if you have had a positive PCR test in the previous 90 days.

    Do I need to take a lateral flow test if I am a member of staff or PGR student?

    We strongly advise any staff coming onto campus to take a lateral flow test twice weekly until we receive guidance to stop. You can book tests at the Junction or order a home testing kit that you collect fromthe Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building).

    Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

    If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus, please refer to the University’s dedicated test and trace service.

    Do I need to get a test if I am on a placement?

    If you are on placement and not attending university facilities, you should follow and participate in any testing regime in place at your placement. It is not necessary to travel to university to be tested before travelling to a placement, unless this is advised by the placement provider.

      I am self-isolating, can I take a lateral flow test?

      If you are a close contact of a case, you should be in isolation. Please seek a Covid-19 PCR test from either the University’s Test and Trace Service or an NHS site, whichever is the most convenient to you. You can take this test without symptoms if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Close contacts need to continue to isolate for the full 10 day period even if this PCR test is negative.

      I have Covid-19 symptoms, can I take a lateral flow test?

      If you experience Covid-19 symptoms, you should not take part in this asymptomatic testing programme. Instead you must get tested using Test and Trace. We have a dedicated Covid-19 Test and Trace service for both students and staff on campus at Gibbet Hill Warwick. If you book a test with our Gibbet Hill Test and Trace Service and test positive, they can help trace contacts to limit the risks of transmission and support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation.

      Someone I know has had a positive PCR test, can I take a lateral flow test?

      If you are a close contact with a case, you should be in isolation. You should not take a lateral flow test, but seek a Covid-19 PCR test from either the University’s Test and Trace Service or an NHS site, whichever is the most convenient to you. You can take this test without symptoms if you are a close contact with someone who has tested positive. Close contacts need to continue to isolate for the full 10 day period even if this PCR test is negative.

      I have recently tested positive for Covid-19, can I take a Lateral Flow Test?

      If you have recently (within 90 days) tested positive for Covid-19, you are likely to have developed some immunity, and therefore a repeat lateral flow test is unlikely to be necessary within this period.

      If you still have symptoms after the normal 10-day self-isolation period for confirmed cases, you may need to continue self-isolating. This does not include a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste as these can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

      See Gov.uk advice for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (Covid-19) infection

      I have travelled back from abroad and self-isolated instead of taking a private PCR test to release – do I still need to take a further lateral flow test?

      All staff and students on campus are asked to take two Lateral Flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      I have travelled back from abroad, self-isolated for 5 days and then took a private PCR test to release and received a negative test result - do I still need to take a further lateral flow test?

      All staff and students on campus are asked to take two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      If I test positive from a lateral flow test do I need to still take a confirmatory PCR test?

      If you receive a positive result, you must self-isolate for 10 days immediately. This is a legal requirement. Following a positive asymptomatic test result, you should take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. You can do this at any testing site but the University does provide the facility on campus, which you can book on the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site. You are allowed to break self-isolation to attend a PCR test.

      It is really important that you inform the University of a positive Covid test result wherever you have been tested. You can do this through our Test & Trace web pages.

      A PCR test gives another level of confidence that the lateral flow test is accurate and our tracing team can then provide and link to University support services.

      Even if you receive a negative result from your PCR test, you still need to follow the isolation information given to you by the NHS. You still need to self-isolate for 10 full days if you get a negative test result if you had a PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) because you had a positive rapid lateral flow test, and there were more than 2 days between the tests (England only).

      If you live on or off campus and book a confirmatory PCR test at the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site, support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation. If you get a confirmatory PCR test at another testing site please use our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 off-campus so that the University Test and Trace team can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation. If you are based on campus we will offer you the option to complete your self-isolation in our conference centre accommodation.

      View guidance on what to do depending on your PCR test result.

      If I’ve had the vaccine, do I still need to continue to get regular testing?

      LFD testing and all interventions (face mask, social distancing, hand hygiene and following latest guidance on control measures) should continue despite vaccination. The clinical trial evidence demonstrates that vaccine reduces clinically severe infection and severe disease. However, the impact on minor infection, asymptomatic carriage and transmission remains unknown. Therefore, the use of lateral flow tests for asymptomatic testing and PCR tests for symptomatic testing should continue and will continue to be reviewed.​


      About the tests

      What is a lateral flow test and how long does it take?

      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 tests do not require a laboratory to process the test. The devices are designed to be intuitive and require minimal training to operate. Swabbing for the lateral flow test is a supervised, self-administered process, overseen by trained personnel. Test processing will be carries out by trained personnel.

      Lateral flow tests are validated technology, they are safe and inexpensive. The lateral flow tests we are using were chosen as among the most accurate in an evaluation by Public Health England. However, all available tests do miss cases of Covid-19, so negative test results mean lower risk not no risk.

      Watch this short video to see how a lateral flow test works.

      I'm taking a lateral flow test from home, how do I do the test?

      There will be detailed instructions in your pack. You can also see the step by steps instructions on how to take a lateral flow test.

      When will testing take place?

      You should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart as you return to campus and then two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      Two tests are recommended to pick up newly developing Covid-19 cases. The tests are quick and easy to take.

      Test appointments can be booked Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 17.40. You can also collect a home testing kit that you can pick up from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building).

      Book or collect your asymptomatic tests

      How long does it take to get test results for asymptomatic tests taken at the University testing facility?

      Results from asymptomatic tests using Lateral Flow Devices on campus should normally be available within a couple of hours. We have been advised that during busy testing times, the increase in the number of tests taking place could result in a delay in results of up to 24 hours. Your result will be shared with you directly by NHS Test and Trace by text or email and these results are not shared with the University. You can contact the NHS Test & Trace on 119 quoting your barcode reference for more information.

      Please note, if you get tested at the Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site after having Covid symptoms, results may take 24-48 hours. In this case, if you have not received your results after 5 days, please call 119 in England and Wales.

      How long does it take to get the result of a lateral flow test taken at home?

      You will be able to interpret the results yourself 30 minutes after conducting the test. You will need to report your test results (even if negative) to the NHS using the instructions provided in the lateral flow test booklet.

      How do I know what the result is on a lateral flow taken from home?

      You will be able to interpret the results 30 minutes after conducting the test, there will be instruction in the pack on how to read what the result is. You will need to report your test results (even if negative) to the NHS using the instructions provided in the lateral flow test booklet.

      Do I need to submit the result of a home lateral flow test?

      You need to report rapid lateral flow test result the day you take the test, no matter what the result is.

      When reporting your test result, please use the Site ID for the site you collected your kit from:

      The Junction - University of Warwick: BEXB

      Gibbet Hill - University of Warwick: BEXE

      Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building) - University of Warwick: BEXC

      Your confirmation email contains the Site ID for the site you booked to collect from.

      Who else sees my test results?

      If you take a test at the University testing site, a copy of your Asymptomatic test result will be sent to your GP. If you have tested positive, a notification will be sent to Public Health England. If you take a home lateral flow test you should submit your result on the NHS website. The University will not see your results.

      The University of Warwick and NHS Test and Trace also take the protection of your privacy very seriously. To find out how your personal data will be used when you register for a coronavirus test read the Government's coronavirus privacy note.

      Why are there two tests, not one?

      Research suggest that the current lateral flow test has been found to have high specificity but with lower sensitivity. This means that someone with the very early stages of getting Covid-19 might not be detected so a further test 3 days later gives assurance of whether Covid-19 was present. Two tests conducted close to each other are an additional measure to pick up some of the newly developed cases.

      Is testing safe?

      Yes, testing is safe and managed by NHS test and Trace.

      Is testing free?

      Yes, testing is free and available to all students and staff.

      What is the difference between the different types of test available?

      There are two main types of test used to check if people currently have coronavirus.

      The first type of test is known as a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, and looks for the virus’s genetic material (Ribonucleic acid or RNA). These tests are currently more commonly used in the NHS for symptomatic testing. They require a laboratory to be processed.

      The second is called a lateral flow antigen test, which detects the coronavirus antigen that is produced when a person is infectious with coronavirus by applying a swab from the nose and throat to a special test kit. These are quicker tests that produce a result within 30 minutes and do not require a laboratory to be processed

      How accurate are the results?

      Lateral flow tests are highly specific, which means that only a small proportion of people who do not have coronavirus will receive a positive result (false positive).

      Clinical validation has found lateral flow tests to have high specificity but slightly lower sensitivity at lower viral loads. Sensitivity measures how likely a test will return a positive result when that person is infected. Therefore two tests are recommended to pick up any cases which were not detected during the first test and to catch any new infections.

      If you test positive on a lateral flow test, it is likely that you are infectious at that moment, whereas people testing positive on a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test could be in the less infectious early or late stages of disease. This means that by using the lateral flow test we can identify people with a high viral load who are the most likely to spread the virus further.

      Why do I need a smartphone to take the test?

      The NHS registration requires you to access a web link to register and then scan a bar code with your camera. This is the unique ID that connects your test up with you and ensures your data is kept completely confidential. If you don’t have a smartphone, please add this to the comments field when you book your appointment so we can discuss options with you.

      Do I need to wear a face covering to the test site?

      Yes, appropriate face coverings need to be worn throughout the testing process whilst in the testing facility apart from when guided by a testing professional to remove it when your sample is taken.

      If you have a medical exemption from wearing a face covering, please wear a visor to the site and alert the site manager about your situation as soon as you arrive so that they can take additional precautions.

      Please note a visor alone is not considered face covering as they do not provide adequate protection alone.

      What if I need accessibility support to take the test?

      If you have any accessibility requirements or need assistance with administering the test, include this information in the form when you book your test slot and we will support you.


      How to organise your test

      How can I book or collect my tests?

      You can book your tests or book a slot to collect a home testing kit through our booking form.

      Book or collect your asymptomatic tests

      How do I order and collect home lateral flow tests?

      You can order a home test pack (containing seven lateral flow tests) and book a slot to collect it from the Junction, Gibbet Hill, Student Services (Senate House), Students' Union HQ Reception, Westwood Post Room, Lakeside Postal Hub or Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building). You can collect one pack of seven tests at a time.

      This is a service for staff and students at Warwick who have previously taken at least three supervised Covid-19 tests (PCR or Lateral Flow) on-campus or elsewhere. If you have not had supervised Covid-19 tests previously, please book a supervised appointment.

      Collect your asymptomatic tests

      Can I collect a home lateral flow test kit from a different site to the one I booked to collect from?

      Yes. Please be aware that you will need to report your result using the Site ID for the site you collected from, not the one you booked.

      Please see site IDs below:

      The Junction: University of Warwick: BEXB

      Gibbet Hill: University of Warwick: BEXE

      Wellesbourne (Prince Phillip Building): University of Warwick: BEXC

      How many tests are there in a home testing pack?

      A pack contains seven tests. You should take two tests a week (every three or four days). You can collect one pack of seven tests at a time.

      What do I need to bring with me to the testing site?

      When you come to the Junction, please make sure you have:

      • Some form of photo ID like your student or staff ID card (a passport or driver's license if you don’t have this) along with your student /staff profile on your phone which you can find your profile on People Search) 
      • A face covering (or visor if you are medically exempt)
      • A smartphone with camera with you to register
      • Suitable warm clothing in case you need to queue outside

      If you have concerns about any of these, you can email us with any queries at ats@warwick.ac.uk

      When you land on the NHS registration page, you will be given the option to register an account. If you do this, it will make the process quicker when you return for your second appointment.

      If you have an international mobile number, the NHS site won’t recognise this. We advise selecting the ‘Register without using NHS login’ option.

      Do I have to book a test at the University site in advance?

      No, you can turn up without booking, but we encourage you to book a 10 minute slot.

      What happens if I miss my test slot?

      If you don’t think you can make any booked appointment, please try and cancel the slot and rebook. Go back to your booking form and click cancel to do this.

      How will I get my results and what happens next?

      If you take your test at the University testing site you should receive a message with your results by text or email, depending on which details you provided when you registered. If you take a home lateral flow test your result will be available 30 minutes after conducting the test and you’ll be able to read the result yourself. There are three possible test results:


      Negative test result

      If this is your first test and you receive a negative result, please return in 3 days for your second test.

      If you receive a negative test result you should continue to follow any national restrictions.

      If this is your second test and you receive a negative result you have a lower risk of having Covid-19, but the test does not rule it out. Again, please continue to follow any national restrictions. You should continue to take two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Positive test result

      If you receive a positive result after any lateral flow test, you must self-isolate for 10 days immediately. This is a legal requirement. Following a positive asymptomatic test result, you should take a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible. You can do this at any testing site but the University does provide the facility on campus, which you can book on the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site. You are allowed to break self-isolation to attend a PCR test.

      A PCR test gives another level of confidence that the lateral flow test is accurate and our tracing team can then provide and link to University support services.

      If you live on or off campus and book a confirmatory PCR test at the University Gibbet Hill Test and Trace site, support services will automatically be informed and be able to help with your self-isolation. If you get a confirmatory PCR test at another testing site please use our normal booking form to tell us if you have tested positive for Covid-19 off-campus so that the University Test and Trace team can note the case and support with tracing processes to minimise transmission, and provide any further guidance you need on self-isolation. If you are based on campus we will offer you the option to complete your self-isolation in our conference centre accommodation.

      If the PCR test result is positive

      If this result is verified as positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. This is a legal requirement. Please tell your department if you are self-isolating. If you are a member of staff, please also ensure you log this on success factors.

      If the PCR test result is negative

      When you need to keep self-isolating
      You still need to self-isolate for 10 full days if you get a negative test result and:

      • someone you live with has tested positive
      • someone you live with has symptoms and has not had a test
      • you've been told to self-isolate because you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive
      • you had a PCR test (a test that is sent to a lab) because you had a positive rapid lateral flow test, and there were more than 2 days between the tests

      We know self-isolation can be challenging. We have listened to your feedback so that we can ensure that you are well supported during this period. Find out more about self-isolation support at Warwick.

      Void test result

      On occasion, some results may come back as 'void' which means your test was inconclusive, unfortunately, you will need to return to the Junction for another test.

      Your results are only shared with you, your GP and Public Health England. The University will not have access to your results unless you tell us through the test and trace service.

      Please act responsibly and follow the guidance sent to you with your results.

      How long do I have to wait between tests, and do I need to self-isolate while I wait?

      You should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart and as close as possible to the start of your face to face teaching and then two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      The tests do not guarantee that you will not catch the infection, but they do provide information to your infectivity status at the time of the test.

      Even if you receive a negative test result, we encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

      See what to do if your first test result is positive.

      What should I do if I do not receive any results?

      You should receive your lateral flow test results within an hour. Please keep hold of our registration card which has your bar code and site ID on it and call the NHS Test and Trace Service on 119.


      Where can I get an asymptomatic lateral flow test when the Junction service is closed at the weekend or off campus?

      If you are asymptomatic and need to book a lateral flow test when the Junction service is closed, you can use the following services:

      You can also order home lateral flow tests (a pack containing seven tests) so that you can do your lateral flow tests from home.

      Where can I get a PCR test when the Warwick University Test and Trace service is closed at the weekend or off campus?

      If you have Covid-19 symptoms and need to get a PCR test when the Warwick Test and Trace service is closed, you can use the following local services or use a location close to you:

      To book a PCR test at these locations or any location close to you, visit: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

      How can I speed up and simplify the check-in and registration process for twice-weekly lateral flow testing?

      To speed up and simplify the check-in and registration process for twice-weekly lateral flow testing, you are encouraged to register for an NHS Test and Trace account.


      What was the government evaluation of Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices?

      From Monday 22 February until Friday 26 February, anyone attending an LFD test at the Junction was asked to take part in a service evaluation of Lateral Flow Antigen Testing Devices (LFDs) as part of the Department of Health and Social Care approach to quality assurance. This is now complete as enough samples have been collected. More information on the government evaluation and FAQs.


      Travel

      My family home is in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – do I have to take any extra measures before returning to Warwick?

      No, if you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you should follow the same government guidance as students living in England.

      What do I need to do before I come back to my term-time accommodation?

      You should act responsibly and follow the National Lockdown guidance before you travel to your term-time accommodation to minimise the risk of contracting or transmitting coronavirus (Covid-19).

      You are encouraged to take an asymptomatic test before travelling to your term-time accommodation, either by home testing or at a community testing facility If you test positive for coronavirus, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days before travelling and to assist NHS Test and Trace with contact tracing. Your household will need to follow the guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection.

      If you are unable to access mass asymptomatic testing before travelling, you should rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers

      The latest government guidance is that students returning to campus from within the UK should take three asymptomatic Covid-19 lateral flow tests on arrival (3-4 days apart) and then two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      You can book an asymptomatic test at the Junction.

      Can I travel on public transport?

      Yes, you can travel by either public transport or private transport when you return to university, but to minimise the risk of transmission to others, you should travel by private vehicle wherever possible.

      If you travel by public transport, you should rigorously follow the safer travel guidance for passengers. You can help control coronavirus by:

      • wearing a face covering unless exempt
      • keeping your distance from people from other households when you travel, where possible
      • sanitising your hands regularly
      • avoiding the busiest routes and times
      • downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel and checking in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters.

      If you are driving, only travel with people from your household or the household you are going back to join at university and follow safer travel guidance for passengers.

      International travel and student arrivals

      What you need to do before you travel and on your arrival

      Testing and self-isolation requirements for people travelling to the UK vary, depending on which country you are travelling from, or through, to get to the UK.

      The government has a traffic light system of red, amber or green countries. You can find detailed guidance on the government website.

      All students travelling to the UK must:

      • Check the very latest information on entering the UK.
      • Take a Covid-19 test three days before you travel and have proof of a negative result.
      • Complete a passenger locator form.
      • Comply with the additional requirements depending on whether you’re travelling from a country on the red, amber or green list. (link red/amber/green to FAQ below)
      • Be ready to present proof of study documents on arrival to the UK.

      Red, amber or green list country self-isolation and testing requirements

      The guidance on self-isolation and testing requirements varies depending on whether the country you’re traveling from is on the red, amber or green list.

      Red list countries

      Before you travel you must:

      On arrival you must:

      • Quarantine in a managed hotel for 10 days and take two Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight.

      See details about the financial support for managed hotel quarantine costs (red-list countries only)

      Amber list countries

      Before you travel to England, you must:

      On arrival to England:

      If you’re fully vaccinated (and not coming from France)

      If you’re fully vaccinated under the UK vaccination programme and have not been in a red list country or France in the 10 days before you arrive in England, you will not need to quarantine on arrival in England. You will still need to take a day two Covid-19 test, you do not need to quarantine unless the day two test result is positive. Find out more on the government website including how to prove your vaccination status.

      If you’re not fully vaccinated (and/or coming from France)

      You need to:

      • Quarantine for 10 days on arrival
      • Take a Covid-19 test on day two and day eight
      • You may be able to end quarantine early if you pay for a private Covid-19 test through the Test to Release scheme. You can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test on day five. If the result is negative (and the result of your day two test result was negative or inconclusive) you can end your quarantine. Even if you test negative on day five, you’ll still need to take the compulsory test on day eight.

      Green list countries

      Before you travel to England you must:

      On arrival in England:

      You must take a Covid-19 test on or before day two after you arrive. You do not need to quarantine unless the test result is positive.

      Penalties
      These requirements are mandatory and failure to comply will result in you being fined:

      Red-list country penalties
      • You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.
      • If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

      Non-red-list country penalties
      • Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.
      • If you break the quarantine rules, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000.

      Those quarantining at home following international travel may now be visited by staff employed on behalf of the NHS Test and Trace service.


      Read the UKCISA's article on how the UK's 'red list' impacts international students and travel.


      Do I need to present a negative Covid-19 test result before departing for England?

      Current government guidance is that everyone must take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel.

      View the full guidance on Coronavirus testing before you travel to England

      View the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK

      Can the Covid-19 tests provided on campus be used as Test to Release for international travel?

      The government introduced the Test to Release for International Travel scheme in December 2020 for people who need to self-isolate on arrival in England.

      Under the scheme you can choose to pay for a private Covid-19 test. The earliest you can take the test is 5 full days after your arrival. If the result is negative, you can stop self-isolating.

      Neither of the testing available on campus which is provided on behalf of the NHS (Asymptomatic and Symptomatic) can be used for this purpose. Visit the government website for information on how the Test to Release scheme works.

      We understand chemists are providing this service. You may want to try some of the larger chains such as Boots and Lloyds. The University cannot recommend any providers

      Is the Lateral Flow Test valid for international travel?

      The Lateral Flow Test used for asymptomatic testing is not valid for international travel. It is likely that you will need to arrange a private PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction) from a reputable pharmacy or clinic to satisfy the requirements of your airline.

      You should also check any restrictions that apply to the country you are travelling to.

      See Foreign Travel Advice from Gov.uk

      What is the new Travel Departure Declaration Form requirement from 8 March?

      Whilst the stay at home restrictions are in place, you are only allowed to travel abroad if you have a legally permitted reason. From 8 March 2021, you must complete a Travel Declaration Form to declare the reason that you need to travel abroad. View the requirements on the government website.

      International student arrivals - additional FAQs

      Government guidance on entering the UK and what you need to do before you leave for the UK

      Government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel bans to the UK


      Accommodation and arrivals

      Can I return to my on-campus or off-campus University managed accommodation before I have had two asymptomatic tests?

      If you are travelling from within the UK, you can return to your on-campus or off-campus University managed accommodation before you have had two asymptomatic tests. In line with the latest Government Guidance you should take two lateral flow tests 3 days apart and as close as possible to the start of your face to face teaching and then two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      Twice weekly testing will help to break chains of Covid transmission, identify asymptomatic infections and help further ensure the safety of our community on campus and beyond. This will help to enable a return to face-to-face teaching as soon as is possible.

      Even if you receive a negative test result, we encourage you to continue to take extra precautions on social distancing and hygiene and staying at home to minimise transferring the virus in line with government guidance.

      If you are returning from abroad, you must comply with the the latest government advice for international students returning to the UK and self-isolate for 10 days or take a private PCR test and release after 5 days.

      You cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through any country that is on the travel ban red list in the 10 days before you arrive in England.

      If you travel to the UK and you have not been in or passed through a red-list country in the 10 days before your arrival, you can use the government Test to Release scheme. If you’re planning to use the Test to Release scheme, you must still take a test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8, unless you’re exempt. Even if you get a negative result from your Test to Release and are released from self-isolation, you still need to take a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.

      After your self-isolation period, you should then take two lateral flow tests per week until we receive guidance to stop.

      If you have travelled from a country on the red list you will be required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel.

      If you have not travelled from a country on the travel ban list and you are picking up your key for the first time for on or off campus accommodation, we are currently asking students to complete their self-isolation in our designated holding area, which is en-suite accommodation on campus. You will not be charged for this in addition to your accommodation contract and we will be providing you with three meals a day as you will not have access to kitchen facilities. Please be aware that if you arrive before your accommodation contract is due to begin, an additional charge will apply for your conference stay for this additional period of time. After 10 days self-isolation or a negative COVID-19 test result, as per the government test to release guidance, you can then move into your accommodation. You will need to provide evidence of your test results when you pick up your key.

      On-campus accommodation - FAQs

      Off-campus University managed accommodation - FAQs


      Wellbeing support

      The disruption caused by coronavirus has affected my wellbeing or mental health – what support is available to me?

      Your wellbeing is just as important to us as your physical health and safety. All our normal wellbeing services will continue to be available, whether online or in person (at a safe distance).

       How we'll support you at Warwick

      Financial support

      I am experiencing financial difficulties, am I eligible for financial assistance?

      We know this is a really difficult time and want to do all that we can to support you. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you may be eligible to receive some financial assistance. Find out more about Hardship Funds. Please contact the Student Funding Office in the first instance.


      Facilities

      What facilities are open on campus?

      See which facilities will be open on campus.

      We will update this page in line with the latest government guidance.

      What will happen to my Warwick Sport membership?

      Read the FAQ about memberships on the Warwick Sport website.

      Face coverings

      What face coverings should you wear on campus?

      You will be aware of the recent steep rise in Covid-19 infections and the rapid nationwide spread of a new, more infectious strain of the virus. As a result of this, new advice has been issued on the use of face coverings at work recommending the use of higher quality face coverings.

      We are already using higher quality face coverings at Warwick and have two types available:
      Aubergine Bullet Disposable - the blue/white pleated style - these are the same grade used in the NHS and are certified to a British Standard.
      Aubergine Bullet Washable - three-ply, black fabric face coverings

      A free, reusable face covering was made available to each member of staff and students attending campuses at the start of the new academic year and these are available again in Term 2. Disposable face coverings are also available for staff working on campus and will be provided through their department.

      More information on face coverings.