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Safe opening of our campuses in the New Year supported by asymptomatic testing.

Student news

Safe opening of our campuses in the New Year supported by asymptomatic testing.

Plans are well under way to provide you with a blended learning experience in the New Year and into Semester 2 in a COVID secure environment.

Please note to support the safe return of everyone it is recommended, if possible, to only come back on to campus when you have:

  • timetabled face-to-face on campus teaching;
  • to use the Library or study spaces;
  • to access specialist facilities or specialist software for coursework/assessments.

You may return to University earlier if you do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, facilities or studying space, or you decide it is better for your mental health and wellbeing.

The Government is expecting all students to take an asymptomatic COVID-19 test before they return to campus (unless they have had a positive test within 90 days) to protect the safety of the whole community.

In line with this guidance you should have 2 tests, each 3 days apart, and limit social interactions with other students until a negative test is confirmed. As such we recommend you should plan to take your first test 5 days before you need to be on campus. Click here for recommended testing windows

For those students who need to be on campus, in Canterbury and Medway, week beginning Monday 4 January, learning will be online up to and including Thursday 7 January. This will enable you to take your asymptomatic tests before your teaching on campus starts.  For the few exceptions to this, students will be advised directly by their programme.

We are aware that some limited adjustments to teaching in January for some students are currently being scheduled to accommodate rescheduled activity and assessments from the move to online learning in December.

When and where will tests be available?

You will need to book your test in advance and only attend if you have no symptoms of COVID-19.

  • For Canterbury – the test centre will be open from the afternoon of Monday 4 January to at least Friday 5 February.  St George’s Centre, then moving to Augustine Hall. This is open now for students to book.
  • For Medway – arrangements have been made to use the community test centre at the Deep End on Medway Campus. This is open now for students to book.
  • For Salomons – details to follow.

Why take the test?

You may feel fine and have no symptoms, but it is good to check that you are OK to protect your friends, housemates, and cohort.  

The lateral flow test is:

  • An approved and trusted way of testing.
  • A quick and easy swab with results available within 1 hour if not sooner.
  • Safe – with the testing sites following the Government guidance.

We continue to closely monitor Government guidance, which is subject to change in these unprecedented times and will ensure you have the latest information and advice before the University fully re-opens on January 4 2021.