Student Test Site

Student Test Site

Help keep everyone safe if you are coming back to Glasgow.

The University is setting up free asymptomatic COVID-19 tests on our Glasgow campus in January 2021 and we strongly encourage all students returning to their term time address after the festive break to get tested.

Students without COVID-19 symptoms, but who carry the virus (meaning they are asymptomatic) are likely to spread the virus to others. By getting tested, you will prevent the virus from spreading and help protect others.

We also recommend that students who have remained in student accommodation over the winter break get tested, particularly where they are in a household with ‘returning’ students.

Student Test Site

Our test site will be based on our Glasgow Campus in the CEE Building and will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays for a period of six weeks from Tuesday 5th January to Friday 12th February 2021.

Students are encourage to book their test via Eventbrite and should contact studenttestsite@gcu.ac.uk if they can no longer make their appointment or have any questions. 

What does the test involve?

Students will need to be tested twice, three days apart, between Tuesday 5th January and Friday 12th February 2021.

The test is called a lateral-flow test and involves taking a swab from your mouth and nose at the test site. This type of test is quicker and enables us to test more people without the need of a laboratory.

Who is eligible for a test?

Tests will be available for any GCU student returning to their term time address in Glasgow after the festive break as well as students who have remained in student accommodation over the winter period - particularly where they are in a household with ‘returning’ students. 

We have also partnered with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Kelvin College and City of Glasgow College to offer testing for their students at our testing site.

Please note that the Student Testing Site is only available to students who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms you should visit www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 028 2816 to arrange a test at an NHS centre.

If you have had a positive COVID-19 test at an NHS test centre in the last 90 days you do not need to book a pre-Christmas test.

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Getting to the Student Test Site

The Student Test Site is located on level 0 of the CEE building at our Glasgow campus – just off Cowcaddens Road. There will be prominent signage across campus to direct you to the test site.

Please do not go to the NHS test centre located at the ARC.

Students are reminded that they should follow current guidance when on campus and ensure that they maintain social distancing and they are wearing a face covering when inside university buildings.

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Disabled signAccess (Lifts, ramps and automatic doors)

Food signFood and drink

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University Buildings (letters in brackets are the building room number prefix)

  1. Hamish Wood Building (W)
  2. The Sir Alex Ferguson Library
  3. George Moore Building (M) Restaurant, Study Club and Campus Life desk
  4. Govan Mbeki Building (A)
  5. Students’ Association
  6. Arc Health and Wellbeing Facility - NHS test centre 
  7. Centre for Executive Education (CEE) - Student Test Site
  8. William Harley Building (H)
  9. Britannia Building (B)
  10. Charles Oakley Laboratories (C)
  11. Teaching Block (T)
  12. Milton Street Building (MS)
  13. Nursery
  14. Caledonian Court (Student Accommodation)
A guide to visiting the Student Test Site

Please review our step-by-step guide to visiting the Student Test Site. There will be signage and staff to help guide you through the process. Please bring your Student ID or another form of ID with you.

Registration

  • Visit the registration desk upon arrival
  • You will receive a test kit (a Lateral Flow Device (LFD)), test card (with QR code) and copies of barcode
  • Scan the QR code on the test card and register via the testing device - you will need to use your mobile phone or a device capable of scanning a QR code

The test

  • Go to an available booth when directed
  • Attach the barcode to the LFD testing device and self-administer the swab

Analysis

  • Pass the LFD swab through the booth hatch to our staff member for processing.
  • Leave the test site (with barcode attached to the test card)

Getting the result

  • You will receive a result via text and email from NHS Test & Protect. This should be within 24-48 hours of taking the test but could be much sooner.

You are reminded to minimise any opportunity to pick up the virus by limiting yourself to only essential reasons to mix with others.

If you have any questions about the process, or need to cancel your appointment, please contact studenttestsite@gcu.ac.uk

Next steps after receiving test results

If you test positive in either of your tests at the Student Test Site, you will be legally required to self-isolate for ten days and are advised to book a confirmatory test at an NHS test centre. The rest of your household must also self-isolate in accordance with Scottish Government requirements.

If you test positive in your confirmatory NHS test, you should continue to self-isolate and follow government guidelines.

Please note if you test positive in your first test at the Student Test Site then you should not attend your second test at the Student Test Site and are advised to book your confirmatory test at an NHS test centre – please visit www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 028 2816.

If you test positive you should also notify the University immediately. You should do so by contacting coronavirushelpline@gcu.ac.uk or by phoning +44 141 331 3130. The phone lines will be staffed Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.

If you are self-isolating, including if you live in privately rented accommodation, you can email coronavirushelpline@gcu.ac.uk and we will do everything we can to provide you with the support you need.

Keeping up-to-date

We are working in a rapidly changing environment and will keep you updated on any changes to arrangements for our Student Testing Site. We recommend that you regularly check your university email for updates as well as follow us on social media.