Monday 18 January 2021

UG and PGT email (with the exception of distance learners)

Things to know about Covid testing - 18 January 2021

Dear student,

Last week, a lot happened - nationally and locally - and I shared a lot of important information with you.

I know it's hard to absorb all these messages in one go, and so just for this week I'm staging a takeover of the 'Five things to know' email. I'll be sending you a daily message, covering a different theme each day:

  • Today: Testing

  • Tuesday: Self-isolation

  • Wednesday: Supporting your achievements

  • Thursday: Accommodation and rents

  • Friday: Supporting your mental health, wellbeing and finances

Remember that you can find updates, advice and guidance on our Coronavirus web pages - use the search function to find what you need. Thank you again for staying smart, supportive and safe.


Today, we’re focusing on testing. We’ve also shared this information in graphical form on YouTube. If you test positive, remember to let us know so that we can support you while you self-isolate.


1. Get yourself tested: 1 in 3 people do not display symptoms

The rapid results lateral flow tests are available to everyone, and we have a testing centre on campus which we share with the City of York Council. The test is quick, and the results normally reach you within the hour.


2. In York? Use our on-campus testing centre

It’s quick and easy to book a test via the City of York Council website. You can take your test on Campus West at the Sports Centre.


3. On campus regularly? Get tested every week

We recommend two tests each week, three days apart.


4. Living off campus? Get a test to help protect our community

Knowing whether you have Covid means that you can protect those around you by self-isolating if you need to. We’re all in this together, and we can protect each other.


5. No matter what the result, keep following hands, space, face.

Your test result is a snapshot in time, so if it’s negative keep following the guidance - it’s the best way to ensure that your next test is negative too.


Find more information about testing on our website


Best wishes


Charlie

Vice-Chancellor