Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates for staff and students

Asymptomatic testing

Information on asymptomatic testing and how you can get a lateral flow test.

Free and regular lateral flow testing for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 is available to everyone in the UK.

The tests are voluntary, but we strongly encourage you to get regular tests as this will reduce the risk of you passing Covid-19 onto others.

You can order lateral flow tests to be delivered to your home or you can collect a LFD test kit from your nearest pharmacy or testing site.

Getting a lateral flow test

Step-by-step guide on how to do a lateral flow test

Guidance on how to do a lateral flow test can be found on the NHS Inform website.

Your step-by-step guide on how to do a lateral flow test (LFT)

Lateral flow test pick-up points on campus

Collection points for lateral flow test kits are available across our campuses, these are free to all staff and students:

  • Pollock Halls reception
  • Easter Bush - the Vet School
  • Kings Buildings - Murray Library
  • George Square - Main Library
  • George Square - 40 George Square lower ground floor hub

The TestEd project

Separately to lateral flow tests, the University and the UK Medical Research Council are supporting an exciting research project to develop a new approach to Covid-19 testing, called TestEd. 

The study aims to identify those who are infected with Covid-19 but have no symptoms of the infection.

Everyone who works or studies at the University can take part in the study. Participation is voluntary and testing is currently available at 30 centres across the University.


Video: Promoting TestEd to our students
A message from Vice-Principal Colm Harmon to new and returning students about the new opportunity to take part in TestEd, a less invasive method of testing for Covid.

Testing positive after taking a lateral flow or TestEd test

If your lateral flow or TestEd test is positive, you will need to self-isolate and attend a NHS testing facility for a further PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for confirmation.

You can book a PCR test via the website below:

Booking a PCR test if your asymptomatic test result is positive 

If you receive a positive PCR result please work with the contact tracing team as part of NHS Test and Protect, when they get in touch. Close contacts will be asked to self-isolate.

Related information

Getting tested for Covid-19 in Scotland

Self-isolation support for students

Covid-19 reporting for staff