COVID-19 screening

We’re excited to be welcoming you to the University of Leicester this September and are committed to keeping you safe.

That’s why from this October we will be screening students and staff for COVID-19 as part of plans to keep the campus and wider community safe. 

The tests will look to detect the presence of the virus in people without symptoms, and so prevent its spread. The University is one of the few in the country to run the scheme, building on the excellent work already underway by our researchers to identify new strategies to combat the virus. 

Utilising novel technology building upon the work pioneered at the University, the tests are processed using LAMP analytic technologies (loop-mediated isothermal amplification), which makes it quicker and easier to test large groups at the same time for coronavirus. 

This screening programme is different to testing people who are already displaying symptoms – these tests will continue to be carried out by the NHS. Testing will not be compulsory for students but we will be encouraging you take part in the screening if you study on campus and/or live in our halls of residence.

Behind the scenes we’ve been working to ensure we’re ready to welcome our 2020 cohort of students to campus. Small groups of students will form ‘bubbles’, which will help ensure that any case of coronavirus can be contained. Earlier this year we launched our innovative dual-learning platform, ignite, which delivers a seamless, dynamic and immersive University experience, whilst maintaining the highest standards of safety both on and off campus. 

What happens if I test positive?

If a member of staff or a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be asked to follow Government guidelines for self-isolation and those within their ‘bubble’ will be provided with assistance.