It is important to remember that anyone can be a carrier of the COVID-19 virus without experiencing any symptoms. Taking a test is a quick way to detect the virus which will support our community’s efforts to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
The best thing you can still do to help stop the spread of the virus is to keep following the simple guidance and steps around, ‘Hands, Face, Space’. Please also remember though, that if you have coronavirus symptoms, you must not come onto campus. Instead, please notify your course tutor and follow the government’s self-isolation guidelines and NHS advice to book a test.
Frequently Asked Questions
From Wednesday 5th January, students should wear face coverings when travelling to and from college using public transport, when in classrooms as well as when moving around inside college buildings unless you are exempt for medical reasons.
This requirement is national guidance from the government following identification of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and is in addition to local health guidance which also requires the use of face covers as COVID cases remain high across the North West of England.
If you have any questions, please speak with your tutor.
Lateral Flow antigen COVID-19 testing on campus is available for all students and staff who do not have coronavirus symptoms (asymptomatic). We will be using the Lateral Flow antigen test, a rapid turnaround test that can process samples without the need for laboratory equipment and produces quick results. It involves a simple and painless swab of the throat and the nose which you take yourself.
You will be advised by your tutor on your return to college about specific arrangements for start of term COVID tests.
With the recent Omicron variant of COVID-19 we need to ensure we are taking every precaution to stay safe.
With the recent easing of national restrictions and the coming together of all students in the new term we need to ensure we are taking every precaution to stay safe. Therefore, it is important that if you have any of the following symptoms you must not come into college:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have any of these symptoms stay at home (self-isolate) and get a PCR test to check to see if you have COVID -19 as soon as possible and inform your tutor. Also check if people you live with need to self-isolate.
COVID testing programme: privacy notice and consent form
To take part in the testing programme at college you will need to submit your personal details to the NHS and the college and it is important that you are aware of how this data is being used. The links below to the COVID privacy notice and consent form provide you with this information and you will need to sign a consent form at the college before you take your test.