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Testing, tracking and self-isolating

Page last updated: 14 June 2021

Your safety and the safety of our staff and community is paramount. That's why it's really important that if you suspect that you may have symptoms of Coronavirus that you know what to do, not only to protect yourself but to protect those around you.


Booking a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test

Students who are on campus are encouraged to take Lateral Flow Tests regularly to help protect our NTU and wider community.

NTU is continuing to offer on-campus lateral flow testing at Clifton and Brackenhurst campuses until Friday 18 June and on City and Confetti campuses until Wednesday 30 June.

Home testing kits will continue to be offered at all campuses until Wednesday 30 June. Please ensure you book a collection slot, times detailed below.

Each kit contains seven tests so will last for 3 and a half weeks. Inside the pack will be instructions on how to take and also register your test.

After 30 June, colleagues and students who need to be on campus can continue to test regularly by ordering free home testing kits directly from the Government website, or collect kits from a local testing facility.

If you are testing on campus, please wear a face covering until you are in your testing booth. You will receive your test result from the NHS Test and Trace service via SMS or email within two hours.

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result and used public transport to get to campus, please call the NTU Being on Campus helpline 0115 848 6060. We will drive you home to minimise your contact with others.

To help speed things up for you on the day please register your details with the NHS Test and Track system on the NHS website, once on the site select the button 'Continue with NHS login’.  Please remember your mobile phone on the day of your test.

Lateral Flow Tests are free, self-administered and should take less than ten minutes.

Testing facilities' and home test collection locations

CampusLateral Flow Testing

Home Test Collection
(Until 30 June)


Until 30 June

8.30 am – 11.40 am

9.10 am – 11.40 am

Monday – Friday:
9.10 am – 11.50 am

Until 30 June



Until 18 June

9.10 am – 11.50 am

8.30 am – 11.50 am

Monday – Friday:
9.10 am – 11.50 am

8.30 am – 11.50 am

Until 18 June

Level 2, Sports Hall

21 – 30 June



Until 30 June

Monday – Friday:
9.10 am – 11.50 am

9.10 am – 11.50 am

Until 18 June

Main Hall Dining Room

21 – 30 June

Bramley Reception


Until 30 June

Monday – Friday
8 am – 9.30 am colleagues;
9.30 am – 4 pm students

Monday – Friday:
8 am – 9.30 am colleagues;
9.30 am – 4 pm students

Until 30 June

Unit D, King Edward Court

Mansfieldn/aTues/Thurs: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm

Until 30 June

Reception in University Centre

A positive test? Tell us if you're self-isolating and receive support

If you find that you need to self-isolate please stay at your current accommodation and self-isolate for 10 days, do not come onto campus. You can join your learning online (if you are well enough to do so) and should contact your academic school to let them know. 

Remember to complete the NTU Coronavirus Tracking form so that we can support you through your isolation period.

NTU Coronavirus tracking form
A short video explaining what to do if you have to self-isolate and how to use the NTU Coronavirus tracking form

NTU Coronavirus tracking form

You should complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form* if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • You have a positive COVID-19 test
  • You have COVID-19 symptoms and are self-isolating whilst awaiting your test result
  • You are self-isolating because a member of the same household or someone you have been in close contact with, has a positive COVID-19 test or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • NHS Test and Trace have contacted you to self-isolate
  • You are required to self-isolate due to arriving in the UK from overseas
  • You have taken a COVID-19 Lateral Flow Test through your local community testing programme

Complete the NTU Coronavirus tracking form

The information you provide will be used:

  • To support Local Health Authorities with Track and Trace – this may involve sharing your contact details
  • As evidence for non-attendance due to self-isolation
  • To enable Student Services and your School to support you through your self-isolation
  • To support students in NTU and UPP halls with a 14 day basic food provision
  • As evidence to support an NEC submission (Notification of Exceptional Circumstance) should you become unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, that impact on an assessment

*Please note: in order to complete the form, you will be asked for your NTU login details.

New legal requirements mean that you could be fined if you do not self-isolate following a positive test for COVID-19 or if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate and fail to do so.

Please view our Privacy Notice.

Have symptoms of COVID-19? Get a PCR test

The symptoms are:

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these, even if very mildly, do not come to campus. Instead, you should immediately self-isolate at your current address and arrange to have a PCR COVID-19 test. If you are struggling to manage your symptoms, you can contact NHS COVID-19 service or call NHS 111.

To help prevent the possible spread of the virus, please avoid using public transport when attending a testing centre. If you do not have access to transport, you can order a PCR testing kit.

Consider alerting people who you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of COVID-19.

A negative test

If you had a negative test, you can stop isolating, so long as:

Anyone in your household who is isolating because of your symptoms can also stop isolating.

Living with someone with symptoms or a positive test result

If a member of your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19, then you are required to stay at home for 10 days. You should start your 10-day isolation period from when the first person in your household developed symptoms. If you live with someone who has tested positive but doesn't show any symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolated from the time their test was taken.

NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme

If you usually work and have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS Covid-19 app, you may be eligible for a one-off payment of £500. You must be unable to work from home. You may also qualify if you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate and must take time off work to care for them.

Find out more, including how to apply:

NHS COVID-19 app – what it means for us and how we play our part

Every person who downloads the NHS COVID-19 app will be helping in the fight against coronavirus. It enables the NHS to understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not individuals; it works by using QR codes, which we all must scan when we enter communal spaces on campus, like print shops and cafes.

You will see QR codes displayed in all our buildings and individual venues on our campuses. These are part of the NHS Test and Trace system. If you enter a campus building or venue, you should scan the QR code and that data will be held by the NHS. If someone tests positive to COVID-19 and has been to one of these venues recently, you will be alerted. The venue won’t be named. If the NHS ask you to self-isolate, you must follow the instructions or you could face a fine.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app from the App Store or Google Play.

  • How will the University support me if I need to self-isolate?

    There's plenty of support available to help you manage your health and wellbeing during isolation, which includes accessing help from our student support advisers. You can follow Student Support Services on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, which will keep you updated with the latest news and support advice.

    There's also guidance on our Learning and Teaching page about continuing with your studies during isolation, plus guidance on accessing the library remotely.

    We will also be running a range of virtual events that you can join in with whilst you are self-isolating.

  • What do I do if someone in my household tests positive for COVID-19?

    If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 you should immediately self-isolate, and follow government guidance.

    You should also follow the steps outlined below in relation to self-isolating in shared households to help reduce the risk of spreading.

  • What if one of my ‘close contacts’ test positive for COVID-19?

    Usually, only people who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 are considered at risk of becoming infected. Close contact includes people you live with, have had physical contact with or have been close to. It also includes people you have shared a car with and those you have been within 1-2 metres of for more than 15 minutes.

    If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to follow the latest government guidance, including any requirement to self-isolate.

  • What happens if I can’t be there at the start of term?

    If you are a UK student please follow the latest Government guidelines about travelling in the UK.

    If you are an international students and are unable to be on campus for the start of term please visit our dedicated international students page, which provides details about travel, self-isolation, visas and who you should contact if you need to notify us of your delayed arrival.

    Visit our learning and teaching page for more details about continuing with your studies if you can't be on campus.

Extra supplies

It’s worth having an extra supplies of non-perishable goods which could help you if you have to self-isolate. Packing some extra tinned and dried foods, paracetamol and personal items like soap, deodorant etc., may make life easier for you if you do have to stay in your accommodation.

Self-isolating in a shared household

Many students will be living in a shared household which means there are some extra things to be mindful of when self-isolating. These are necessary to prevent the spread of the infection among housemates. You should:

  • Keep at least two metres away from other people in the house, particularly if you live with anyone who is older or who has a long-term health condition
  • Keep shared areas well ventilated
  • Ask others to help you, like bringing food and medicine, but avoid direct contact with them (anything you're brought should be left outside your door)
  • If you need to cook, you should only use the kitchen when no one else is there (you could organise a set time with your housemates to use the kitchen). Clean the kitchen after each use; wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household disinfectant
  • Use a dishwasher. If this is not possible, wash and dry each person’s things separately and use a different sponge and tea towel for each person
  • If washing machines are not available in flats, students should wait a further 72 hours after self-isolation has ended before using a communal laundry
  • Eat your meals in your room
  • Clean shared toilets and bathrooms after each use; wipe all surfaces you have touched using strong household disinfectant. Use a separate towel to your other housemates to dry your hands
  • Clean surfaces that you often touch several times a day, such as door handles using a household cleaner
  • Sleep alone
  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, using soap and warm water

For more advice please visit the website which has numerous guides for managing self-isolation in shared accommodation, which may depend on your own circumstances. They offer the following easy-read guide: Stay at home: what to do if you or someone you share your home with has coronavirus symptoms which will be applicable to most students living in houses of multiple occupancy or halls.

Keeping safe

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question or concern about being on campus please email Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm excluding.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418