Testing and start of term arrangements

Thank you to all those who have acted responsibly this year to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

This webpage sets out how we can continue to maintain our efforts when you return to Aberystwyth:

Returning to Aberystwyth

Updated 11/01/21

The Welsh Government released a statement on Friday 8 January which clearly states that you should stay home, work or study from home if you can, and only attend your place of work or study if you can’t work from home.

With this in mind, please do not return to Aberystwyth for the time being unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. 

We are currently working through the implications of the new guidance and will update you on any changes over the coming days. These discussions include a review of University accommodation fees.

The new semester will still begin on Monday 25 January but with all teaching provided online until Friday 5 February.  We will update you on in-person/online teaching beyond that date in accordance with Welsh Government guidance, closer to the time.

There may be categories of students who will still return this week. They can include:

  • Those who consider their home to be in the University or elsewhere the Aberystwyth area
  • Those for whom on-line study is very difficult to achieve unless they make use of University accommodation and study facilities
  • A small number of students who may need to attend in-person sessions as their studies lead to professionally accredited qualifications (these students would be notified separately)
  • Postgraduate students where laboratory or similar work is essential
  • Those for whom it is impossible to change travel plans.

While national restrictions are in place, the University remains open for essential campus activity including research, access into laboratories, libraries and study areas.

If you have booked an LFT test next week, please help our testing team by cancelling your booking if you no longer need to return.  You can cancel your booking here.  If travel plans cannot be changed at this late stage, we will still provide testing on your arrival if you have booked.

About the tests being used

The tests being offered are Lateral Flow antigen tests (LFT).  Lateral Flow antigen tests detect the presence or absence of coronavirus by applying a swab or saliva sample to the device’s absorbent pad. The sample runs along the surface of the pad, showing a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

If you choose to take part in this testing programme, you will receive guidance in how to take the test, supported by trained on-site staff. The test involves applying a swab to the throat/nose. The sample is processed on-site.

The government is responsible for informing you of the outcome by text or email, depending on which details you provide when you register.

What a positive test result means

If you get a positive lateral flow test result, you will also need to get a PCR test to confirm the result of the asymptomatic test.  You can book your PCR test here.  You must not book another lateral flow test. 

Anyone whose test returns a positive outcome will need to self-isolate for 10 days in their term-time accommodation.  

Students who receive a positive test result will also need to inform the University by logging into your student record (studentrecord.aber.ac.uk), click on the Personal tab and choose Report COVID-19 symptoms from the drop-down menu. 

If you test positive, you will also be asked to urgently inform your close contacts.  A person who is a close contact of someone who tests positive (including others living in your household), must self-isolate for 10 days from the date of the test.  

What a negative result means

A negative result for your first test means that the test was unable to detect the virus at that time, and so you need to remain vigilant and if you develop any symptoms book a PCR test. 

You will then need to lay low for around 3 days before taking a second test.   

If someone else in your household tests positive you will be asked to self-isolate as a contact even if your test is negative. 

Book your asymptomatic COVID-19 test

What you need with you

When attending the test you will need to have with you:

      • A mobile phone or tablet to scan a QR code
      • Your Aber card

If your mobile phone or tablet does not have a QR reader, please download a QR reader app before attending your appointment.

You will also need to make sure you wear your face covering at all times when inside the testing centre, other than when you are undertaking the test.