Staff testing

Staff testing

All staff including postgraduate researchers with a University email can access the University’s testing service by booking an online appointment or simply turn up at one of our dedicated testing stations.


 Testing step by step guide

  • Step 1: Book a test
  • Step 2: Attend the test at one of our testing hubs
  • Step 3: Log your sample
  • Step 4: We aim to deliver results via email the next working day
  • Step 5: See guidance below for postive and negative results outcome.

Postive result

If your sample tests positive for Covid-19, we will contact you via phone and email using the details you provided on your testing materials. If we can’t get hold of you, we will send a text asking you to call us back. If you receive a positive result from a University test, then you should act as if you are symptomatic and you will be advised to follow the Isolate, Notify, Test process.

Now that the asymptomatic testing service reports positive results directly into Public Health England, you are no longer required to take a confirmatory NHS (pillar 2) test.

If you have already informed us that you are isolating and subsequently need to let us know the outcome of a Covid-19 test, please do so within 48 hours by either phoning the HR telephone helpline on 0115 748 4800 or by emailing

Negative result

If you receive a negative test result, you will be sent an email confirming this. Please do bear in mind that a negative test result does not mean you aren’t infected, as we know that the virus is only detectable at certain times, particular in those who are asymptomatic. This is one of the reasons we are encouraging regular weekly testing.  

 Key facts

  • We aim to process your test normally by the next working day, subject to demand and capacity
  • There are no limits on the number of asymptomatic tests you take. Staff who are on campus regularly should consider taking a test, at least once a week
  • The University is in full support of staff on campus accessing asymptomatic testing during paid working hours
  • The University has a number of support available for staff who test positive
  • To support our commitment to EDI, we provide quiet times for testing at Chemistry Foyer on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30. Testing locations are all wheelchair accessible with toilets nearby
  • The testing process is quick, private and you can also book the same slot every week to suit your schedule


Staff working from home off campus can also access the testing service, but we ask you not to take any unnecessary risks in travelling to our testing stations. Before staff get tested, they should make sure they have arrangements in place to travel home immediately and safely in the event they test positive.

Please do be aware that the testing service is, by definition, for staff who do not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, you must isolate and book an NHS test as soon as possible.

Anyone with any specific needs can get in touch with the testing team on so we can facilitate these for you and enable you to take your Covid test at least once a week.  

Find our testing service locations and times 

To help staff and students locate each testing point easily, we have shared the what3words addresses in brackets below. what3words has divided the world into 3 metre squares and given each square a unique combination of 3 random words – a what3words address. For example, one of Portland Building’s entrances can be found at ///study.tubes.cares

Download the app by searching 'what3words' on your iPhone App Store or Android's Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can access the web version here: https://what3words.


University Park Campus

  • Portland Building, the Welcome Zone on C floor. (//study.tubes.cares)

Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm / Tuesday 8.30am - 4.30pm

  • Chemistry Foyer (//roofs.sobs.broad)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 6pm / Tuesdays 8.30am - 4.30pm / Thursdays 10am - 5.30 pm

  • David Ross Sports Centre (//

Monday and Thursday 10 am - 6 pm


Jubilee Campus

  • Advance Manufacturing Building (//pounds.frosted.truly)

Monday to Friday, 10am–4pm


Sutton Bonington

  • The Hive, A Floor (//convey.minute.pass)

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9.30am - 3pm


King’s Meadow Campus

  • Main reception (foam.aside.record)

Monday to Thursday, 10am - 12pm 


Royal Derby Hospital 

  • Building Attendant office, Main reception (//wages.answer.relay)

Tuesday AND Friday, 9am-2pm 


City Hospital, Clicinal Sciences Building

  • City Hospital, Clicinal Sciences Building (//

Thursday 10am - 12pm


Unstaffed sample collection points 

    We have unmanned deployments i.e drop off your sample before 2 pm for a next day result, any drop off after this time will receive result in two days: 
  • Professional Services Hub at The Barn, C floor (//convey.minute.pass). Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Trent building reception (// Monday - Friday
  • Coates Reception (//natively.desks.gladiators) Monday - Friday 
  • Kings Meadow Campus Reception (foam.aside.record) - Monday - Friday
  • Professional Services Hub at Yang Fujia, A floor (//toxic.impact.super) - Monday - Friday
  • Derby Medical School (//wages.answer.relay) - Tuesday AND Friday
  • Medical School Building outside student services (probes.phones.intro) Monday – Friday
  • City Hospital, Reception (// - Thursdays only

Lenton Hub (Students)

For our students living out in the community we have set up a new Covid-19 testing hub at Thomas Helwys Church Hall, in Church Street, Lenton, NG7 1SJ. (//topic.stacks.hails)

The service will operate for bookable appointments only and be subject to strict social distancing and safety measures. It will be staffed by University of Nottingham employees. The testing hub will be open Monday-Friday 12 - 4pm; Tuesday 1 - 4pm

It is important that you bring your student card to your testing appointment.


Support for staff who test positive 

Should you test positive, the University has a number of resources available to support you during your self-isolation period. You can also talk to your line manager about any concerns you may have.


Thank you for your support in helping us tackle the spread of Covid-19

Please note, that asymptomatic testing should never be seen as a substitute for any of the Covid-19 security measures in place across campus or the wider local public health rules. If you have any questions, please get in touch.


 If anyone have any questions or complaints, please contact our testing team

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University of Nottingham

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666
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