Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral flow tests for students, staff and contractors have been introduced to help make SERC safer as more people return to some element of campus learning.

Lateral Flow Tests

Lateral Flow Tests

Due to updated government guidelines, the College will cease issuing Lateral Flow Test kits on campus from the 22nd of April.

From 22 April, most people with symptoms of COVID-19 will be advised to test using LFTs instead of booking a PCR. If they test positive, they will be advised to isolate and use LFTs to release from isolation from day 5/6 as at present.

Staff and students with Covid-19 symptoms can order a free LFT kit here

Testing is voluntary and no student, staff member or visitor to SERC is required to take a Lateral Flow Test. Test results are confidential.

Download our privacy statement


We would like to thank everyone in the College community for all their hard work in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can continue this effort by voluntarily doing the following:

  • face masks in public areas
  • Maintaining social distancing on site
Graphic of NHS lateral flow testing - You may feel fine but it is good to know - Get your COVID-19 test today

FAQs about Lateral flow testing:

Do I have to take this test?

Participation is voluntary. Anyone exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms is advised to take an LFD test.​

How do I carry out a Lateral Flow Test?

Full instructions are included in your text pack and are displayed on posters on campus. You may also find this video helpful:

Lateral flow devices do not require a laboratory to process the test. A Lateral Flow Test (LFD) detects the presence or absence of coronavirus when a sample is applied to the device’s absorbent pad. After 30 minutes, a visual positive or negative result is displayed on the device. 

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

Coronavirus symptoms can include a high temperature, continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell. If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms, take a Lateral Flow Test.

Where do I collect a Lateral Flow Test?

After the 22nd of April, staff and students experiencing Covid-19 symptoms can order a free LFT kit from here.

What should I do if I test positive?

If you have taken a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) and the result is positive, you should isolate for 5/6 days from the date the test was taken. If on Day 5 or 6 of isolation you return a negative LFD Test result, you can end your isolation.

What happens if I test negative?

You will continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.​

To protect yourself and others, you must remember: Hands. Face. Space.

  • Hands – wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water often, and as soon as you get home - use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Space – stay at least 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

If you need to contact someone about LFD testing email or by phone 0345 600 7555.

Graphic of NHS lateral flow testing - Our workplace is a shared space - Get your COVID-19 test today
Graphic of NHS lateral flow testing - Fast result simple to do - Get your COVID-19 test today
Graphic of a magnifying glass with the word protect

Those at highest risk, and to prevent transmission in high-consequence settings

Graphic of a magnifying glass with the word protect

Positive cases to help prevent and reduce transmission in the community

Graphic of a magnifying glass with the word protect

Social and economic activities, including our most critical workers and with the private sector


Reduce R rate by identifying asymptomatic but potentially infectious individuals, helping break the chain of transmission.

Give confidence to the public and support a safe return to normality.

The technology:

Lateral Flow Device, a rapid antigen test.

  • Does not require a lab
  • Can be rolled out rapidly
  • Results available in 20-30 minutes
  • Safe