COVID Asymptomatic Testing

Regular testing for students and staff 

Our asymptomatic testing service has closed for the current academic year.

It is expected that, for the start of next academic year (starting this autumn), the Scottish Government will support universities to provide an on-campus collection point for testing kits for students and staff to allow regular testing at home. This would bring universities in line with the offer in other education settings.

Alongside this, everyone in Scotland can access rapid coronavirus testing.  Lateral flow home test kits are available to anyone who does not have COVID-19 symptoms. They can be picked up from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly. For more information, see the Scottish Government’s Community Testing website.

More information on asymptomatic testing at QMU (service currently not available)

Taking a test is voluntary, but we encourage you strongly to do so. By participating in testing, you will help avoid the spread of COVID. The testing process is quick and easy – usually taking under 10 minutes – and results are sent to you by text within thirty minutes.

Please note the following important details:


  • The testing process is quick and easy using the ‘lateral flow’ method, which is designed to detect the level of virus in individuals who do not experience or show any symptoms (i.e. they are asymptomatic), but who may still be infectious and pass the virus to others.
  • The test is ‘self administered’ which means that you conduct the test, but with support from testing assistants on site. More details of the testing process.
  • Results are available to you in twenty to thirty minutes.
    • If you have a positive test result, you will be asked to self-isolate in line with government guidelines and to take a PCR test (see FAQS for information about PCR tests). If your confirmatory PCR test does NOT confirm that you are positive, you and your household can stop isolating. We will, of course, support self-isolating students living on campus, as well as providing advice and support for those students living off campus via our usual Student Services and our COVID inbox
    • If you have a negative test result, you will be asked to take a second, confirmatory test three days later.
  • After a negative test, you are still susceptible to becoming infected and spreading the virus. Minimising your social contact and continuing to follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS guidance is the most powerful way of stopping the spread of the virus. 



Thank you for helping to restrict the transmission of COVID-19.