AST Covid Testing

While the AST being offered by the college in partnership with the University of London is voluntary, it is the SU and my personal position that we would strongly encourage student take up this provision. AST is designed to attempt to minimise the spread of COVID-19 with the return home of university students. This level of mass movement is unfortunately one of the ways the virus has continued to spread between communities, and while not foolproof, AST has the potential to help mitigate this risk.


Some of you may question how the AST will help, given the reported sensitivity and specificity of the lateral flow test. Simply put, undergoing two tests will be reducing your risks of taking the virus home by at least 10 fold. Best estimates suggest:

  • No test – 1 in 100 chance of taking the virus home
  • 2 negative tests  - 1 in 1000 chance of taking the virus home 


If you are unfortunate enough to have a positive results, this will need to be confirmed by PCR incase you are one of the unlucky false positive results. If confirmed positive, this will require you to self isolate, however, you will still be able to get home in time for Christmas and will be protecting your family and friends in the process.


COVID-19 has been a continual challenge this year, which has affected everyone in both their personal and professional life. Too many of us have seen first hand the damage this virus has done, with most of us preparing for a less than normal Christmas and New Year this year. 


As the process for AST is different between campus, please find camps specific information below


Yesterday saw the start of AST testing at the RVC Centre in the SAWC at Hawkshead.  As an eligible student you will already have received details of your allocated slot (or returned the survey and been contacted to make special arrangements to change this time by exception). 

If you have any queries, please email


Yesterday saw the start of AST testing at the RVC Centre for students operated by the University of London at Student Central on Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY.  If you have not done so already, you can book your test here:

If you have any queries, please visit the above link.


So please, engage with the testing schemes, and lets continue to fight against COVID-19. Remember, even one test is better than no tests.


Many Thanks,


Gareth Jones

Acting SU Deputy President and Joint Post Graduate Officers 2020-2021