COVID-19 Reopening FAQs

Free COVID-19 test Jan 2020 to all LCDS students and staff 

As of Thursday 31 December 2020, following the latest government guidelines, all on-site teaching has been moved online until at least mid-February. The information below remains correct but students and staff are advised NOT TO travel to London from their vacation residence or through London to take the test. We expect UAL to extend the available dates for testing to support a safer return to face-to-face learning and will update all staff and students when more information is available.

On Thu 7, Fri 8, Sat 9, Mon 11 and Tue 12 Jan 2021, all LCDS students and staff who work at The Place will have access to free Covid-19 testing through the University of the Arts London (UAL) testing centre. This is part of the government national Covid-19 testing programme. The test administered is called ‘Lateral Flow Antigen test’.  

The purpose of the National Testing Programme is to test more people who do not have symptoms ('asymptomatic testing'). This is focusses on areas or people who are more likely to have coronavirus or be at risk from the disease.  

New, quicker tests (known as lateral flow antigen tests) will enable more people to be tested more quickly without the need for a laboratory. 

Schools, colleges and universities are a key part of our communities, and we want to ensure they are as safe as possible for students, pupils, staff and the wider community.  

How to get tested: 

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Go to the UAL COVID-19 asymptomatic testing centre which is located at:  

London College of Communication 
Elephant and Castle
SE1 6SB 

The testing centre is open to LCDS Students and Staff:

  • Thu 7 Jan, 11.20am to 2.30pm
  • Fri 8 Jan, 10am to 2.30pm   
  • Sat 9 Jan, 10am to 2.30pm  
  • Mon 11 Jan, 10am to 2.30pm  
  • Tue 12 Jan, 10am to 2.30pm   

Please bring your LCDS or The Place lanyard/ ID card to present to the registration desk at the testing centre.  

When you attend your test appointment, you will need to register with a mobile number on the UK government testing website.  

The whole testing process should take no longer than 30 minutes.  

You are required to wear a face covering when travelling to London College of Communication and inside the building (see UAL face covering policy at the bottom of this page), unless exempt.  

If travelling via public transport, please read Transport for London’s guidance and information on the measures in place to help protect you and others.  

You may be required to queue outside, so please dress for winter weather.  

You are strongly advised to take 2 tests which are 3 days apart from each other. 

You should not book and travel to the testing centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are self-isolating or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for the virus. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate and arrange a test via the NHS.  

How the test is administered ? 

The tests, which are known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, are simple, fast and self-administered.  

When you register at the testing centre you will be given a test kit. You will go to an individual booth and take a swab from your throat and nostril. Watch this short video which explains the process.  

You will receive your results via text or email approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour after your test. 

Your test results will be processed by NHS Test and Trace and not stored by UAL or LCDS. NHS Test and Trace will contact you directly with your test result.  The NHS will not advise UAL or LCDS of the outcome of your test.  

Please leave the test centre as soon as you have completed your test.  

Your test results  

If you receive 2 negative test results, you are not required to self-isolate or get another test unless you later develop symptoms or have been advised to get tested by NHS Test and Trace. You must however continue to follow any UK government restrictions in place.  

If you receive a positive result on either of your tests, you will need to self-isolate and arrange a confirmatory PCR test. This is must be booked directly through the NHS. You and your household must all isolate for 10 days or until you receive a negative PCR test result from the NHS. If you experience subsequent onset of symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. Seek medical care as required. Email to inform her of the positive result.  

UAL Access Information 

See Access Guide for detailed access information about our Elephant and Castle site. The testing site is step free.

There is no parking available for the testing. 

If you have access requirements please tell a member of staff at the Testing Reception desk on arrival.

A range of access arrangements are available, including:

  • Priority queuing
  • Wheelchair accessible booths
  • Hearing loops
  • Help to carry out the test
  • You can be accompanied by a friend whilst you take the test
  • You can specify if you want the staff member who observes your test to be female or male
  • Access to a Quiet Room
  • Access to a WC
  • Access to a WC


Asymptomatic testing FAQs

As of Thursday 31 December 2020, following the latest government guidelines, all on-site teaching has been moved online until at least mid-February. The information below remains correct but stude