Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service
Last reviewed 23 July 2021
The information on this page is for current Oxford students and staff.
The University’s in-house COVID-19 testing service is open to all staff and students of the University and colleges, providing rapid access to free PCR testing for those with suspected coronavirus.
Alongside this service, the University offers regular symptom-free testing for staff and students who are using or providing college or University services on site, and for students resident at their term-time address.
Please go to our PCR testing page or book a test below if you:
- have symptoms
- have received a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result
- have been advised you are a close contact of, or a member of the same household as, someone who has a PCR-confirmed case of COVID-19
- have been instructed to book a test by public health authorities.
You will also find advice on the precautions you need to take to help protect yourself and others.
**NEW 23 July 2021** Early Alert Service COVID-19 testing service closed during August
Please note that the University’s Early Alert Service (EAS) PCR testing pod at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter will close at the end of Friday 30 July and reopen on Wednesday 1 September. Students and staff can book a free PCR test via the government website instead.
It is still possible to get COVID even if fully vaccinated, so everyone should be alert to this and get tested if concerned. Staff, and students who are still in Oxford, are reminded to continue to report the results of any non-University PCR tests to the Early Alert Service during this period.
The EAS Results Liaison Team will continue to operate throughout August (9am–1pm) and firstname.lastname@example.org will remain available for urgent matters.
(if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have received a positive LFD result or have been advised you are a close contact of, or a member of the same household as, someone who has a PCR-confirmed case of COVID-19.)
(if you take an NHS test, you MUST report your result, positive, negative or void, by using the button above)
If you do not have symptoms but are working or studying on site and participating in the University’s or government’s regular symptom-free (LFD) testing programme, please go to the symptom-free testing page.
(if you are working or studying on site and using an ‘LFD Collect’ test kit or a self-test kit obtained via another government-sponsored scheme such as community testing, school testing programmes, pharmacy collect or home delivery – report each of your results here, every time you perform a test, as soon as possible after you know the result. Only one test result per day can be reported and you shouldn’t retrospectively report numerous results.)
The University continues to evaluate various future options for better and wider testing of staff and students for COVID-19. It is constantly reviewing developments in government guidance, existing NHS/PHE facilities, local requirements and any new approved and appropriate tests as they become available.