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Covid testing for UEL students and staff

Docklands campus

As part of our commitment, and the government’s, to keeping ourselves safe and protect others we encourage anyone visiting campus to take a quick turn-around asymptomatic Covid-19 test before their visit.

Students and staff should take two tests weekly test at the SportsDock, in Newham community testing centres or through home testing kits available for order here. We strongly encourage all students to test in advance of returning to campus and subsequently to test twice weekly. 

The on campus testing facility is located in Arena 2 at Sports Dock, which is located in the Docklands Campus. It’s preferable that you book ahead using this online booking form but some walk-in appointments are available.


STEP 1: Book your testing appointment.

STEP 2: Bring your student ID and mobile phone to the centre at SportsDock on the day of your appointment. The tests are simple and non-invasive, and take only a few minutes.  

STEP 3: Get your confidential result on the same day via email or text message. 

STEP 4: If negative, make your travel plans as soon as possible. If positive, let Student Services know so UEL can make arrangements to support you.  

To find out more:

Students and staff who are planning to travel home for the holidays and are not displaying symptoms of Covid-19 are encouraged to get tested. This is an optional service we are providing to help keep our communities as safe as possible.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and the wider community is our highest priority in the 2020/21 academic year. Testing and self-isolation are vital for protecting the community from Covid-19.
IThe UEL testing centre is only for asymptomatic students and staff. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate for 10 days and then book a test with the NHS.  
We are providing a Lateral Flow Test (LFT), which involves both a nose or throat swab. 
Yes. Nobody will know your results but you. You will be notified of your result by email or text message on the same day you take a test.  
UEL is drawing on expertise from our School of Health, Sport and Bioscience to help administer the tests and run the centre. We have nursing, allied health, biomedical science, sport and public health students supporting us.
Yes. The Halls of Residence will remain open for students who wish to stay at UEL over the holidays. The usual Residential Life phone (+44 (0)20 8223 4445) will be staffed until 24 December. From 25 December – 4 January, students should contact +44(0)208 223 5599 to reach a Residential Life staff member.  

If your test results is negative, we encourage you to travel as soon as possible after receiving the result. If is is positive, you will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

Students who test positive should let Students Services know immediately by contacting We can then provide you with the necessary support. 

Staff are asked to inform Greg Price or Simon Pridgeon in HR.  

Once the self-isolation period has elapsed, you may travel. We strongly encourage students and staff to  keep their families, friends and communities safe and healthy by not travelling if they have tested positive. 

For students living in the Residence Halls who must self-isolate we offer a 14-day support plan, which includes each individual and flat (if applicable) receiving an isolation pack. 

There will be events, activities and regular pastoral support offered. Please contact or call our Covid-19 hotline at +44 (0)20 8223 3119 for information.