Covid-19 asymptomatic testing at USW

The University is working with the UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Welsh Government to roll out a new pilot, mass testing programme that can quickly identify students who have Covid-19 but don’t have any symptoms.  

Please read the latest update if you are planning to return to campus for the summer term: 

All students | USW Update | Tuesday 23 March | University of South Wales.

Taking a test

Testing sites are available at our Cardiff, Newport, and Pontypridd campuses.

The testing is available for all USW students. You should book your first test as close as possible to the date you are returning to your term-time address. If you commute to university from home, you are also able to access testing, and you are particularly encouraged to do so if you are returning to campus for face-to-face learning.  

After your first test, you are advised to book a second test, three days later. In between the two tests, you are encouraged to lay low. This means not mixing with other people as much as possible.  

The test is quick and easy and should take no more than 15 minutes. Please remember if anyone within your household receives a positive test result, you will all need to self-isolate for 10 days.

If you choose not to take part in the testing, you are encouraged to self-isolate for 10 days on your return to your term-time accommodation.  

Receiving results

Positive test result  

Students who receive a positive test result will need to self-isolate and book an NHS test to confirm the positive result. If the NHS (PCR) test is positive, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the date of your first test and all of your close contacts, including your household will need also need to self-isolate for 10 days.

Negative test result 

Students who test negative are encouraged to book a second test for three days later. In between the two tests, you are encouraged to lay low . This means not mixing with other people as much as possible.  

Please remember, a negative test result does not mean you have not been exposed to Covid-19 recently as the virus can incubate for up to two weeks before you develop symptoms. Please continue to be vigilant – socially distancing, wearing a face covering, regularly washing/sanitising your hands, and following all of the safety measures that are in place at our USW campuses.  


Whilst the testing is voluntary, we encourage all students to take part to help protect each other.