BOURNEMOUTH’S universities have together established an asymptomatic testing site to allow students to get a test before heading home for Christmas.

Bournemouth University (BU) and Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) are working with NHS Test & Trace to set up the on-campus testing site so that students without symptoms, who may be infectious but unaware, are able to get tested and asked to self-isolate if they are, or be reassured quickly if they are not. 

As reported, the testing site, at BU’s Talbot Campus, will operate from December 1 to December 8.

It will be run by staff and students from across both universities in line with government guidance. The testing is free, voluntary and available to all students and staff.  

Jim Andrews, chief operating officer at BU said: “We are delighted to be working with Arts University Bournemouth and other partners in the area, as part of our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and the wider community. 

“I would like to thank all of those at BU and AUB who have worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to set up this facility.” 

Nick Welch, chief operating officer at AUB added: “The safety and wellbeing of our students and staff is our top priority, so we’re very pleased to be working with Bournemouth University to provide a safe, quick and effective process for students to get tested for Covid-19, in line with government guidance. 

“We know that as term ends, many students will want to return to residences across the country.

“This new local testing capability means that students can make informed decisions before any onward travel in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We continue to support members of our community who are currently self-isolating.”