Dundee and Angus College rolls out COVID testing for students and staff


7th May 2021

Dundee and Angus College students and staff are now able to take part in rapid testing for COVID-19.

Over 100,000 rapid lateral flow testing kits have been distributed to colleges across Scotland, with twice-weekly voluntary testing being encouraged to support the safe return to learning and teaching on campus.

Throughout the pandemic the College has been following all public health guidance and has made sure the safety and wellbeing of its students and staff takes top priority. In line with current guidelines, a limited number of students are currently allowed on campus, with enhanced safety measures such as physical distancing, sanitising stations, one-way systems and increased cleaning and ventilation in place.

Vice Principal Jaki Carnegie highlighted the safe on campus environment for students: “D&A has consistently demonstrated that the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff comes first and we are delighted to be able to offer voluntary testing to keep our community safe. If you’re thinking about coming to college next year, know that you’ll be able to study in a safe, supportive environment like our current students.”

Shona Struthers, Chief Executive of Colleges Scotland, welcomed the rollout. She said: “I’m pleased college students and staff can support the efforts we are all making to keep each other safe by using lateral flow tests. Colleges are making these available with easy-to-access systems, and the reassurance they bring is a really important part of being back on campus for essential learning.”

National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch said: “The college testing programme is voluntary, and I encourage all eligible staff and students to take part regularly to help protect themselves, and keep their friends, families and colleges safe.

“Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. Rapid lateral flow testing helps to find cases in people who may have no symptoms but are still infectious and can transmit the virus to others.

“These easy-to-use at home kits offer extra reassurance so it’s important that students continue to make use of them regularly as restrictions are lifted.

Matt Crilly, NUS Scotland President, also welcomed the testing kits being made available to students. He said: “It’s up to all of us to keep our colleges safe for students and staff. I’d encourage all students to take up the offer of regular voluntary asymptomatic tests. It’s quick, easy and you can do it at home – get tested!”

To date, 101,736 testing kits, which include seven tests in each kit, have been provided to colleges by the Scottish Government.

D&A Sports student Lee Paterson said “I have felt the campus very welcoming since I returned. All the safety measures are in place, staff and students all being provided with facemasks and/or visors if required and the booking of appointments for testing kits ensures that we all feel comfortable and safe allowing us to do the practical subject we signed up to do.

I know the College are doing everything they can to get us back on campus as much as possible, following all the appropriate safety measures to complete our course to the best possible standard. They also provide us with regular updates through email and together with the communication from the tutors it has made me feel more at ease and comfortable to complete my studies"

Jane Cooper, People Advisor, highlighted the importance of testing for overall wellbeing of staff and students, noting “The last year has been a challenge and keeping safe has been at the forefront of people’s minds, but wanting to get back to some normality has also been important. Being able to offer our on campus students and staff testing means people can effectively manage their wellbeing by knowing they are helping themselves and others to stay safe whilst learning and doing their jobs.”

Christine Calder, lecturer, encouraged those coming onto campus to opt in to the programme “Our students have been so keen to get back on campus for essential learning that their lecturers want to do everything they can to support their studies. Opting in to testing means we can all stay safe while we help get students over the finish line with their courses.”

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