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Seeking student views on asymptomatic COVID-19 testing


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We are inviting student volunteers at the University of Edinburgh to take part in a study investigating experiences of the University’s asymptomatic testing programme.

The asymptomatic testing programme uses lateral flow tests (LFIs) – a lateral test that takes less than 30 minutes. The University of Edinburgh is making the tests freely available to students prior to travelling home for the winter holidays.

In December, we launched a short survey to evaluate student experience of the programme.

In January, students will have the option to take part in a one-to-one interview over the telephone or online. The interview will explore student experiences and views on COVID-19 testing more broadly.

We hope the results of this research will help identify challenges to implementing and scaling up COVID-19 testing in Scottish Universities, and help improve the student experience of testing.

This study is a collaboration between the School of Social and Political Science and the Usher Institute. Learn more about our  team of social science researchers.



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Testing and Trust: Building trust in a global pandemic: public perceptions, expectations and experiences of COVID-19 testing in Lothian, Scotland (June-December 2020).


Between June-December 2020 the Testing and Trust team carried out research on public perceptions, expectations and experiences of COVID-19 testing in Lothian, Scotland. Read about our research findings and testing stories here.

This rapid response qualitative study involved 70 participants aged 19–85. It was funded by the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office through the Rapid Research in Covid -19 programme  and supported by the DiaDev research project ‘Investigating Diagnostic Devices in Global Health’, funded by the European Research Council.

The study was led by a team of social science researchers at the University of Edinburgh. Find out more information about the study and its outputs below.


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Testing and Trust is supported by the Chief Scientist Office Rapid Research in COVID-19 Programme, Ref. COV/EDI/Portfolio. And by the ERC funded research project Investigating the Design and Use of Diagnostic Devices in Global Health (DiaDev) grant agreement No 715450.



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