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UniCoV study - A pilot surveillance study to assist in the detection of increased levels of COVID-19 across higher education institutes with the aim of facilitating the safe and sustainable re-opening of campuses

To facilitate the safe, continual return to on-campus learning and teaching for University students and staff, UniCoV will explore effective rapid testing and surveillance systems within third-level institutes to assist with the early identification of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2. Findings will inform the development of early warning systems and expedite future outbreak prevention and control.

Thank you for your interest in joining the UniCoV study at Trinity College Dublin. Please read the Participant Information Leaflet and Privacy Notice before continuing:

You will be expected to:

  1. Ensure you have a smartphone to download the UniCoV app (details to follow below)
  2. Read and understand the participant information leaflet and TCD UniCoV Privacy Notice
    a. For any questions refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section
  3. Complete the consent form/personal information section which has a series of questions designed to seek your informed agreement to take part in this study
    a. Remember; you can withdraw from volunteering in this research project at any time, as prompted by a weekly questionnaire or by emailing UniCoV@tcd.ie
  4. Upon submission of the consent form/personal information section you will receive an email within the hour with details on how to download the UniCoV app
    a. Load the UniCoV app onto your device and login with your TCD credentials – study participants will automatically be allocated to a study arm (Group A or Group B)
    b. The following guide provides details on how to download and use the UniCoV app
  5. Collect the participant package (saliva collection kit and antigen test kit – one pack per person which provides a 2 weeks supply) available on Mondays and Thursdays of each week during the mornings.
    a. A full list of collection locations is available below
  6. An information sheet accompanies the packs and demonstrates how to use the kits. Please also reference the UniCov explainer video and a 'how to take your test' video
  7. Carry out tests as requested in line with group allocation
  8. Upload your results via the UniCoV app and drop off saliva samples to campus drop-off boxes (outlined below) on Mondays and Thursdays of each week before 11am.
  9. As part of the study a short weekly questionnaire will be circulated for completion

Pack Collection Locations

Location Address Information
Trinity Main Campus Arts Building Concourse
Trinity Main Campus Hamilton/Panoz (beside the Attendants desk at the Panoz, ground floor)
Trinity Centre - St. James's Hospital Trinity Centre - Main Reception
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute TBSI Main foyer
The Lir Academy Located inside the main door to the left
Trinity Centre - Tallaght Hospital Located outside Kylemore Cafe
Trinity Hall Dartry Area behind reception and beside the vending machines

Saliva Sample Drop-off Locations

Location Address Information
Trinity Main Campus Arts Building Concourse
Trinity Main Campus Hamilton/Panoz (beside the Attendants desk at the Panoz, ground floor)
Trinity Centre - St. James's Hospital Trinity Centre - Main Reception
Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute TBSI - Room B1.06
The Lir Academy Located inside the main door to the left
Trinity Centre - Tallaght Hospital Located outside Kylemore Cafe
Trinity Hall Dartry Area behind reception and beside the vending machines

As per your group allocation, saliva samples must be left in the drop-off locations before 11:00 AM every Monday and Thursday,

Packs can be collected from these locations from 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Mondays and Thursdays each week.

For more information on the study, you can read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. The UniCoV research study leaders can be viewed here.

Remember, testing alone doesn’t stop transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and development of COVID-19. Please continue to follow public health guidance……wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and stay apart.

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