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A NEW Covid test site for University of Brighton students will open in Eastbourne.

New testing sites for asymptomatic students using kits which can deliver results within an hour will open on Monday.

University students will be able to get tested ahead of their return home for Christmas to make sure they are not bringing the virus back with them.

University of Brighton students will have access to three centres across Brighton, at Falmer campus, Varley Halls, and City campus. A fourth site is opening in Eastbourne.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said: “We are committed to get students back to their loved ones for the Christmas holidays as safely as possible, after this challenging year.

“Our plans already minimise the risk of students moving at the end of term, through staggered departure dates in the ‘student travel window’. But testing will offer further assurances that students can keep their families safe this winter, and I urge all students who can to take the tests on offer.”

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, Adam Tickell said: “The vast majority of students want to do the right thing and we are determined to provide this peace of mind for them, before they travel home at the end of a tough year.

“We have been working incredibly hard with government and public health officials to get ready for testing to begin and we are confident that we can provide this for any Sussex student who wants it.

“This is the perfect opportunity for our community to come together as we look ahead with hope to the new year.”

For more information visit student.sussex.ac.uk/coronavirus/testing.