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Santa’s little helpers

Students are being paid to work in Covid-19 test centres, but is their training adequate?

As Fiona McIntyre reported on 20 November, staff at English universities including Sussex and Sheffield Hallam have expressed concern at being asked to volunteer to administer lateral flow tests as part of the nationwide Covid-19 response. News reaches Playbook that other universities are employing students on the front line of their mass testing regimes.

The final-year undergraduates and postgraduate students who spoke to Playbook on condition of anonymity did not seem unduly worried about their safety. In the absence of seasonal jobs in hospitality and retail, they said they were glad to spend a week testing fellow students in return for the fee of £600: “Santa’s little helpers,” as the students drily described themselves.

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