Second case of coronavirus confirmed at Oxford Brookes

Monday, 16 March 2020

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We have recently been informed by Public Health England (PHE) that a second Oxford Brookes student has tested positive for coronavirus. The student is taught at one of our Oxford campuses.

We are taking this latest development very seriously and understand that it will cause concern among our students, staff, and the wider community. The immediate focus for the University is on supporting the affected student. We understand that there will be interest in the identity and personal circumstances of the student, however we have a duty of care, as well as a legal obligation, to our students. We ask people to respect the affected student’s privacy and to avoid further speculation.

The University and its halls of residence remain open. Due to the continued spread of coronavirus, the University is declaring a number of Reading Weeks from 8am Tuesday 17 March to Friday 3rd April. There will be no delivery of teaching during these weeks. Delivery will recommence after Easter and will be online only - there will be no face to face teaching. The remainder of Week 8 as well as Weeks 9 and 10 will be compressed into on-line delivery in Weeks 11 and 12 (after Easter).

We will be updating our coronavirus webpage with additional advice and FAQs over the forthcoming days, so please keep checking this for the latest information. Students, staff and visitors with additional questions and concerns should email covid-19@brookes.ac.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact the Oxford Brookes Press Office: pr@brookes.ac.uk or call 01865 484 452. Out of hours and weekends: please call 07919 258789.


Previous updates

Saturday 14th March - statement

We have received a number of questions asking if the University will be closing as part of measures to delay the virus.

We plan to remain open and teaching remains unaffected. We continue to monitor the situation carefully and are following the guidance given by the UK Government to ensure the wellbeing of our University community.

The Office for Students has made clear that no higher education provider should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) Covid-19 case, unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

We will only close if the UK Government advice goes further or we are advised by Public Health England to close. We are not scaling back our academic operations at this stage, however we are making sensible and prudent plans so that we are prepared should government advice change.

Senior academic colleagues are meeting early next week to agree on the appropriate contingencies to enact in the event that teaching has to be suspended.


Friday 13th March - Oxford Brookes confirms first coronavirus case

Today (13 March 2020), we have been informed by Public Health England (PHE) that an Oxford Brookes student has tested positive for coronavirus.

We realise that this news will cause anxiety. The wellbeing of our staff and students is our absolute priority and to this end, we are following the Government’s guidance to education providers and will continue to monitor the situation carefully.  In line with this guidance, the University and its halls of residences continue to operate as normal and teaching is continuing as usual. 

Our immediate focus is on supporting the affected student, as well as providing support and information to our wider community of staff and students. PHE guidance is that fellow staff or students feeling unwell with new symptoms should self isolate for seven days.

We will be updating our coronavirus webpage with additional advice and FAQs over the forthcoming days, so please keep checking this for the latest information. Students, staff and visitors with additional questions and concerns should email covid-19@brookes.ac.uk

For media enquiries, please contact the Oxford Brookes Press Office: pr@brookes.ac.uk or call 01865 484 452. Out of hours and weekends: please call 07919 258789