Information for students, staff and applicants

 News Free boxes of Covid-19 lateral flow tests will be available to collect at all campus receptions from Friday 16 December. One box of 25 tests can be collected per person. Please consider those with the greatest need - health or financial - when deciding whether to pick up a box.

Where you can collect Covid-19 tests from

Living with Covid

The University’s Pandemic Planning group has considered the government’s Guidance for living safely with respiratory infections, including coronavirus (Covid-19), alongside our own requirements to ensure the safe delivery of teaching as well as local Covid-19 case numbers.

Going forward, we ask everyone in the Oxford Brookes community to:

  • Take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccination or booster, if you are able to
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • Wear a face covering on campus if you wish to
  • Please report a positive Covid-19 case by completing the notifiable diseases reporting form for staff and students (select Covid-19 in the reporting form) to the University, stay at home and avoid contact with others
  • Stay at home if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as Covid-19.

Travel to the UK

If you are a current student, or will be starting a course at Oxford Brookes, and you have any questions relating to your immigration status or visa more generally, please contact our International Student Advice Team.

Please see the Government website on travel for the latest information about travelling to England.

Covid-19 tests available for students and staff

From Friday 16 December, we are opening Covid-19 LFD collection points on all campuses to distribute free lateral flow tests to students and staff who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 and other respiratory infections and those who are currently experiencing financial difficulties or who would find it difficult to purchase tests.

One box of 25 tests per person can be collected from campus receptions:

  • Headington Campus: 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Marston Road site, Headington Campus: PAC office (MRG.48), 9.00am - 3.30pm
  • Harcourt Hill Campus: 8.00am - 2.00pm
  • Wheatley Campus: 8.30am - 2.00pm
  • Swindon Campus: No reception, please contact Caroline Robertson,

These tests have become available as they are excess stock and their expiry date is approaching (March 2023) and we do not want to waste them and send them to landfill. Once these tests have been distributed, there will not be any further supply of tests.

The University received these tests as part of its contract with the UK Health Security Agency to distribute lateral flow tests during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the contract to distribute ended we were legally unable to give out the remaining stock. However, these restrictions are now no longer in place and the tests are approaching their use-by date. The University’s senior management has decided to prioritise those students and staff who are most vulnerable to Covid-19 and other respiratory infections and those who are experiencing financial difficulties or on low incomes to receive these tests for free.  


For official government and health advice, visit

For local information on Covid-19, visit Oxfordshire County Council webpages and Swindon Borough Council webpages.