Book twice-weekly Covid-19 tests for students with no symptoms
Yesterday (10 May), the Government confirmed the next phase of the easing of lockdown restrictions in England.
The Government has confirmed that all remaining university students can return to in-person teaching and learning from 17 May, and should get tested twice a week upon return.
The Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP, has written to all students about the announcement.
We recognise that the vast majority of our undergraduate students will have completed their semester 2 teaching and assessments by 17 May, and therefore this announcement may mean little or no change for them.
Remaining students who return to campus under this phase (remaining Postgraduate Taught students, students with Semester 3 programmes and those with ongoing placements) will receive further information from their Programmes this week. Research Degree students will receive information about their programmes from their Director of Studies, Postgraduate Research Tutor and the Research Degrees Team, as required. If you are an international student and have any queries about returning, please contact the International Student Advice Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are due to return to campus for in-person teaching and learning from 17 May, you can get prepared by getting a rapid Covid test in your home area before you leave for University. You can also order tests online or collect tests from certain pharmacies and test sites. You are encouraged to take a test at least one day before you travel back to your term time accommodation.
You should also book three tests, three to four days apart for when you arrive at University and before in-person teaching begins. The University’s rapid covid-19 testing centres are available on Headington, Harcourt Hill and Swindon campuses - please check the website for opening times and locations.
Once back on campus, you should go for twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests at one of our three testing centres (Headington, Harcourt Hill or Swindon). You can book these tests in the same way.
All students who test positive from a rapid Covid test (LFD test) will need to self-isolate for 10 days, unless they receive a negative PCR test result within two days of the LFD test being taken.
Students can continue to access support through Wellbeing and the other University student support services. If you have questions about the University’s Covid response please email email@example.com.
Opening hours for our Oxford campuses are currently 7:00am - 9:00pm (Monday-Friday). All campuses are usually closed at the weekend to allow for enhanced cleaning measures.
The John Henry Brookes and Clerici Buildings on the Headington Campus are open 7.00am-9.00pm (Saturday and Sunday, card access only). Campus Monitors will be available in both buildings during access hours.
Our Swindon Campus opening hours are 7:00am - 7.00pm (Monday-Friday) and 8.30am - 1.30pm Saturdays, closed on Sundays.
Entry to SALTO-controlled buildings is by card access only.
Library buildings continue to be open on weekdays and at weekends. Please check individual library sites for details of opening hours as these may vary.
If you are a member of staff or a student who is reporting a positive Covid-19 test result on behalf of another, or if you are a visitor or non-Brookes employee who needs to report a case of Coronavirus for yourself, please complete our external coronavirus reporting form.
For official advice and health concerns, contact www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever:
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