Coronavirus

Information for students, staff and applicants

 Announcement

Book twice-weekly Covid-19 tests for students with no symptoms

More appointments now available at the Headington testing centre, including weekends

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Status update: 3 March 2021

In the seven days up to 26 February, we have been notified of 12 confirmed cases at Oxford Brookes. Eleven of these cases were students and one was a staff member.

Of the 12 cases, 10 are attributed to Oxford City, one to other districts within Oxfordshire and one to outside Oxfordshire.

Students and staff on campus are now able to access regular, twice-weekly Covid-19 tests to ensure that any symptomless (asymptomatic) cases of Covid can be quickly identified and close contacts informed.

We are continuing to carefully manage the Covid-19 situation in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), which is providing expert guidance on health and infection control measures.


Minister of State for Universities, Michelle Donelan MP, has written to all university students and staff on a range of issues related to the pandemic:

Government announcement on lockdown exit plan: update on 22 February 2021

Earlier today (22 February 2021), the Government announced its roadmap for exiting lockdown. From 8 March, Covid-19 restrictions in England will start to lift through a four-step roadmap.

The Government has confirmed that University students on practical courses who need to access specialist facilities and equipment can return to in-person teaching and learning from Monday 8 March. Twice weekly Covid testing will continue to be available for all on campus.

For remaining university students, the government will review, by the end of the Easter holidays (mid-April), the options for timing of their return. Students and institutions will be given a week’s notice ahead of any return.

We are reviewing the Government roadmap and will provide further detailed information to students and staff as soon as possible this week on what it means for teaching and learning. In the meantime, students should remain where they are and continue to engage with their learning as it is currently being delivered.

Colleagues across the University are working hard to support students throughout the semester. We encourage students to reach out if they need help through Wellbeing and the other University student support services. If you have any questions please email covid-19@brookes.ac.uk  

National lockdown announcement - 4 January 2021

On 4 January, the Prime Minister announced that a new lockdown would be coming into effect from 5 January 2021 to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

In line with Government guidance, the semester will start on 25 January with remote teaching for the majority of students. On 27 January, the Government confirmed that face-to-face teaching for most courses will not now commence until 8 March at the earliest. However, there are a number of previously announced exceptions to this and these specific courses will commence face-to-face learning as planned. The University will be in touch with students on these courses to confirm arrangements. Students on these courses should book and take two rapid Covid tests, three days apart, upon arrival or self-isolate for ten days before commencing face-to-face study.

The Government has advised that all other students should remain where they are and start the semester online, studying from your current residence, where possible.

Students living outside the UK are reminded to check the latest FCDO travel advice for their country of residence.

The Government has published full guidance on the new national lockdown - you should make sure that you understand and act in accordance with the guidance, which states you must not leave your home unless it is for one of the purposes set out by the Government.

We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone. If you need help, support or guidance at any time, students can contact our support services

For Oxford Brookes, the top priority through the Covid-19 crisis is the safety and wellbeing of our whole community. 

For an overview of how we're planning for students to return safely to university in the New Year, please see our webpage for Semester 2 arrangements.

Campus opening times

Opening hours for our Oxford campuses are currently 7:00am - 9:00pm (Monday-Friday, closed at weekends) in order to allow for enhanced cleaning measures. Our Swindon campus opening hours are 7:00am-7.00pm (Monday-Friday, closed at weekends). 

Entry to SALTO-controlled buildings is by card access only. 

Libraries will be open at the weekend from 12 noon to 6.00pm from Saturday 8 January 2021 (Sat-Sun) at Headington and Harcourt Hill, from Saturday 23 January (Sat-Sun) at Wheatley and Saturday 6 February at Swindon (Saturdays only).

If you are not a member of staff or a student but need to report a case of Coronavirus for yourself or on behalf of a staff member or a student, please complete our external coronavirus reporting form

Contacts

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:

For queries and concerns specific to Oxford Brookes University, please refer to our FAQs before sending an email to:
  

Media enquiries

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