Coronavirus

Information for students, staff and applicants

 Announcement

Free end of semester Covid-19 tests for students with no symptoms

Students who wish to take rapid Covid-19 tests before returning home for Christmas can now book slots through our new booking system.

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Status update: 18 November 2020

We are pleased to confirm that our campuses and halls of residence are open. Access to our sites is restricted to Oxford Brookes students and staff. Essential visitors are permitted by invitation only.

In the seven days up to 13 November, we have been notified of 55 confirmed cases at Oxford Brookes. 52 of these cases were students, three were members of staff.

Of the 55 cases, 49 are attributed to Oxford City and six to outside of Oxfordshire.

The University is continuing to operate during this time of new national restrictions. In line with the Government’s advice to universities, our campuses, accommodation and student support services remain open, including our libraries. Safety remains our priority: our COVID-secure environment and the measures we have put in place mean that we are well placed to support students in continuing their studies. Face-to-face teaching is continuing as planned.

On Friday 13 November we shared more details with students about arrangements for the end of semester.

We can confirm that up to and including Friday 4 December, all face-to-face teaching at Oxford Brookes will continue as planned. After 4 December and for the remainder of Semester 1, teaching for the majority of programmes will be moved online.

The Government is developing plans to offer rapid Covid testing to university students before the end of the semester. These swab tests will help to minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19 to family and friends if students travel back home. More information will be provided to students in due course.

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

We continue to support students who are isolating in both halls of residence and private rented accommodation. We do not have any ‘locked down’ halls of residence. 

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

At present, all of our September-start courses are running with adaptations to fit the current situation and to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

For an overview of how we're planning for teaching, assessment and student services to be delivered from September, please see our dedicated webpages for the new academic year.

Campus opening times

During Semester 1 2020, opening hours for our Oxford campuses are 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). Facilities such as the Sports Centres that are already open on weekends will continue to open.

Coronavirus reporting form for staff and students

You can use this form to report:

  • Self isolation due to individual symptoms.
  • Self isolation of household.
  • Shielding due to underlying health conditions.
  • Unable to work due to caring responsibilities.
  • Any other reason for self isolation.

The information you provide will inform our proactive support work on managing the pandemic outbreak across the University community.

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

pr@brookes.ac.uk