Information for students, staff and applicants

Current status as of 10 May 2020

Following the Prime Minister's speech on 10 May, we can confirm that our campuses will remain closed. Staff and students should continue to follow arrangements currently in place for work and study. We will continue to update you as the situation develops.

The Prime Minister announced the new curbs on movement on 23 March, allowing people to leave their homes for only ‘very limited purposes’.

Our halls of residence remain open. Our teaching sites are only open for very specific purposes and access will be restricted - staff should not come in, unless otherwise advised. Access to our campuses will be highly restricted - students should access services online. Libraries are closed, and pooled PCs and other IT facilities are not available.

All students and staff are asked to let us know if they are self-isolating, shielding or have been confirmed as having coronavirus, via our new reporting form, please see the box on the right.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises British people travelling abroad to return to the UK now, if commercial flights are still available. This advice was published on 23 March and was effective immediately. 

Due to the continued spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), the University has declared a number of Reading Weeks from 8.00am Tuesday 17 March to Friday 3 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice to advise British nationals against all but essential international travel. Following this the University has extended the suspension of all student and staff travel for University business to cover all international travel. Further details are available in our FAQs and the UK Government websites below.

We are carefully monitoring the situation, sharing the latest guidance from Public Health England (PHE) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and will issue any further advice and guidance as it becomes available.

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.


For official advice and health concerns, contact

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:

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