Coronavirus

Information for students, staff and applicants

Status update: 15 September 2021

In the seven days up to 10 September, we have been notified of four confirmed cases of Covid-19. All four cases were students. 

Status update: 16 August 2021

Cases of Covid-19 have fallen in Oxford and the city is no longer an enhanced response area. However, Oxford City Council has encouraged those who have not been vaccinated yet to do so as soon as possible, and residents are urged to continue to take precautionary measures as cases could still rise again.

These include:

  • wearing a face covering in shops, indoor venues and on public transport
  • meeting others outside or letting lots of fresh air in
  • regularly using home test kits to check you haven’t been infected.

Covid-19 vaccinations in Oxford and Swindon

If you are aged 18 or over, you can book a vaccination on the national booking service (you do not need to wait to be invited) or call 119.

Details of additional walk-in vaccination clinics, when they are available, can be found on the Oxford City Council website and on the Great Western Hospital Facebook page.

Government announcement on return of remaining university students to in-person teaching: 10 May

On 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 isat@brookes.ac.uk.

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 covid-19@brookes.ac.uk.  

Campus opening times

Campus opening times have now returned to normal.

Oxford campuses

Campus opening times

  • Access to buildings is 24/7 for students and staff, card access will be required from 9.00pm - 7.00am
  • From 13 September, Campus Monitors will be available to assist during access hours.

Swindon Campus

Campus opening times

  • Monday to Friday – 07:00am – 9:00pm
  • Saturday – 08:30am – 13:30pm (during semester)
  • Sunday - closed

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

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