Coronavirus

Information for students, staff and applicants

Status update: 24 November 2021

In the seven days up to 19 November, we have been notified of 23 confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Oxford Brookes. Of these 23 cases, 14 were students and nine were members of staff. 15 of these cases are attributed to Oxford City and eight to outside Oxford.

Status update: 29 November 2021

We have all been concerned to hear that a new variant of Covid-19, Omicron, has entered the UK.

In response, the UK government has recently announced new restrictions to address the spread of the Omicron variant.

From tomorrow (Tuesday 30 November), face coverings will once again be made compulsory in shops and on public transport (including the BROOKESbus) - but pubs and restaurants are currently exempt.

In addition, all contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of whether or not they are fully vaccinated - they will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Everyone entering the UK (other than those coming from the Common Travel Area that covers the Channel Islands and Ireland) will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

The government has said that at present, the restrictions are viewed as a temporary measure and will be reviewed in three weeks. However, it is essential that steps are taken to restrict the spread of the new variant.

What do the new restrictions mean for students and other campus users?

We do not currently anticipate that any changes will be required to the delivery of our courses, or to the way we use our campuses, accommodation or sports facilities. The measures we have in place to ensure that our campuses are Covid-secure were designed to protect against new developments such as this. All campus users are reminded that face coverings are required to be worn when indoors on campus, except where there is a valid reason for exemption. Our Campus Monitors will approach those who are not wearing a mask or a sunflower lanyard, and ask them to put on a mask.

We will of course monitor the situation and take any additional precautions that we feel are necessary.

If you are eligible for a vaccination or booster, you are strongly encouraged to take up this offer, bookings can be made through the NHS Booking website. Free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits for students and staff are available from all campus receptions and testing twice a week will help identify if you are asymptomatic, and prevent transmission to others. Students and staff should report their results to both the NHS and to the University.

International travel and advice for international students

The government has also recently announced that arrivals from 10 new red list countries will need to quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel, booked in advance.

We are also aware that some countries have already announced their intention to close their borders to foreign visitors.

We recognise that recent developments may be concerning to international students who are planning to travel over the coming weeks. If you are an international student and have any queries about how these developments may affect you, please contact the International Student Advice Team via isat@brookes.ac.uk. If you are due to join us in January and have any questions or concerns, please use the same email address.

If you have further questions relating to the University’s Covid response, please contact 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