Coronavirus alert

Status update: 9 July 2021

Oxford is to be given rapid additional support by central government including increased testing and help to maximise vaccine uptake given that Covid-19 remains at unprecedented levels in the city.

Everyone aged 18 and over in Oxford City will now continue to be able to access recently introduced enhanced mobile Covid-19 testing facilities up until at least 18 July as part of becoming an enhanced response area, joining parts of the north-west and the midlands­­­. Oxford City’s cases remain firmly in the top ten in the entire country having risen particularly rapidly during late June and early July.

Many young people have already made use of the temporary mobile testing units since they first arrived in Oxford on Saturday 3 July. Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are asking for more people aged 18 and over to take part. The units open for business from 10.00am - 8.00pm (no appointment is needed):

The testing venues are:

  • South Park (St Clement’s end)
  • The Blavatnik School of Government, Walton Street (on the right hand side of the front of the building)
  • Manzil Way Gardens, Cowley Road
  • Headington car park, Old High Street, behind Waitrose (open from Friday 16 July)
  • Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre carpark, Pegasus Road, behind the leisure centre adjacent to the football pitch (open from Monday 19 July).

The testing centres at Oxford Brookes University (access from Gipsy Lane) and Osney Lane are also open every day 8.00am - 8.00pm, including for those without symptoms, but you must book an appointment.

If people test positive, they will be told to self-isolate and follow the national guidance. Information, support and advice on self-isolation can be found on the county council’s website or people can download the information as part of a self-isolation support pack.

Students or staff who receive a positive test result are asked to tell the University straightaway using the Coronavirus reporting form - this is so that we can contact you, trace any of your known contacts and check if you have any support needs we can help with.

Covid-19 vaccinations

The vaccination of all adults over the age of 18 continues. If you haven’t already, please take up the offer of a vaccination.

You can find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine on the NHS website. There is also useful information on the Oxford Brookes Coronavirus webpages

The pop-up Covid vaccination clinic at Oxford Brookes has now closed. 

To book your vaccination, please use the national booking system or call 119.

Return to face-to-face teaching: update on 10 May 2021

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

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