Last reviewed: 16 September 2021
Are our campuses open?
Our campuses are fully open for students, staff and visitors. For opening and access information please visit our facilities webpage.
The University is retaining many of its existing Covid-secure measures to keep everyone safe; therefore anyone visiting or using any of our campuses, including staff and students, are expected to protect themselves and each other by continuing to wear face coverings and limiting close contact with those they do not live with.
Brookes Sports facilities are open, for more details, see the Brookes Sports webpages.
What support is the University providing for students in self-isolation?
Please see the Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation webpage for details on the support available.
What support is available from Student Support Coordinators?
We are aware that there continues to be a lot of uncertainty due to the pandemic and this can feel overwhelming and cause worry and anxiety.
Student Support Coordinators (SSCs) are here to support you with your everyday questions and support needs.
How are the University’s campus buildings being ventilated?
Windows and some doors will continue to be kept open in order to increase ventilation. You may find that buildings are colder than usual so we recommend that you take regular breaks to move around and wear layers of clothing.
Research shows that being in a room with fresh air can reduce the risk of infection from particles by over 70% - further detail and a video can be found on the Government website.
Oxford Brookes’ Health and Safety Group has reviewed the types of ventilation systems within buildings and their optimal use. The University continues to draw upon latest Government and industry advice, including best practice from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and the Building Engineering Services Association.
Any further enquiries related to ventilation should be raised via Service Now.
What library resources are available?
From Week 0 (Monday 13 September), Headington, Harcourt Hill and Wheatley libraries will be open 24/7 - you will need your student ID card to gain access to buildings out of hours. Swindon Library will be open during opening hours for Swindon Campus (7.00am - 7.00pm, Monday to Friday; 8.30am - 1.30pm, Saturdays).
The libraries will reopen to visitors and NHS Test and Trace will be in place.
Study spaces will be reinstated and group study rooms/pods on the John Henry Brookes Building Library platform will be available for student bookings.
Please remember that Academic Liaison Librarians are also a key resource available to you during this time and can be contacted via email.
Can I access computers on campus?
There are desktop PCs available for anyone with a Brookes log in to use at all sites and some halls of residence without booking. The PCs are available when buildings are open. Find a PC through this online search.
Google Chromebooks are available to borrow from the Forum - red lockers by the exit near Cafe Central into the Central Courtyard - John Henry Brookes Building Forum, the Marston Road site and Swindon Library. Chromebooks only run the Google Chrome browser and are therefore suitable only for internet-based work, such as G-Suite applications (eg Docs, Sheets, Slides and GMail) and other internet-based activities such as accessing Moodle, websites and searching library databases.
For IT-related queries with equipment and access, either when checking in advance or on the day, please contact the IT Service Desk for assistance - Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm or telephone: +44 (0) 1865 48 3311.
Chat via the portal (including 24hr Self Service): https://service.brookes.ac.uk
Can I study online only?
As described on our September 2021 webpage, we are planning for class teaching, seminars and tutorials to be delivered face to face, with the exception of most of our bigger teaching sessions. This means that the University is not offering students an option to study online for Semester 1. In the very limited number of cases where online study is possible for Semester 1, students will be contacted directly by the University.
I’m due to go on a field class which counts as an assessment. What will happen if there’s a local or national lockdown?
If assessed events are disrupted by a local or national lockdown, teaching colleagues will make arrangements for the assessments to take place in a different way. You will be contacted by Module Leaders with more details.
I’m on placement in a workplace affected by coronavirus. What do I do?
You should follow your employer’s instructions in relation to any action taken by your workplace in relation to coronavirus. If this disrupts your study, then the Exceptional Circumstances process will apply. Further guidance is also available for students studying for programmes in the faculties of Technology, Design and Environment and Humanities and Social Sciences and Oxford Brookes Business School.