Test and trace, reporting and self-isolation

This page provides information for students about Covid-19 testing, reporting and self-isolation arrangements at Oxford Brookes. 

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms

Self-isolate, get tested and report it

If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, please self-isolate immediately and book a test. Do not come to campus if you have symptoms.

Get tested
You can book a test online at GOV.UK or by phoning NHS 119. Please use your university address when booking.

Report it
Please use the Brookes Covid-19 Reporting form if you have received a positive test for Covid-19, or if you have Covid-19 symptoms but awaiting a test, or if you are self-isolating (i.e. due to being a close contact of someone who is a confirmed Covid-19 case).

Please help protect each other. Let the people you live with know if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and if you receive a positive test, because they will need to self-isolate as well. 


If you test positive for coronavirus, you must self-isolate for 10 days. That means staying at your university accommodation and avoiding contact with other people as much as possible, including those you live with. You should not leave your place of residence for any reason (other than to seek medical help, or in another emergency such as a fire alarm).

If you share a student house then your housemates should self-isolate for 10 days starting from the day you first displayed Covid symptoms.

If anyone in your household displays Covid symptoms during the 10-day period they should get tested for Covid-19. If their test is positive they’ll need to self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started but if their test result is negative they should continue to self-isolate for the original 10-day period. The 10 days does not restart if a different person you live with gets symptoms while you're self-isolating.

You can stop self-isolating after 10 days if you do not get any symptoms.

If you do not have symptoms you do NOT need to get tested. Please note that receiving a negative Covid-19 test during a period of self isolation does not shorten the length of time for which you are required to self isolate - you must still isolate for the required time period.

A failure to self-isolate where required will be considered a significant breach of the ‘Keeping each other safe principles’ and therefore a breach of the student conduct regulations. From 28 September, people will be required to self-isolate by law if they test positive or are contacted by a test and trace service.

The University has put a system in place for checking in on students who are self-isolating and to provide support if required. If you have told us that you are self-isolating someone will get in touch with you to check if you need any support. Please see the self-isolation FAQs below for more information. 

Government guidance on self-isolation

Oxford City Council guidance on self-isolation and homes of multiple occupation

Oxford City Council has written to all residents in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs or shared houses) with advice on how to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Council website also has details of the local support available for those who are self-isolating.

NHS Test & Trace

If you, or anyone you’ve had close contact with, tests positive for coronavirus then you’ll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate. If you are contacted, you will be asked to provide them with information they’ll need to help stop the spread of the virus. 

Please sign up for the NHS Test and Trace App which is now available. The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus. View more information about the app.

As part of Oxford Brookes’ duty to support the NHS Test and Trace process, from Monday 5 October you will be required to scan the NHS QR codes in areas where they are displayed (this will include restaurants, cafes and other social spaces). It should be noted that where you are unable to use the NHS app to scan in, there will be an alternative way of recording your details without the need to use a mobile phone. There will be signage making it clear where and how you will need to record your details.

Registering attendance on Campus for Test & Trace purposes (our QR code system)

In order to support the NHS Test and Trace service, we have implemented a simple QR code system to track attendance in a number of areas which are not covered by the NHS Test and Trace App. These areas include all teaching rooms and a number of other learning spaces

In each room/area where tracking of attendance is required, there will be at least one QR code (and short URL link) which is specific to that location. The person registering their attendance will then have to complete some basic attendance information through a google form.

For further information, see our test and trace policy.

How the system works

  1. Sign into your University provided Google account at myaccount.google.com (this will save time in filling out the Google form later on in the process)
  2. Scan the QR code on your mobile phone (a QR code reader/app may need to be downloaded for this if the device camera doesn’t scan the QR code automatically). Alternatively you can type in the short URL which will also be on the QR poster.
  3. Once scanned, the QR code (or short url) will link to a Google Form where you will be asked to submit a range of information including your name and contact details, desk/table numbers (where applicable), and the room/area name (as displayed on the QR code poster)

There may be occasions where a person will be unable to register their attendance (for example they don’t have an appropriate device). In these situations please ask another classmate, friend or colleague to register your attendance on your behalf. 

Self-isolation FAQs

Test & Trace FAQs