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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Daily reported COVID-19 cases

We have set up a dedicated page to provide information on the numbers of positive test results for COVID-19 from University of Reading students and staff reported to us. The page will be updated each weekday.

Rapid testing for students and staff

Following the end of lockdown restrictions in England on 2 December, the government is encouraging students who intend to travel home for Christmas to do so in a "student travel window" from 3 to 9 December. To facilitate this, all face-to-face teaching on campus will end by 9 December, and teaching will be online only until the end of term on 11 December.

To provide extra reassurance that they can travel safely, from 1 December the University will launch an on-site testing facility for those not displaying symptoms, open to all students and to those staff who have been working on campus in the 14 days prior to their test.

To ensure that staff, students, parents and the local Reading community have accurate and up-to-date information about how the University is responding to COVID-19, we are launching a COVID-19 Support Hotline. It will operate seven days a week, launching at 10:30am on Monday 2 November. From that time, people can call 0118 214 7813 from 9:00–17:00 on weekdays and 11:00–16:00 at weekends.

On 1 December, the University will launch an on-site testing facility for those not displaying symptoms, open to all students and to those staff who have been working on campus in the 14 days prior to their test.

We will continue to review the detail of any further government announcements closely to ensure we are complying with new guidance and protecting the safety of our community.

Information for current students

Information for current students is published on Essentials.

If you've received a positive COVID-19 test, please let us know by reporting it using the online positive test reporting form.

INFORMATION FOR STAFF

We have staff on campus to deliver a range of on-site activities and services, including our blended model of online and face-to-face teaching. However, the majority of staff continue to work wholly or largely from home. Our security, cleaning and estates teams continue to be on site to provide support.

Get updates and find out more information on the Staff portal.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

If you have applied to study at Reading, or are thinking about applying, please see our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) pages for prospective students and applicants.

Pre-application FAQs

If you're interested in applying to study at Reading in 2020 or future years, there are a number of ways you can engage with us. Find out what we're doing to support you now, and the opportunities you'll have before you apply.

Post-application FAQs

If you have an offer to begin your studies in 2020, or have applied and are awaiting a decision on your application, we have prepared information regarding what you can expect throughout the application process.

Study & Life at Reading FAQs

I have questions about the start of term and coming to Reading in September 2020. What can I expect?

INFORMATION FOR THE COMMUNITY

You can find more community information about preparation for the new term on our Working with the Community page.

Using our grounds for exercise

We're happy that our campus can be used for individuals or small groups to enjoy time outside where you are following the government guidelines about the coronavirus. In particular, people must not gather in groups of larger than six whether indoors or outdoors (this limit does not apply to meetings of a single household or support bubble which comprises more than six people). We are not currently permitting organised group activity by visitors to campus.

CONTACT US

We hope these pages answer the key questions you have, but if you require any further information please contact us.

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