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COVID-19 Dashboard

This page provides information on the number of positive COVID-19 test results reported to the University, and advice for students and staff who are self-isolating.


The table below gives the most up-to-date picture of COVID-19 infections at the University of Reading. It is updated with the latest data each weekday morning:

  • Daily new cases: the number of new COVID-19 positive test results reported to the University from students and staff in the previous 24 hours. On a Monday, this includes weekend figures (Friday – Sunday)
  • Weekly cases: Seven-day rolling total of reported cases – this gives an indication of the number of current 'active' cases
  • Total cases: A running total of positive cases reported to the University by staff and students during the 20/21 academic year (beginning 28 September 2020), including cases that are no longer 'active'.

Latest figures, updated Thursday 29 October


Daily new cases


Weekly cases


Total cases


Data accurate at the time of publishing.

Further information about cases around the UK can be viewed on this interactive map.

What happens when a student has a positive test result?

If a student receives a positive test result for COVID-19, they are instructed that they must:

  • follow all government advice to self-isolate (stay at home in their accommodation)
  • follow all instructions from the NHS and engage with the Test and Trace system (including advising Test and Trace that they are connected to the University of Reading)
  • notify the University using our online form
  • report absence to their School in the usual way
  • if living in University halls, use the Home at Halls app to notify the team so they can be supported while they self-isolate
  • let all members of their household know, as they will need to self-isolate in line with government advice.

Support and advice for students who are self-isolating

We understand that having to self-isolate is not easy and we have put in place a range of measures to provide practical and wellbeing support for any students who need to self-isolate.

Once a student lets us know that they have received a positive test result, we will contact them and members of their household to provide them with advice and make sure they have everything they need. This includes ensuring they have access to food and medicine.

Our 'blended' learning approach means that students can continue to engage in their academic studies while self-isolating. If they feel too unwell to study, they should report absences to their School in the usual way.

Students can contact our COVID-19 Support & Behaviour team at if they have any welfare queries or concerns, either for themselves or for another student.

Further details about the range of support available for students who need to self-isolate is available on our Essentials pages. The Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) Advice Service is also available to provide further support.

We have also provided a wealth of information on Essentials to help support students at this time.

What happens when a staff member has a positive test result?

If any member of staff, or a member of their household, tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to follow instructions to self-isolate. Please see the government's advice on self-isolation for full details.

The staff member's line manager will support them in the event of needing to self-isolate and they will be paid. If they are self-isolating but are sufficiently well and can work from home, then we ask staff members that they should continue to do so.

If you feel that you are not well enough to work, complete the NHS self-isolation note and follow the University's standard sickness reporting procedure.

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