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.
- Reported COVID-19 cases: latest data
- Non-symptomatic rapid testing
- What happens when a student has a positive test result?
- Support and advice for students who are self-isolating
- What happens when a staff member has a positive test result?
- Support and wellbeing services for students and staff
The following table gives the most up-to-date picture of COVID-19 infections reported by University of Reading staff and students. With most staff and students returning to campus following the lifting of restrictions in England, this data does still include those working remotely, on or in proximity to campus, and includes reported cases from students and staff both in and outside of Reading.
- Daily cases: cases reported within the previous 24 hours.
- Weekly cases: seven-day rolling total of reported cases – this gives an indication of the number of current 'active' cases.
- Total student and staff cases: a running total of positive cases reported to the University by staff and students during the 21/22 academic year (beginning 1 September 2021), including cases that are no longer 'active'.
Latest figures: Friday 22 October
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Total staff cases
Total student cases
Total student and staff cases
Data accurate at the time of publishing. Cases data includes all reported positive test results from PCR tests, plus reported positive rapid lateral flow tests (LFT) that do not have negative confirmatory PCR test taken within 72 hours.
The cumulative case total reported during the previous academic year 2020/21 (from 28 September 2020 – 31 August 2021) was 691 positive PCR test results, of which 574 were student cases and 117 were staff cases.
Further information about cases around the UK can be viewed on this interactive map.
We are encouraging all students and staff who are working on campus to take tests regularly, even if you have received your vaccination and are not displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
You can pick up free home testing kits from a dedicated collection point at the Library Café from 10:00 to 16:00 every Monday and Thursday
Alternatively, you can also find local sites offering assisted lateral flow tests on the government website, or get a home test kit from:
- London Road testing centre - you can pick up home test kits without an appointment at the NHS walk-in test centre at The Great Hall on our London Road campus
- by post - if you can't collect a home test kit from campus, you can order a pack of seven test kits from the NHS to be delivered to your home quickly by post
- a local pharmacy.
As the home tests are reported directly to the government, we are not in a position to report these test results.
We are encouraging all students and staff to let us know if they test positive from a home test to enable us to provide follow-up support and to help them arrange a confirmatory PCR test. If the resulting PCR test comes back positive, that test will be included in our dashboard above.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If any member of staff, or a member of their household, tests positive for COVID-19, they should follow instructions to self-isolate and inform their line manager who will report it using our online reporting form. 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 have queries or need support during the spring term, our support services remain available for students and staff.
For students, our full range of specialist advice and support services are available remotely, including Support Centres and the Henley Helpdesk, the ISLI Administration team and the Graduate School. The Student Services Reception in the Carrington Building is also open for drop-in queries.
For staff, please do not hesitate to speak to your line manager and make use of the resources available on our wellbeing pages.