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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 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 working remotely under England's current lockdown restrictions, this data is not limited to those working on or in proximity to campus and includes reported cases from students and staff both in and outside 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.
  • 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 20/21 academic year (beginning 28 September 2020), including cases that are no longer 'active'.

Latest figures: Wednesday 5 May


Daily new cases


Weekly cases


Total staff cases


Total student cases


Total student and staff cases


Data accurate at the time of publishing.

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

Non-symptomatic Lateral Flow Testing figures

The following tables give the most up-to-date figures from our Lateral Flow Testing (rapid testing) centre at the SportsPark on Whiteknights Campus.

Our on-campus COVID-19 Lateral Flow Testing centre is available for all students and staff who are on campus and not displaying symptoms.

  • Total tests taken: this demonstrates the total number of tests conducted at the on-campus testing centre.
  • Total positive tests: this is the number of positive results (including students and staff).
  • Voids: this is the number of incomplete tests that weren't able to be successfully processed. Anyone with an incomplete test will be asked to return for another test.
  • Running total: contains the total figures recorded since the start of spring term 2021.

The figures are updated with the latest data at the start of each week:

Rapid testing figures:

Total tests taken

Total positive tests


26–30 April




Running total




Those who test positive after a Lateral Flow Test must self-isolate for ten days and let us know so we can support them and their close contacts.

All students and colleagues on campus are advised to take two tests per week, which means the numbers in the table reflect the number of tests taken, rather than the number of individuals tested.

Figures from 1 to 11 December 2020

From 1 to 11 December, we offered free on-campus COVID-19 rapid testing for students, as well as members of staff who had recently been on campus. In providing tests for those who did not have symptoms of COVID-19, we hoped to provide reassurance to our community ahead of the Christmas break, particularly those intending to travel.

The results as of 11 December were as follows:

Rapid testing figures:

Total tests taken

Total positive tests


Running total




Those who tested negative after a Lateral Flow Test were advised to take a second test three days later. The numbers in this table therefore reflect the number of tests taken, rather than the number of individuals tested.

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.

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

Support and wellbeing services for students and staff

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.

Students, staff and members of the public can contact our dedicated COVID-19 Support Hotline at This inbox will be monitored daily from Monday to Friday.

Please note: members of the public cannot book COVID-19 tests through this service. If you need to book a COVID-19 test, please call the NHS on 111 or visit the GOV.UK website.

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