Protect our community. Protect the vulnerable. Protect yourself.

Oxford University and its colleges are open to students at all levels in the 2020/21 academic year. We were delighted to welcome all new and continuing students for Michaelmas term.

In November 2020, we reached an important milestone in the battle to beat COVID-19. Interim results of the Oxford Vaccine trials show that it's effective, meaning we’re one step closer to supplying it at low cost around the world, with global potential to save lives. Find out more.

The health and safety of all who study and work here is our highest priority,  and we will all need to make adjustments to the way we live and work. There are certain actions that are crucial for all of us to adopt to make things as safe as possible for everyone in the community.  In particular, you are asked to: 

  • Keep your distance
  • Wash your hands
  • Wear a face covering
  • Got symptoms? Get a test
  • Contacted by track and trace? Stay at home

Find out more about the University's efforts to keep its community safe and well.  

The Government, within its 'Operation Moonshot', invited two universities, Oxford and Durham to take part in feasibility studies of a self-administered, low-cost, rapid-result test for coronavirus SARS-2.

Oxford University invited two colleges, St Hilda's and Merton to pilot the field trial. Both colleges have begun to recruit, inform, consent and train students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to self-administer the test on a weekly basis. The trial is being run by the Nuffield Dept of Primary Health Sciences and has been approved by the Central University Research Ethics Committee. Staff members have also been invited to volunteer.

Find out more about the rapid-result test.

Students wearing face coverings, riverside walk, St Hilda's College