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News Reports, 27 October 2020.

News Reports.

26 October 2020: Heriot-Watt: As of 26 October 2020, there are 9 students and under 5 staff testing positive. Source: Internal communication.

27 October 2020: University of Lincoln: “Some 176 students and staff at the University of Lincoln have tested positive for coronavirus. The data released on Tuesday, October 27 is more than double last week’s figure of 85, although the newest number is less than 1% of the University’s population.” The Lincolnite.

22 October 2020: Newcastle University: From 15 October to 21 October, 237 students and 5 staff tested positive. From 8 October to 14 October, 749 students and 11 staff tested positive. We estimate (due to problems with the data) that the total number of cases are 2091 students, 42 staff testing positive. UCU’s combined figures for students and staff are 2012. Source: Internal communication.

26 October 2020: University of Portsmouth: “There are 126 students and staff who are COVID positive and are currently self-isolating at the University. Of these 126 active cases, 123 cases are students, and 3 are staff.” Source: Internal communication.

University Trackers

27 October 2020: Bishop Grosseteste have 12 students isolating due to testing positive, and 5 students and 2 staff isolating having shown symptoms and awaiting tests or results.

26 October 2020: Essex University have 9 current cases: 6 students and 3 staff.

26 October 2020: King’s College London: Total cases since September 28: 162 students, 17 staff.

27 October 2020: Kingston University launch a dashboard, without older data, and with the average per 100,000 cases (more than five times its own population). 12 cases in the week up to 23 October. Our running total: 34 cases.

Current totals:

118 Universities have reported coronavirus cases.
95 in England.
1 in Northern Ireland.
14 in Scotland.
8 in Wales.

As at 7am 27 October 2020, our data puts the number of confirmed cases for students at 29,459, for staff 712, in total 30,171.

As at 7am 27 October 2020, the UCU dashboard reported 30,154 confirmed covid cases at  U.K. universities.

News reports, 16 October 2020.

News Reports.

15 October 2020: Bournemouth University: “Public Health Dorset said: “We are continuing to see a number of positive cases amongst university students in the Bournemouth area, as is to be expected. At the moment these cases are dispersed across the student population and different residences. Currently the number of cases amongst students in Bournemouth continues to be relatively low compared to elsewhere in the UK but we are working with universities, BCP Council and Public Health England South West to monitor the situation and respond accordingly.” Bridport News.

16 October 2020: Chester University: ” The University of Chester has released a further statement after concerns were raised regarding the number of positive cases there reaching ‘double figures’. In the first statement, released on Thursday, October 15, the institution confirmed the number of positive cases for coronavirus had reach ‘double figures’. Pro Vice Chancellor, Debora Green, had suggested half of these cases came from permanent residents, rather than those residing at a ‘term-time address’.” Chester Live.

13 October 2020: Coventry University: They “have confirmed that 36 students had Covid-19 for the week ending on October 6. Of these, 21 had been on campus and 15 off campus.” Additionally, “one member of staff confirmed to have Covid-19.” Coventry Live.

16 October 2020: University of East Anglia: 7 new student cases over the last 24 hours. In total,  86 students and 1 staff member have tested positive for covid. Source: Internal communication

14 October 2020: Oxford Brookes: “In the week leading up to October 9 (last Friday), there were 96 positive results. Only one of them was a member of staff and the other 95 were students.” Oxford Mail. By our reckoning, this give a total of 281 students and 3 staff tested positive since September 7.

14 October 2020: Royal Holloway release numbers: “As of Tuesday 13 October, there are 23 students and no members of staff who are currently self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.” An eyewitness reports that Wedderburn Halls are locked down.

13 October 2020: Warwick University: “As of yesterday (Monday, October 12), 215 students at Warwick had tested positive, with 186 of those on campus and 29 off campus.” Additionally, “one member of staff confirmed to have Covid-19.” Coventry Live.

University Trackers

15 October 2020: Essex University launch a dashboard: As of 14 October they have 7 current positive cases.

15 October 2020: De Montfort University, Leicester, start a tracker. They have 178 student and 13 staff cases in total.

Current totals:

114 Universities have reported coronavirus cases.
92 in England.
1 in Northern Ireland.
14 in Scotland.
7 in Wales.

As at 11am 16 October 2020, our data puts the number of confirmed cases for students at 19,521, for staff 291, in total 19,812.

As at 11am 16 October 2020, the UCU dashboard reported 20,084 confirmed covid cases at  U.K. universities.

News reports, 29 September 2020.

28 September 2020: “A University of Sussex spokesperson said: “We currently have confirmed reports of a small number (single digits) of cases amongst our University community. As well as the students who are positive, all of their housemates are also now in self-isolation, as per the Government guidance.”” Brighton and Hove News. University Statement.

28 September 2020: University of Gloucestershire: “An email sent by university staff to students at the weekend confirmed there was “a small number of confirmed cases” of coronavirus at the Pittville Student Village.” Gloucestershire Live.

28 September 2020: University of Reading student self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. Berkshire Live.

28 September 2020: University of Swansea: “Twenty-two students at Swansea University have now been confirmed to have tested positive for coronavirus – almost double the number confirmed last week. The university, which has two campuses in the city, confirmed on Monday that it had been informed of an additional ten cases among its students, following last week’s confirmation that 12 students had tested positive for the virus.” Wales Online.

28 September 2020: University of Edinburgh: The university states “There are currently 55 positive cases among our student and staff population, all of whom are self-isolating.” University of Edinburgh. Archived.

29 September 2020: Self-isolating Edinburgh students ‘going hungry’ as food delivered late. Students in isolation at Edinburgh University have complained they are ‘going hungry’ as food delivered to catered accommodation arrives late or violates their religious dietary requirements. Edinburgh News.

28 September 2020: Birmingham City University: It’s reported that five students at Birmingham City University are self-isolating after one of them tested positive for Covid-19. ITV.

28 September 2020: Aston University says the number of confirmed cases of the virus (as of Thursday 24 September) for both staff and students are in single figures. ITV. Birmingham Live.

28 September 2020: University of Sunderland: “The email from the VC today announcing: “A number of people in our University community have tested positive for Covid-19. As at Monday 28 September, this includes 40 students & four staff.”” Source: UCU Northern Region on Twitter. Chronicle.

28 September 2020: St Andrews: “NHS Fife has confirmed that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 associated with St Andrews University has now risen to 25. The Fife health board confirmed an additional four cases of COVID-19 which brings the total number of confirmed cases to 25 since September 1. The cases involve both students and members of University staff.” The Courier.

28 September 2020: University of Dundee: “52 combined cases at Abertay University and the University of Dundee.” Sky.

28 September 2020: “NHS Tayside said there were now 68 cases at Parker House – a private accommodation which is home to first year students at Dundee and Abertay Universities – and 16 cases at the Abertay University’s Meadowside Halls.” The Scotsman.

27 September 2020: University of Essex: “A “cluster” of coronavirus cases have been linked to a university’s elite and junior sports programmes. The University of Essex said a “small number” of staff and students had tested positive and are self-isolating. ” BBC. University statement.

28 September 2020: “Essex University confirms five people tested positive for Covid-19.” Gazette News.

28 September 2020: Royal Holloway University: “Royal Holloway students alerted of positive coronavirus case in university community.” Source: BBC Radio Surrey on Twitter. Surrey Live.

28 September 2020: “An individual from the Royal Holloway community has confirmed that they have contracted coronavirus (Covid-19). The individual is self-isolating and we wish them a speedy recovery.” University statement.

28 September 2020: Brunel University: 4 confirmed student cases, 2 on-campus, 2 off-campus accomodation. Source: Internal communication.

28 September 2020: “UP TO 10 students at a York university have tested positive for coronavirus, the university has confirmed. York St John University is one of 40 universities across the UK that has recorded cases of coronavirus. A spokesman for the university said: “Since the beginning of term on 21 September, York St John University has reported fewer than 10 positive COVID 19 cases amongst staff and students. ” All cases are unconnected and do not constitute an outbreak. Close contacts have been informed and are isolating accordingly.”” York Press.

25 September 2020: University of Strathclyde: “As of today, we have received fewer than 15 reports of positive Covid-19 cases.” University statement.

28 September 2020: Bath Spa University: “So you are aware and can feel reassured, I can tell you that as of today we are aware of 3 confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the University community and a number of households are isolating as a result.” Source: internal email.

29 September 2020: University of Southampton: “The University of aware of four confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst our students.” Source: Internal email.

29 September 2020: University of East Anglia: “Two students at the University of East Anglia have tested positive for Covid-19. The university said one lives on campus, the other off campus.” ITV. Eastern Daily Press.

29 September 2020: University of Nottingham: Sky report confirmed cases, but no further details, because:

“Some universities have been told not to release the number of cases by public health officials.

A spokesperson for the University of Nottingham told Sky News: “Regional Public Health England is currently asking us not to release institutional data for a couple of reasons – they are keen not to confuse their formal weekly data releases but they are also mindful of undermining the message that in the East Midlands, COVID-19 is affecting all demographics and so all demographics should have responsibility to protect health and follow the rules.””


29 September 2020: University of Sheffield launch the first Covid Dashboard for a UK university. “As of today (Tuesday 29 September) we are aware of three active confirmed staff cases and 36 active confirmed student cases of Covid-19.” Sheffield University Covid Dashboard.

29 September 2020: Sky report 45 universities have confirmed covid cases, with another 2 (unnamed) having suspected cases.

Current tally:

54 Universities have reported coronavirus cases.
38 in England.
1 in Northern Ireland.
12 in Scotland.
3 in Wales.