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News Reports, 2 October 2020.

2 October 2020: Northumbria: “As of Friday 2 October, we can confirm that we are aware of 770 Northumbria University students who have tested positive for Covid-19 of whom 78 were symptomatic.” Source: Internal email. Guardian. ITV. University statement.

2 October 2020: Newcastle University: “Of our 28,000 students and 6,500 staff, in the last seven days (25 Sept – 1 Oct), we have: 94 students in our university community who have tested positive for Covid-19. 7 colleagues in our university community who have tested positive for Covid-19.” Source: Internal email.

2 October 2020: Nottingham Trent: Nottingham Trent University has reported “a number of confirmed cases of coronavirus”. “The university however did not confirm the exact number of cases.” Nottinghamshire Live.

28 September 2020: University of Worcester: “”Since the beginning of September, less than 5 of the University’s students who have been on campus have tested positive for Covid-19.” Worcester Live.

2 October 2020: Oxford University start publishing data from their own testing service; 15 positives in 257 tests in the last week; 20 in 829 overall. Oxford. Archive.

2 October 2020: “Teesside University is the latest education hub to confirm positive coronavirus cases. There has been one positive case recorded on the Middlesbrough campus and a total of 15 cases across its community, with 12 recorded between September 23 and 30.” Teesside Live.

2 October 2020: “As of 1pm today (Friday 2 October) the University can confirm that three people have tested positive for Covid-19. Contacts have been traced and notified.” Loughborough University.

1 October 2020: Queen’s, Belfast: “Queen’s University charging self-isolating students £210 for food delivery.” “The employee, who asked not to be named, told Belfast Live several halls have been hit with between 45 to 60 new cases identified a day.” Belfast Live.

1 October 2020: Aberdeen: “The number of positive cases at Aberdeen University has risen to 99, according to the incident management team.” Evening Express.

1 October 2020: Edinburgh University: “Ewing students in Pollock Halls all required to self-isolate. This comes following a number of positive cases among the student population.” The Tab.

2 October 2020: Edinburgh University update their latest figures for positive cases: “We have a total of 194 live cases reported to us as of today amongst our students and staff.” Edinburgh.

2 October 2020: University of Birmingham: Birmingham UCU have reported 66 new cases of coronavirus in the past seven days at the university. Among them reportedly are 61 students and five members of teaching staff at the university who have COVID-19. The Tab.

1 October 2020: Huddersfield University: “Huddersfield University students put in quarantine after just one lesson.” Yorkshire Live.

1 October 2020: Hull University: “A student has condemned the University of Hull for “failing to enforce” restrictions to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The criticism comes as the university confirmed two more students have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to three.” Hull Daily Mail.

2 October 2020: Keele University: “Keele University confirms two students have contracted coronavirus.” Stoke Sentinel.

2 October 2020: Keele University start a case tracker. Currently reporting 4 students having tested positive. Keele.

1 October 2020: University of Manchester: “The University of Manchester has revealed that 221 of its staff and students have tested positive for coronavirus – but there are fears the numbers could be much higher in reality. After coming under pressure from campus unions, the University said it would publish daily figures to be as “transparent as possible”. But the figures only include positive results reported to the University through an “agreed process” – which some students have told The Mancunion they didn’t even know existed.” MancUnion. See also Manchester Evening News.

2 October 2020: University of Manchester tracker reports 161 new cases: 156 students, 5 staff. University of Manchester.

1 October 2020: “There are now 116 confirmed cases among students and staff at the University of Sheffield.” Yorkshire Live.

2 October 2020: University of Sheffield figures state that there have been 91 new cases amongst students reported. The running total is now 2 staff and 205 students. University of Sheffield.

2 October 2020: St. Andrews: “Since 1 September, a total of 33 people associated with the University community have had positive tests for Covid, comprising 31 students and two members of staff. As of today, 22 of these cases remain active; 11 people have recovered and completed their periods of isolation. So far, all have reported comparatively mild illness. A total of 121 of our students are currently in isolation, 108 in our halls of residence and 13 in private residences.” In The Loop.

1 October 2020: Stirling: “12 University of Stirling students are believed to have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19). All of the students are currently self-isolating. It is understood all the students who tested positive so far, are members of the university sports teams.” Brig Newspaper.

1 October 2020: Sussex start to publish weekly statistics. As of 30 September, they had 10 students and 1 staff member self-isolating after positive tests. Uni of Sussex. Archived.

1 October 2020: Warwick: “The University of Warwick is only providing case numbers to Public Health England and not to students or staff, leading to difficulty in knowing the number of cases on campus.” This despite there being high numbers of cases in the locality: “The most recent data available at time of writing is that there have been 30 cases reported in the Cannon Park & University area between 20-26 of September.” The Boar.

Current tally:

71 Universities have reported coronavirus cases.
51 in England.
1 in Northern Ireland.
13 in Scotland.
6 in Wales.

6 universities are publishing regular statistics on confirmed cases, with 2 more promising to.


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.

News Reports, 25 September 2020.

24 September 2020: One University of Hull student has tested positive. Hull Live.

24 September 2020: “There are currently a small number of positive cases among our student population, all of whom are self-isolating.” University of Edinburgh. Archived page.

24 September 2020: Further reporting on the six cases at Leeds University. “The positive cases are among both students and staff – however they are not connected to each other, the University said in a statement.” Yorkshire Evening Post.

24 September 2020: There has been an outbreak of cases in a “Leeds student suburb.” Yorkshire Evening Post.

25 September 2020: The Leeds Tab reports “At least five flats across two halls of residence at Leeds Uni are now self-isolating, either because residents have contracted coronavirus, or because they are awaiting test results.” The Tab.

24 September 2020: “Edinburgh Napier University: 120 cases of coronavirus identified in an outbreak at the University.” Edinburgh News.

25 September 2020: “First Abertay student to catch Covid-19, leading to Parker House lockdown, speaks out.” 4 positive cases so far; student states “much of what had been claimed about the outbreak was inaccurate..” Dundee Evening Telegraph.

25 September 2020: “The number of coronavirus cases linked to accommodation for Abertay University students has risen to 46 and spread to a second halls of residence.” Dundee Evening Telegraph.

25 September 2020: “St Andrews University Covid-19 cases hit 12 as students prepare for quiet weekend.” The Courier.

23 September 2020: Confirmed: 22 students, 8 staff, tested positive at Newcastle University. Source: recording of meeting.

25 September 2020: Northumbria University reports “some student cases of Covid-19 in private halls and in our own residences.” Source: internal emails.

25 September 2020: Exeter University state “Today, we know from Public Health England that of the 58 cases reported in Devon over the past seven days a little over half are attributable to the University. In Cornwall, there are less than five cases at the university.” Cornwall Live.

In old news: “Covid-19: re-opening universities is high risk” British Medical Journal editorial, 1st September 2020.

Housekeeping: In case of link rot, I am archiving every link I publish here on the Wayback Machine.

Current tally:

24 Universities have reported coronavirus cases.
14 in England.
9 in Scotland.
1 in Wales.