The figures on this page show the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases each week from Monday 5 October 2020. They also include data from our Pooled (Asymptomatic) Screening programme.
We have introduced a robust testing regime for our 12,605 staff members and approximately 23,000 students: a weekly asymptomatic screening programme for students resident in our Colleges and two dedicated University testing pods for staff or students with symptoms.
We anticipate a significant number of positive asymptomatic cases due to the proactive nature of our testing. The figures are not comparable with other institutions that are conducting symptomatic - but not asymptomatic - tests. Our approach allows us to identify cases early, support students to self-isolate and therefore minimise transmission by reducing the time between infection and identification.
Total number of positive cases identified through University testing programmes
|Week||Total no. of positive cases|
The data above represent the number of cases as identified through the University's testing programmes.
All cases have been followed-up and, where appropriate, are being supported to isolate.
Detailed breakdown by type of testing
Positive cases identified via University pooled (asymptomatic) testing
|Week||No. students screened||No. of confirmed positive cases||Positivity rate (%)|
Cases are counted after confirmatory individual tests. These confirmatory tests are not included in the ‘No. of students screened’ figure to avoid double counting.
While we establish the pooled screening programme and monitor the number of infections, the programme is operating at reduced scale and not all eligible students are being screened each week.
Positive cases identified via University symptomatic testing
|Week||No. tests (students and staff)||No. of confirmed positive cases||Positivity rate (%)|
Positive cases identified via other routes (e.g. NHS testing)
|Week||No. of confirmed positive cases|
Additional focused individual testing in response to a cluster of cases
|Week||No. tests||No. of confirmed positive cases|