Coronavirus advice

Information for students, staff and tutors

The Department is following guidance provided on the University of Oxford’s Coronavirus update page which is updated regularly. The welfare of our students, staff, and tutors is the highest priority for the Department for Continuing Education. Please consult the latest government guidance for information on Coronavirus.

Department for Continuing Education update, reviewed 17 January 2022

Guidance for part-time and commuting students.

The current situation is as follows:

In line with Government guidance, the University expects Departments to operate as usual in Hilary Term, with teaching taking place in-person. However, the national situation is evolving rapidly, and this may be subject to change.

Please be assured that we have contingency plans in place for a range of scenarios, and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of education regardless of the impact of the pandemic.

Update on health measures

Face coverings: In line with Government guidance, face coverings should continue to be worn when moving around University buildings (except where individuals are exempt). They are now mandated in University teaching and assessment settings, as well as in libraries and departmental study spaces.  The relevant departmental study spaces in Rewley House are the Common Room, Graduate School Room and the Student Computer Room, and in Ewert House, the Student Resource Room.

Also in line with the guidance, in teaching settings, members of staff conducting the teaching are not required to wear face coverings, to support education delivery.  

Social distancing is not formally required. However, students and staff are expected to respect each other’s space, using the experience of the last two years. 

We all have a responsibility for reducing the risks of COVID-19 and we continue to ask all students to Be Responsible. Be Considerate. Be Safe. 

In particular, the University advises: 

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible if you are able and have not already done so.
  • Wear a face covering: face coverings are essential for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and should be worn by all students and staff when indoors. They are mandated in University libraries and departmental study areas (unless you are exempt).
  • Let fresh air in indoors: keeping windows and doors open increases ventilation and significantly reduces the spread of COVID-19. Please keep windows and doors open, particular in those areas across the University that may be poorly ventilated. In cold weather, you will want to dress warmly.
  • Get your booster jab as soon as you’re eligible, and get a free flu jab if you can.
  • Get tested and self-isolate if required. From Tuesday 14 December, if you have been fully vaccinated in the UK (with two vaccine doses) and identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19, you should take a lateral flow test (LFD) every day for seven days to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This rule applies whether the case is Omicron or any other variant. You will not need to isolate if the tests remain negative. If you have been fully-vaccinated but not in the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. If you test positive in any of your LFD tests, or develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate immediately and take a confirmatory PCR test. Only if the PCR test is negative may you end your isolation and continue the LFDs. If the PCR is positive you must self-isolate for a further 10 days.
  • The University and colleges will not routinely meet the costs of COVID-19 PCR tests taken or booked before travelling back to the UK. Students will not normally be eligible to seek support from hardship funds upfront to enable them to travel to Oxford. 

We will continue to offer the 'Weekly Oxford Worldwide' programme this year, as well as resuming in-person Weekly Classes. We will be running our Day and Weekend events both online and in-person.

The latest information for students is available here, and you may want to check this page regularly:

Any specific questions should be addressed to your Course Director or Administrator.  Contact details for course teams can be found here.  

Continuing Education Library

The Continuing Education Library is open as normal.  Booking is no longer required. For more information and service updates see

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