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 29 September 2021

Guidance for part-time and commuting students.

The current situation is as follows:

  • On 6 September the University, in line with the latest UK Government guidance, announced the plan to provide most teaching in-person in the new academic year, as normal. This will be enhanced by high-quality online resources and, in some instances, online teaching. 

    We are asking all new and returning students to Be Responsible. Be Considerate. Be Safe. In particular, the University advises you to:

    ·         Get vaccinated as soon as possible if you are able and have not already done so

    ·         Wear face coverings where indicated (unless exempt)

    ·         Test regularly, and if you have symptoms

    ·         Stay at home if you are unwell

    ·         Wash your hands regularly with soap or sanitiser

    ·         Be considerate of other people’s space.

We have contingency plans if additional restrictions are in place or if local circumstances make this necessary. 

  • All students attending in-person teaching are strongly encouraged to take LFD tests, which can be ordered either via the Government website or, if you are in Oxford, booked at the University test centres.  
  • If travelling to Oxford for in-person teaching, overseas students will need to follow national and international travel guidance and must self-isolate for ten days on arrival in the UK.  If matriculated students plan to self-isolate in college accommodation, they must agree this with their college in advance to ensure the college is able to support them.  Unfortunately we are not able to offer quarantine support in Rewley House accommodation.
  • If students are in a country that is on the UK Government’s ‘red list’, they are advised not to travel to Oxford, unless they have substantial in-person teaching commitments.  Please remember that countries can quickly move onto the Government’s ‘red list’, which could significantly increase the cost and complexity of travelling. 
  • The University and colleges will not routinely meet the costs of COVID-19 PCR tests taken or booked before travelling back to the UK, or quarantine costs for students returning from red list countries. Students will not normally be eligible to seek support from hardship funds upfront to enable them to travel to Oxford.  
  • Postgraduate research students are not affected by the Government announcement.  They can continue to conduct their research on-site where it is necessary, and where they have been permitted to do so.   

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.

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

For full details, including for international students, applicants and offer holders, please see:

Continuing Education Library

The Continuing Education Library is open as normal and will commence our extended term time hours on 4 October.  Booking is no longer required. For more information and service updates see

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