Covid-19 reporting and information

The University is keen to ensure that all staff and students are able to access information on how our community is affected by Covid-19. 

It is important that everyone is aware of the processes involved for reporting information – and also how information is shared between the University and authorities.

Below you will find information on the processes the University is following and the number of staff or students who are currently in self-isolation, because they have tested positive for Covid-19.

What you must do if you have Covid-19 symptoms

Anyone in the University community (both staff and students) who develops Covid-19 symptoms must submit information on this Covid-19 symptoms or self isolation reporting form. This enables the University to closely monitor the prevalence, as well as make sure those who require support are known to us. 

Comprehensive guidance and support information is available for students who need to self-isolate.  

Working with the local Health Protection Team (HPT)

The University gives a daily report to the Surrey and Sussex Health Protection Team (HPT) and the Public Health Authority at Brighton & Hove City Council. The HPT will work with the University on any additional measures that may need to be taken. The HPT also informs the University if any of our students or staff have tested positive for Covid-19, that we may not have been aware of through our own reporting systems. 

What happens in the case of a positive test

If a student or staff member does test positive, they will need to quarantine, normally for ten days from the onset of symptoms. You will be given the exact number of days to quarantine by the NHS – and of course it is critical that you do this. In addition, all members of the household (or student accommodation) will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of the infected person’s symptoms. The isolation period is longer than for the affected person because the incubation period can be up to 14 days.

Working with the HPT, the University will be able to assess the risk level for any positive cases, and determine what other measures may need to be taken.

If a staff member or student has been on campus in the days before becoming symptomatic, the University will liaise with the HPT to ascertain at the earliest opportunity the risk level and inform other members of staff and students as necessary, including advising them of any steps they need to take.

How we will continue to adapt and respond

Whilst a positive test is obviously concerning for each individual's welfare and of others, the level of positive cases in our campus community is not at a level whereby it should change our current mode of blended learning for students.

However, if the number of cases rises to a point that we feel that we need to restrict movement around campus, such as reducing the number of indoor spaces where people mix (even with face coverings on), we will do that. 

We have a clear plan in place for a range of potential changes, which is in line with guidance from the Government.

Please do understand we are not at that place. However, we will of course move to that position if we are advised to do so by the authorities, or before then if we feel that, based upon the evidence, we need to do so.

Current positive cases within the University community

As of 26 November, there are 0 new cases (students and staff) in our campus community of more than 20,000 people.

There are 11 people who are currently self isolating due to a positive COVID test result. You can see how this breaks down below. Please read our full guide of definitions [PDF 96.62KB].

We will update this information daily after 3pm on weekdays and then provide data on a Monday for the previous weekend. To protect the welfare of our staff and students, we will not be sharing any further details on the identity of those who have tested positive, or the location of residences if they are on campus.   

Number of new cases reported - staff and students on and off campus


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Number of staff and students currently self-isolating due to a positive COVID test result


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Number of staff and students currently self-isolating due to a positive COVID test result

Cumulative totals

All open and closed cases that we have received via the University’s reporting form or through confirmation from Public Health England since 21 September 2020

As of 26 November 2020

The person mentioned is a volunteer who does come on to Sussex campus but didn’t register as staff or student 

This table shows all student, staff, other and contractor positive cases reported to us – we use the date reported to us to count the cases, again not the specimen/ symptom reported date.