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Oxford’s universities plan for the safe return of students in the new year

Oxford’s two universities have developed plans to help students safely arrive back in the city for the start of the spring term, 2021.  Students at Oxford and Oxford Brookes universities will gradually arrive back in a staggered return over several weeks in January and February.  Every student will be offered the chance to take free and […]


An artificial intelligence test has been shown to be able to rapidly screen patients arriving in emergency departments for COVID-19, using clinical information routinely available within the first hour of coming to hospital.  Results of the CURIAL study, published in The Lancet Digital Health, show that the AI test correctly predicted the COVID-19 status of 92.3% of […]

COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the UK

The pandemic is testing our societal structures like never before. To deal with it successfully, we need to think and act collectively, led by our key institutions. But at a time when unity is critical, are we about to see the effects of a long-standing and corrosive drip feed of mistrust? The rapid development and […]

National COVID-19 Infections Survey reveals changes to pandemic over time

Data from the National COVID-19 Infection Survey, done in partnership between the University of Oxford, the Office of National Statistics, Public Health England, University of Manchester and the Wellcome Trust, has revealed detailed characteristics of England’s coronavirus pandemic, including which factors have contributed most to case numbers over different phases and the prevalence of asymptomatic […]

Ten Oxford Brookes academics amongst REF panel membership appointments

Ten leading academics from Oxford Brookes University have been appointed to panels for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Named amongst over 400 members, assessors and specialist advisers, they will play a key role in assessing the wider impact of research in UK universities. The REF is the UK’s system for assessing the quality of […]

Oxford Brookes reveals new Strategy

This strategy sets out our focus and priorities for the next 15 years. 7621_university_strategy2035V8  The Strategy has four Pillars: Education and Enterprise Research and Innovation People and Culture Partnerships and Place We have worked closely with our students, staff, local community and other stakeholders to create a new vision for Oxford Brookes University for 2020/2021 and […]

First peer-reviewed results of phase 3 human trials of Oxford coronavirus vaccine demonstrate efficacy

9 December 2020 Today, the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca researchers present a pooled analysis of Phase 3 trials of a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 across two different dose regimens, resulting in an average efficacy of 70.4%. The new study published in the Lancet is the first peer-reviewed publication of phase 3 data from studies of […]


Tuesday 8 December 2020 was a momentous day for Oxfordshire and an historic day for the NHS as we started the COVID-19 vaccination programme here.  We are part of the biggest and most highly anticipated immunisation campaign in history as the Churchill Hospital was designated one of 50 hospital hubs to deliver the vaccine. Last week, the […]


Two members of staff and a team from Oxford University Hospitals are celebrating victories at the recent Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership Awards. Sue Pavord, Consultant Haematologist, won Clinical Practitioner of the Year; Sahana Rao, Consultant Paediatrician, was highly commended in the same category; and our Resuscitation Services team was shortlisted for the Team of the […]