Bournemouth University (BU) is working closely with Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council, Public Health Dorset, Public Health England, Arts University Bournemouth and AECC University College to play our part in keeping the community safe. A Local Outbreak Management Plan has been developed to reduce the risk of spread of Covid-19 in the region.
Public Health Dorset provides an updated report on the number of new cases within the BCP area each week and these figures include any new confirmed cases at BU.
We are continuing to see a small number of new cases at the university. The number of new positive cases at the university in the last seven days stands at four across the whole BU population of 1,723 staff and 16,606 students.
This figure is the number of new cases reported to us, regardless of location, with some members of the BU community working and studying outside the BCP area.
These cases are distributed throughout the university and there is no significant outbreak in any particular course, hall of residence or other part of the institution. We have a clearly defined process for managing all cases and for supporting staff and students who may need to self-isolate. Due to the blended learning approach for teaching, which we have adopted this semester, very few positive cases have been linked to our campuses, but the rare isolated incidences where someone has been on site have been thoroughly followed up in terms of test & trace and cleaning.
Please note, to support the Government’s plans around students returning to university in the new year, we will be offering mass asymptomatic testing to students and staff who are on campus. Therefore, while the case numbers at BU are low, there may be an increase in the number of cases we report as a result of this increased level of testing and which will not automatically represent an outbreak at the university.
Any member of our staff or students potentially impacted by a positive case, or who may need to know for teaching or student support purposes, has been advised of any action they need to take. Our campuses remain open and safe for staff and students with full physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.
At all times, the primary objective of the university is the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, as well as considering our impact on the wider community. We continue to remind students of their responsibilities through our ‘In this Together’ campaign, as well as weekly messages from the university’s Major Incident Group. You can find further information about action which we have taken on the community page of our website.
This page was last updated on Friday 26 February 2021.