Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for student-facing staff

This page provides information for colleagues in departments and colleges with questions about the impact of coronavirus on students. For more general information about coronavirus, please refer to the University COVID-19 website.

Teaching during the 2021/22 academic year

On 28 January 2021, Education Steering Group published updated guidance for departments on teaching and assessment plans for the remainder of the 2021/22 academic year.   

This guidance states that, in the absence of any new national or local restrictions, Departments should plan teaching for the remainder of the academic year with no COVID-19 restrictions on in-person teaching.   

Teaching should normally be in-person, unless a remote component is part of the course design; or where Departments seek to retain elements of online learning which students value as inclusive.  

Exceptions can also be put in place for those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable; when accounting for staff and student illness or self-isolation; or in poorly ventilated areas. 

Postgraduate research students should return to work normally in laboratories, libraries, archives and departmental study spaces, and be encouraged to return to Oxford to facilitate this.   


The current Expectations of Teaching and Assessment in Hilary Term 2022 document remains in place. However, in the absence of any new national or local restrictions, Education Committee does not intend to produce any further ‘teaching expectations’ guidance for this academic year.

For information about Return to On-site Working to facilitate in-person teaching, please refer to the RTOSW webpage. For more detailed staff guidance relating to education and students, please refer to the pages below (staff SSO required).

Information for students is available on the student page of the coronavirus website.