Clearing 2021
University of Essex

COVID-19 dashboard

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and visitors is our priority.

The University of Essex COVID-19 dashboard helps us track the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and ensures students, staff and visitors are kept up to date on how the University is responding to prevent spread of the virus.

All reported case numbers listed below are based on student or staff reporting. We expect all students and staff to self-isolate and notify us if they receive a positive NHS COVID-19 test for us to record the data.

Also see: COVID-19 statements from University and Public Health England

Case data

New reported cases

Last updated:  16 September 2021, 11.30am

Many of our staff and students are studying or working remotely, and are located in their own towns, cities and countries. The positive cases shown below include those members of our community who are studying/working remotely and those who are studying/working on campus at least in part, and have received a positive NHS COVID-19 test.

Daily update: new positive COVID-19 cases reported on 15 September 2021

Campus Total
Colchester 0
Southend 0
Loughton 0

Current* positive COVID-19 cases as of 15 September 2021

Campus  Students (on-campus) Students (remote study) Staff (on-campus) Staff (remote working) Total
Colchester 0 0 0 2 2
Southend 0 0 0 0 0
Loughton 0 0 0 0 0

*A 'current' case is defined as an individual who has tested positive for the NHS COVID-19 test and is currently self-Isolating.

To protect everyone in our community we ask all our staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 to follow NHS England guidance and self-isolate. The ten day self-isolation period starts from the day symptoms begin or the date of a positive NHS test, if there are no symptoms. If an individual develops symptoms during the ten-day period of self-isolation they are required continue to self-isolate for a further 10 days from the day symptoms began.

The tables above show the numbers of new cases reported by affected individuals to the University for the day on which the report was made. The University is reliant on individuals reporting their positive test results promptly. If any delay occurs in reporting cases, the date on which they are recorded may differ to that on which the individual’s symptoms began or when they received a positive test result.

Testing data

Since launching the voluntary Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test programme on 24 September we have administered nearly 8000 tests in Loughton, Southend and Colchester campuses. This asymptomatic testing has helped us identify COVID-19 cases on campus which alongside the many measures put in place at the University has reduced the spread of virus across the campus. From the 10 November we have replaced the Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test with the use of Rapid Antigen swab tests.

The Rapid Antigen test can pick up the active virus much earlier than the Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test - between 3-7 days (a time when an individual is highly infectious). Therefore, a positive antigen test would enable the university to move more quickly in reducing the risk of spreading the virus unknowingly.


Rapid Antigen swab test administered up to 30 July 2021

Campus Tests 
Colchester 22,405
Southend 2,218
Loughton 3,813

Rapid COVID-19 IgM/IgG Antibody test administered up to 30 July 2021

Campus Tests
Colchester  6,822
Southend  999
Loughton  979


Protecting our community

Availability of Personal Protective Equipment on all campuses

Face coverings Hand sanitiser  Disinfectant 
 Green Green Green
  • Green = 30 day supply or more, with order date confirmed for less than 30 days
  • Yellow = Less than 30 day supply, with order date confirmed in more than 30 days
  • Red = Limited supply, with no confirmed order date.

Enhanced cleaning on all our campuses

Our Cleaning team work daily (Monday - Friday) and are currently working to an enhanced cleaning regime, whereby in addition to their standard cleaning regime, they also sanitise high touch-point areas through out the day such as door handles, door locks, push plates, drinking fountain spouts and handles, lift control panels and hand rails.

Throughout campus, wall-mounted hand sanitiser units are available for staff and students to use as well.

We clean the following areas daily:

  • Lobbies, Corridors, Stairwells, Lifts
  • Toilets, Changing Rooms and Showers
  • Lecture Theatres, Seminar Rooms, Auditoriums and E15 Studios and Workshops
  • Health Labs, Bio Labs, Research Labs
  • PC Labs, Communal PC Study Spaces
  • Photocopiers, Printers and Scanners
  • Library and Study Spaces
  • Common Rooms
  • Main Reception Areas in the following locations:
    • Estates Management Help Desk
    • Gateway Building Main University Reception (Ground Floor)
    • Hatfield House Main University Reception
    • Information Centre Reception
    • Albert Sloman Library Help Desk Reception
    • Silberrad Student Centre Main University Reception (Ground Floor)
    • Silberrad Student Centre Student Services Hub Reception (First Floor)
    • Sports Centre Reception
    • The Forum Student Services Hub Reception

  • Office Areas (Single, Shared and Open Plan) - All other departmental/section/service reception areas
  • Kitchen Areas – Staff and Student (non-residential)
  • Staff Meeting Rooms and Staff Rooms
  • External Areas: Squares, Plazas, Causeways, Pathways

The Residential Estate

Cleaning to the residential estate is as follows:

  • Lifts – cleaned once a day
  • Common Rooms – cleaned once a day
  • Kitchen general waste – removed daily
  • Kitchen recycling waste – removed weekly, or when full if earlier
  • Common Room general waste – removed daily
  • Common Room recycling waste – removed weekly, or when full if earlier
  • Shared entrances, stairwells and landings – cleaned once a week
  • Kitchens, flat entrances and hallways – cleaned once a week
  • Shared shower areas (Towers and Wolfson Court) – cleaned three times a week
  • Shared toilets (Towers and Wolfson Court) – cleaned once a day
  • Bedrooms – cleaned at the end of each tenancy
  • En-suite areas – cleaned at the end of each tenancy
  • Launderettes – rubbish removed and area cleaned daily
All numbers listed below are based on student or staff reporting. We expect all students and staff to self-isolate and notify us if they receive a positive COVID-19 test for us to record the data. Work is on-going to improve the reporting.