Here are all 45 UK universities with Covid-19 cases - and where has been worst hit

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 9:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 9:56 am
Glasgow University is among the worst affected, as at least 45 UK universities have confirmed coronavirus outbreaks (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Glasgow University is among the worst affected, as at least 45 UK universities have confirmed coronavirus outbreaks (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

At least 45 universities in the UK have confirmed cases of Covid-19, and a further two have suspected cases.

According to data collected by Sky News, there have been more than 865 confirmed cases of coronavirus among students and staff at universities, up to 29 September, and the total number of people self-isolating has risen to more than 3,540.

Which universities have been worst hit?

The worst affected universities are in Scotland, the North West and the North East, although there are universities with positive cases confirmed in almost every region of the UK.

Around 1,700 students have been asked to self-isolate at Manchester Metropolitan University, where 127 cases have been confirmed.

The University of Glasgow has seen the most confirmed cases so far, at 172, with 600 students self-isolating.

Elsewhere in Scotland, there are at least 120 students who have tested positive at Edinburgh Napier University, with at least five more student cases in the city, between Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh.

After suffering another outbreak, the Parker House halls of residence in Dundee has seen 500 students put into quarantine from Abertay University and Dundee University, where there are 84 confirmed cases combined.

So far The University of Glasgow is the only university in Scotland to offer a financial support package to students affected, equal to a month’s rent plus a £50 payment for food.

Are there likely to be more?

The true number of students and staff with the virus is undoubtedly much higher in reality, as a number of universities have confirmed that they have positive cases without releasing the exact number.

Public Health England has reportedly asked some universities not to release the number of cases, with a spokesperson for the University of Nottingham telling Sky News that: “Regional Public Health England is currently asking us not to release institutional data for a couple of reasons - they are keen not to confuse their formal weekly data releases but they are also mindful of undermining the message that in the East Midlands, COVID-19 is affecting all demographics and so all demographics should have responsibility to protect health and follow the rules.

They added: "We are continuing to press the argument to PHE that we should be able to release data."

Which universities have got confirmed cases?

The universities with suspected but as-yet unconfirmed cases are Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and Bournemouth University.

The universities with confirmed cases are -

  • Abertay University
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • Bath Spa University
  • Birmingham City University
  • Coventry University
  • De Montford University, Leicester
  • Durham University
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queen Margaret University, East Lothian
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • Staffordshire University
  • Swansea University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • University of Chester
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University of Hull
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Portsmouth
  • University of Reading
  • University of Salford
  • University of South Wales
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Warwick
  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • University of Worcester
  • University of St Andrews, Fife
  • York St John University

A version of this article was originally appeared on our sister title, The Scotsman