Statement - Thursday 5 March 2020 (update at 16:30)

We have had some questions regarding the emergence of a coronavirus case in Birmingham. We wish the individual a speedy recovery and can confirm that they are not a member of staff or a student and have no known links to the University.

As the global situation and response to the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, we will update this page and our FAQs on the latest position in the UK, Dubai and elsewhere, as well as provide the latest guidance on what individuals can do to reduce the chance of the virus spreading. We understand the concern that the emergence of the virus is causing amongst colleagues and students and will continue to communicate the most up-to-date advice as soon as possible.

UK update

As of today, in the UK, there have been 85 confirmed cases and the latest UK Government advice for the public is published hereThe most recently updated advice contains further information for anyone who has travelled and returned to the UK in the last 14 days from a number of affected areas. Advice for returning travellers is being regularly updated and full details can be found on our coronavirus FAQs.

If you are affected by the above, staff members are advised to contact your line manager/supervisor in the first instance and your local HR Business Partner can offer advice and support. Students are advised to contact Student Services in the first instance via There is furhter information on what to do if it is agreed that you need to "self-isolate" on the government website. 

Update on University of Birmingham Dubai

The Ministry of Education in the UAE has advised all schools and higher education institutions to close for an early Spring Break from Sunday 8 March for four weeks. This means that the campus will now be closed to staff and students from Sunday 8 March until Saturday 4 April. During this time, the Ministry of Education have said that all institutions and facilities will be deep cleaned as part of measures to contain the coronavirus.

Colleagues in Dubai are implementing plans to prioritise student and staff safety and wellbeing and continue to operate as effectively as they can while working remotely from the campus and will continue to monitor the latest updates ro remain connected and be able to access the input and support they need. 

What can you do to help?

NHS advice is to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

To compliment good hand washing and hygiene, sanitisers have been placed throughout the Edgbaston campus. Campus services are working hard to ensure stock levels are kept optimum but if you do come across any shortages please email and stock will be replenished as quickly as possible. Cleaning services are completely cleans across campus, including wiping desks and other clear surfaces and a vacuum of floors. Staff are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring the cleanliness of their IT equipment, screens, keyboards, laptops and telephones. Where present, personal bins should also be emptied daily into the nearest recycling/ general waste bins. 

If you wish to purchase additional cleaning wipes (70% alcohol) they may do so through Core Systems:

  • Supplier – John Astley’s & Sons
  • Product number – 52246
  • Product description – Disinfectant Wipes 


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