OXFORD University says it will give guidance to students on how they will spend the final term of this academic year before the end of the week.

And Oxford Brookes University has said it plans to review Government guidance as soon as it can.

The two universities were unable to say much about their plans for the third and final term of the academic year ahead of Government leaks suggesting that students could return from March 8.

But both confirmed they would give an update as soon as possible.

At Oxford University, the final term of the year is traditionally known as Trinity term.

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Ahead of the PM’s announcement tonight, a spokesman for the University said: “The UK Government is expected to confirm arrangements for the end of the current national lockdown today (Monday, February 22), including plans for the return of students to universities.

“Once published, the University and colleges will urgently review the guidance and provide information for students about arrangements for Trinity term and about returning to Oxford.

"We expect to be in a position to write to all students by the end of this week (Friday, February 26) with further information.”

And an Oxford Brookes University spokesman said: "We will review the guidance when it is available and will provide further detailed information for students as soon as possible.

“As ever, we continue to work very closely with local partners to co-ordinate our response to Covid 19, and the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the community is our priority."