CON-QUEST: Contact patterns and behaviour in University of Bristol staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic


Research team

Emily Nixon, Ellen Brooks-Pollock, Leon Danon, Hannah Christensen, Adam Finn, Adam Trickey, Amy Thomas, Jane Metz, Clara Montgomery, Katie Lihou and others. 

About the project

Understanding the contact that people have with each other can help policy makers develop the most effective control strategies for infectious diseases like COVID-19. However, individuals in the academic community can have quite different social interactions to the general population.

Researchers at the University of Bristol are conducting a survey to investigate contact patterns, COVID-19-like symptoms, and changes in behaviour for University of Bristol staff and students.

Take the survey

The survey is now open. If you work or are a student at the University of Bristol, please take the survey and help us with this important research. Thank you.

Survey timeline

  • June 2020 – Survey goes live
  • We will be looking to see if contact patterns and behaviours change over time, so respondents will receive email reminders about filling out the survey

Research outputs

Our research has been covered by the Times Higher Education Supplement. See also University students and staff able to maintain low daily contact numbers during various COVID-19 guideline periods.

Figure 1: The figure below shows the median and mean number of contacts on the previous day for survey respondents, stratified by month (starting on the 23rd June 2020).

*8 observations where a respondent reported over 1000 contacts on the previous day (e.g. a large sporting event or festival) were dropped from the graph.


This project is funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research at the University of Bristol and supported by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Evaluation of Interventions at the University of Bristol.

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