All students and staff who lose their University card from the 1st August 2010 will be charged a replacement fee of £10.

Charges for replacement University cards are not new, but the University Card Office is intending on becoming “more robust in its charging policy”.

A spokesperson from the University said, “It is standard practice in universities to charge a fee to cover the costs of replacing cards”.

The replacement fees are to cover administration costs. Each year, approximately 2,300 replacement cards are produced.

Payment will be made through the University of Oxford Online Store. Cardholders who provide evidence that their card has been stolen will not be required to pay for a replacement card, but they will need to present a police incident number.