Update for Staff and Fellows on COVID-19 planning
The College recognises COVID -19’s significant impact on all areas of its community. Since the summer of 2021, both UK government and University Guidance have moved away from stringent restrictions on everyone’s day-to-day lives towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others, alongside targeted interventions to reduce risk. The College will seek to follow suit, creating as close to pre-pandemic an environment as possible for its students and constituent members while recognising its obligations to keep its community as safe as possible. The College looks to achieve this though a managed risk approach, supporting the Government’s key objectives, to:
- Reinforce the country’s vaccine wall of defence through booster jabs and driving take up
- Enable the public to make informed decisions through guidance, rather than laws
- Retain proportionate test, trace and isolate plans in line with international comparators
- Manage risks at the border and support a global response to reduce the risk of variants emerging globally and entering the UK
- Retain contingency measures to respond to unexpected events, while accepting that further cases, hospitalisations and deaths will occur as the country learns to live with COVID-19.
The College will adopting the University’s messaging approach, focusing on:
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a face covering
- Test regularly
- Stay home if unwell
- Wash hands
- Be considerate of others’ space.
Equally, the college will look to retain its own contingency measures where appropriate.
We have produced a autumn_and_winter_overarching_guidance_and_ra.pdf (updated 24th Spetember) which we expect all College members to read, understand and adhere to.
The University's Early Alert Testing Service can provide testing for any member of the University who needs it. The University has also introduced a face coverings policy, and face coverings must be worn in shared indoor settings in College from Tuesday 1 September.
For those planning events, The University has also introduced events_-_guidance_for_michaelmas_term_events.pdf
If you have any questions not covered in these pages, please contact the Bursar or Domestic Bursar.