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:
Wear a face covering
Stay home if unwell
Be considerate of others’ space.
Equally, the college will look to retain its own contingency measures where appropriate.
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.