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Arrangements for life and study during Hilary Term have been updated on the University's Christmas Vacation pages. In line with Government guidance, only very specific groups of taught students will be permitted to return to Oxford from 4 January. All other taught students are advised not to travel back to university until at least the middle of February, with all teaching taking place online until at least that point.
The University and colleges are currently consulting the latest government guidance following the national lockdown announced on 4 January. Updates will be posted here and on the main University COVID-19 pages as soon as possible.
All existing requirements for social distancing and use of face coverings, remains in place. For more information please see the University's local restrictions page or the government website for details on these restrictions.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms
You should book a test through the Early Alert System (EAS) and self-isolate immediately: https://earlyalert.medsci.ox.ac.uk/earlyalert/booking/bookpcr
If for any reason you need to book a test via the NHS (e.g. when the EAS service is closed), please use https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
You should only leave your accommodation to attend the test. The test result will usually be returned within 24hrs and we ask that you please keep us updated with information you receive from the testing service by emailing: email@example.com
Please don't hesitate to contact the college Covid-19 response team with any questions regarding testing, quarantine or food delivery during self isolation by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
In line with Government guidance, only very specific groups of taught students will be permitted to return to Oxford from 4 January. All other taught students are advised not to travel back to university until at least the middle of February, with all teaching taking place online until at least that point.
Students taking part in initial teacher training or medicine courses have already been advised that they should return to Oxford as indicated previously. Students on a small number of additional courses (for example, some of those with professional accreditations) will be invited to come back to Oxford earlier than other students. Your department will contact you in the near future to confirm if this is the case.
All students returning to Oxford will be offered three COVID tests: on the day you arrive, 3 days later, and on the 10th day after your arrival.
Please contact the following staff if you have any questions:
Accommodation enquiries: Mandy Giles at email@example.com
Testing enquiries: Louise Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org
General enquiries: Lynne Adam at email@example.com
If you are taking part in initial teacher training or medicine courses, you should return to Oxford as indicated previously. Students on a small number of additional courses (for example, some of those with professional accreditations) may be invited to come back to Oxford earlier than other students. Your department will be in contact to advise if you should return to Oxford for teaching.
If you are not on an initial teacher training or medicine course, you should only return to Oxford at this stage if you meet at least one of these criteria:
If you are not in Oxford and believe you meet these criteria, you must discuss your plans with college before returning. In line with wider government guidance to limit travel, students should access online learning from home wherever possible.
This guidance applies to both full and part-time students.
If you are a taught student and are not taking part in one of the courses above, or do not meet these criteria, you are asked not to return to Oxford until you hear from us again.
Postgraduate research students are exempt from the guidance, which means that you can continue your research (and return to Oxford if you left during the vacation) as you planned at the end of Michaelmas term. In line with University employees, you may access university facilities if necessary for your research, but should work remotely if you are able to do so.
If you are returning from a country that is not on the Government’s travel corridor list, you will need to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.
You should speak to your college to agree the timing of your return to Oxford so that you can complete your self-isolation before your course’s in-person start date wherever possible.
Your college will help you to self-isolate if you live in college accommodation.
If you have pre-existing travel plans, you do not need to change your bookings.
You may be able to reduce your self-isolation times though the Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
You should not return to Oxford after the vacation if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are self-isolating.
If you have symptoms, you should get tested at home, and you must complete any required self-isolation before returning, in line with requirements in your local area.
If you live in an area with a community testing programme in place, you may also be asked to take a lateral flow test in your local area before you travel back to Oxford even if you do not have symptoms.
All students returning to Oxford will have the opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 when they return. You are strongly advised to take three lateral flow tests (the same tests used in the Christmas Travel Tests) when you return to Oxford: on the day you arrive, 3 days later, and on your 10th day in Oxford. Information about the testing with FAQs can be found on the University’s Christmas Vacation page.
Tests are relatively straightforward to administer, and are an important part of ensuring that we can all start Hilary Term off with as few COVID cases as possible spreading in our community. They are designed to identify as early as possible anyone who might be incubating the virus and contagious, and avoid large numbers of students having to isolate at a time when you will be looking forward to coming back and seeing your friends.
You will receive more information about the testing arrangements shortly, and it is important to note the following:
The college can provide meals starting from breakfast on 5th Jan for those students in quarantine on-site; students should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request quarantine meals and provide the following info:
Prices for meals onsite will be as follows:
Due to national restrictions, please note the following changes to college life (updated 17 December):
Exercise and sport
The information and resources below will ensure you understand the measures Trinity and the University are undertaking to keep you safe, while allowing you to continue to pursue the academic and social activities that are central to your life in Oxford and at Trinity:
The information below will be reviewed regularly and updated as circumstances permit.
Like all Oxford colleges, we have allocated student bedrooms around shared facilities so that you become a “household” containing a limited number of people. Households are defined by sharing high-contact facilities such as a kitchen and/or bathroom facilities. Outbreak modelling indicates that segmenting the community into small groups or households, with social distancing between groups, is one of the most effective measures for containing the virus.
You can interact with members of your household without social distancing, but when socialising outside your household you must maintain a safe social distance of 2 metres or more.
Dividing colleges into households, observing household rules and social distancing outside of households can make the difference between one household having to self-isolate (supported by college and their peers), and a localised outbreak that shuts down entire parts of college, or even the city.
If you need more detail about your household, and any other accommodation questions, please contact Mandy Giles at email@example.com.
The University has also provided detailed information about households and how they operate at www.ox.ac.uk/covid-households
No. If someone tests positive, we have to assume that those sharing facilities with them may have been exposed and will need to self-isolate. By dividing accommodation into households based on shared kitchens and bathrooms, each person shares facilities with only a small group of others, thus limiting the number of people who will be required to self-isolate. For this reason it is essential that you do not enter households other than your own, or bring outside guests into your household space.
However, you can arrange to meet friends in the gardens, marquee, or book the same sitting for breakfast, lunch or dinner if you maintain social distancing.
You should follow University guidance at all times, and when leaving your household please maintain 2 metre social distancing and use face covering as required.
No. To minimise the amount of contact outside of households we need to minimise the number of people onsite, and so guests will not be permitted onto Trinity grounds or staircases except for attending for teaching.
If you develop symptoms that could be coronavirus, return to your accommodation right away and log into the University testing service (EAS). After answering some short questions, you’ll then be directed to book a test if required.
The Domestic Bursar and Wellbeing Advisor will automatically be notified if you require a test, and they will be in touch to arrange food deliveries and Wellbeing support.
If you need assistance, and are not sure who to contact, please call the Lodge at any time on 01865 279900
If you need Wellbeing support at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact the Wellbeing team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you develop symptoms that could be coronavirus, return to your accommodation right away and notify the lodge, as COVID-19 is most infectious just after the onset of symptoms. The Lodge can put support in place while you book a test and self-isolate pending the test results.
The University is offering rapid-turnaround on-site testing for staff and students in two locations. In most cases you should be able to get a test on the same or next day and results within 24 hours of the test. Students who are unable to safely access the two University testing pods can also request a test through the NHS – and should report a positive test result from outside the University service through an online form available here.
If a member of the household has coronavirus symptoms, all members of the household must also self-isolate while you wait for the test and result. If the result is positive, you and your household must self-isolate in case any members are also incubating the virus (see NHS advice for how long; typically 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test but check government guidance as it is subject to change).
Place an order via Louise Turner at Louise.Turner@trinity.ox.ac.uk
lace an order via Louise Turner at Louise.Turner@trinity.ox.ac.uk
Food deliveries for onsite students will be prepared by the College kitchen, and delivered to your door by the Hall team (Lodge on Saturday and Sunday)
Yes, as you are self-isolating as a household, you can all continue to use the kitchen. Please clean before and after use, and do not use a kitchen which has been allocated to other households.
Online food orders can be placed with all of the major supermarkets, or ask friends in other households to shop for you.
When moving around communal areas, please wear a mask and maintain 2m distance at all times.
Please email your Director of Studies and Isabel.email@example.com (undergraduates) or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org (graduates), so they know you will be following teaching online.
If you require IT support so that you are able to log into online teaching, please contact Alastair Johnson, IT Manager Alastair.email@example.com.
You must not smoke in your room or other student accommodation due to the risk of fire. If you need to smoke, please only use the smoking shelters if no-one else is there. Otherwise, please find an alternative outdoor area. You should wear a face mask until you need to remove it to smoke and practice social distancing at all times.
Please ensure you dispose of any cigarette butts in the bins provided.
Unfortunately, if you have tested positive for COVID, you should remain in your room.
There will be no cleaning of student bedrooms across our sites for the safety of students and staff. We are keen to protect our staff, and also allow them to focus on more regular cleaning of all communal areas. For this reason the Scouts are unable to clean student bedrooms or ensuite bathrooms. Scouts will clean communal bathrooms.
You are required to clean your bedroom and ensuite bathroom. There will be a plentiful supply of cleaning materials and instructions available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you require additional cleaning materials or if you are unsure. The College will carry out regular inspections of rooms, always consulting with you first.
Students are required to remove rubbish from their rooms on a daily basis, to the designated areas by staircase 1 and by the workshop in Dolphin Yard.
There will be one-way systems in place for some of our busier spaces, including the dining hall. You are asked to follow these routes at all times to make sure the flow of people around college is easy and safe. These systems will be clearly signposted and, where queuing is likely, spaces will be marked out to allow everyone to safely distance.
Many locations in college will have limited capacity, or operate a one-in, one-out policy. These include high-traffic areas like the Porter’s Lodge and student laundry facilities. Please be patient and respect the space of others while waiting.
It is essential that all college members follow good hand hygiene guidelines at all times. This includes washing regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and using alcohol hand sanitiser in between where necessary. There are sanitiser dispensers near bathrooms, kitchens and other frequently-used places in college.
When you use an area that others may have used, be ready to wipe it down if required. There are cleaning stations in the reading room, teaching rooms and other spaces. Please also wipe down your own surface after using wherever possible.
Everyone will be expected to wear a face covering in shared indoor spaces. You will be issued with two Trinity washable face masks and are free to wear these or a face covering of your choice. Please refer to University guidance regarding face coverings.
While it may feel strange, wearing a face covering is a helpful mitigation measure particularly in higher risk areas like indoors and when socialising outside your household. Wearing face coverings is a social responsibility for all members of the University who can wear them, and provides reassurance to our community, including those most vulnerable to serious illness.
Face coverings are not a substitute for other social distancing measures, which should be followed at all times. Face coverings are only effective when used correctly and washed regularly; please ensure you are following safe practice when putting on, removing and wearing coverings. Make sure that when you are not wearing your covering you keep it in a separate bag, and wash after each use if possible.
Please respect that some people are exempt from wearing a face covering. They may choose to wear a badge or sunflower lanyard to indicate this, but these are not compulsory.
Please do use this time to consider giving up smoking for all the obvious health benefits. Our College Nurse, Kerry Minton would be happy to provide information at Kerry.email@example.com
If you need to smoke, please ensure you use the smoking shelters as usual, and practice social distancing at all times. You should dispose of any cigarette butts in the bins provided.
Please never smoke in your room due to fire risk.
We are following University-wide teaching policy this term. At Trinity, the format of your teaching will be guided by your tutors. This means you will need to be responsive to any communication from your tutors about any changes to format, and follow health and safety measures at all times when moving around college to and from academic teaching. We particularly ask that you try to minimise any queuing or gathering outside tutorial spaces, and that you maintain social distancing before and during teaching.
As COVID-19 cases are now higher in Oxford, it is likely that more of your teaching may be on Teams. Your tutors will advise you if they have made this decision; if you are required to self-isolate or are not permitted to attend teaching in person it is, conversely, it is your responsibility to advise your tutors that your teaching will need to be on Teams. If any student wishes to be taught on Teams because of health concerns, even when not self-isolating, they may request this by emailing their tutors. (Your tutors would not expect you to give any personal health details. But please do contact the Wellbeing Adviser, College Nurse or College GP if you would like their advice on wellbeing and health issues.)
Teaching rooms and other public spaces will be cleaned at regular intervals, but we also need your help in keeping areas clean. Please use the antibacterial wipes and other cleaning materials to clean your desk and seating area when you arrive and also when you leave. You should remove all belongings and take any rubbish with you.
Please always leave a teaching room promptly so that the Scouts are able to enter the room to clean.
The Academic Office works closely with the Estates Bursar to support students with unforeseen financial needs, so if you think you need additional equipment to allow you continue your studies (for example, while self-isolating), please contact the Academic Office.
For further details about teaching and learning across the University, including arrangements for exams and assessments, fieldwork abroad, and other FAQs, please visit www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/education
Under the new lockdown restrictions, indoor college facilities will now be restricted or closed, outside of visits by a single household.
Where shared outdoor spaces are still operating, you may only mix with your own household, or one-to-one with a single person outside your household.
We are keen to balance safety (of students and staff) and operational requirements, and so we'll keep the current plans under review as we move forward.
For students living in onsite college accommodation, we will be offering a hot lunch in Hall from Monday to Friday, which will be available to onsite students only. There will be one meal service from 12pm until 12:30pm; please always make sure you book for lunch at least 48 hours in advance. Menus will be published in advance, and you should book on to each service 2 days prior.
In addition to lunch in Hall, you will also be able to sign up for and book a frozen microwave meal, for dinner, which can be collected from the Lodge. (£2.50). The Frozen meal will need to be booked 48 hours in advance, the same as lunch, and collected from the Lodge at 6pm on the day.
Sandwich dinners are also available, but will need to be booked by 10am on a Friday and ordered for whichever days for the following week that you would like them. (£3.00). These meals can then also be collected from the Lodge after midday.
If you require any further detail regarding dining, please contact Jon Flint, SCR Steward at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign in for lunch or request a click and collect meal, visit https://www2.trinity.ox.ac.uk then follow instructions for signing up to the Lunch sitting, sandwich dinner or microwave dinner.
Safe eating and queuing in the dining hall:
Due to the new national restrictions, the college bar will be closed until further notice.
Due to the small number of students resident in college and lockdown restrictions in place, we have grouped students into households which each have a shared kitchen facility, in addition to study and social space. These should be used only by individual households, and no mixing of households should occur. Please contact Mandy Giles, Domestic Manager email@example.com with any further queries.
The JCR and MCR are closed as communal social spaces, and have been reallocated to individual households as study/social spaces. There should be no mixing of households in these spaces.
The laundry facilities will remain open, but only one student will be allowed in the laundry room at any time unless students are in the same household.
Please do not touch or remove other users’ clothing or other items, and help keep the area properly sanitised by using the cleaning equipment.
The Lawns Pavilion Reading Room will be closed until further notice. This will be kept under review.
The Library team will still be offering a Click & Collect service, although it may take a little longer to fetch books. Place your requests via the this online form and you’ll get an email when the books are ready to collect from the lodge.
For new book requests, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online book access will be the best option in many cases, and the Bodleian Libraries are reintroducing access to millions of extra ebooks on SOLO. The college has an ebooks fund, so we may be able to purchase online access to other academic books for you – please ask!
You’ll also be able to request free chapter and article scans via the Bodleian’s Scan & Deliver service – sign into SOLO to see the request buttons. If this option is unavailable and Trinity Library has a copy of the book you need, we’ll aim to scan this for you as soon as possible.
We can also send Trinity Library books to your UK address. If you are not in the UK, get in touch and we’ll try our best to come up with a solution for you.
New book requests are still very welcome – we’ll make this as swift as possible by getting the book sent directly to your UK home address. Just let us know when the book arrives and we’ll do the rest when you are able to return the books.
As many of you will be unable to return your books in January, all loans will be extended until Monday 8 March 2021 and your limit will be increased to 50 books.
For those who normally use the library for printing, there are equipment grants available from the Academic Office which may help.
The Bodleian Libraries are also busy adapting their services. Keep an eye on this website for updates: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/finding-resources/library-updates
The current lockdown restrictions mean that meetings or activities can only take place in person where there is a clear educational purpose. Therefore student-led events should now be arranged by the college, or else take place online. Please email Louise.email@example.com if you have any queries
The Oxford University Student Union have created a very useful presentation giving advice when considering a student event that is COVID-19 compliant – please visit the site here.
Currently you can meet one other person outside your household for exercise or to visit outdoor public places. You can still go outside as a household in larger groups. Please follow covid guidance at all times.
College grounds count as public outdoor spaces for this purpose. However, the college grounds onsite are only open to students living onsite, and you should should not invite visitors from other colleges into the college grounds.
Due to the small numbers of students onsite this term, the marquee will be removed. We can review this in future as required.
You may still exercise outdoors with your household, or on your own with one other person outside your household at a distance of at least 2 metres. All other team sports have been suspended for the time being.
The gyms and sportsground will remain closed. However, if you'd like to use the sportsground for running (subject to weather and ground conditions), we'd be happy to accommodate this.
Please do take advantage of all the opportunities to exercise outdoors where possible; the University Sport website will give you a flavour of the options available across the university: www.sport.ox.ac.uk.
Music has always been an important part of the Trinity community, but inevitably the COVID-19 restrictions will limit opportunities for music making and performing. We know the benefits of music and want to make it possible for people to practice and to play. We hope that over the year things will ease up.
At Trinity, the health and wellbeing of our College community is our top priority. We are here to help all members enjoy the many cultural, academic and international resources of being in Oxford by making creative, COVID-safe adjustments to the way we live, learn, socialise and work.
We all feel lonely and down sometimes, so use the opportunities there are for meeting and walking outdoors in College Gardens or one the many Oxford parks (the University Parks, Port Meadow, Christ Church Meadow or South Park), socially distanced if you’re with friends from other households.
You may feel alone, but you are not alone! Reach out and be positive: there is always someone to talk to. Your friends, College household, Peer Supporters, Welfare Reps, and the Junior Deans out-of-hours (contactable via the Lodge) are there for you.
If you have to self-isolate because of COVID-19 please don’t worry! We will reach out to you with support, advice and practical help. But life goes on regardless of COVID-19. Reach out if you are anxious or worried about anything, COVID-19 or not. You’ll find our contact details are on the website Wellbeing pages and please don’t forget the Lodge: 01865-279900; the porters are always ready to help!
If you are feeling low or looking for strategies to take care of your own mental health, there are a number of resources available:
If you are feeling unwell, you should contact the College nurse or doctor as detailed in the College handbook. Any consultations with the nurse or doctor are entirely confidential. Please also see our website for further information www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/support-and-welfare
No, the College Nurse and Doctor will be operating an online appointment system only. Please visit the website Wellbeing pages for more detail.
If the Doctor or Nurse thinks you need a clinical assessment in person, they will arrange this in the appropriate place.
No. As with all clinical consultations in all settings nationwide, all initial consultations will be remote, by appointment.
Covid19 is not the only illness that can make you unwell. If your symptoms are worsening and causing you concern, you need to seek NHS help. If you are in college you should call the lodge (01865 279900) who will help you contact the college nurse or doctor, advise you to call 111, or will make a 999 call on your behalf. If you live outside college, contact your NHS general practitioner, call 111, or in emergency dial 999.
For emergency medical attention outside college, call 999 and ask for the ambulance service. If you have an emergency in college, it’s best to call the Lodge (01865-279900), as they can call 999 for you and direct the ambulance to exactly where you are.
As a college of Oxford University, Trinity is committed to fostering an inclusive culture which promotes equality, values diversity and maintains a working, learning and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its students and staff are respected.
Adapting to life in the University and the city of Oxford under COVID-19 safety measures is new to everyone. We all will need to develop new habits and make adjustments to our daily life to enable academic learning. In doing so we need to treat each other with patience and understanding.
Sometimes things do go wrong, or someone else’s actions unjustifiably disrupts the lives of others. In a college community everyone has a responsibility to take care in relation to themselves and others. In a physically compressed environment like Trinity, together with the pressures of Oxford life in a global pandemic, it is even more important to be aware that your actions will affect others in college.
Should you believe that someone’s conduct is persistently and unreasonably creating serious risk, in the first instance speak with the Wellbeing Advisor. She can identify what appropriate next steps can be taken, for example a discussion with the individual about their behaviour and if necessary referral for action to be taken under the relevant disciplinary framework.
However please also bear in mind that every circumstance will be different and any response must be appropriate and proportionate. For instance, if you are worried about someone not wearing a face covering in shared indoor space or not following distancing requirements, they may have justification for this, such as a health condition. It is important you remain mindful of possible valid reasons for not wearing a mask, and not challenge an individual about this, no matter how tactfully.
We take seriously our role in protecting our community’s health and support our collective wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore students who refuse to sign the Student Responsibility Agreement will not be permitted to reside in college accommodation or enter college property. Any student not signing the Student Responsibility Agreement will be expected to continue their course online only for college provided teaching, while departments may take additional action. If you have any concerns about signing the agreement, the Dean or President would be happy to discuss them.
Any discussions about studying from home or exemptions from living in college residence should be directed to the Senior Tutor.
Trinity College is resolute in its commitment to supporting its students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked closely with the University and Oxford SU as the University’s student representative body to develop a range of health measures to keep everyone safe.
All students have been asked to sign the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Agreement. That Agreement is the University’s way of asking students to affirm their commitment to protecting our community.
Adherence to the Agreement is important as a matter of public health and to help avoid local lockdown measures for the city. It is especially important to help protect people in the college and university (including staff and students) and in the wider community with health conditions and other characteristics and circumstances that make them more vulnerable to severe symptoms and death from COVID-19.
We hope that students will want to keep our community safe and that the overwhelming majority will follow the guidance closely. However, students who do not follow government, university or college regulations on COVID-19 safety may be subject to sanctions.
Indicative possible sanctions outlined below are subject to consideration by the Dean of the context, circumstances and severity of infringements. They are designed to respond to a range of circumstances, from an accidental infringement by someone who is clearly trying to keep to the rules, to a deliberately reckless and serious breach which will necessitate a substantial sanction. Possible sanctions available to the Dean include, but are not limited to:
Sanctions 3) and 4) are designed primarily to improve the safety of others rather than punish transgressors.
Please note: The college code of conduct, decanal policy and procedures and complaints procedure as set out in the handbook continue to apply. For details, see: College Handbook 20 21 FINAL
For all the latest COVID-19 guidance and updates, please ensure you visit the Trinity COVID-19 web pages, and please read any emails with College guidance carefully.
Please bookmark the following pages which contain important COVID-19 information that will be updated regularly:
Trinity College student COVID-19 pages:
Oxford University student COVID-19 pages:
Oxford University information about student life and colleges:
COVID-19 Student Responsibility Agreement:
Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service:
NHS advice around self-isolation and treatment for COVID-19:
For more general information about Lateral Flow testing, please see the University's testing FAQs on the Christmas Vacation page.
Where do I collect my Lateral Flow Test on arrival back in college?
Please email Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org by 3rd January to request a test. The test will then be available for collection at the Lodge on your return date.
Where can I find instructions on how to use it?
I'm still waiting for this, but will send it when I have it
Where/How should I log my results?
Your test result should be uploaded to the EAS system. You will be given full instructions by Louise when you request a test.
What should I do if the test is positive?
Book a test through the EAS and self isolate until you get the result of that. If any of the three tests are positive, you should book a test using the EAS service. Full detail will be provided when you contact Louise to request a test.