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The UK Government has now confirmed that it plans to move to Step 4 of its Roadmap for lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Monday 19 July. However, with rates of COVID-19 in Oxford 70% above the national average, all staff and students working and studying on site should continue to follow all existing University health guidance.
Further updates will be posted here and on the main University COVID-19 pages.
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
Thank you for all you have done so far to protect staff, students and the wider community from COVID-19. Staff and students are asked to remember that COVID-19 remains a real threat to many people in our community and that the pandemic is not yet over.
Please consult the University's Health guidance pages for the latest guidance on testing, travel and vaccinations.
It’s still important that everyone who is in Oxford continues to follow all of the University's health measures as the vaccine is rolled out:
We realise these measures have been in place for several months, but it’s really important that we all continue to follow all the guidance – even if you have already had COVID-19 or have been vaccinated. This will help to create a safe environment for teaching, research and working across the University, and help to bring University life back to normal.
We also strongly encourage all students who are in Oxford, and all staff who are working on site, to take regular symptom-free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests, twice a week. If you receive a positive result, or develop symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test via the University’s Testing for COVID-19: Early Alert Service.
Household arrangements remain in place, and we encourage all households that share staircases with teaching rooms to continue wearing face coverings in staircases and communal areas.
We will continue with the policy of allowing up to 6 people from different households can meet socially indoors without the need for social distancing. The University’s face covering policy remains unchanged and you will be expected to continue to wear face coverings indoors unless exempt.
Outdoors, from 17 May up to 30 people can meet in outdoor spaces without the need for social distancing, but social groups of more than 30 are illegal.
The college is currently closed to visitors; students in residence living in offsite properties who wish to use specific facilities onsite such as the library and gym.
We are asking all students returning to Oxford to get tested for COVID:
Testing before travelling back to Oxford
You should get tested for COVID-19 before you travel to Oxford. If you are an international student, please refer to the ‘returning to Oxford’ section of the University COVID website.
Testing on arrival in Oxford
You are expected to get tested for COVID-19 when you return to Oxford (or at the start of term if you didn’t leave during the vacation). You should collect two LFD test kits from the Porter’s Lodge when you arrive and pick up your keys, to be used on the day you arrive and on Day 4 after your arrival.
Regular symptom-free testing
After these initial tests, in order to protect all members of our community, you are strongly encouraged to get tested twice a week, every week during term.
Performing and reporting LFD results helps to ensure we’re able to maintain a safe working and living environment for the whole University and provides reassurance that the University has the appropriate COVID-19 health measures in place to continue offering student in-person teaching, both in this term and the start of the next academic year.
More information is available on the symptom-free testing webpage. and more information about LFD Collect will be available on that page in the near future.
From 25 May, our college students and staff will be able to pick up boxes of seven Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests from the Lodge, as part of the University’s new ‘LFD Collect’ scheme. All you need to do is show your University card or have your Single Sign-On username, and you’ll be able to collect a box, free of charge. To make things quicker, we recommend that you check your details are registered with the Early Alert Service before you collect your first test kit.
We’re strongly encouraging all of our students who are back in Oxford, and all staff who are working on site, to take part in symptom-free testing twice a week. This is an important way of helping to keep everyone COVID-safe, and ensuring that we don’t have to reintroduce further restrictions on college life this term.
Other options for symptom-free testing
The University’s symptom-free assisted testing centres remain open for both students and staff to use, or you can also access LFD tests via another Government route if that is easier for you. The most important thing is simply that we all test and report twice a week, every week – in order to identify cases where people aren’t showing symptoms but are still at risk of infecting others. This includes those of us who have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19 more than 90 days ago. Staff who are self-testing via a Government-sponsored scheme or LFD Collect are reminded that, wherever possible, you should perform your test before travelling to work.
Reporting LFD Collect test results
By picking up a set of seven tests from the LFD Collect service, you are agreeing to use all of the tests yourself and also to report all your results (negative, positive or void) to both the Early Alert Service (EAS) and the NHS – every time you take an LFD test, as soon as possible after you get the result. You will also receive a personalised ‘quick reporting link’ from the EAS via email and SMS, which enables you to report your result to the University without logging in with your SSO.
We appreciate that reporting twice will take more time – but the University does not receive results from the NHS, and the information is needed to contain outbreaks. The EAS results reporting form is very simple and quick to complete.
We ask that you now please report all your self-testing LFD results (regardless of whether you obtained the LFD tests via LFD Collect or not) to both the EAS and the NHS. If you use the University’s assisted testing centres, you do not need to do this.
You should take them even if you have recently received a negative COVID-19 test result. You should not take the tests if:
If you’re travelling from overseas you must quarantine for 10 days. What you need to do depends on where you travel in the 10 days before you arrive in England.
If you travel from or through a country on the 'red list travel countries, in those 10 days you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/self-isolating-when-you-arrive for further details on how to book.
If you are not travelling from or through a country on the 'red list', then you can quarantine for 10 days in your term-time room in Oxford.
Everyone must book a travel test package (regardless of which overseas country you are travelling from). You must take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 for variant surveillance and a test on or after day 8 to check that you do not have COVID-19.
During quarantine, please remain in your room except when you need to use the bathroom, and fully clean shared bathrooms before and after use. If you wish to go outside, you are welcome to use the President’s Garden if you are in an onsite room by booking in a time slot. If you are in one of our outside properties, please use the garden there. In both cases you should avoid contact with others, and practice social distancing at all times.
Students who are in quarantine on site in college will be offered support with meals during quarantine. Students who live offsite should ask friends to help with food deliveries and meals.
The Lawns Pavilion Reading Room will be open as a study space from 8am to midnight daily with additional study desks available in the Britton Room.
You are still expected to wear face coverings and you are asked to keep windows open for ventilation.
You will now be able to borrow Click & Collect books from the Lawns Pavilion foyer rather than the library marquee.
The library team will continue to offer zero-contact services (Click & Collect, postal loans, ebooks and scans). Details can be found here: https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/trinity
All staff and students working and studying on site should continue to follow all existing University health guidance. This position will be kept under constant review in coming weeks and will adapt as the local and national situation evolves.
Social distancing measures including wearing face coverings indoor are still in place in all common areas; we encourage you to enjoy Oxford responsibly – particularly making use of outside spaces as the summer months approach. However, please continue to remain vigilant around social distancing and avoid gatherings, particularly in public places.
Many of our communal facilities will be closed during the summer vac, but the following remain in use:
The college gyms remains open for individuals and members of the same household. You must pre-book a one hour session between 8am and 10pm here: https://teamup.com/ksrqhzz9ihqfdd5bb9
Households do not have to socially distance in the gym, but everyone else must maintain a social distance of 2 metres wherever possible.
Please ensure social distancing at all times when using the gym. You should also sanitise all equipment immediately after use, and upon leaving the gym.
The college sports ground, including tennis courts are open and you are welcome to use the grounds for informal exercise. The groundsman Paul Madden has also preapred the ground for 6 a side football, croquet, rounders, cricket, touch rugby and running. Please do call Paul on 07785 951680 if you’d like to book a pitch.
Tennis courts must be booked using an online booking system (please note this is currently for hard courts only, the grass courts are still too wet for playing and will be available from the start of term): https://teamup.com/kstdwe5pwotigua5ww
Please ensure you book before turning up to play.
If you think you might have COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow University guidance on testing, and self-isolate. You should contact the Covid Management team in college to alert them that you are feeling unwell and need support: email@example.com
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 for ten days 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.
Please don’t worry if you or your household has to self-isolate; we will be in regular contact with households who have been asked to self-isolate, and will make all necessary arrangements to ensure you are supported.
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
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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.
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: