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COVID-19

Guidance for Trinity Academics & Staff

Latest COVID-19

Updates

Thank you to all our college staff in adapting to the many changes to work during the pandemic. The University has now moved to Business Continuity Plan (BCP) Level 1, enabling all staff to return to working on site. In college we are continuing to implement measures to keep our community safe, while enabling a return to a more normal way of living and working in college.

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Key Information

For All Staff

Thank you for all you have done so far to protect our community from COVID-19. 

All staff and students are strongly encouraged to:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already done so 
  • Wear face coverings where indicated (unless exempt) 
  • Test regularly, and if you have symptoms 
  • Stay at home if you are unwell
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or sanitiser  
  • Be considerate of other people’s space

Please see the University's Health page for more details of the updated health guidance. We ask all members of the College community to continue to be considerate, and to follow the new health advice to minimise the risk of infection and help ensure everyone can take part in University life.

Continue testing to keep our community safe

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.

Further resources

The main Oxford University COVID19 Response pages for staff contain the most up to date and detailed information for college and university staff.

Please consult the latest updates on the University's Staff COVID-19 pages for information about travel, onsite working, teaching and supporting students, and wellbeing.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you are concerned about possible COVID symptoms, please see University guidance at www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing

Staff working onsite who are household contacts

The latest government guidance is that individuals who are household contacts of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 are exempt from self-isolation if they are fully vaccinated. However, it is important that in such situations, you as a close contact should seek a PCR test within 5 days of learning you are a contact. You are also strongly encouraged, while you are a close contact, to adhere to the University’s recommendation that staff working on site perform twice weekly Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. If you go on to have a positive test, or develop symptoms, you must self-isolate.

Michaelmas Term

Adjustments to Working in College

Our aim this term is for College life to return as much as possible to the activities and sense of community that we enjoyed before the advent of COVID-19, while continuing to keep our community safe from any further outbreaks.

Dining in College

SCR Lunch

With the lifting of most restrictions, we are going to return to SCR Lunch mostly as it used to be. Soup, salad and hot main courses will be available in the Old Bursary once more, for diners to help themselves. The capacity for the Old Bursary will now be 16 and in the SCR Dining Room, 10. 

We will have two sittings running from 12.45pm – 1.15pm and 1.15pm – 1.45pm and we will be keeping the sign-up procedure in place with the one guest per week rule. The cut-off for signing up will remain at midday, the day before.

Lunch in this format will commence from Monday of 0th week (4th October 2021).

High Table dinner

From Michaelmas 2021, we will be bringing back Formal Hall Dinners and High Table Dinners, to the Dining Hall. These dinners will commence at 7.05pm, (7.15pm on Sunday), and will be held on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, (SCR Guest Night), and Friday, (JCR & MCR Guest Night). Meals will be served to the able and wine will be poured with the meal, by the Hall staff. On Tuesday and Thursday, High Table will be held in the SCR Dining Room, as it used to be. 

As with Lunch, we are raising the current capacity of the Hall to 64 on the lower tables and 12 on High Table. You will be able to book one guest per week for dinner. The cut-off for High Table dinner bookings will also be midday, the day before. 

Dinner in this format will also commence from Monday of 0th week (4th October 2021). 

The link for accessing the sign-up system for Lunch and High Table dinner is here: Https://www2.trinity.ox.ac.uk

Lunch for College staff

For Staff who would like sandwiches for lunch, please sign up at the Beer Cellar by Thursday, for all of the following week.

Staff who would like a hot meal can come through the servery between 12.15pm and 12.30pm and eat in Hall or the Beer Cellar; there is no need to book beforehand.

Working in colder weather

In many parts of College, windows and doors will need to be kept open, to increase ventilation. Naturally-ventilated spaces are likely to be draughtier, so you might want to consider bringing in more clothing as the weather gets colder. We appreciate that this is not the regular advice in relation to energy and sustainability. However, increased ventilation significantly reduces the risk of transmission, and we are grateful for your understanding as we return to a more normal pattern of work. We encourage everyone to take other steps to reduce our environmental impact.