A sign instructing visitors to the Trinity Chapel to use hand sanitiser in the foreground, with a pair of hands pumping the hand sanitiser bottle in the background.


Guidance for Trinity Academics & Staff

Latest COVID-19


Thank you to all staff who are adjusting to the new government and University advice and changing the way you work. We have all had to learn COVID-awareness, affecting almost every aspect of our life and behaviour, and a huge amount of work has gone into our plans for this academic year to ensure continuity of College life.

A graphic showing the 5 steps recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Key Information

For All Staff

The welfare of our staff, fellows and lecturers is our absolute priority, and we will continue to provide as much advice, care and support as we can. 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 work and take part in college life as much as possible.

The main Oxford University COVID19 Response pages for staff contain the most up to date and detailed information for college and university staff, including guidance on the university’s face coverings policy and information about the Early Alert testing service; home-working and wellbeing support for staff who will be continuing to work remotely, and information about teaching and supporting students under the new arrangements.

You can view detailed information about changes to college life in the student FAQs here

New ways of working

On Wednesday 30 December, the UK Government published new guidance about which students are allowed to return to universities in the New Year. This was updated on 4 January with the announcement of a national lockdown. Information about our Hilary term plans can be found on our student coronavirus webpages.

In light of these developments the University has moved to Stage 3 of its business continuity planning framework from 5 January 2021. This means that while University and college buildings will remain open for on-site working and research, teaching and learning will need to take place online for the time being, apart from the courses outlined in government guidance where in-person teaching is permitted.

We are working through the implications of the national lockdown for college life, including meal and study provision, and will update these pages accordingly. Please consult the latest updates on the University's Staff COVID-19 pages for information about travel, onsite working, childcare and nursery arrangements under lockdown, and wellbeing support.

Please note:

  • Students should visit the local restrictions page on the student area of this site.
  • Each department has carried out detailed risk assessment, and so will have revised schedules, with PPE in place where required.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required for teaching, and non-student-facing staff are advised to continue to work remotely where possible.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you are concerned about possible COVID symptoms, please see University guidance at

Meetings and policy on guests

We are asking all Trinity members not to invite guests into College for meals or to meet socially, as we are keen to minimise the number of people onsite.

If you need to arrange a College meeting, please continue to use Teams wherever possible. If you must meet in person, then please use the outdoor marquee or meet in a well- ventilated office, with social distancing in place at all times.