Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Information for Students

Now that the University is in its red phase, we need your help. We want to make sure that we can provide the best possible practical assistance and pastoral support for all of our students for whom Cambridge is likely to be home over the coming weeks and months.

We regard our support for our students as essential, but we need daily updates from you about your condition, physical and mental, and your location, and to know if and when this has changed or - in the event that you are planning to travel home - when it is likely to change. We want to do all we can to equip you with the right information and equipment as efficiently as possible. 

What we need you to do:

  • Complete the census form. Please do this as soon as possible. Make it a priority. Confidentiality will be ensured. That way, you are helping us to help you.
  • Complete this form each day from now on by noon, to indicate whether or not your situation has changed in any way. If it HAS changed, then please submit a newly completed census form (linked above) to update us on your situation.

Other measures in place

Student residences have been supplied with extra hand soap, predominantly for kitchens, to encourage more regular hand washing and mindfulness regarding basic hygiene. NHS 'Catch It, Bin It, Kill It' posters have been placed strategically around the College, also to remind users of the simple but effective measures they can take in limiting the spread of many common diseases, not just Covid-19. Alongside these measures, virucidal hand sprays have been installed at the Porters' Lodge, the Dining Hall, the Ashby Library, the Anthony Low Bar, the Gillian Beer House (Richard Eden Suite), and the gym, to limit further the spread of disease in areas of high use.

Two private rooms have been identified to act as quarantine bays should someone become ill. Residents already living in an en-suite or flat will be expected to self-isolate in situ, and contingency planning has been conducted should the need arise for more than these two private rooms. Two 'Covid-19' boxes are being prepared with some of the basic necessities for anyone having to self-isolate outside of their current room, and Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans have been drawn up to outline the steps needed in leaving a building while under the restrictions of self-isolation.

Things you can do

To prepare for a possible period of self-isolation, we would like to advise College residents to pack a 'grab bag' with various essentials – for example, toiletries, a couple of changes of clothes, and any work or study material they feel is vital – to allow them to move to self-isolation accommodation within 30 minutes. More belongings may of course follow, but this initial move must be made swiftly and being prepared for it will minimise disruption both to the College and the individual.

We would also like to remind all site users that guests should be registered with the Porters' Lodge to ensure we can account for everyone on site (this is not a requirement brought about by Covid-19). 

Please do not hesitate to contact the College with any queries or concerns you may have. Your cooperation and calmness are greatly appreciated.

Further Links

University of Cambridge - Coronavirus