Response to COVID-19
As Cambridge continues to adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, it has never been more important to look after ourselves and others.
The University and Colleges will do all they can to minimise risk to staff, students and visitors, and to make sure they are appropriately supported. But safety and wellbeing in these extraordinary times is ultimately the responsibility of us all. We must recognise that our behaviour has consequences – for the people immediately affected by it, for our collegiate community, and the local region, including vital public services such as the NHS and police.
Each of us has had, and will continue to have, different experiences of the pandemic. And for many, those experiences are challenging and stressful. We must be alert to this and respectful of people who may have particular vulnerabilities.
In summary, and to ensure that our people and community continue to thrive, each one of us has a responsibility to:
- Behave in a way that minimises the risk of infection
- Treat each other with dignity and respect
- Keep up to date with public health guidance and follow it at all times.
University Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages
The University Coronavirus (COVID-19) pages contain up to date information and UK Government links relating to health, travel, visa and immigration matters, and staff working arrangements. These pages represent the central definitive resource for University information on COVID-19 and are regularly updated with the University response to coronavirus.
Information for current students about academic matters
For all questions about academic matters, please check the University coronavirus student webpages. Please also check your Faculty and Departmental websites, as well as with your Director of Studies or Postgraduate Supervisor.
Your Postgraduate Tutor or your Directors of Studies will also be able to give advice, if you cannot find the information you need on the University, Faculty or Departmental website.
Information for current students regarding residency and accommodation
The College and University have issued guidance for resident students:
- Households in Cambridge
- Social distancing guidance in the College context
- Your commitment to minimizing transmission of COVID-19 in Cambridge
- College spaces and services
- Pastoral and wellbeing matters
There is further guidance for postgraduate research or other students who have been given permission to return to Cambridge, either under the University’s protocol for the return of postgraduate research students or through other specific Departmental arrangements, and who intend to take up College accommodation or to use College facilities in coming months.
Support for students with increased susceptibility to infectious diseases or with disabilities impacted by COVID-related social distancing measures
Coronavirus is likely to be around us for some time to come so the College is working flat out together with the University to be ready to welcome students for the coming academic year with a range of preventive health and infection control measures, implementing government guidance. The University already provides extensive information through the University’s coronavirus webpages and a major information and communications initiative will launch as we approach the coming academic year.
Detailed guidance is evolving alongside government advice and more detailed advice will be launched towards the start of the academic year.
The Increased Susceptibility pages of the University website outline the steps being taken to help those with increased susceptibility or a disability impacted by social distancing measures.
All current students and all offer holders will be contacted with a request for information and the College has a procedure in place to consider appropriate arrangements for study and residency that fits each student’s specific needs and accounts for possible changes in the need for shielding.
Testing information for students
The University is offering all students living in College accommodation and the majority of students living in private accommodation a weekly PCR test for infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, even if they show no symptoms.
Further information is available on the University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and wellbeing webpages.
Information for international students
For information on travel, visas and immigration matters, please see the University Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel information.
Information for prospective undergraduates and offer holders
For information on how the University and Colleges are managing Cambridge admissions, please see the Cambridge Admissions Office website.
Information for prospective postgraduates and offer holders
The University Graduate Admission’s team is working to support prospective postgraduates. For information on how the University and Colleges are managing Cambridge postgraduate admissions, please see the Graduate Admissions web pages.
Support for students
Welfare Support from the College
All current students have access to our Wellbeing Moodle site which is maintained by the College Welfare Team. Below is a list of who is available in College. All support is available to all students whether they are resident, non-resident in Cambridge, or away from Cambridge.
Tutors - your tutor remains available for help, advice, and pastoral support. Please contact them by email.
Nurse – available during Term Time for online or phone consultations.
College Counselling – a senior University Counselling Service counsellor is our College counsellor who offers UCS counselling for Magdalene students during Term Time.
Chaplain – The Chaplin is happy for all students to get in touch for a non-judgemental safe space to chat about anything on their mind.
Harassment Officers – Confidential points of contact should you ever feel that you have been harassed or bullied in any sense.
Welfare Support from the University
The University has extensive health and wellbeing information on the University Counselling Service and the Disability Resource Centre continue to offer support remotely.
Arrival in College
Students will receive further information about when and how they may arrive in College and what to do on arrival. Parking may be allocated and restricted. There will be a number of room key and CamCard pick-up points. Parents/travel companions will be asked to limit the amount of time they spend in College accommodation.
Information for staff
The College continues to support the wellbeing of our staff. If you have any queries, please speak to your Head of Department or the HR Manager. Staff are encouraged to read the University’s guides to wellbeing.
With the easing of restrictions, the College is identifying ways more people can return to work and study. The safety of Staff, Students and Fellows is paramount and the College will comply with all relevant legislation and guidance.
Each Department has conducted a risk assessment and where necessary have adapted their protocols to work safely. These assessments and return to work guidance have been shared with all staff members.
In order to allow for more people to be in College – in the shared facilities, for instance - detailed risk assessments have been produced, in accordance with government advice, to consider how we can move forward in a safe manner.