- Queen's COVID-19 rules
- Frequently asked questions - students with symptoms of COVID-19
- COVID-secure self-isolation in Queen’s residences: key points and self-isolation support for students
- Self-isolation support - provisions
If you need financial assistance, please take a look at our guidance and application forms for loans and grants.
With applications for financial assistance, we are mindful that we have finite finances and we wish to target help to the most in need. As a result, annual income, savings, overdraft limits, and expected annual expenditure are assessed and grants are made to those students who do not have sufficient funds to cover their expected annual expenditure. Additionally, loans can be made to students whose annual funds are sufficient to cover expenditure but who are experiencing temporary lack of funds.
COVID-19: Information for Students, Staff, and Fellows
Last updated 18 January 2022
Welcome back to Hilary Term and we hope everyone has had a good rest over the Christmas break.
The current trends with COVID-19 are quite positive but nevertheless, we’ll be watching carefully to see what happens in the next two weeks. We hope to be able to continue the term as normal, enjoying all the events and plans set out. Please remember that many staff and students still have cause to be concerned about infections so please continue the behaviours that keep you and others safe as you move around and use facilities in College.
Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the University Club
The University will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the University Club on Mansfield Road on Thursday 20 January from 10am to 2pm. It will be staffed by NHS vaccinators who will administer doses of Pfizer. Anyone aged 18 and over who is due a first, second or booster dose is welcome, as are immunosuppressed adults due a fourth dose. No booking is necessary, but it is helpful if people can bring their NHS number where possible.
Students and staff who have received previous vaccination doses overseas, and who have been unable to book a booster on the NHS system, are particularly encouraged to go along with details of their previous vaccination(s) as GPs will be available to advise on individual cases.
All adults aged 18 years or over are eligible for a booster if it has been at least 3 months since their second dose of the vaccine. Those who have had COVID-19 recently must wait 28 days until after their positive test or their symptoms started, before getting any dose of the vaccine.
Other Covid-19 information
While the Omicron variant causes less severe symptoms in most people, it is more contagious and can still pose a serious health risk. Alongside other measures, such as face coverings, testing is a very effective way of reducing the spread of the virus. Please collect and use LFD tests available from the Lodge.
IF you have a positive LFD, or you are symptomatic, staff and resident students should follow the guidance below and the Lodge will send further guidance on what to do.
- If you have a positive LFD result (whether symptomatic or not), you no longer need to book a PCR test. The LFD should be treated as confirmation of infection, and you should self-isolate in line with government guidance (paragraph 5.2) and ensure you report the LFD result to the Lodge, and on the EAS website at the University, and the NHS. See also NHS advice.
- If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate and perform an LFD test. If positive, you should follow the guidance above. It is advised that you book a PCR test, preferably at the University’s Early Alert Service, if you:
- have COVID-19 symptoms and receive two negative LFD results 24 hours apart; or
- are an unvaccinated contact of a positive case (you should do the PCR between 3 and 5 days from contact if your LFDs are still negative)
Note, if you are self-isolating because you are positive with Coronavirus, you can stop isolating at the start of day six if you get two negative rapid lateral flow test results on days five and six and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again. See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/self-isolation-for-those-with-covid-19-can-end-after-five-full-days-following-two-negative-lfd-tests
IF you have been a close contact of someone:
Those who have been fully vaccinated* and identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, do not have to self-isolate. You should instead take a lateral flow test (LFD) every day for seven days (or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier). This rule applies whether the case is Omicron or any other variant.
* ‘Fully vaccinated’ means that you have been vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine (both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine), and at least 14 days have passed since you received your second dose.
To better understand when you legally must self-isolate, about testing during self-isolation, and information about what to do as a close contact, see the following guidance:
- Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
IF you are ever in doubt about the right thing to do just ask the Lodge for advice!
The most significant news for many students is that the Beer Cellar is now open, but running on a reduced schedule due to the difficulty in recruiting staff at the moment. For now, Beer Cellar will be open on each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, of term. We also are required to run at a maximum capacity of 50. This is in accordance with guidance on venues with poor ventilation, as mandated by the Health and Safety Executive, so please be patient and thoughtful in letting everyone have a chance to get back to the BC!
We hope the term will be productive and enjoyable for everyone.
We encourage everyone to continue to check the University's Coronavirus webpages regularly to keep informed of the latest local advice. The webpages include detailed information for students and staff, including frequently asked questions.
You may also find the following sites useful:
- the Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the public
- Coronavirus information for current students from the University
- Foreign Travel Advice
- NHS website
Above all, please remember that everyone is different. It has been a challenging time for all of us but not always in the same ways. In philosophical and political ideas as well as in personal approaches to COVID-19 (including but not limited to face coverings), we must be respectful of others’ preferences, whether or not we agree with them ourselves. Our considerate, open, and respectful community relies on people being kind to each other.