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Cor​onavirus: Information for Students, Staff, and Fellows

Last updated 08 January 2021

The College continues to aim to provide the best educational environment it can, while looking after the health of all its communities. The latest national developments mean that students may not return to College now, unless you are in one of the categories below:

  • You are on an initial teacher training or medicine course
  • You are an international student and have remained in the UK or have already arrived back, or have booked travel which cannot be rescheduled
  • You have stayed in university or college accommodation over the Christmas vacation
  • Your circumstances at home are such as to make it essential that you return to the College. (If you would like to make an application under this category, please contact the Domestic Bursar’s office on db.office@queens.ox.ac.uk.)

The central College site will remain open providing such essential services as it can at any given time for students who must be in residence, depending on staff availability and prevailing risk conditions. The Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be contacted on lodge@queens.ox.ac.uk. Further information is available here about the status of onsite operations and there is also information about student meals (available from 8 January) here.

We aim to make further decisions about provision for the rest of Hilary term over the next few days, as discussions across the University continue and we see the detailed implications of the lockdown, so please check back for updates.

Please note the process to follow if you experience symptoms of the virus:

Further information is available on our page of Frequently Asked Questions for students with symptoms of COVID-19 as well as information about self-isolation and support available for students.

Keep inf​​ormed​

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:

Mental health

Any member of our community might find the Mind website helpful when coping in these difficult times.

The Queen’s College Library

The Library is open for Queen’s students who have been given permission to return to the University. However, the Library is not operating as normal and reflects the national lockdown that is in place. Please check the Library webpage for the latest information and contact library@queens.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions. Please stay at home unless your visit to the Library is absolutely essential.

We are offering click and collect and scanning services but our aim is to maintain a zero contact/ remote service provision as far as possible. Please make full use of online resources.

For details of arrangements in relation to the Archive, please contact michael.riordan@queens.ox.ac.uk.

  • For staff

    You can download further information for academic staff about COVID and also information for non-academic staff about COVID.

    Working from home

    Please make use of Microsoft Teams as much as possible (including for virtual coffee breaks!). The LinkedIn Learning courses provide useful introductions to a range of things, including a one-hour introduction to remote working, and the University has a site licence for everyone. David Olds has compiled a set of resources on the Queen's IT Office Blog that may help you adjust to remote working. (There is also a useful page of resources compiled by Oxford IT Services.)

    The University has created resources on the HR website to support those working from home.

    On a practical note, please use an out-of-office auto-reply message to let people know when you are / aren’t available if you’re following a different routine from usual.

    Temporary sick pay arrangements for staff

    Until further notice the following arrangements will apply in the event that you have symptoms of coronavirus:

    • If you have coronavirus symptoms, you should contact your line manager, who will discuss with you whether and how you can work from home.
    • If you have to self-isolate you will be expected to carry on working from home if possible, so long as your symptoms are mild enough that you would ordinarily continue to come in to work.
    • If you have to self-isolate but are unable to work from home, you will be granted special paid leave at the normal rate of pay for that period.
    • If you are too unwell to work during the period of self-isolation, you should contact your line manager from home to let them know.
    • You will not be required to use annual leave to cover a period of self-isolation, and this will not be included in your sickness record. If you are unwell beyond the period of self-isolation required by Public Health England advice, then the resulting absence should be treated as sickness absence, and the College’s normal sick leave policy will apply.