- 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
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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.
Coronavirus: Information for Students, Staff, and Fellows
Last updated 18 May 2021
Following the relaxing of government restrictions, from Monday 17 of May, the College’s supplementary rules relating to Covid have been updated: https://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/covid-19-rules.
As of 17 May, guests of students are now permitted indoors and outdoors as private visitors. This means students can have another student visit them in their room, but they must observe the rule of six and social distancing and not exceed the room capacity. (Rules for private overnight guests in College rooms follows the normal College regulations.)
Guests who are here on College business (including Old Members and prospective students and their families are permitted to visit, with the following exclusions:
- No guests permitted to dine or attend an event in College (due to capacity)
- SCR dining - guests cannot dine at lunch or at High Table dinner at the moment (due to capacity)
- Events for Old Members and prospective applicants are not permitted until after 21 June at the earliest
The public are permitted to attend organ recitals.
Unfortunately guests cannot attend an indoor or outdoor event (club/ society/ student-led event, such as in the marquee, Hall, Shulman Auditorium etc., due to capacity).
Overnight guests are not permitted in either the SCR or JCR guest rooms (only permitted after 21 June at the earliest).
With regard to the general use of some indoor spaces, the restrictions we set out in Michaelmas Term 2020 are still relevant, and we do not expect to be able to open all of our indoor facilities this term. The conditions at Step 3 are not dissimilar to how things were in Michaelmas Term; the risk assessment prepared in readiness for Michaelmas Term was based on capacity, ventilation, and the safe management of our spaces, and these aspects have not fundamentally changed. We will be reviewing the use of some indoor spaces in due course.
We intend that the College relaxes the rules as fast as it can and remain consistent with the law and government guidelines.
Testing for those on site
The University is now providing free testing via the new symptom-free (LFD) testing centres located in easy-to-access sites around Oxford. Everyone who is working or studying on site can get tested twice a week, every week throughout Trinity term, including those staff and students who have been vaccinated or have had COVID-19 more than 90 days ago.
It is possible to order LFD tests via a number of other routes, including delivery of tests in the post – details of which can be found on the Government website.
Further information, including details about when you should not participate, can be found at www.ox.ac.uk/regular-testing. This page also includes the link to book your test. Booking a test prevents queues and ensures the process is quick and seamless. The nearest site to Queen’s to book a test is at the University Club, on Mansfield Road. At the testing centre your University card will be scanned and you will be given a registration card with barcode sticker.
What to do if you test positive
Anyone who tests positive in any LFD tests (including those via community testing or received from the Government via another route), must immediately self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test, preferably through the University’s Early Alert Service. You (and your household) should immediately self-isolate and assume you have the virus, pending the result of the confirmatory PCR test.
Whether you're studying from home or back in College, don't forget that you can speak to any member of the welfare team if there's anything that you need to talk about. Jo, our Welfare Officer, is available during office hours all term and you can reach her here: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chaplain is available throughout the term and can be contacted here: email@example.com. Junior Deans are on duty overnight from 7pm and over the weekend so if you need any out-of-hours support, you can reach them here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand how difficult this time has been, and continues to be, for so many of you. Over the Easter break we hope you enjoyed a pause from your study and found some time for other pursuits. Although things are a long way from normal, we hope the positive effects of longer days and spring sunshine, and the encouraging trends on the pandemic front, will help to lift all our hearts. We wish you well and are pleased to try to help you if we can so do not hesitate to contact us if your questions are not answered here or in the emails you have received at the start of term.
Please note the process to follow if you experience symptoms of the virus:
- Students, Fellows and staff should refer to University Early Alert Service (EAS) and book a test if you are unwell and suspect you may have symptoms caused by COVID-19.
- Students in residence should immediately notify the Lodge (telephone 01865 279120 / email email@example.com), leaving details of your test booking date and time and symptoms, your accommodation/ room number, and your telephone number. Your information will be handled with discretion but it is important that the College knows you are unwell with a suspected case.
- Staff should inform the Domestic Bursar (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Domestic Bursar’s Office (email@example.com).
- Academic staff should contact the Senior Tutor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with copy to the academic Administrator (email@example.com).
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.
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 outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do (on GOV.UK)
- Foreign Travel Advice
- NHS website
The Queen’s College Library
Those of you who are working remotely are not alone. If you need to access resources - online, in print or scanned - or if you have any questions, you are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 279130/7 and a member of the library team will help you. (Office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.) Throughout term, the library will be open from 10am -10pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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