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

Updated 15 April

The health, welfare, and safety of all its members is of utmost importance to New College. The situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing and we are monitoring it closely. We ask that you read the following advice carefully, and provide details where requested.  These actions will enable us to respond swiftly, and provide help to all members, as necessary. Please note that you should continue to look to the University website and the government

website as primary sources of information.

New College is following advice from several sources, including the NHS, Public Health England, the World Health Organisation, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in order to consider and plan for a range of possible developments.

College Main Site

Following the UK Government's advice,the College main site is only open to a very small number of essential staff. Please refrain from coming into College until further notice.  For those students who are still living in College, the Lodge is receiving post and it is being sorted. The Lodge is staffed 24-7 by a single Porter

We will be following the Government’s instructions and advice, and reviewing the situation when that changes. These are uncertain times for all of us, so please bear with us and know that the welfare of all our community remains of the highest importance.

 

Security and emergencies.

Please contact the Lodge in the case of an emergency in College, or if you become aware of any security issues. 01865 279500

 

Keep inf​​ormed​

We strongly encourage everyone to check the dedicated University webpage regularly to keep informed of the latest local advice.  The webpage has information on a list of frequently asked questions covering a variety of areas from travel to teaching. This webpage outlines the latest advice for staff and students, based on Public Health England (PHE) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidelines.  You may also find the Foreign Travel Advice site and the NHS Website informative.

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

  • ​Students in residence should immediately inform the Home Bursar Gez Wells via the covid-19 email address (covid-19@new.ox.ac.uk) and also notify the Lodge (call 01865 279500) that you are unwell and suspect you may have symptoms caused by Coronavirus. Your information will be handled discreetly but it is important that the College knows you are unwell with a suspected case on site. If continuing to self-isolate*, please ensure you include any mobile number you can be contacted on.

  • Staff should inform their line managers and (covid-19@new.ox.ac.uk) if they will be unable to perform their normal duties due to self-isolation
  • Fellows please let the College Office and (covid-19@new.ox.ac.uk) know if you are self-isolating and unable to carry out College duties.

​​*Where students are required to self-isolate, on medical advice and in College accommodation, it will be necessary to make arrangements to ensure their safety and that of others. In some cases it may be necessary for individuals to relocate to another room and the Home Bursar will determine the safest arrangements for all concerned. The Home Bursar (Lodge if out of hours) will assist with and advise on all such matters at the time.

Cleaning and hygiene​

At this time of year, viral respiratory infections such as colds and influenza are very common in the community within the UK.  To reduce the general spread of viruses, you should maintain good hand, respiratory, and personal hygiene, and:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

The College is following the guidance from the government website for educational settings, including ensuring regular cleaning of high risk areas and specialist cleaning where it is advised.

Mental health

Any member of our community might find the following link helpful when coping with these difficult times: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/.

Reviewing procedures

​We realise that some of the above may cause elements of inconvenience or disruption, but trust that all students, staff, and Fellows appreciate the importance of making these plans, and taking these actions, for the interest and protection of all. Thank you for your understanding.

Please also be reassured that the College will keep all arrangements under constant review, and provide updates where required.