The official university statement on COVID-19 is as follows:
“The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is the number one priority for the University. As the UK Government takes measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, the University is adapting its strategy to safeguard our community. Oxford has a strong history of welcoming students and staff from around the world to the UK, and they are an integral part of our international community. We understand that students and staff may be worried about friends and family members in affected areas around the world, and our thoughts go to all those affected by this outbreak. The University’s advice and planning spans many areas of work.”
For more information on the impact of COVID-19 on university life, please see the University’s official page here.
Of course, COVID-19 will have an impact on freshers week but we are aiming to take as many activities as possible online. Please see the timetable and check your email for further information. The situation is ever changing so some things mentioned in this guide might actually be unavailable during term time. Please bear with us as we try to keep up-to-date!
Some big changes will be outlined here:
All students in the 2020/21 academic year will be matriculated ‘in absentia’ and an online welcome event will take place in its place. All new students will receive details in advance of the online event.
This year, the freshers fair (where you can learn all about societies and sports at uni) will be held virtually. You’ll be able to listen in on webinars, take part in Q&As and download info packs from each society/club. Learn more on the freshers fair page!
The most important change is that students will have to book 2 hour study slots at the front desk. Also, students will not be able to browse and pick up books but instead will be able to request books for collection. More details will be made available on the college website.