Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Oriel College
26 March, 2020

The College is monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak on a continuous basis. Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our students, staff and any visitors. This page will be updated with the latest information as the situation evolves.

We are preparing and planning for how we will deal with different scenarios as the outbreak develops in the coming weeks. We are following guidance from the University, the Government and from Public Health England in making decisions.

Where to Look for Advice and Updates

The latest updates and reliable information from the University can be found at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-advice.

A specific FAQ and advice page has been created for students here: http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/coronavirus-advice

The latest guidance from Public Health England for reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance. Advice from Public Health England is to self-isolate for seven days if the defined symptoms (persistent cough and/or fever) are present, even if they are mild. Everyone should avoid going out unless they have to shop for food or other essentials, or for 1 hour per day of exercise.

The NHS 111 online self-assessment questionnaire can be found here. You should complete this if you are concerned that you may be showing symptoms of the virus. Please DO NOT go to your GP, pharmacy or present to A&E if you think you may be showing symptoms - you should fill out the NHS 111 self-assessment.

The latest information and advice from the Government can be found here.

These pages are all being updated regularly.

The Current Situation at Oriel

This is a very challenging time for all members of the College and the wider university. The College will provide regular updates to students and staff as this situation continues to develop over the coming days and weeks.

Advice for Students

If you are a student and are concerned about the situation, or need welfare support, please contact the Welfare Team on welfare@oriel.ox.ac.uk, or contact the Porters’ Lodge by phone on (0)1865 276555. Please DO NOT present to the Porters' Lodge in person if you are concerned you may have contracted COVID-19 or may have been in contact with someone who has.

Please check your Oriel email regularly throughout the Easter vacation to ensure you receive the latest updates from the College.

The University has set up a dedicated website to support students, which can be found here.

Advice for Staff

If you are a member of staff and you are concerned about how this developing situation will impact you, please contact your line manager in the first instance. The University has set up a special web resource for staff members to support home working and wellbeing. It can be found here.

Advice for Visitors

If you are expecting to attend an event in Oriel and are unsure whether it will be going ahead, please contact the event organiser, and check your email inbox for any communications from us.

Event Cancellations

The College has cancelled some alumni events which were due to take place in the coming weeks. All of those signed up to attend these events should have received an email notification. The events that have been cancelled are:

This list will be updated if further events are cancelled, and we hope to be able to re-schedule some of our events for later in the year, conditions allowing.

The College has also cancelled all external conference bookings and courses due to take place over the Easter vacation.

Commemoration Ball 2020

Sadly, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Commemoration Ball due to take place on Friday 26th June 2020. The Ball Committee are currently working with the College and suppliers to find an alternative date, but with the fast-moving circumstances this is a challenge which requires careful consideration. The Committee aim to finalise if rescheduling is viable in the near future, after which they will begin processing refunds accordingly. Look for updates on the Ball website.

Telephone Campaign 2020

Due to the above circumstances, unfortunately the College has decided to cancel this year's Telephone Campaign, which was due to take place over the Easter vacation. We are very sorry not to be able to speak with our alumni, but hope that we will be able to reschedule the campaign for a later date.