COVID-19 Updates

This page has been set up to provide information for anyone at the College with questions or concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19). It will be updated on a regular basis. For those with access to email, the College sends out coronavirus updates – this page will echo the updates sent around in these emails.

College Status

This page was last updated 15 January, 16:48

St Edmund Hall’s priority is to protect the safety, health and wellbeing of all its students, fellows, staff and friends as well as continuing on our commitment to providing an excellent education. The Hall is following the latest advice from the Government on how to operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Whilst the College remains open for on-site working, teaching and learning will take place online until week commencing 22 February apart from some courses outlined in government guidance where in-person teaching is permitted.
  • We are operating on a reduced number of staff with some of our staff are still working from home. However essential services are covered (e.g. cleaning of public rooms and maintenance). The Lodge is currently closed to all, save for Lodge personnel, until further notice.  All mail can be handed over at the Lodge window. Welfare support and the nurse (via remote consultation) remain in place.
  • Visitors: Whilst current lockdown rules pertain, visitors are not permitted on college sites for social purposes or for academic purposes. Contractors are permitted on site but must always report to the Lodge (if open) or to the relevant site office on arrival.  This ruling should be subject to review as and when circumstances permit.
  • St Edmund Hall students cannot bring a guest to any college owned site. This means that no visitors are permitted in your accommodation or on College premises.
  • If you are an Aularian, college visits are sadly currently not possible and the Lodge is unable to grant access to the Hall. When restrictions have eased, visits can be arranged with the Development & Alumni Relations Office by emailing Thank you for your understanding.
  • Despite the national lockdown the Library remains open and we will be providing the best service we can both to those of you who are in Oxford and those who will be returning later in term.  Please visit the Library website pages for full details.
  • We strongly recommend that everyone follows the advice from the UK Government with regards to their health and safety.

Q&As: What to expect in 2021 at the Hall

Find out below what you need to know about studying, living and working safely here at St Edmund Hall.

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Hilary Term Plans

All students can read this Q&A document which sets out the current plans regarding the beginning of Hilary Term.

Students sitting on a bench in the Broadbent Garden behind the College Library

Information for Students

Find out about all aspects of college life including accommodation, meals, teaching and our new community rules.

The St Edmund Hall crest and carved books above the doorway into the College Chapel

Information for Staff

Read through some questions, answers and guidance on how we will return to work at the Hall for 2020-21.

Well in the Front Quad of St Edmund Hall

Information for the SCR

Below are some key documents about the operation of the Senior Common room 2020-21.

Contacting the College

  • If you are contacting a College team, please do so by telephone or email in the first instance and the most appropriate follow-up to this will be arranged.
  • If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Covid-19 outbreak, including self-isolating, quarantining or if you are experiencing symptoms, please email the College at

What to do if you become ill

If any member of the college (students, fellows and staff) have coronavirus symptoms, you must do the following:

  • Isolate: you must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  • Test: get a free test at the University of Oxford’s Early Alert Testing Service. You will receive a result within 24 hours.
  • Contact: St Edmund Hall at or call the lodge to report that you are self-isolating.
  • Results: if your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your 10-day self-isolation.
  • Share contacts: if you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS Test and Trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. It is important that you respond as soon as possible so that we can give appropriate advice to those who need it. You will be told to do this online via a secure website or you will be called by one of our contract tracers.

Close Recent Contact

You are likely to be considered a ‘close contact’ of someone who has tested positive (and therefore at risk of infection) if:

  • You have been face to face with someone who is closer than 1 metre (3 feet) from you for any length of time.
  • You have been within 1 to 2 metres (3-6 feet) of someone for more than 15 minutes.


  • The contact occurred any time from the two days before they experienced COVID-19 symptoms onwards.

Further Information

Schools and Colleges Outreach

Events at the Hall

  • All St Edmund Hall events: lectures, Alumni reunions, etc. have been postponed and we will seek to re-arrange when we can. Please visit the College Event calendar for the latest information.
  • Contact Conference Manager, Sue McCarthy, for any queries regarding events at

Essential Links

We recommend that you check the following websites to keep up-to-date with the latest news and guidance from agencies outside the College: