Despite the significant upheaval caused by coronavirus, the University continues to perform its vital role of delivering world-class teaching and research. As we welcome students back to Oxford, and adjust to new ways of delivering teaching and undertaking research, our first priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our people.
Latest updates (last updated Thursday 29 October 2020)
Advice and support for managing COVID-19 cases
If you're a Single Point of Contact or a staff member dealing with the response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 here are some useful contact points for any queries.
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Outside of office hours or in the event of a serious incident
**NEW 29 October 2020** Change in alert level in Oxford
The COVID-19 alert level for Oxford City will move to ‘high’ on Saturday 31 October. In line with Government guidance, the University will continue to remain open and operating, with no change to its own business continuity status level. There is no limit to group size when you are meeting or gathering for work purposes, but workplaces will continue to be required to meet the COVID-secure guidelines. Staff in education settings should continue to go into work as necessary. Travel to parts of the country at local COVID alert level of tier 3 or ‘very high’, should still be avoided, unless there is a valid reason for travel. Further advice is available via Gov.uk.
Guidance and advice
Testing for COVID-19 – Early Alert Service - (SSO required)
- watch our video about the University-wide Health Campaign, which promotes the behaviours we must adopt to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Remember not everyone can comply with certain measures such as face covering. Please be considerate;
- visit the University’s Testing Service if you have primary COVID-19 symptoms. Consult this flowchart for the process you need to follow. Rapid identification and isolation of positive cases is essential to slow the spread of the virus. Anyone with one of the main symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home or immediately return home and book a test;
- understand that if you receive a positive test result from a service other than that provided by the University (eg the NHS), you must complete the form for reporting external COVID-19 positive results and notify your department and college so they can take appropriate action to keep others safe and activate any relevant contingency plans.
NHS COVID-19 app
- download the NHS COVID-19 app, which is available on smartphones from Google Play and the Apple App Store. We encourage you to use the app as it includes a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. Tracing recent close contacts of anyone who has tested positive is important for containing the virus.
Onsite working (SSO required)
- familiarise yourself with the staff factsheet for return to on-site working that has been developed to help you stay safe and read the guidance for staff and managers returning to work;
- we are aware that there could be a range of health vulnerabilities and concerns about travelling and returning to work or for those with caring responsibilities. For line managers whose staff have concerns, please refer to our guidance.
- for those working from home for extended periods of time, please remind yourself about the additional support available including:
- for those who are a part of a remote team, please refer to our additional wellbeing resources;
- when travelling to and from work please review the guidance to help keep you safe and have a look at the dedicated travel web page. This contains practical support on bus and rail travel as well as car parking and a number of schemes to help staff start cycling.
Mental health and wellbeing
Go to one of our many mental health services if you’re feeling anxious for example:
- the Department of Experimental Psychology’s Oxford Anxiety disorders and trauma group resources;
- the anonymous online support community togetherall (select I’m from a university or college when you register for free);
- the staff telephone counselling service Care First;
- TalkingSpace PLUS, an Oxford-based NHS mental health self-referral service, offering free therapy courses, including on how to manage worries around COVID-19, and how to connect with others if you are feeling alone as a result of having to isolate yourself;
- the University’s staff disability network has information for staff with pre-existing mental health conditions and for those in the neurodivergent community in light of COVID-19.
COVID-19 case response protocols (SSO required)
- If you are a line manager or a department COVID-19 point of contact read the latest case response guidance. It includes ‘action cards’ that explain the process to be followed if a student or staff member informs you of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result. A full list of Department and College COVID-19 single points of contact is available.
The University will continue to review the measures to keep our community safe and its COVID-19 emergency response status in light of Government and local health authority advice.
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding during this challenging and uncertain time.