I am a “non-practical” course student and I would like to return to College in Trinity Term because of concerns about my home working environment and/or my upcoming University exams, what do I do?
Read the information in the Academic Director’s email of 6th April and complete the Trinity Term Returns form online by 9am on Friday 9th April, including information about your situation. Then wait to hear from the Academic Office team. You must not return unless permission is granted.
I am an international student currently in a country on the UK’s “red list”. My course is practical and I have been given permission to return by my department. Can I return to College in 0th week?
Anyone who is permitted to enter the UK from Red List countries is required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in a government-approved hotel, at their own expense, as well as undertaking a series of covid-tests before and after travel, again at personal expense. Please see the government and University websites for full information.
You should think carefully about your situation before arranging travel. All international arrivals are advised to do the same as the Red List is updated regularly and in any event all overseas arrivals will have to quarantine somewhere (this can be in College for those from non-red list countries).
The University has waived its residency requirement for all students for Trinity Term. Your department can advise on online learning alternatives and you can contact the team in the Academic Office with any College concerns before you make your decision.
If you decide not to return to Oxford, but are due to sit any University exams, including finals, in Trinity Term and will need remote invigilation or alternative remote provision please contact Kirstie Morris in the Academic Office.
I was given permission to return to College during Hilary Term and have gone home for a vacation. My course is non-practical. Can I return for Trinity Term without seeking permission again?
Yes. Under current government advice, students are permitted to leave their university accommodation for their home address and then return to university, once only, between 8th March and 29th April. If you were previously given an exemption to return to College during Hilary Term then you can return without further permission. You should already have informed the Accommodation team of your plans, and if this change please be in touch to update us. If you have travelled abroad please see information above regarding international returns.
How are you making decisions about whether those on non-practical courses will be allowed to return?
We are assessing each individual case in detail. Government restrictions only allow limited categories of exemption to be applied. The College’s guiding principle in all decisions is the health, safety and welfare of all our students and staff. We have a duty of care to our staff and to those students who have to be here to resume in-person learning, as well as particular concern for those who will face University exams in the coming term. If you have concerns about our decision you have the right to appeal.
I have contacted the Academic Office to request permission to return but not had a decision. What should I do?
The Academic Office team are currently working through a significant number of requests. Please be patient and trust that they have received yours. You can expect to receive a response before 0th week.