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University of Cambridge

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    Introduction 

    This page is for members of Murray Edwards College. It includes information and links to key resources regarding the University and College’s response to COVID-19. 

    Key information will be emailed to College members and disseminated through other communications channels as appropriate. Please read any communication carefully and if you have any questions, please discuss these with your Tutor or your line manager in the first instance.

    Latest University statements 

    University COVID-19 webpages

    Please refer to the University webpages for further information. These pages are updated regularly so please check them frequently.

    The University also has dedicated #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages. Please follow the guidance there.

    For information about the Disability Resource Centre, please visit their website.

    COVID-19 testing

    The Asymptomatic Testing Programme is not operating over the summer vacation.

    If you are a student and resident in Cambridge over the vacation period, we recommend you sign up for lateral flow testing (LFT). 

    The University recommends lateral flow testing twice every week, on Monday and Thursday mornings. If your LFT returns a positive result, confirmatory PCR test kits are available from the Porters' Lodge. These confirmatory tests are available Monday to Thursday throughout the summer vacation.

    In addition to the confirmatory PCR tests, 'return to Cambridge' tests, 'pre-departure' tests and tests for enhanced contact tracing are available from the Porters' Lodge Monday to Thursday throughout the vacation period. Please note: the 'return to Cambridge' and 'pre-departure' tests are only valid for UK travel. Anyone requiring tests for international travel must obtain a private test because the University is unable to issue test certificates.

    Testing at the University or Addenbrooke's Hospital pods continues to be available for any student or staff member with symptoms of COVID-19.

    Information for all students

    We encourage you to look at the #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages and to follow the guidance shared there.

    The University webpages are also a helpful source of up-to-date information.

    Information for international students

    If you have questions around travel, visas and immigration matters, please look at the University web pages for the latest information and guidance. If you have specific questions or concerns, please get in touch with the Tutorial Office and the Accommodation Office in the first instance.

    The #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages have specific guidance for people travelling to Cambridge from overseas.

    All students should check their emails regularly for information from the College, their Department or Faculty, and the University.

    Information for Fellows

    What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (updated September 2021). If you cannot download the document, you can request a copy from HR.

    For Fellows working in College, please follow the COVID-19 guidelines. We also encourage you to follow the general University guidance on the #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages.

    Information for staff

    What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (updated September 2021). If you cannot download the document, you can request a copy from your line manager or HR.

    For staff working in College, please follow the COVID-19 guidelines. We also encourage you to follow the general University guidance on the #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages

    Information for Directors of Studies and supervisors

    The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning has created some useful material and guidelines for all those teaching remotely.

    We also encourage you to look at the #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages and to follow the guidance shared there.

    Booking supervision rooms

    College library

    For information on using the library at the current time, please visit the library webpages.

    Library guidance for students in self-isolation

    Catering

    The Dome opening times and catering offer are as follows:

    From Saturday 3 July to Wednesday 30 September

    Monday to Friday

    • 12:30-13:00 – Lunch service

    Table space for students and staff is available on a first come, first served basis. If you intend to sit down, please make sure you take a tray and let the service team know that you intend to sit in the Dome.

    Three people will be able to sit at a table at a time. There will be no water on the tables or salt and pepper provision. If you would like these items, please make sure you pick them up on your journey through the servery.

    Please clean your table and chair after use (cleaning materials are provided) and place the used materials on your tray. Please place your tray in the usual racks when leaving.

    Health, wellbeing and self-isolation guidance

    The University has webpages dedicated to health and wellbeing.

    • Gym reopening guidance (updated 12 April)
    • The Wellbeing Wheel
    • Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters campaign and their local NHS trust,  now provide dedicated 24-hour support lines.
    • Students can also get help from Student Space, an online platform launched specifically to help with the challenges of the pandemic, which offers resources, phone, text and online support.

    We also encourage you to look at the #StaySafeCambridgeUni webpages and to follow the guidance shared there.