College Bulletin 16 October 2020


News and events this week


COVID-19 Testing Service

If you have COVID-19 symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss/change of taste/smell) and require a COVID-19 test, please remember to use the University’s COVID-19 Early Alert Testing Service. University staff and students should use this service rather than the NHS service to ensure that the local community can continue to access tests through the NHS. By using the University service we are also alerted about your test so that we can provide any support that you may need. If for any reason you do use the NHS Testing service (or any other provider) and receive a positive COVID-19 test result, please complete this form. We would also like to remind all students that they should be registered with a GP (doctor) in Oxford and this is particularly important at this time. If you need details about registering for GP, please find this on our website.

College Lunch - Booking information update

Bookings for lunch will now open on a Friday at 08:30 for the following week. You may book for all your lunches at once, rather than on a day-by-day basis. Bookings for lunch will close once they are full, or at 14:00 the day before lunch (14:00 Friday for lunch on a Monday). If you find you are no longer able to attend lunch, you must cancel your place by 14:00 the day before your booked lunch, otherwise you will still be charged. No shows at lunch will also be charged to your battels account. We would also like to remind you to arrive promptly for your booked lunch as sessions are 30 minutes, to allow staff to thoroughly clean the dining hall areas before the next sitting.


In place of an in-person matriculation ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor will address all new students virtually.
The Formal Welcome by the Vice-Chancellor will take place on Saturday 17 October at 11:00 (BST).
The event will be streamed via this URL (SSO required):
It will be available to watch via the same link for 48 hours after the event.

Catch up on sessions you may have missed:

If you missed any of our introductory sessions, they are available to watch here and Carole's introductory meeting can be viewed here. They are accessible to St Cross users only, please get in touch if you have any issues accessing them.

You can watch a video from the College doctors here which has some helpful information.

UFlourish Student Wellbeing Survey

All Oxford students are invited to take part in the U-Flourish Student Wellbeing and Academic Success Survey Study. The survey link will be emailed to all students on October 22nd. Find out more.

Library Update

Browse the latest St Cross Library acquisitions from March-October here.

Bodleian iSkills are useful introductions to the services offered by the Bodleian Library Services. Next week's session is
Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff - scholarly literature for your research on Thurs 22 Oct 14:00 - 15:30

Please remember to book your seat in the College Library or Pusey Library. Details are on the College website.

College Events:

Booking is now open for College dinners and events. Please see the termly calendar for details. 

Introduction to Academic Literacy Skills
This introduction to academic literacy skills will cover two key areas to support your successful study at Oxford:
- Successful time management and self-organisation skills;
- Approaches to learning and teaching: understanding your tutor’s expectations.
Wednesday 21 October, 14:30

St Cross Special Ethics Seminar
Our Moral Fate: Evolution and the Escape from Tribalism
Thursday 22 October, 16:00 - 17:30.

St Cross Jazz Concert
Acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Edwards will play a one-hour concert with a programme that celebrates Black composers and their huge contributions to the history of jazz music. 
Friday 23 October, 19:30

Hallowe'en Family Magic Show
Open to all families - watch live Hallowe'en-themed magic tricks with live participation from the audience.
Saturday 31 October, 16:30

More events on the College website.

College News:

St Cross Fellow Professor Achilles Kapanidis and DPhil student Andrew McMahon are part of a team that has developed an extremely rapid COVID-19 diagnostic test. Read more.

St Cross Fellow Dr Mallica Kumbera Landrus will be chairing the inaugural webinar of the India-Oxford Initiative on Tuesday 27 October, 13:30 - 14:30.
Register here.

Elected Member of Common Room Dr John Nandris was highly commended for his submission to the King Lear Prizes. His submission The Bed - { The Left & Right Brain } was chosen from around 4,000 works in the Art category.

External events in College:

For your information, the following event(s) will be taking place in College over the next week. Visitors have been informed of the College's COVID-19 guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing, and each event is fully risk-assessed. Any concerns can be raised by contacting

Monday 19 - Friday 23 October
Oxford Internet Institute, Seminar and St Cross Room

Wednesday 21 October
There will be a photographer in the South and West Wings from 11:00 - 15:00 to photograph some empty rooms. They will be accompanied at all times by a member of staff.