College Bulletin 23 October 2020


News and events this week


Contacting staff
To minimise numbers and to ensure a safe environment for all, we ask students not to enter the staff corridors in College (upstairs in the main building). If you need to speak to, meet, or see a member of staff, please email them in advance to make an appointment/arrange a time to visit. If you need to speak to a staff member urgently, please ask at the Lodge for the member of staff concerned, and the Lodge will identify the most appropriate person to speak with you. Please note: many staff members continue to work from home, so will not always be available in College.

Residents who have booked and are waiting for a COVID-19 test must inform their fellow household members, and all household members must self-isolate until the outcome of the test is known. Whilst self-isolating any resident must put a notice on their door to say they are isolating. This is for the safety of other residents, contractors, and staff. Cleaning staff are required to quarantine the rubbish from residents who are isolating and need to be aware of anyone who is doing so. Further information on self-isolating is available here.

The volume of post being delivered to the College lodge has increased. Students will now only receive an email for items too big to fit in their pidge (pigeon hole/post shelf in Lodge) or if it has had to be signed for. Please ensure you visit the Lodge on a regular basis to check for post as you will not be emailed for every item received. If you are self-isolating, please contact the Lodge for further advice.

Oxford Hardship Fund
The Oxford Hardship Fund aims to assist students who are experiencing financial difficulties during their course. The level of support available and students’ eligibility for assistance vary and full details can be found on the University website. The application deadline for this term is Friday 30 October. If you wish to make an application, you will need to contact the St Cross Bursary Administrator, Jocelyn Larsen, to request an application form and to discuss your application. You will receive further information next week about the College's own Hardship funds and support.

College Café 
The College café is now open, from Monday-Friday 08:30 - 11:30.
There is no need to book, but seating is limited, and you should only sit with members of your own household.
There is fresh coffee and tea available to take away, as well as a selection of cakes and muffins.

There is a one-way system in place, and the café should now be accessed through the glass door in the far corner of the West Quad - please follow the signage.


Bodleian iSkills are useful introductions to the services offered by the Bodleian Library Services. 
A list of upcoming workshops is available here.

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

Final reminder: 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.

If you missed the Resilient Mind webinar we strongly recommend that you watch it here (password KU3%a6Y9#2LpY). As this session was run by an external organisation the recording is only available until Monday (26 October).

Call for survey participants

St Cross DPhil student Hannah Smith is looking for UK-based participants over 18 to take part in a 15-minute survey as part of her research. The survey is looking at how people think their data should be used in research. Participants can enter a prize draw.
Link to survey
Further information about the survey.

Pusey House This Week

St Cross members are welcome to attend events at Pusey House. Details of services and events for the coming week are available here. Further information about Pusey House is available here.

College Events:

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

Lorna Casselton Memorial Lecture: Science in Peacekeeping and Security with NATO Chief Scientist Dr Bryan Wells
Thursday 29 October, 17:00

Pub in the Hall
Friday 30 October, 17:00 - 20:00
Places must be booked via the booking system. Group bookings limited to six people.

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

More events on the College website.

College News:

St Cross Junior Research Fellow Dr Betty Raman is co-leading the C-MORE study into the medium-term and long-term effects of COVID-19. They have just published their initial findings.
Read more

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 26 - Friday 30 October
Oxford Internet Institute, Seminar and St Cross Room