College Bulletin 30 October 2020


News and events this week


COVID-19 and Facilities Updates

From tomorrow morning (Saturday 31st October) the City of Oxford will move to Tier 2/High Alert of the UK Government’s regional COVID-19 alert levels. There is no change to the University’s own Business Continuity Planning status level and current activities within both the University and the Colleges will remain the same. Socially distanced lunches and dinners will continue to operate in College, and you are able to continue to book spaces in the College Library. The College Café (downstairs in the main building, underneath the Hall) is open for coffee, cakes and breakfast items each weekday from 08:30 – 11:30 – do pop down and get yourself a treat!

The change in status will affect your ability to meet with members of different households in other parts of the city. Under Tier 2/High alert level, members of different households cannot meet indoors, including in bars and restaurants. Please ensure that you are following this latest advice and guidance. We would like to remind you again that no visitors are allowed in College accommodation and you MUST only use the facilities associated with your own household i.e. residents of the South Wing on the main site may not use the facilities in the West Wing. The change in local status also makes clear that students may not move freely between their home and student residences i.e. if you live in London, you can’t spend a few days at home in London and then a few days in Oxford. This does not mean you cannot return home at the end of term. 

From Monday we will be relaxing some of the one-way systems in College to help avoid the need to use the Quad to access parts of the College, in the increasingly inclement weather. Please follow the local signage, and remember that face coverings must be worn at all times when moving around the indoor areas, and you need to observe social distancing. This also applies when you are seated in the Common Room. The marquee in the back Quad will be coming down on Monday.

We are making the pianos in the bar and Common Room available once more to those who wish to use them. Please use the sanitising equipment provided to clean the piano before and after use. Please be considerate to other users when using the piano in both areas, and limit your practice to a reasonable length of time (we suggest no more than 30 minutes) as the noise does carry to student rooms and staff offices. Pianos should not be used between the hours of 22:00 and 08:00.

To help ensure that we can contact you quickly if needed, please ensure that you have updated details of your term-time address, email and phone number through the Student Self-Service.


Did you know that St Cross houses The James Currey Collection, an amazing resource on African history, politics and literature? Since 2017 we have been fortunate enough to receive every new first edition of the James Currey imprint published by Boydell and Brewer. 

All the books are catalogued on SOLO and can accessed and consulted by contacting us on

More information on the collection can be found here

Pusey House This Week

St Cross members are welcome to attend events at Pusey House. Details of services and events for the coming weeks (4 and 5) are available here. These events may be subject to change.
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. 

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:

Fellow Dr Liz Frood took part in a photoshoot in College showcasing inclusive clothing.
Read more

The College welcomed acclaimed pianist Peter Edwards on Friday 23 October for its first ever virtual jazz concert, organised by Dr Jo Ashbourn. You can read more and watch a recording of the concert here.

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 2 - Friday 6 November
Oxford Internet Institute, Seminar and St Cross Room

Wednesday 4 November
11:30 - 14:30 Tutorials, van Heyningen Room