Master's Update 18 Sept 2020

Dear All,

St Cross College Life – COVID-19 Changes

As the end of September approaches, many of you will be submitting work and theses to conclude your course – good luck if this applies to you. For others, you will be making preparations for the next year of your course, and this might involve returning to Oxford after a rather extended stay away. Whatever your circumstances, please do remember College is here to help you, so do contact staff if you have questions or concerns.

For those of you staying with us, we are looking forward to College life resuming in a more normal fashion than we’ve been used to in recent months. Of course, we’ve had to make changes and I would urge you to take a look at our new website pages: which detail many of these changes.

Key important information includes:

  • Lunches have now started again but you must book a day before (on Friday for Monday) and choose one of three sittings. Your lunch will be charged to battels
  • Face coverings must be worn in College at all times in public spaces and areas
  • No guests (including students from other colleges) are allowed in College. Only residents are allowed in our accommodation – this means that fellow St Cross students cannot visit one another in their accommodation. Those in College accommodation should only use the shared facilities that belong to their household. This is to keep us all as COVID secure as possible.
  • The University has launched a COVID-19 testing service. This should only be used if you have symptoms. If you do book a test, you should forward the booking confirmation email to our Single Point of Contact (SPOC) so that we can begin to trace close contacts.
  • You will be asked to sign and adhere to the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Charter – further information will be sent to you about how to do this in the comings weeks.

I am aware that you will be receiving a large amount of information at the moment, but I would ask you to take the time to read these updates. We are living in unprecedented times, and the University and the College are trying to update processes and adapt to changes in local and national Government guidelines and advice.

For those of you were able to join our webinars this week you will have heard that we do plan to host small Special Dinners and Halls later this term. The Café-Bar remains closed for the time being, but a large marquee has been erected in the back Quad, and our wonderful Baxter Storey team, led by Paul White, have exciting plans to use this space for additional hospitality space in the weeks ahead – there are rumours of a pop-up bar…watch this space! Of course, all our in-person events will need to be booked I advance and will be run within social distancing guidelines. As you go about your day-to-day life, please do stick to and follow the new ‘rule of six’ law. Meeting in groups larger than six puts the whole city and wider community at risk. You will have seen from other areas of the UK that tighter lockdown restrictions have been re-imposed. If we all want to keep the freedom that we have, we all need to act responsibly.

Please do keep checking as additional information will be added in due course. For those of you living in St Cross accommodation this year, you may also find these pages helpful: and Although you aren’t new to St Cross you may also find the Offer Holder pages helpful as they do contain FAQs relating to college life and living in Oxford at this time.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible, both in-person in College, and virtually, over the weeks ahead.

Best wishes, Carole