COVID-19 Coronavirus

A Welcome and Update from Dr Anthony Freeling, President

Hughes Hall is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and safety of its students, staff and seniors. At the heart of our efforts has been a determination to provide a rich student experience – a challenging task in an ever-changing situation. But as you look around College you will notice changes, from a large marquee on the Lower Lawn, outdoor seating areas and creative study spaces to one-way systems, sanitisation points and safety screens.

In partnership with the city of Cambridge, the University and the MCR (College Student Union) we are supporting those living, working and learning at Hughes Hall, whether in Cambridge or elsewhere. It is essential that we look after ourselves, and each other, in and around College so we are temporarily closed to visitors, many events have moved online, and academic, dining and social opportunities for our students have been reimagined.

It is important we all keep up with latest guidance; there are a number of links below to help. The University regularly updates its COVID-19 communications and runs a Stay Safe Cambridge Uni campaign for students. These, together with the UK Government pages are key points of information. We also have a useful student Moodle site and a further information page.

Please note the following:

  • Masks must be worn inside College, unless eating or drinking, or in our own households
  • We can socialise or exercise outside with up to six people from different households, or as two households together
  • Organised outdoor sport is permitted
  • Visitors are not allowed on the College site unless authorised by staff
  • We can only socialise indoors as a household
  • Please maintain good ventilation indoors, keep a two metre distance where possible from those we don’t live with, and wash our hands regularly.

Further to the Government plan for easing lockdown in the UK and guidance for Universities, we are working on a cautious unlocking for our community over coming months and will keep you updated throughout.

We strongly encourage our students to continue participating in the COVID-19 screening Programme which identifies those with asymptomatic infection to avoid transmission to others. And, if you think you may have symptoms and need to get a test, this page summarises the steps you must take. If you have concerns about your symptoms contact NHS 111 and follow the advice provided. As regards wellbeing needs, the University signposts to a great deal of help here and this Hughes Hall page summarises other wellbeing support available to you.

Above all else, thank you. For conducting yourselves thoughtfully in and around College. For continuing to show consideration to your fellow students, and others in our community. For isolating correctly when required to. And for being part of Hughes Hall, despite everything. We are delighted to have you with us and will support you during your time here, whether you are in residence or not. We understand everyone’s situation is different. If you have any concerns please speak to your tutor or email

With best wishes,

Dr Anthony Freeling


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Updated 29.3.21