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COVID guidance

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 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, so for now, some 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 so there are a number of useful Related Links and External Links on the right of this page. 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 our COVID additional guidance.

As of 19th July 21, legal restrictions are removed however we are changing little in and around College and will remain cautious in our approach and sensitive to the health and wellbeing needs of those staff and students present in College on a regular basis, whilst ensuring we continue to meet our students’ needs in the widest sense. We are all aware, of course, that the most important things we can do for ourselves and our loved ones are to get both vaccinations; and continue testing routines. Please exercise restraint, be courteous to your housemates, and enjoy the company of friends and family again:

  • All students can return to College, and in-person teaching resumes
  • Students are permitted up to 2 visitors in and around College (sign in with the Porters)
  • You are allowed visitors into your household spaces and to College-owned houses: agree with housemates how to make it work for you all
  • Masks are expected to be worn in shared College spaces such as the library and supervision rooms
  • Only Hughes Hall members are permitted to use the Library
  • Senior Members are welcome to visit College but not with guests
  • The MCR Clubroom is open for socialising, games and pool (max. 6 people/2 households)
  • Please maintain good ventilation indoors, socially distance, stick to room capacity limits, and wash hands regularly
  • For clarification and concerns, email covid.admin@hughes.cam.ac.uk

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 there is further information on other Wellbeing support available to you. If you have stopped testing it is simple to sign up again by clicking on covid.admin@hughes.cam.ac.uk. If anything is preventing you from testing please tell us so we can help.

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 covid.admin@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

With best wishes,

Dr Anthony Freeling

President