This statement relates to the academic University only.

Individual Colleges, Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press are putting, or have put, their own arrangements in place.


As the Government continues to ease lockdown restrictions, Colleges and Departments prepare for the return of students, and with more than 150 University buildings now open, institutions should start preparing for the next phase of returning staff to the workplace.

It is ultimately for heads to organise this in a way that best fits the needs of their institutions. In doing so, they should consider the circumstances of their staff, the nature of the work undertaken, and the space within their buildings.

The University’s response to the pandemic has seen an enhanced use of flexible and agile working that have brought real benefits for many. The University also recognises the difficulties others have faced in being away from their place of work.

There is therefore no single point of return to the workplace for all staff, and no one-size-fits all approach. However, the University does expect all staff to work with institution heads and their line managers to return for at least part of the working week – where possible and practicable – by the start of Michaelmas Term 2020.

Priority should be given to those who cannot work at home, followed by those who can work more productively in the workplace. As part of this process, institutions should take into consideration individual personal circumstances, including the completion of an individual risk assessment where appropriate. Line managers should be open to adjusting working patterns, helping with workload planning, and adopting a blend of onsite and home-working.

The practical implementation of this statement and related operational procedures are subject to the latest Government guidance and capacity within buildings once social distancing measures have been put in place. This statement may need to be updated.

Everyone should also be aware that further restrictions to on-site working may be required should there be a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections – either within a University building, or across the University, city or region.