An update from the Vice-Chancellor for staff and students about plans for Lent Term 2022, testing and vaccinations.

Dear all,

I am delighted to welcome everyone back at the start of a new calendar year. I hope that you have all been able to rest and recover from a busy term.

Plans for Lent Term 2022

The University’s plans for teaching over the Lent Term remain the same as they were in Michaelmas. We will continue to provide in-person teaching wherever possible, with students expected to be in-residence (unless there are exceptional circumstances that prevent it). Any students with specific concerns about returning to Cambridge should discuss these with their Colleges.

It is essential that we continue to comply with the mitigating measures we are already familiar with. Students will be expected to wear face coverings in all University teaching spaces. The University will continue to monitor the risks, and implement contingency plans where needed.

Testing

We ask that returning students get tested for COVID before travelling back to Cambridge. All colleagues or students who test positive (whether through PCR or lateral flow tests) should report this to the COVID Helpdesk using the Covid monitoring form – even if they are working from home, or not yet back in College.

The Local Health Authority has asked us to remind you that all LFT results should be reported on the government webpage (staff should record their occupation as “University”; students should record their occupation as “Student”, and register their College, even if they live in private accommodation.)

The University’s asymptomatic pooled PCR testing scheme for students will be operating during the first two weeks of full term.

Vaccinations

The NHS is now offering booster doses for anyone who has had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to take up their vaccinations. Adhering to this and other precautions will ensure that we can continue to offer the best possible experience for our students, and the safest possible environment for our community.

I look forward to an excellent and fruitful year.

With best wishes,

Stephen

Professor Stephen J Toope 

Vice-Chancellor