Coronavirus information

Coronavirus updates

St John's College is closely monitoring the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. Our top priority will always be the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire community, in and outside of Cambridge.

Individuals can reduce the risk of catching and passing on Covid-19 by:

a. vaccination remains one of the best methods of defence against the further spread of COVID-19. We encourage staff and students to take up the offer of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and the booster jab as soon as you are eligible;

b. Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or holding meetings outside;

c. Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high;

d. Staying at home if you are unwell;

e. Taking a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive; and

f. Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently, and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

Self-isolation and quarantine

Although it is no longer a legal requirement to self-isolate if you develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, public health guidance remains that you should self isolate if you develop a new continuous cough and/or a fever (greater than 37.8C). Please complete our online form. We will then provide specific advice for your individual circumstance. Please also consult the Government advice.

If you have symptoms you should: 

  • Stay at home where possible and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu. 
  • Take a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test.
  • Do not visit the Health & Wellbeing Centre in person, contact the College Nurse via the reporting form below.

Complete all of the applicable sections of the relevant reporting form below with as much information as possible. 

Please note, information may be shared if it is felt appropriate but it will be handled sensitively and proportionately. We are collecting this data to track the coronavirus risk to College members and we will keep the data for 12 months or until it is no longer needed.


If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test. At the end of this period, if you have a high temperature or feel unwell, continue to stay at home until you feel well enough to resume normal activities and you no longer have a high temperature if you had one. A return to work will need to be discussed with your line manager.

When returning to work you should avoid meeting people at higher risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19, especially those who immune system means that they are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 despite vaccination, for 10 days after the day you took your test.

View the latest University-wide advice, including the new Stay Safe Cambridge Uni section. 

Full information

The College is committed to ensuring all self-isolating students are provided for, and will look to ensure all students have an individual isolation supporter to collect food/groceries on their behalf.

The College will offer meals which will be available via click and collect. Students would be charged as per normal for these facilities via Upay.

Key information for students supporting those in self isolation/quarantine

Student guide on ordering food and provisions whilst in self-isolation

COVID-19 reporting form

The College Covid-19 Reporting Forms below are for students, Fellows, academic affiliates and staff to notify the College Nurse, the Senior Tutor, and the duty Porters that you have: 

  • tested positive for COVID-19 
  • symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough); or
  • been in contact with someone who has coronavirus symptoms or is suspected to have coronavirus


Covid-19 Reporting Form - Students and Residential Fellows

Covid-19 Reporting Form - Non-Residential Fellows and Academic Affiliates

Covid-19 Reporting Form - Staff

Test and Trace

Government guidance for those sharing a household with someone who has Covid-19 symptoms or has tested positive for Covid-19 is simple: minimise contact with other people, work from home if you can, and follow the guidance.

You are strongly advised to take a rapid LFD test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since your last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. 

If you go on to develop symptoms of COVID-19 or you receive a positive test result, you should follow the advice set out in the previous section.

University guidance

The University of Cambridge and Colleges are cooperating closely with Public Health England’s Health Protection Team in Cambridge. The collegiate University has well developed protocols to prepare for and, if necessary, deal with communicable diseases. St John’s, like all Colleges, has made the necessary preparations to protect our community.

Read the latest guidance and statements from the University of Cambridge

Read the latest Government guidance 

Government guidance for self isolation when arriving in the UK

Read the University's webpage for all students about teaching and learning, admissions, finance and travel

Face coverings

Face coverings policy

For latest government guidance click here

Face coverings are no longer required in the College. In the Library, there is dedicated space reserved for people who would prefer to wear a face covering and to have those working around them doing the same. 

Please continue to respect the wishes of others as we navigate this phase as a College.

Health and wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing Centre

The Health and Wellbeing Centre is open from Monday to Friday between 9.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

Appointments can be booked via Moodle. At the appointment time, students will be contacted by phone or Zoom by the Health Centre to understand the problem.

If further help or a face to face meeting is found to be required, a time to visit the Health Centre will be arranged. The student will be asked to undertake a LFD test before attending. All students are also encouraged to take part in the asymptomatic testing programme if they believe a visit to the Health and Wellbeing Centre may be necessary.

Ruth Dean, College Nurse, can be contacted via

Karen Miles, Health & Wellbeing Nurse can be contacted via

Health& can be used to reach either Nurse. 

Please note that a response will be given in order of priority so please state the nature of your enquiry and mark your email has high priority if you require an urgent response.

Mental health crisis support services

Counselling support

Jennifer Cooper, College Counsellor, can be contacted via

Pastoral support


The Chapel is open for both private prayer/College visitors and for formal services and rehearsals.

The Rev'd Andrew Hammond, can be contacted at and on 07917 535940. Canon Mark Oakley, the Dean of Chapel, can be contacted on Visit the Chapel & Choirs page for the latest information.

Multi-Faith Prayer Room 

The Multi-Faith Prayer Room - D8 Cripps is available for use. This room can be booked for single use at any time of the day or night on the online booking system. Please collect a key for access from the Cripps Porters Lodge. Cleaning products will be left in the room for you to use, as necessary.

Out-of-hours mental health support

Mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing remains a priority for the University and Collegiate Cambridge. Students at St John's are encouraged to contact the Health and Wellbeing Centre to access support available. If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse outside of standard working hours, or if you're worried about someone you know, out-of-hours help is available. 


Online meeting resources

The following resources have been gathered to assist those who are working with digital collaborative tools such as Zoom and Teams.

Online resources